There are few better places for Bengali sweets in Calcutta, than the lanes of the northern part of the city. Most famous sweet shops either operate from, or have their parent shops here. No wonder even the small local shops produce excellent sweets. Then there are establishments like Amrito, which looks like an ordinary para shop, but is famous throughout the city for its mishti doi. Ask any people, and most will relate the name with the red, sweet Bengali style curd. But there is more to Amrito which remains overshadowed by its famous product.
Located at the corner of Fariapukur (Shibdas Bhaduri Street), on Bidhan Sarani, it is right opposite the Shyambazar outlet of Aminia (the place which used to be occupied by Friend’s Cabin earlier). Let’s not get deceived by the size and look of the shop and enter it for some satisfying sweets.
The lal mishti doi here is nothing short of a legend. A 100gm serving of it will cost you Rs. 22 currently. The doi is smooth, rich and sweet and tastes better when chilled.
If you want to evaluate a Bengali sweet shop, the first thing you should try is their kachagolla, or makha sandesh or anything which is close to that. Hardcore korapak lovers might find this disheartening, but a kachagolla or makha sandesh is the hardest thing to satisfy a customer with. There’s no way to hide the freshness of the ingredients and also no flavours to help with the taste. It purely depend on the quality of the chhana and the mastery of the moira. Here in Amrito try their Pranohora to know how good they are at sweets other than mishti doi too. The soft, moist and melt in your mouth sandesh will make you crave for more.
The chhanar bhaja mishti is another must try item here. Not too sweet, it is perfect for people who love syrupy sweets.
For korapak lovers the aam mishti is a good option. This is a low priced syrup based sweet, but the quality and flavour is really good.
Amrito also sells good khirer singara and nonta singara. It is the Bengali singara filled with sweet potato and peanuts with a thin crust. When you are here don’t miss this singara.
If you are a sweet lover and around Shyambazar / Hatibagan, it will be a sin to miss this shop.