Thursday, August 13, 2009

Dacres Lane or Decers Lane? .....Itz simply Tiffin Gali!

If you want to know Kolkata better and test her delicious street foods, Dacres Lane (also known as Tiffin Gaali, decers lane, dacker lane etc.) is a must visit place for you . It is a very narrow and short lane with arrays for food stalls. Decers Lane is one of the populer lunch destination for working people of Kolkata.
Once Kolkata or Calcutta was the Capital of British India and since then the lane is serving lunch for babus. Most probably in 1773, the lane was named as 'Dacres Lane' after Mr. Philip Milner Dacres who was then collector of Calcutta and member of the business council. Gradually the name of the street has become Decers Lane and then Tiffin Gali!
Almost none of the reguler visitor knows the history of the lane....what they know is that the Decers Lane is destination of their quick but heavy, spicy but healthy(subject to your digestion power), sufficient but cheap lunch. Here you will get all the Chinese, Afgani, Western, North Indian, South Indian, veg, non-veg foods with a pinch of Bengali touch ;)..Never mind!

Ohh! One thing more!
We in Kolkata, never finish any meal without sweets. Likely in The Dacres Lane (or decers lane)you will find sweet vendors with their magic stuffs.

In single line Dacres Lane (or Decers lane or Tiffin Gali) is an old example of One Stop Food destination!

[Note: Decers Lane is there in the heart of Kolkata, West Bengal. It is a lane between Esplanade Row (East) and Waterloo Street. Peak hour is between 1pm to 2pm IST. I took the above shots around 2.30 pm and it was still crowded! Apart from small stalls hotels/motels are also there in the lane. You will not get beef or Pork items in any stall here.]

15 comments:

Sharodindu said...

It is my free PR Story for my first love,Kolkata!
She is Incredible!

Sunny said...

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Faye Pekas said...

Oh my goodness. I was already hungry before I looked at your post. Now I'm starved!

Sharodindu said...

@ Sunny
Thank you verry much..I'll try to put some music in my page too...thanks.
@Faye
Hard luck! you hardly can have bengali sweets at your place...give us a visit ASAP!
:)

irina said...

Hello!Beautiful photos and very interesting places...

Thank you !

irina

tricia said...

Looks like a very interesting place. I love spicy food.

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Anya said...

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Lovely story !!

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Sharodindu said...

Thank you all for spending time in my blog...thanks a lot!

In this independence day of India, I wish you all the very best!

Regards,
Sharodindu

George said...

This reminds me of some of the lanes I visited for lunch when I taught in China. I imagine that the food is delicious. I'm intrigued by the name 'Tiffin Gaali'. I used to live in Tiffin, Ohio!

Sharodindu said...

@George
thanks for visiting...I've not visited any place outside India so far...but I'm sure this kind of lane is there in every old city...I've seen similer type of lane at London in a hollywood movie :)

flyingstars said...

Simply love this post...I really miss my days there...the food, friends and the nostalgia along with countless hours...you have again brought it alive....lovely!

Ela said...

I now realized that for my next visit to Kolkata, I should inform u ahead!

Sharodindu said...

@Flying star: so where are you in these days? Thanks for sharing your valuable top of mind words. :)

@Ela: you are always welcome...I would like to see some photographs of your place too...

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