A Bengali’s love for food and extreme appetite is quite well known. After all, it’s not everywhere that you will find an almost hartal due to the inability of the restaurants to provide aaloo in their biryani.
As far as the restaurants are concerned, needless to say, from amazing street food joints and momo shacks to well-lit and plush five star restaurants, Kolkata has bountiful to offer. This post picks up some of the amazing thematic restaurants that have become a rage over the last one year. Coming right before the pujas, this list may just be a boon to all the foodies here:
1. Travel back in time when you step in ‘Oudh 1590’
With its grand seating arrangements, elegant décor, and amazing royal spread, you would certainly feel like ek din ka raja. The thumri in the background is an added bonus. Located at Deshpriya Park and Salt Lake, dining at Oudh 1590 at least once during the pujas is indeed mandatory!
Once there, don’t forget to try out their nehari khaas—we bet you’d be bowled over!
2. Unravel one of the hidden gems of Kolkata at ‘Santa’s Fantasea’
Perhaps the only restaurant in Kolkata that serves Indian tribal cuisine along with sumptuous seafood! Let loose the foodie in you by savoring delicacies at Santa’s Fantasea. Tucked in Ballygunj Terrace Road off Golpark, along with amazingly delectable food, this place offers you an equally charming tribal ambiance to relax in!
Our favorite food pick here will be none other than the bansa pora mutton/chicken.
3. Smoke hookah the ‘Desi Draaag’ way!
After all, what fun lies in smoking the rustic hookah, albeit with amazing flavors, at an all urban setting! Think different, be different, and enjoy loads when you’re at the Desi Draaag!
4. Enjoy the Royal Express catering and treatment at ‘On Track’!
Themed like you’re having a gala lunch or dinner in a royal train, or at a spectacular yet ethnic railway station, On Track is indeed a mechanism of a mastermind! So, whether you’re still in the ‘Jab We Met’ hangover or yearning to get a glimpse (so what it’s faux) of the royal trains, coming down to On Track becomes mandatory!
5. Live life Pharaoh size at ‘Blue Nile’.
Be transferred to the age of Pharaohs and Cleopatra the moment you step inside Blue Nile. Located at City Center 2, needless to say, this place promises to serve you delectable delicacies from te Middle East and the Mediterranean along with Chinese and North Indian cuisine!
Try out their sumptuous lasagna, and you shall be left craving for more!
6. No need to go to Disneyland or anywhere fancy to experience a slice of childhood.
For Mrs. Magpie brings to you a lovely little café cum bakery done in the hues of your childhood. To lend an aura of such magnificent décor to their food, they have come up with an array of innovative and cute cupcakes to choose from.
7. How about spending romantic ‘we-time’ at an Afghan shack?
Well, that, coupled with extraordinary food, is Kaafila for you! Once here, do not forget to try out their lip smacking lababdar tandoori kabab if you want to know what a “foodgasm” is!
8. Dine Jack Sparrow style—that’s ‘Pirate’s Deck’ for you!
A lovely hookah joint cum café, Pirate’s Deck has everything that will sway a youth! From an amazing pirate’s deck décor and delectable snacks to a sports screening area, this place is indeed one of the newest gems that the city has to offer!
9. Fly to the 7th heaven with ‘Fly Kouzina’!
From Europe and China to the Royal North India, this flight will take you on an unforgettable foodgasmic journey of a lifetime! So, fasten your seat-belts, and get-set-go!
10. You wonder if real kaidi’s get treated to such delicacies…
Like the spread offered at ‘Kaidi Kitchen’—undoubtedly one of the best theme restaurants of Kolkata! It’s the best because of the quality of food; and, it’s the best because of its quirkiness! After all, it’s not everywhere that you’ll be thrown into a jail cell, and served with lip-smacking sumptuous meals!
11. Celebrate the Uttam-Suchitra Pair All Over Again Over Bengali Cuisine at Shaptapadi.
No prize for tracing this lovely restaurant’s nomenclature! Celebrating the charismatic onscreen pair of Uttam Kumar and Suchitra Sen, this restaurant brings to you lip-smacking Bengali dishes at pocket-friendly rates.
12. Live (and eat) Like The King of a Jungle at Machaan.
Have you ever thought how majestic it would feel to dine at a machaan overlooking a dark and dangerous jungle? Well, other than the dangerous appeal, you shall get every bit of a royalty-in-jungle feel at Machaan. Located at Mani Square Mall and Avani Riverside Mall, they present to you amazing North Indian cuisine. So, eat, drink and be merry while you spend your time in here!
13. Calm Your Senses and Rejuvenate Your Soul at The Fifth Element.
Their specialty is four special rooms with four distinct décor—air, water, fire and earth! Serving delectable Pan-Asian Cuisine, this classy restaurant, within a very short span of time, has become one of Kolkata’s favorite!