My All Time Favourite Restaurants In Kolkata

Kolkata Food Culture

Kolkata, my one true love. My food paradise. Over the years, as I have been bestowed with layers and layers of new chapters in life, I find it difficult to take out the time to visit my city. In the past few years, I have only been able to visit Kolkata once a year. But, those five days in the city of joy fills me in with the deepest love ever.

Why do I love the city so much? Of course, because I was born here, but I am addicted to the food culture of the city. The iconic restaurants, the flavorful street food, classic dishes and legendary settings in the backdrop of everything traditional makes me want to crawl back to Kolkata every time I get a chance.

This article is about my most cherished restaurants of the city. Many eateries come and go; modern, chic restaurants keep mushrooming at every nook-an-corner of the city, but these few restaurants will forever remain close to every Bengali’s heart.

1. Golbari

 

Golbari's Mutton Kosha

Golbari’s Mutton Kosha

 

The legendary Golbari is not just a restaurant; it’s a craze. It reflects more than just good Bengal cuisine. It reflects the very essence of our culture. Their Mutton Curry or Kosha Mangsho has become a folktale in the history books of Kolkata’s food culture.

What to eat?

  • Kosha Mangsho
  • Mutton Cutlets
  • Mutton Keema
  • Chicken Kasha
  • Mutton Curry

Address: New Punjabi Hotel, 211, A.P.C. Road, Shyam Bazar, Kolkata

Timings: 12:30 AM to 11 PM

Cost: Rs. 450 for two people (approx.)

 

2. Olypub

 

Olypub

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Are you a fan of beef steak? Wait till you have it at the iconic Olypub in Park Street. This is one of Kolkata’s oldest pubs. Rustic, old-school setting, cheap-priced beer, table fans set across each table and traditional waiters serving in uniforms – this place will take you down the memory lane.

What to eat?

  • Beef Steak
  • Chicken Ala Kiev
  • Mutton Steak
  • Tandoori Chicken
  • Meat Platter
  • Mutton Cutlets
  • Fish Grill

Address: 21, Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Cost: Rs. 1100 for two people (approx.) with alcohol

 

3. Peter Cat

 

Peter Cat

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One of Park Street’s oldest, hidden gems is the iconic Peter Cat. This classic restaurant has been serving the most delectable Chelo Kebabs from the sixties. Come here for a wholesome meal with a Screw Driver as an accompaniment, and you will never forget the experience.

What to eat?

  •  Chicken Bharta
  • Afghani Kebab
  • Cocktail Prawn
  • Chelo Kebab Platter
  • Chicken Sizzler

Address: 18A, Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:20 PM

Cost: Rs. 1200 for two people (approx.)

 

4. Mitra Café

 

Mitra Cafe

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Mutton Breast Cutlet. That’s how I have always known Mitra Café. Located in many corners of Kolkata, I always visited the Golpark Branch because it was close to my place. Also, they serve the most amazing Brain Chop (fried goat brains)!

What to eat?

  • Fish Kaviraji
  • Mutton Kaviraji
  • Afghan Chicken
  • Mutton Kasha
  • Chicken Roll

Address: 23/37, Gariahat Road, Golpark, Kolkata

Timings: 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM

Cost: Rs. 300 for two people (approx.)

 

5. Dilkhusha Cabin

 

Dilkusha Cabin

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Positioned off the College Street Crossing, this restaurant has played host to national stalwarts like Kabi Nazrul Islam. Today, Dilkhusha Cabin is crowded with students, artists, musicians, poets, politicians and more. An evening with tea, some Kaviraji and music can soothe your soul.

What to eat?

  • Prawn Kaviraji
  • Egg Devil
  • Dahi Chicken
  • Mutton Cutlet

Address: Building 88, MG Road, Near College Street Crossing, College Street, Kolkata

Timings: 12:30 AM to 8:30 PM

Cost: Rs. 300 for two people (approx.)

 

6. Indian Coffee House

 

Indian Coffee House

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This restaurant is soaked in history and culture. A hub for intellectuals from all walks of life, this celebrated restaurant was a favourite hangout place for Satyajit Ray, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Samaresh Majumdar and more. The food is humble and so is the price. But, it’s the vibe that changes everything as you set foot in this antique eatery.

What to eat?

  • Chicken Sandwich
  • Mughlai Paratha
  • Chicken Omelette
  • Onion Pakoda
  • Coffee

Address: 15, Bankim Chatterjee Street, College Street, Kolkata

Timings: 09:00 AM to 09:00 PM

Cost: Rs. 200 for two people (approx.)

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