Best places to try Bengali food when in Kolkata!
Kolkata, the city of joy loves to eat, be it Indian,Chinese, North Indian or of course our very own Bengali cuisine. For those wondering where to try authentic illish, chingri or other bong delicacies, I bring some of the best eateries serving Bengali cuisine which a visitor to the cultural capital of India must try.
Address: 49C, Purna Das road, Hindustan Park.
This restaurant is located in the Gariahat area. The interior décor is in the lines of traditional Bengali home. Their aloo dum and kosha murgi are delectably prepared. They also serve boneless Hilsa dishes for those customer who feel like fighting a world war while deboning the fish.
Elish(Hilsa) Bhapa- Fish steam cooked in abundance of mustard oil and paste.
Pocket Pinch- INR 900 for two.
They have no branches.
6 Ballygunge Place
Address: 6, Ballygunge Place, Kolkata-700019.
This is a fine dining restaurant located in the posh locality of Ballygunge in south Kolkata. Their exterior design is inspired by the ‘Sahaj Path’ of Bengali language with the exterior painted in pristine white. On weekdays they offer a buffet only which comprises of a wide array of dishes starting from Bhetki Fish Fry, to Chingri, Illish and the option of another fish variety and Mutton /Chicken. On weekends only, the a la carte option is available.
Daab Chingri(prawn): This dish is cooked in coconut water, though not very rich in spices, it’s no doubt favourful.
Pocket Pinch- INR 1100 for two.
They have branches in other parts of Kolkata and in Bangalore.
Address: 13/5, Swinhoe Street, Ballygunge, Kolkata.
As the name suggests everything is fishy at this place. At a walking distance from 6 Ballygunge Place, this place is tucked at the corner of the street. Their décor is simple with fish nets and motifs hanging from the roof and the wall. They offer an wide of fish dishes both Bengali and continental and they make both of them equally good. Chef and owner Debashis suggested Steamed Gondhoraj Bhetki and Sorshe Chingri. Sorshe Chingri had the distinct pungent aroma of mustard and medium sized Tiger prawns are perfectly cooked.
Any kind of Bengali fish curry, to suggest a few chingri, illish, chital, pabda . You’ll definitely love it.
Pocket Pinch- INR 1000 for two.
They have no branches.
Address: Many branches all over Kolkata- Ballygunge, New Market, Jadavpur, Jessore Road.
They specialise in Bangladeshi Bengali cuisine which is considered spicier than it’s Indian counterpart. I have been here in a number of occasions and tasted their various dishes ranging from Shukto to Mocha Chingri Ghonto to Topshe maach Bhaja and Shorshe Hilsa Bhaapa and so on. Another lip smacking Bangladeshi dish, a very unique one, Shiley Bata Chicken( Chicken mashed and fried with spices which they obviously don’t want to reveal )
Chicken Dhakai Bhuna, all types of Dhakai fish preparations.
Pocket Pinch- INR 700 for two.
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