Speaking from personal experience, the amount is more than enough for a weekend getaway in Kolkata (for one person). And if you’re one of those “oh-Kolkata-is-basically-Bangladesh” types, you my friend, are thoroughly mistaken. Rich in culture and vibrant with heritage with significant influences from life under the British Raj, the city boasts seemingly traditional aesthetics while indulging in modern times.
The influences become evident when you try out the food – an oasis of delightful traditional treats and modern reconstructions, Kolkata caters to all kinds of foodies. Whether you prefer fusion between different styles or like sticking to the glorious combo of bhaat-maach-daal (like we do!), here are some food joints that simply won’t disappoint you.
Just as the name sounds, Bohemian is all about the celebration of free-spirit. Chef Joy’s pièce de résistance, the cosy restaurant features a wide array of fusion food that will surely knock your socks off. Expect the freshest produce cooked with inspiration from traditional styles; the use of mustard, nolen gur and other deshi spices add an exquisite Bangali aroma like no other. It is honestly, too hard to decide on a particular dish. Ask for the chef’s special and try out anything that sounds interesting to you (all of them do, and they usually don’t let you down). Go wild with the exciting, fusion-y cocktails that are worth every buck you spend on them.
Address: 32/4, Old Ballygunge 1st Lane, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India
Phone:+91 75500 76005
Yet another gem near Ballygunge, Spice Kraft is all about global gastronomy, particularly the French cuisine without compromising the authenticity of Asian flavours. Spice Kraft takes it a step further and tries all sorts of weird cooking techniques that taste absolutely delicious. Try out the Coq-Au-Vin and Grilled Bhetki with Lemon Butter Sauce to reward your tastebuds after a day-out in Kolkata.
Address: 54/1/2A, Hazra Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700019, India
Phone:+91 98312 23311
The southern part of the city is home to Kewpie’s, a family-run restaurant that is heavy on nostalgia and serves scrumptious traditional Bengali dishes in a warm, cosy ambience. A private home with a restaurant attached, Kewpie’s offers an assortment of delectable lavish thalas(multi-course meal) that will leave you spent. Opt for Kewpie’s Niramish Thala if you’re a vegan, Mithu’s Mangshor Thala if you want meat and Mithu’s Maacher Thala for some of the tastiest fish dishes ever to grace your tastebuds. The Daab Chingri (spicy coconut prawns) they prepare is out of this world!
Address: No. 2, Elgin Lane, Off Heysham Road, Behind Netaji Bhavan, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, India
Phone:+91 33 2486 1600
Back to the basics – expect homemade authentic Bengali recipes that’ll make you miss your mom. The quantity they serve may not seem much but are justified considering how reasonable the prices are. The Chicken Dakbangla tastes great with the Luchi they serve; the pulao and rosogolla stand out among the other dishes they feature. The ambience is very ordinary and chilled enough for you to eat with your hands without worrying about being improper. Perfect place for a true Bangal.
Address: 18/1A, Hindustan Road, Kolkata, West Bengal
Phone: +91 33 2466 3941