To start with, let us tell you one thing about Bengalis: they are born foodies and they know their food quite well. This, along with the quintessential British culture that the city had experienced for centuries, has culminated into the foundation of an eclectic range of restaurants across the city. Some of these restaurants are even about a century old and still running strong. Let’s have a look at few of these restaurants which give Calcutta a different gastronomic identity—
7. Tung Fong
Address:25 B, Ground Floor, Karnani Mansion, Free School Street, Park Street, Kolkata
Contact:033 22174969, 033 22174989
One of the oldest Chinese restaurants in the city, Tung Fong has been a favorite Chinese cuisine hub for every Bengali. Located at the heart of the city, if you’re at Tung Fong, you simply cannot miss out on their Tom Yum soup and kung pao chicken amidst the other delectable dishes.
The place offers a la carte menu as well as buffet (lunch) which costs around Rs. 460 per person on weekdays and 520 on weekends. The best thing about Tung Fong is, however, their large waiting arena—no matter how long the queue is, you will never have to stand in queue—cool, isn’t it?
Address: 17 B, Park Street, Kolkata
Contact: +91 8697153688, 033 22297825
Again located at Park Street (also referred to as the “food street” of Kolkata), Trincas is almost a popular landmark of the city and specializes in North Indian and Continental delicacies.
Although the food quality has gone down in the past few years, it is yet undeniable that “fine dining” in Kolkata refers to Trincas—with their good live music and entertainment. However, if you’re at Trincas, do try out their cocktails or mocktails—they specialize in those. A meal for two in Trincas would come around 1200 bucks.
5. Peter Cat
Address: 18A, Park Street, Kolkata
Contact: 033 22298841, 033 40017299
“Think Chello Kababs, think Peter Cat”—this has been a motto of the Kolkatans since the restaurant’s foundation in the early part of the twentieth century. Although they have both continental and North Indian spreads in their menu, we suggest you to try their North Indian delicacies which are simply out of the world.
And, once in Peter Cat, you must try their Chello Kabab or chicken Marrakesh—these two dishes are simply out of the world. A meal at the fine restaurant will bring you down by 1200 bucks! Yes, it’s that cheap!
Address: 21, Park Street, Kolkata
Contact: 033 64520472
One of the oldest pubs in Kolkata, Olypub will transport you to some old and smoky British tavern. If you want to booze, indulge in worldly talks or meet some old friends, and gorge on some nice steaks—this is the place to be.
However, if you want to pamper yourself with some lavish décor and style, this is so not going to impress you. However, once at Olypub, do try out their beef steak—they make the best beef steaks in this part of the country. In other words, Olypub is the synonym for Nostalgia!
3. Moulin Rouge
Address: 31, Park Street, Kolkata
Contact: 033 22299397
Although the name is typically French (“Moulin Rouge” refers to “red windmill), they don’t serve French dishes. In fact, you have huge blades of windmill attached to the restaurant. The interior is done in an old-worldly style which is loved by all its customers.
However, their legacy doesn’t end with the décor—the food shouts out loud its legacy as well. Moulin Rouge specializes in sizzlers—so giving it a try is a must! Our next recommendation would be Chicken Scallion which will surely leave you craving for more. A meal for two at Moulin Rouge will set you back by 1300 bucks.
Address: 18, Park Street, Kolkata
Contact: 033 40007453
A typically British bakery, Flury’s still manages to hold the soft corner among all the Kolkatan’s heart. It’s a bakery cum coffee shop where you even get great, delectable British cuisine all the year round.
If you’re in Kolkata anytime between the Christmas and New Year, do try out their Christmas menu—with turkey roast and great plum pudding on the cards, it’s a sure win! If you come during any other time of the year, don’t worry; be here for the breakfast, which is the best in Kolkata!
Address: 25B, Park Street, Kolkata
Contact: 033 22654300, 033 22290095
Yet again, the best has been saved for the last. Mocambo is perhaps the finest restaurant in the city which serves authentic Italian food. We aren’t going to say more about the place—it’s for you to go and decipher. We can only say you’ll love our suggestion and die to make an encore.
That Italian and Continental food isn’t all about cheese and cheese only, Mocambo makes us understand. However, once there, do make it a point to try out their prawn cocktails and spaghetti with meat balls. A meal for two here would cost around 1200 bucks!