India is a delight for the international tourist
The Barabati restaurant in Cuttack, southeastern India, serves the best traditional Indian cuisine in town, along with offerings from other parts of Asia. The business has grown since humble beginnings to now include two restaurants, a banquet hall, and a full service caterer. The family run business is dedicating to providing its neighbors with high quality, great value, and tasty offerings.
Cuttack is a city of about 600,000. It was built around a fort established more than 1000 years ago on a spit of land between the river Mahanadi and the river Kathojodi at their points of bifurcation. Barabait fort, the most famous, was built later. In fact, the name Cuttack is an anglicized form of the word meaning “fort” in Sanskrit. The city is easily reached by air and by a railroad that connects directly with Madras and Calcutta.
Because of its strategic location, Cuttack has been ruled by Orissans, Afghans and the British, giving it a rich architectural and cultural mosaic. The city was always a seat of government from its founding until very recently when the regional capital was moved 30 km. due to the lack of buildable space in Cuttack. Because of its long history and because of its importance as an administrative center, Cuttack and the surrounding area abound with fascinating sights for the tourist.The Barabati fort, the High Court Building, and the many temples and mosques are all structures worth seeing. As a bonus, the city is also famous for its local art, from exquisite and delicate silver filigree works, to animal horn carvings and colourful textiles.
Barabati Fort, located near the new stadium of the same name, was built in the 13th or 14th-century. The earliest written records of the fort date from a 16th century British account, describing a labyrinthine structure surrounded by a moat. The Katak Chandi temple, dedicated to the presiding deity of the city, is nearby.
The earliest known earthworks in the area date from the 11th century, but the existing structures are two or three centuries newer. The grounds are rather extensive, the moat is between ten and twenty meters wide, and a number of mouldings and significant pieces of sculpture have been found by archaeologists, whose investigations are ongoing.
Cuttack Chandi Temple
The Cuttack Chandi Temple was built on sacred ground hundreds of years ago and is dedicated to the Goddess Chandi, presiding goddess of Cuttack. Although the temple itself is small, it is very popular, and the visitor who likes to go native and get a flavor of genuine local customs shouldn’t miss this shrine. More important, it is the site of the annual Durga Puja and Kali Puja festivals, the two largest of the city. The Durga Puja lasts for 16 days in the fall.
Silver filigree from Cuttack
Local artisans make incredibly detailed objects from strands of silver so fine that one gram of the metal can be drawn to 1000 meters long. The art is more than 500 years old. The work is delicate, tedious, and takes years to learn. The technique, also called Tarakasi, is traditionally manifested in animals, birds, flowers, and representations of everyday objects. Jewelry is popular, of course, but Tarakasi is also used to make temple offerings and sculpture. Large scale works have been done using Tarakasi, some weighing hundreds of kilograms. The silver can also be alloyed with other metals and precious stones added to the work.
During the Durga Puja, local artisans make particularly large scale Tarakasi works, with backdrops weighing more than 400 kilograms becoming routine.
Barabati Fort also lends its name to one of the best and longest established restaurants in Cuttack, family owned for decades.
Barabati Restaurant has its roots in the late seventies when a young man named Bishnu Charan Behera began by catering at Barabati stadium nearby. He’d grown up in the business, the son of the owner of a purveyor of sweets in the city. As a young man, his experience as a rice trader taught him the importance of using fresh, quality ingredients in order to produce a final product worthy of his customers. Although his start was humble, word of mouth spread of his dedication to good food, quality and hospitality.
By 1975 the catering business was in full swing, and his reputation grew. Seven years later, he opened his first restaurant called Barabati Hotel, near the historic Arapurna Theatre. The second facility, Barabati Restaurant opened in 1991, then another at Kharavela Nagar of Bhubaneswar in 1997. While the first restaurant is now closed, the other two are going strong, having become two of the most popular eating establishments in Cuttack and setting the standard for quality and service.
In 2005, he bought a 14,500 square foot space to develop into an events center. And although Bishnu Charan Behera died before the new place called Barabati 1000 opened for business, his sons and his brothers are carrying on the family tradition, just like their father and grandfather before them.
Barabati Restaurant and RK Caterings have evolved over the past 30+ years, bringing innovative flavors to Cattuck from all over the world while maintaining the personal touch that can only be found in a family run restaurant. The blend of the traditional with the contemporary, along with a commitment to quality, value and service have become synonymous with the name Barabati in Cuttack.
Quality in a restaurant begins in the kitchen, but it extends to the dining room, where service staff are trained to be attentive and warm. The experience is complete, from subtle flavors to clean and inviting facilities, to staff committed to making it a pleasure to dine at any Barabati restaurant. Demand is high, and reservations are recommended.
If your desire is to eat restaurant quality food at home without doing the cooking or messing up the kitchen, then Barabati takeout is for you. The entire menu is available, and by calling ahead you can make your trip even faster and more convenient.
Barabati 1000 is the place to be for parties, conferences, wedding receptions, or other events for up to 200 people. You get to enjoy the same high quality meals that you get at the Barabati restaurants in your own private space. The air conditioned banquet hall has an open floor plan and can be configured to meet your needs, from the simple to the most elegant. It is fully equipped with a sound system, podium, chairs, and a secure parking lot.
The Barabati family is focused on providing customer service, affordability, convenience and a pleasant experience for you and your guests. They have helped organize hundreds of events and hosted thousands of guests. So come down to their banquet hall to have a taste of elegance at Barabati 1000. The quality of Barabati Restaurant and the intimacy of your own private space.
And if your gathering is happening elsewhere, then RK caterings is for you. The staff will take care of every detail for you, not just the food, and the event can be located virtually anywhere, out of doors, in your home, at the office, or any other venue where you and your guests want to enjoy the best food available locally. The special attention that you get from a local, family run business comes included in the price.
Barabati grew because of word of mouth, and its growth has been sustained by constant attention to detail. Most of their customers are repeat customers, which is the best testimony any business can receive regarding the quality and service that it provides.