Very few cities across the world can boast of the variety of street and restaurant food and hence here are some must-eat restaurants in Kolkata. Its anyways super famous for its sweets and that fame reaches every part of the world. Even otherwise, the wide range of cuisines available and their influence on the local food has given rise to some signature dishes that are available in this part of the world only. Here are some must-eat restaurants for a newcomer to Kolkata.
Peter Cat – Must eat restaurant #1
Stephen Court Building, 18 A, Park St, opposite KFC Restaurant
Signature Dish: – Chelo Kebab
Situated in the ever so busy and happening place of Kolkata, Park Street, Peter Cat has been one of Kolkata’s favorite eateries for more than 40 years now. If you have heard just one thing about Peter Cat then that has to be their Chelo Kabab, the founder of Nitin Kothari’s brainchild.
Derived from a Persian dish, this special kebab dish available in chicken and mutton options is prepared using unique spices and Persian herbs and served on a bed of rice with butter and egg. It’s Peter Cat’s signature dish and as a matter of fact its identity. This is definitely a must-eat restaurant also recommended by popular websites like restaurant-guru.in.
Why don’t you surprise yourself with a plate?
Nizam’s Restaurant – Must eat restaurant # 2
23 & 24, Hogg St, near Axis Bank ATM
Signature Dish: – Kathi Rolls
Nizam is supposed to be the mother of this famous Kolkata Street food – Kathi Rolls. They have been serving rolls to Kolkata and several other cities
now since the year 1920 – that’s over a century. You have really not tasted Kathi rolls unless you have feasted at Nizam’s. Set at the heart of New Market, it draws customers from not only all across Kolkata but also all across India. Whenever I am visiting Kolkata, I ensure that I make time for at least one trip there to grab a quick bite.
When you visit them, you must try the Aloo-Anda roll; the potato is fished out of biryani after it’s been slow-cooked in ghee. A good spritz of lemon and the usual accompaniment of onion and green chilli makes it a perfect meal. You’ll also get a decent plate of biryani here for a very affordable price.
Golbarir Kosha Mangsho – Must eat restaurant # 3
Shyambazar 5 Point, 211, Acharya Prafulla Chandra Rd
Signature Dish: – Kosha mangsho, parotta
Yet another very old and very popular restaurant in Kolkata serving some very authentic a super signature dish. Their Kosha mangsho has been very famous over the years as their fan following has now entered the third generation now. My father recommended this place to me and I remember eating there with my father as a kid. Today I visit that place with my daughter.
It is a MUST HAVE for any mutton fan. Cooked in mustard oil with a range of spices which is the secret ingredient in gravy that largely comprises of tomato, onion, and yogurt. If you are planning a visit there, be prepared to takeaway food parcel as it is mostly very crowded at all times with very limited place to sit.
Olypub – Must eat restaurant # 4
21, Park St, Kolkata
Signature Dish: – Chateau Briand Beefsteak
I haven’t been to this place for some time now, post the renovation. By and large, it’s a place best visited along with your classmates from school and college. A typical hangout place that serves awesome quality food at a very decent price. The liquor prices are quite cheap here. That makes it a favorite place for people who enjoy a good drink and some yummy food.
The Chateau Briand Beefsteak is served with some soft and well-cooked mashed potato and butter. Some boiled and well-cooked green peas add color to the plate. A nice meaty very well-cooked beef steak and a poached egg. It’s a meal in itself. You also need to try the Ala Kiev. It is a double-coated fried dish with ample chicken stuffing and butter stuffed within. So when you cut it open, the butter oozes out.
Benfish – Must eat restaurant # 5
Stalls over Kolkata and food trucks.
Signature dish: – Fish fry, fish chop, and fish shingara.
West Bengal State Co-operative Federation Ltd. (BENFISH) was established and registered under the West Bengal Co-operative Acts & Rules in the year 1978 as the apex body of the Fishermen’s Co-operatives in the state for augmenting fish production by introducing the scientific method of pisciculture and for the upliftment of socio-economic condition of the poor fishermen by introducing modern crafts and gears.
If you are fond of fish, like all Bengalis are, then you have to treat yourself at any one of their food stalls across the city or even stop by one of their food trucks that cook and deliver the most awesome fishy snack around the city. A few must-try items when you visit there are fish chop, fish fry, and fish shingara. What hits you most when you take a bite into these delightful dishes is the freshness of the fish and how beautifully it is cooked. If you love your fish, this is an absolute must-eat restaurant to give yourself a feel of the freshness of the yummy fish.
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