Calcutta has, since time immemorial, hailed as a vastly cultural and colorful city. From beautiful cultural festivals to profound colonial architecture that decorate the streets, the city has perpetually radiated a vibe so cheerful that you can’t help but blend along with it!
This mystical aura, that has made the Bengali community feel sentimental about Calcutta has never failed to bring warmth to the hearts of those who make it their home.A blissful abode to the Armenians, the British, the French, the Portuguese, the Nawab of Lucknow and so many more, Calcutta has taken within it’s strides; the flavours of these communities and since then, the fusion of one dish into the other has created the basis to city’s unconventional cuisine.
And just as easily as one can combust with Kolkata’s culture, its delicious cuisine too, proves to be a welcoming surprise!
From its world renowned Sondesh to iconic Chelo Kebab, from Roshogollas to Macher Jhol, from Mishti Doi to Shukto – Kolkata has foodies go gaga over each and every one of its delicacies! (Shotti!) So where can you experience the most mouthwatering versions of these Bengali dishes? Here is your one-stop guide to the world of Bengali/Non-Bengali cuisine in and around Kolkata!
The Kohinoor to Kolkata’s Famous Chelo Kebabs
|Located At:||18 A, Stephen Court, Park Street, Opposite KFC Restaurant,|
|Open Hours:||Closes 11:20 PM|
|Contact on:||033 2229 8841|
- CHELLO KEBAB (Recommended)
- CHICKEN STEAK SIZZLER
- SOUFFLÉ OF THE DAY (Recommended)
- PETER CAT’S SPECIAL DESSERT
Peter Cat is one of the oldest yet most well established and cherished restaurants on Park Street. For hardcore chicken lovers, this place serves to be the heaven. The platter of mutton seekhs and chicken kebabs is the one thing you definitely should try in Kolkata.
This platter is served along with steamed butter rice and assorted veggies, hence it easily becomes a lip smacking must have!
Cozy and quiet; Peter Cat tops the list both in terms of great food and ambience.
Chelo kebabs are barbequed fingers of spiced, minced meat on buttered rice, these are cooked in Iranian style.
Another well-known dish at Peter Cat’s is Macher Jhol, a fish curry – a staple among Kolkata’s cuisines. A seafood fanatic will never say no to this traditional, hot and spicy fish curry, which is cooked along with fresh potatoes, tomatoes and relished with condiments and favourably appreciated with rice!
Apart from the world class kebabs, Peter Cat also serves various continental delicacies.
Oh! Calcutta, Elgin Road
The place that makes its customer fall in love with Bengali dishes.
|Located At:||4th Floor, Forum Mall, 10/3, Elgin Road, Elgin, Kolkata|
|Open Hours:||Closes at 11pm|
|Contact on:||033 30990461|
Must Have’s :
- Chingri cutlet – Well cooked prawn cutlet with an unconventional yet yum taste.
- Ilish fish fingers- Crispy ilish mach fish fingers are finger licking worthy !
- Murshidabadi murgi – Looks like lollipop, this chicken starter is one of its kind.
- Ilish paturi – Bengali and ilish is a havoc combination. Hence this common dish of bongs is a complete delight to feast upon!
- Kancha lonka murgi – Boneless chicken prepared in green chilli gravy is a spicy dish and goes best with luchi.
- Kosha Mangsho ( Mutton Curry) – One of the famous Bengali food recipes, Kosha Mangsho is a curry cooked with mutton, a variety of vegetables like tomatoes and onions, and topped with a lot of different spices.
Just as the name suggests, this place summarizes the entire city and its cuisine with an excellent menu filled enlisting brilliantly stipulated dishes. It goes without saying that one can enjoy the most sumptuous bite of history and heritage, only at Oh! Calcutta.
Oh! Calcutta has succeeded amicably in recreating the lost taste of the 300 year old recipes of traditional dishes. The chefs have proved to do a wondrous job to unlock grandmother’s secret recipe diary and since then, this place has been a hustling bustling fine dine restaurant.
6 Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge
The place that serves heavenly Daab Chingri.
|Located At:||6, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata|
|Open Hours:||Closes At 11|
|Contact on:||+91 9830353881|
- GANDHORAJ CHICKEN- Tastes really great and simply one of the signature dish of 6 ballygunge place.
- GALDA CHINGRI CHINEY KABAB- A bit spicy yet an appetizing wonder!
- DAAB CHINGRI- The phenomenal dish is beyond this galaxy supremely palatable!
- Apart from these, 6 Ballygunge also serves a tempting Thali with delicately cooked and fresh ingredients. The menu of the Thali changes every alternate days.
From the artistic walls to the gramophone showcased and food served along with the crockeries used each and everything is curated with meticulousness.
It’s a place where you can go with your friends and family. The entire concept of 6 Ballygunge chain of restaurants revolves around Bengal and it’s cultural flavours.
Arsalan, Park Circus
Home to the ultimate Kolkata Biryani and Alur Torkari with Luchi
|Located At:||28, Circus Avenue, Near A.J.C. Bose Road Flyover, Park Circus Area, |
|Open Hours:||Closes at 12 am|
|Contact on:||+91 8697215347|
- Mutton Biryani, Mutton Biryani, Mutton Biryani! There’s never enough amount of times one could have this scrummy yummy exclusivity of this place!
- Hariyali Kebab, Reshmi and the Tandoori Kebab
- Chicken Special Biryani
- Arsalan is your one stop restaurant in Kolkata to enjoy the best North Indian cuisine in the city.
Arsalan is the trump of all food hubs serving Biryanis in Kolkata. Nothing beats this chain of restaurants which began back in 2002 and since then it has proved never to disappoint with its perfectly cooked North Indian and Awadhi food!
People come from far off areas just to get a taste of the traditional Kolkata Biryani. It comes with the egg and the potato like all traditional Bengali biryanis, and it’s just all levels of delicious.
Nawwarah Fine Dine & Lounge, Ballygunge
For all the vegetarians, this place is a must must must visit!
|Located At:||48A, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Ballygunge, Kolkata|
|Open Hours:||12 pm to 4 am|
|Contact on:||+91 7603056116|
- Khao Suey
- Masala Chai Ice Cream
- Milky Way
- Mushroom Burger
- Dum Biryani
The mesmerizing and stunning décors of this beautifully constructed restaurant will put you in awe and capture your attention throughout your dining here. Nawarrah – the name’s origin traces back to Mughal roots; hence the decor of the place.
This beautiful place is divided into 2 sections – one, fine dine restaurant and another, lounge and hookah bar. Unlike other hookah joints, this one’s neither congested nor dark. The chandeliers, the various sizes of mirrors, the vibrant colours used for seating places and adornments makes this place lively.
Although this place serves pure vegetarian food yet the quality, ambiance and service are extraordinary. An ideal spot for those who are looking to catch up with friends over some food, drinks and hookah, this restaurant has some great options when it comes to snacks and features a restaurant on the ground floor where you can actually grab a proper meal.