Restaurant review – Lake Lite, Kolkata 

A chance visit to the Swasthya Bhawan (the administrative building of health department) got us delayed in some paper work yesterday. Following the age old proverb ‘necessity is the mother of invention’, our famished selves discovered this restaurant within half a km of this building.

Lake Lite is a restaurant quite popular among the office goers of Salt lake and New Town. The location makes it accessible for working professionals to have a quick lunch. They have an open bar and the alcohol is quite cheap, making this place a favorite hang out joint for after office parties. The restaurant was nearly full on a Friday afternoon. Since we were in a hurry, we decided to have just the soft drinks in the restaurant and get the food packed instead.

Ambiance – It was quite a pleasant surprise to see the fascinating interiors of the place. The decor was indeed beautiful. Lighting was decent. They have a good combination of sofas and chairs for comfortable seating. The tables are well spaced out. Despite having a bar attached, the ambiance of the restaurant is equally conducive for both family and friends.

The bar
The interiors

Food – The outlet mainly serves Indian and Chinese cuisines. The portions served are just about enough for two people. From the ordered items,a plate of fish fingers had eight pieces. The taste was just about okay. I felt it was a tad over fried making the coating super crisp and dry. The chicken fried rice felt decent. Chili chicken was well cooked and tasty and had eight pieces per plate. Overall, the food can be rated as average. Be it the range of items or the taste of dishes or the look of the food served, there’s nothing much that really stands out to impress. Despite such shortcomings, what still makes this place a hot favorite among office employees is the range of liquor at highly affordable prices.

Chicken Fried Rice

Fish Fingers
Chili Chicken

Packaging – Since we had requested for take away food, they got it neatly packed into three separate white plastic containers. Tartar sauce, chili sauce and vinegar were packed in small transparent plastic foils. Packaging was spill proof.


Service – The staffs are polite and courteous. But the time taken to get the food on table is quite long. I’m not sure if that is how slow the service generally is or if this was a result of an almost packed house that day. However, it took us a good fifty minutes to get these three items packed.

Pricing – As already mentioned, this place is more a destination for alcohol lovers than foodies because of the pricing of liquor here. The food items are moderately priced. Since the restaurant targets office employees, they have kept the pricing affordable. The quantity served makes up for the value for money while the quality definitely needs an urgent face lift.

My rating across parameters would be

Ambiance – 4

Food – 3

Packaging – 4

Service – 3

Pricing – 4.5

Overall – 3.3

Unless one is in that particular area and wants to grab a quick bite with affordable liquor, there are really not many reasons to plan a visit to this restaurant. The quality and taste of dishes need a major improvement just as the service that really needs to scale up in terms of promptness.

Link to the review on TripAdvisor is

Lake Lite Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. I completed a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. in Dec 2020. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head, three-plus years of blogging, writing, and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes! Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my five-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter, and give words to emotions. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

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