There’s a saying that speaks that you can’t take away Kolkata out of a Bengali. But in today’s globalized world, Bengal cuisine has undergone a total transformation by supporting amalgamation of fish, meat and even vegetarian foods. Some of the Bengali restaurants in Kolkata serve unforgettable Bengali cuisines. You can find great meat dishes along with the must-to-try seafood or fish items. These famous eateries now have opened branches even outside Kolkata for all Bengalis throughout the country and of course for the food lovers. Here’s a list of restaurants to taste authentic Bengali cuisines. Just in case you aren’t aware of the food styles of Bengal, it’s necessary to eat food to preserve the subtle flavors – such as at first the vegetarian dishes then comes the fishes and meats.
6 Ballygunge Place
If you’re a foodie who can eat the buffet or the ‘thali’, this Bengali food joint is a heaven for you. It was established in 2003 when there were no such big Bengali cuisine specific eateries. Though it has some outlets all over the city, the original one is situated in a vintage old and characterized converted bungalow in Ballygunge. The ambiance is certainly a major thumbs up with the white building and some delicious foods. The dishes were nurtured and created from scouring some famous cookbooks. This is one of the most noteworthy Bengali restaurants in Kolkata if you want to taste some of the traditional ‘Thakur barir ranna’ or Rabindranath Tagore’s family recipes.
How to go: 6 Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata(with an outlet in Salt lake too)
Must try: Pabda Macher Jhal (spicy fish curry, prepared with mustard paste and poppy seeds.)
Pocket pinch: Rs 1,000-1,200 for two. Go for the thali or sumptuous lunch or dinner buffet for some great feast.
If you ain’t that much worried about your pocket pinch and just enjoy the delicacies, this place is a must hopping one. While this award winning eatery has now opened several branches all over the country, people,especially the Bongs out of Kolkata are in love with this. Mainly recreating old Bengali traditional dishes with some new ideas and flavors is the prime motto. Which is not a very easy task! It has. Private dining space also there apart from its elegant ambiance.
How to go: Forum Mall, 10/3 Elgin Road, Lala Lajpat Rai Sarani, Kolkata.( Branch at Silver arcade, 5 JBS
Must try: The Bhapa Hilsa (steamed Hilsa fish) and Smoked Bhetki (smoked Bhetki fish) are mind-blowing.
Pocket pinch: About Rs. 2,000 for two.
If you’re a Bengali, you must are acquainted with this name. Being named after a great novel and a popular cult movie of Bangla(1961), this is a truly delightful affair to eat here. The interior is well matched accordingly with some old portraits of star cast of the movie and some stills. You can hear some soft tunes of Bengali movie in the background, accompanying you in your feast. Two chefs Mr. Ranjan Biswas and Mr. Swarup Mondal set up this eatery who have more than 10 years experience in 5 Star hotels. You can get authentic Bengali dishes along with some fusion items to have a blast.
How to go: 49B Purna Das Road, Hindustan Park, near Gariahat, Kolkata.(outlets at 40A Bagha Jatin)
Must try: Signature items which are favorites of Uttam Kumar, including Kacha Lanka Mangsho (mutton in coriander gravy).
Pocket pinch: Rs. 1,000 for two.
This is among the newly opened Bengali restaurants in Kolkata to serve some lip smacking Dhakai Bangladeshi cuisine. This award winning food joint is an inexpensive yet delicious choice. Since 1994, the restaurant pioneered this sort of cuisine in the city. You might not find an interesting decor there but the food speaks of its popularity. The crowded dining space is the most noteworthy testament to this.
How to Go: 7A Mustaque Ahmed Street, New Market Area, Kolkata. There are outlets in Ballygunge and in Jadavpur as well.
Must try: The signature dish, Kochu Bhapa Chingri (steamed prawns with taro root).
Pocket pinch: Rs. 600-700 for two
In Bengali, ‘fish-fish’ means whispering. As the name suggests, this place is a great addition for the seafood lovers of the city. Located in Ballygunge, at the lane of IRI college, this food joint is well known for its lovely environment as well as the food. Beside the delicacies like Amritsari fish, the fish curry is spectacular.
How to go: 13/5 Swinhoe street, Ballygunge.
Must try: jumbo prawns, Thai salad, Fish chili, prawn malai curry, prawn Stroganoff, roasted Ilish (Hilsa)
Pocket pinch: this one is a bit higher than the other Bengali restaurants in Kolkata described earlier. Rs. 1200 for two.
Situated near Golpark post office, this eatery is good for a sumptuous meal with a pure rural Bengal decor. The Paintings of Jamini Roy along with wooden cots and stairs make it surely a member of themed Bengali restaurants in Kolkata. A true Bengali food serving place since 2007. The servers are soft spoken yet professional carrying their reputation for quick service. The fish delicacies are awesome and in addition the Lal Keema and Kosha Mangsho (Mutton gravy).
How to go: 62, Ballygunge gardens, Golpark (near Golpark post office, opposite Rally’s)
Must try: Aam Ada chop( cutlet with mango ginger), bhetki and prawn filled cutlet, Ilish Paturi( Hilsa marinated in mustard paste in banana leaf), chingri malaikari( Bengali style prawn gravy), Dhakai chicken ( chicken cooked in Dhaka style with exotic species), Kosha Mangsho ( tenderised to mutton in Bengali style gravy, Gondhoraj ghol( lime flavoured sweet lassi).
Pocket pinch: Rs. 700-800 for two
This eatery is named after a famous Bengali song by Late Manna Dey in the 70s. So it tells about a chef named Bhojohori Manna who had unique cooking talent. This is among those Bengali restaurants in Kolkata that has many branches all over the city. And you can find one nearby when you’re in rush.
How to go: The most recommended outlet is m at 18/1A, Hindustan Road, Gariahat. Several others are located near Ekdalia Road, Hazra, Salt Lake Sectors I & V, Star Theatre (Hatibagan), Ruby (Kasba Industrial Estate), and Esplanade.
Must try: Kosha Mangsho (spicy mutton curry) and Daab Chingri (coconut and mustard prawn curry).
Pocket pinch: Rs. 600 for two.