Saturday, January 19, 2013

Where To Eat When You Are In Kolkata

French author Dominique Lapierre baptized Kolkata as the ‘City of Joy’, though his novel depicts horrific poverty and the darker side of this evergreen city. As famously known as a “cultural capital of India”, Kolkata has lots to offer in terms of tradition and culture. And one thing cannot be missed, is the culinary journey of Bengali cuisine, passing through lip-smacking kitchens of Bengali’s own gastronomic delights. 

Bengali foods are not just exotic, but cheap and probably the cheapest in the world. You won’t find difficulty to find any imaginable street food in this city whether you are looking for vegetarian or non-vegetarian. Street vendors selling snacks like chowmien, idli, dosa, uttapaam, ghoogni bhelpuri, golgappas, jhaal muri, rolls are ubiquitous  around schools, colleges, office paras (areas) and other crowded places. 

Where Famous Food Joints are Located?

A typical roadside snack corner
While passing through the busy streets of central Kolkata, especially in the area of Dalhousie, you will notice a large number of state and central government offices, and around them ubiquitous food stalls selling lunch, snacks, fruits and juices. You can also find a wide variety of food joints in Esplanade area, especially in Dacres Lane.

If you are in vegan-diet, you can find good foods in long stretches on Theatre Road, Russell Street, Lord Sinha Road, Camac Street where you can taste some scrumptious paw-bhaji, moong dal vadas, etc.

Best Beef Joints Found in Kolkata..

Roadside authentic Mughlai Food Joint
Kolkata serves beef lovers with the best quality beef, you probably won’t find such good beef steaks, kebabs and beef chaap in whole India. You can find good beef biryani in Esplanade area, another dish haleem is a specialty in many roadside restaurants in Kolkata. It is a blend of wheat, meat (usually beef), and different types of daal (lentils and spices. In central Kolkata, some restaurants serve the best beef steaks in the country. 

Some Family Restaurants in Kolkata

If you want to taste hygienic and really authentic Bengali cuisines you can visit some of the below restaurants:

Oh! Calcutta

Oh! Calcutta in Kolkata
If you have money to spend on eating spree, Oh! Calcutta is one of the best restaurants available for Bengali cuisine. This award winning fine dining restaurant is now located in major cities in India. The traditional dishes with large assortment of recipes could be a painstaking research. The elegant décor with hard drinks can be a memorable evening out. You can also book a private dining area in advance.

•    Address: Forum Mall, 10/3 Elgin Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, Kolkata.
•    Phone: (33)2283-7161.
•    My Choice: Go for traditional fish curry, hilsa fish with mustard is quite delicious. Taste some vegetarian dishes such as mochar ghonto, and dhokar dalna.
Kewpie’s Kitchen

Kewpie's family run restaurant
Started as a small restaurant (still it is), it has taken Kolkata by storm. The family run business is located in owner’s home where only fifty people can be accommodated. The reasonable price and authentic taste are signature attraction.

•    Address: 2 Elgin Lane (behind Netaji Bhawan), Kolkata.
•    Phone: (33)2475-9880.
•    My Choice: The traditional Bengali thali (platter) served on a banana leaf.

Bhojohori Manna

Bhojohori Manna ambiance
It is the place when you have a rush but also need to satisfy you taste-buds with some authentic Bengali dishes. There are many outlets in Kolkata, and they don’t compromise on quality. The name is after a song sung by Manna De in 70s (“ami sri sri Bhojohori Manna…)

•    Address: Locations at Ekdalia Road, Hazra, Salt Lake Sectors I & V, Star Theatre (Hatibagan), Ruby (Kasba Industrial Estate), Esplanade, and Hindustan Road (most upmarket, recommended), Sector V (Salt Lake).
•    Phone: Refer website.
•    My Choice: Kosha Mangsho (mutton curry) and Daab Chingri (coconut prawn curry).


Aminia - quintessential for biryanis

You must not miss biryanis in Kolkata! I personally feel, Kolkata serves the finest biryanis in India, though people often talk about Lucknow’s but if you taste Kolkata’s biryani, you won’t find another biryani comes close to it. Guaranteed!

 Aminia is famous for biryani for decades, with wide range of inexpensive biryani dishes; this place is undoubtedly the best biryani house in Kolkata. Enjoy Kolkata’s biryani with added potatoes.
  • Address: 6 A. S.N. Banerjee Road (opposite New Market), Kolkata.
  • Phone: (33)2244-1318.
  • My Choice: Plain and simple mutton biryani.

 Other Food Joints & Restaurants in Kolkata


1.    Anand – 19 Chittaranjan Avenue
2.    Arsalan – Marina Garden Court, 191 Park Street
3.    Azad Hind Dhaba – 12/1 Balligunge Circular Road
4.    Banana Leaf – 73/75 Rashbehari Avenue
5.    Haveli – CK 2, Salt Lake, Sector-II, Karunamoyee
6.    Honey da Dhaba – P54 VIP Road, Scheme VIIM, Kankurgachi


1.    Ar Han Thai – 31 Bentick Street
2.    Chinese Pavilion – P21 Old Balligung Road
3.    Chowman – 25/166 Prince Gulam Mohammed Shah Road
4.    Mainland China Private Dining – Silver Arcade, 5 JBS Haldane Avenue
5.    Red Hot Chilli Pepper – 26/2 Balligung Circular Road
6.    Tung Fong – 25B Park Street


1.    Casa Toscana – 14 Sarat Chatterjee Avenue
2.    Fire and Ice – 41 JL Nehru Road, Opp Jeevan Deep
3.    Hushh – The Italian Resto Lounge & Bar
4.    Little Italy – Fort Knox, 8th Floor
5.    Spaghetti Kitchen – Forum, 4th Floor


1.    Olypub – 21 Park Street
2.    The Bistro – 244A Purna Das Road
3.    The Four Leaves – P588 Purna Das Road
4.    Zara – 3rd Floor, South City Mall

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  • baking classes in Kolkata says:
    May 11, 2015 at 3:36 AM

    I love Kolkata foods. Be it a street food or in a reputed restaurants. I just love all the flavors of Kolkata food.

  • Arpita Dasgupta says:
    August 30, 2016 at 1:33 PM

    steak factory in southern avenue and new aalipore and mocambo is also all time favourite! I just love continental foods.

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