Kolkata, the city of joy, has its roots in Bengali cuisine. A trip to Kolkata without trying the authentic Bengali cuisine would be incomplete. Here are the 20 Bengali restaurants one must visit when in Bengal.
This place is sure to satisfy the gourmet in you. It is known for its elegant ambience and the delectable food. The menu includes the mouth-watering Daab Chingri, smoked Bhetki-wrapped in banana leaf. Also, try their Aam Ilish which is quite popular. End the meal with some of the famous Bengali sweets- Mishti Doi and the Nolen Gur ice-cream will leave you amazed. Location: 10/3, Elgin Road, 4th Floor, Forum Mall, Kolkata.
6 Ballygunge Place
This restaurant welcomes you with a rich culture and stunning decor. They serve the authentic Thakurbari recipes. Both the vegetarians and the non-vegetarians will be pleased with the menu. The spicy fish curry served with rice is a must try along with the Morola Macher Piyaji, and the sweet yogurt (Mishti doi) which are being served in clay pots.
Location: House No.6, Ballygunge Place Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata.
This is mainly a fusion Bengali restaurant. The ambiance is simple and the main attraction here is the food. Their menu has some real innovative dishes which will amaze you undoubtedly with their bizarre combinations. One must try out the cheese baked crab and the Royal Bengal Roast Mutton. Location: 32/4, Old Ballygunge, 1St Lane, Near Bondel Road, Kolkata.
This place serves the authentic Dhaka Bangladeshi cuisine. The ambience is cozy but has a homely feel; the food is also great, which comes at affordable prices. The staff is also courteous. Their signature dish is steamed prawns with taro root- Kochu Bhapa Chingri. Other wide ranges of dishes served are that of fish and chicken Dak Bungalow and Mutton Dak Bungalow and also the Sorshe Ilish cooked in mustard gravy.Location: 7A, Mustaque Ahmed Street, New Market Area, Kolkata.
Located in the new market area, it is usually crowded and quite well-liked. It is small yet classy. The foods available here is reasonably priced, and the service is excellent. The Chingri Macher Malai Curry and Bhetki Paturi, and Bhuna Khichuri are not to be missed out. . Location: 30, Mirza Ghalib Street, Opposite Fire Brigade Head Quarters, Kolkata.
Where else would you find such tasty Bengali food in Kolkata? This place is named after a well-known Bengali track by a very popular singer Manna Dey- “Ami Sri Sri Bhojohori Manna..” It is preferred by all the Kolkatans as they serve authentic Bengali dishes. Their Chicken Dakbangla needs special mention. Location: Ekdalia Road, Gariahat.
The ambience of this restaurant is home-like and is run by a family. The food here includes everything from the starters to the seafood followed by the desserts. The Vegetarian treats are Doi Begun, mochar tarkari and dhokar dalna. Bhetki fry,Ilish bhapa and chingri malai are the seafood delicacies one mustn’t miss. Location: 2, Elgin Lane, Behind Netaji Bhawan, Bhawanipur Kolkata.
This timeless name of the restaurant has been setup after the famous movie that featured Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen. Their Murgi Paturi is a must try. The pocket pinch is affordable and the food is amazing. Location: G-40A, Baghajatin, Kolkata
This is a place so great to try out the home-style Bengali cuisines. The chicken breast cutlet is something you must not miss out here. Location: 33, Palit Street, Near Maddox Square, Kolkata.
Aheli – The Peerless Inn
Looking for a luxury Bengali dining! Well, Aheli is the place…. They serve newly prepared Bengali dishes. Their Chingri Macher Malai Curry is very famous here. Location: 12, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, Esplanade, Kolkata.
Just like its name you get a rustic feel and a village-like ambience with amazing Bengali delicacies. The worth mentioning items are Hilsha preparations because they serve varieties. Location: Vedic Village Spa Resort, Shikharpur, New Town, Kolkata.
The name itself gives you a hint that this place is a must visit for the non-vegetarians. The surrounding is that of a typically rural Bengali home. Among the recommended dishes there is the Kosha Mangsho (mutton cooked in thick gravy) and the chingri malai curry (prawns cooked in coconut milk). They also serve beverages like the gondhoraj ghol.Location: 62, Ballygunge Garden Road, Golpark, Ballygunge Gardens, Gariahat, Kolkata.
An Island restaurant in Kolkata? Well, visit Cafe Ekante in Eco Park. The ambience is brilliant and the superb atmosphere adds up to a better dining experience. They serve authentic Bengali food. Location: Eco Island, Eco Park, Rajarhat New Town, Kolkata.
Great ambience and food are the two things you get here in Tero Parbon. A paradise for the seafood lovers, they serve a wide variety of fish dishes. The tasty Kosha Mangsho, Doi Murgi, Shukto and Bhetki Paturi will leave you craving for more and the Nolen Gurer ice cream should be tried out. Special menus are put up during the festive seasons like Durga Puja and Hilsha festivals. Location: 49C, Puran Das Road, Near Hindustan Park, kolkata.
Solo Ana Bangali
The interiors of this restaurant have something antique about it. The service is prompt. The dishes to try out are Daaber Payesh stuffed Bhetki, Daab Chingri and Barishali Ilish. Location: Rashbehari Avenue, Near Deshapriya Park.
This is a new and tiny food junction that serves Bengali cuisine. Offers both veg and non-veg delicacies. The interior is simple yet lovely. The recommended dishes are Bhetki Paturi, Chitol Peti and the Kosha Mangsho. Location: Kasba (opposite Siemens) Kolkata.
They are mainly famous for the East Bengal delicacies they serve. It is a small place that will definitely satisfy your palates. Their Dhaba Biryani and the Chittagong Chicken should not be missed out. Location: 18/9A Santoshpur Avenue, Kolkata.
Basically meaning food for the common people, this place has an ancient charm. A great place to visit with family. Not to miss the amazing Chitol Machher Muitha. Location: 533, Jodhpur Park, Prince Anwar Shah Road, Kolkata.
This is a family restaurant run by women for their welfare and has a home-like ambience. It has Good food at a reasonable price, but it is only open for lunch. Delicacies that will sweep you off your feet are Mochar Ghonto, Potoler Dalma, Begun Basanti, Ilish Bhapa, Mocha Chingri and Bhetki Paturi. Location: 89, Elliot Road, Opp Bank of India, Kolkata.
This is a paradise for the fish lovers. They serve several variety of fish preparation as the name suggests. The Amritsari fish is a sheer delight one must try out. Location: 13/5 Swinhoe Street, Ballygunge, kolkata.