India Restaurant is a well known name among the best restaurants in Kolkata. Specialized in various non vegetarian cuisines, it is one of the most famous non vegetarian restaurants in Kolkata. Every dish they serve carries the deep, complex flavors that are the hallmark of Indian cuisine; each curry's spices are so distinct that you can tell them apart by smell alone.
"Bewitching condiments, careful cooking, succulent spices, a warm atmosphere, and solicitous service make every occasion here a revelation. This is fine dining, Indian style, with each and every plate perfectly presented and each dish, decidedly delicious." We at India's hope you have a pleasant and memorable dining experience!
Favorite Dish: Chicken Bharta - It is a delicious dish prepared with boneless chicken and is served best with tandoori roti. The cubed chicken bharta has flavors of chicken with semi-cooked onions and aroma of fresh coriander.
Chicken Cheese Kebab - Recently introduced a succulent chicken kebab with a twist of cheese. Its a must try there.
Chicken Afghani - An ancient city of art, traditions and being the nation’s multi-cultural capital, Kabul has traditionally offered a wide variety of cooking styles and ingredients. "Chicken Tandoor Afghani" is one such gift of this culture.
On last Sunday evening ( 19.05.2013), it was raining heavily, we decided to have Biryani for dinner, so we decided to try a new place. We have been listening about Chhote Nawab for sometime so we sailed for it. We found that they have stopped Hyderabadi Biryanis due to summer as it contains more spices. Then we ordered their Mughlai Biryani, Butter Naan, Chicken Kadai and Mutton Pasinda ( Boneless fried Mutton in gravy). Though, the taste was just okay, we found the potions were very little compared to next door restaurant our favourite Arsalan. It was almost 30% higher in prices than Arsalan.
Needless to say, Arsalan is always full and Arsalan remains our all time favourite.
Favorite Dish: Mutton Pasinda.
This is a brand new restaurant in Kolkata , serving excellent Chinese dishes at a very affordable price. This was opened during our festival Durga Puja in October'2012, when we were traveling to Thailand. This place is very near our home about 1.2 kms, situated at Lake Gardens , near Lords Bakery, Kolkata. The place is opened by our family friends Rakhi Rakshit & Sabyasachi. The location is excellent, just next to Lords Bakery. So, it is very convenient for the people who are returning from office or they can get the food packed while returning home. They also offer home delivery with in two kilometer radius. Service is superb and so is their mock tails! This place does not have a bar as this is a purely family joint with very personalised service! Food is just heavenly!
We visited this place on our 21st Anniversary on 18th November'2012 to celebrate with something new. Rakhi Rakhshit and Sabyasachi made sure that we are not disappointed. Service is excellent so is the food. We liked Shredded Lamb so much that we ordered two plates of it. The second was even better!
Favorite Dish: We had refreshing Green Mocktail, Crispy Chicken, Shredded Lamb, Burned Garlic Rice with Prawn, Fish in Hot Garlic sauce.
Suggestion: If you are just celebrating any occasion, please give them a call in advance and see the magic! They will make it very memorable! We also visited again on 30th November to celebrate Munu's birthday!
It was Christmas in Kolkata and we decided to give ourselves a Royal Treat at our old friend's place Shun Li in Tangra, run by brother sister duo Matthew Chen and Michelle Wong. Michelle is the cook apart from her mother. This time we were accompanied by our family friend Singer and TV news reader Indrani Bhattacharyya and her famous writer- journalist husband Sankarlal Bhattacharyya. In my view Shun Li is the only place in whole of China Town, where you get excellent genuine homemade Chinese food. Since we visited them after long time, we just told them we would like to have our old favourite menu and it has to be selected by Matthew only!
We had Two Green Pepper Chicken, Lemon Chicken, Chicken with vegetables, Chicken Egg Rice Noodle, Chicken Egg Fried Rice , Cold drinks and my special Vodka spiced with fiery chilly!
It was an excellent menu and excellent afternoon!
We had a great lunch on New Year's eve at Sichuan Eating House at Tangra, China Town , Kolkata. We wanted to try a new place as we had food at almost all the 100 odd eating houses in Tangra, our China Town. We wanted to go to our friend's place at Shun Li, but we had dinner there consecutively on two days during Christmas. So we settled for this place.
The uniqueness of this place is that it is run by an erstwhile tough man of Tangra, nick named as Prem Chopra ( named after Yesteryear Bollywood villain), who has left that life and have started new life. This place does not have bar license unlike other places in Tangra. We called the chef and informed that we are interested to have only pure Chinese food and not Indianised Chinese food. He promised and served us at least three very good dishes, which we liked very much.
We had Green Pepper Chicken, Kung Pao Chicken, Sichuan Chicken, Mix Cantonese noodles, Mixed Fried Rice and cold drinks! It was a real superb meal.
The Mix Cantonese Noodle, Pepper Chicken and Kung Pao Chicken was just superb!
We chanced upon this restaurant during a walk around Park Street. The name of the restaurant sounded very curious and idiosyncratic, and it demanded a visit!
We decided to head there for an early lunch. We entered and encountered a dimly-lit, well-appointed, posh restaurant. It was mostly empty.
We were seated and we spent quite some time over the menu. (They serve Indian and Continental food.) We decided what we wanted and placed our order. After about 20 minutes we were served our food. The first bite, ah, so exquisite! It was divine. We ordered three different main courses and sort of ate each other's food. All the three dishes were spectacular.
The service excellence of a restaurant can be decided by how they refill water in your glass. There are restaurants that wouldn't refill till you ask them; then there are others which wouldn't fill it even if you remind them a number of times. At Peter Cat, they kept refilling, and i didn't even notice when they did. The staff was very attentive to our needs, but didn't impose themselves on us.
Another thing i should mention is, this place was full and buzzing by the time were were half way through our meal!
Nearest Metro: Park Street
I went to this place as it was recommended to me by someone who had visited Kolkata earlier.
Established in the 1920s by a European couple, Flurys was popular tea room that attracted the rich British and Indian customers.
A number of food that was served in the past are still being served and they are marked 'H' in the menu. There are some newer additions to the menu as well. They are well-known for their pastries, puffs, cakes, and such.
I got lucky as they had an American Food Festival happening at the time i visited, and thus i managed something from a special menu: spare ribs and cheese cake. :)
I hope you get lucky too!
Service: 3/5 (They can be quicker)
Nearest Metro: Park Street
Kolkata was the hotbed of the Indian Renaissance, and the Coffee House, apparently, was the eye of the storm. Ensconed in the midst of Presidency College, University of Calcutta, the Hindu College and many other educational institutions on College Street, Coffee House ended up being the haunt of the literati, poets, activists and so on. Rabindranath Tagore, Subash Chandra Bose and his INA buddies, Amartya Sen, Sathyajit Ray were some of the regulars at this place.
Having heard about all this, we decided to pay our homage to the place. The place was crowded with the buzzing noise of people chattering everywhere. The waiter managed to find us a table next to this table of middle-aged men sitting around, some smoking, some sipping coffee, some having a bite to eat, and all of them having a chat. I suppose a lot does happen over coffee and significant movements arise out of seemingly insignificant chitchats.
I looked around after placing my order for fried fish and coffee. There were all sorts of people: college students, the middle-aged men i mentioned above, loners, groups of people, and so on.
On a day when you have decided to spend some time shopping for used books on College Street, stop by at the Coffee House and have a coffee.
Ambiance: Can't be rated
Price: Very, very inexpensive
Nearest Metro: Central (North Exit)
I realised Haldiram's restaurants in Kolkata are different from the Haldiram's restaurants in New Delhi when i looked at both their web sites.
Anyways, Haldiram's in Kolkata is very Kolkata specific and they serve those famous Bengali sweets and savouries one keeps hearing about.
There's a restaurant area where you can eat what you buy. They have implemented the self-service concept here. You have to pay at the cash counter, receive your receipt and token, go to the counter number mentioned in the token to collect your food. It is not as tedious as it sounds as it is very organized and there's no pushing and pulling. The service was pretty quick too.
Prices are very reasonable. A plate of dhokla and two roshogollas we paid INR 40.
Besides eating there, you can also buy and get sweets packaged to take home. :)
The place is clean. There's also a decent rest room. This is a great place for a quick snack when you are walking around near Victoria Memorial.
While you are there, don't forget to have Kolkata's famous mishti dhoi.
Nearest Metro: Rabindra Sadan
Favorite Dish: Roshogollas, dhoklas, chaats, mishti dhoi.
The best way to save time and money so you can see more of Kolkata is by choosing to eat street food instead of having a sit-down lunch. There are number street vendors selling simple snacks to proper meals, and you can have your pick depending on how hungry you feel.
Some of the must eats:
Hot, fresh, crisp jelabis
Mishti Dhoi (sweet curd)
And anything else that catches your fancy!
They can cost anywhere from Rs. 5 to Rs. 30 depending on quantity and what you are buying. Cleanliness depends on the vendor and the location. You should be able to get an idea just from appearance. However, if you have a weak stomach, i'd say you better pass this one.
This is a regular Coffee World chain coffee shop, but set in the mall. It was very busy, and was difficult to find a table. Anyway, we found a table in about 5 minutes.
We have to order and pay at the counter. When i placed the and paid i received some change. I did not get the receipt though. Later, when the coffee and food were served i demanded my receipt. It was then that i realized that i was short-changed.
The issue was sorted out when i pointed it to the guy at the till, but he further tried to short-change me. And that with a lot of mumbling.
Their service was also pathetic. I understand that they were busy and needed to get the tables free, but pulling plates and mugs from under the nose even before you are finished is rude. Anyways, we just got done with it and ran away from there.
We made another visit to this place on 29th September'11 with Rakhi and Munu. But we were grossly disappointed as our favourite Mutton Pasinda was just not available. Pasinda is boneless meat made on the pattern of Mutton Chaanp. It's their signature dish, so we had to contend ourself with Mutton Chaanp , Biryani, Roomali Roti and Shahi Tukra as sweet dish. Mutton Pasinda is available only on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays in evening time.
When our VT friend Amy Frills and hubby Gerald Q visited Kolkata on 2nd. October'11 for a very short period , we decided to have lunch at this newly opened Restaurant at Park Street serving Continental food. We learnt that it was opened only last week, just before our festival Durga Puja. The smell of fresh paint was still present.
Since, their body time was about 3.30 ( Philippines time), we decided not to waste any time and just ordered our food. We ordered, Fish Steak for me, Chef's Special Chicken for Rakhi, Chicken Tetra zinni for Munu, Paneer Sashlik for Gerald and Vegetable Au Gratin for Amy with Garlic bread and Special pan Fried salad and coke to wash it all. Gerald and Amy are vegetarians. The food was very good and tasty.
Service was very good and atmosphere was clean and cool. We shall visit tis place again. Food was not very pricey either.
Favorite Dish: We liked Fish Steak and Chef's Special chicken very much. Gerald informed he enjoyed his Paneer Sashlik very much
ARSALAN, located just on the Park Circus Avenue is a good alternative for Shiraz.
They serve Mughlai n tandori food items.Recently they stop to serve coffee n tea but u'll sure get cold drinks.They also accept major credit cards.It's a kid friendly n air-conditioned place.The Biryani is perfect, the khuska is well cooked, attar is just right, the potato is soft, the chunk of mutton is tender and soft, completes with the boiled egg. This place has one of the best Biryanis in Kolkata, and I felt better than Shiraj. You must also try out the Kababs n the Mutton Kastoori Kabas.
The other items like kebbab, kassha or tandoori items are also good. Roomali Roti is soft, thin and tastes good. Please check their website for the menu and the timings: http://www.arsalanrestaurant.com/. They now have three branches.
The address is 191, Park Street Circus Avenue, Kolkata 700017 Phone: (33) 22844010 , 22848556 , 22848558, 22277494 .
Favorite Dish: I love the size of their Rolls n specially the Tikia roll.I also love their Firni(dessert).
This is perhaps the Oldest Restaurant in Kolkata, started in the year 1905 by Md.Ahmad who came from Lucknow. It started with very few dishes and soon their Mutton Chhanp ( Spareribs) cooked in spicy Mughal style , became very famous. Those days restaurants mean The Firpos and the Restaurants of Park Street. They were limited to The Europeans and some aristocrat Bengali, who the British allowed.
Soon, the Indian crowd started pouring in and the Royal hotel ( It was popular by this name then) became very famous with their dishes like Biryani, Chhanp, Roomali Roti, Firni ( Rice pudding) and Shahi Tukra ( a sweet dish made of bread and sugar with Kheer) excellent.
Those who like Spicy and Mughal style a visit is must to see the glory days! It is also a perfect example to see how this hotel/ restaurant survived 106 long years without changing the venue and Menu!!!!
Now they have air conditioned section at the top for families but the food tastes the same, just superb. Over the time the business grew and this property is now called Royal Indian Hotel Private Limited, ably run by the grandsons of Mr.Ahmad , MrSohel Ahmed and Mr.Irfan Ahmad.
Md.Sohel & Md.Irfan, Ahmad. 1905 . Lucknow