Craving an authentic Bong meal? Here are 6 Bengali restaurants in and around Kolkata, which are sure to please you no matter how many times you might have been there already.
Paturi, Chingri Bhapa & Rezala: Bengali Restaurants In Kolkata You Have To Try
6 Ballygunge Place
Housed in a 100 year old bunglow, the flagship restaurant is a must-visit even you are in Kolkata for only a day. Go for the buffet or a-la-carte orders, and you would not be disappointed. Since festivals are on round the year, you get to choose the season’s special treats too – like the ilish festival, jamai shashti, poila boishaskh and even pithe puli. They have outlets in other parts of the city as well. They also have a small, thali-only restaurant.- 6BP Thali which offers set thali options in veg, fish, chicken, mutton, ilish, and chingrir malai thali. There are combo deals focusing on quintessential Bengali faves like luchi –alur dom, kosha mangsho and mangsher or morog pulao. You can order more items on a la carte basis depending on your choice.
The restaurant is as popular as the song. Located at multiple places across the city (11 outlets), it is easy to drop into any one of them if you are craving some good Bengali fare without digging a hole in your pocket. Try the Bhekti Rongpuri Fry, Chhanar Dalna, Chitol Maachher Kofta Curry, Mochar Paturi, Mutton Dakbangla for sure. All items on the menu are not available every day.
For the taste of both Epar and Opar Bangla, Kasturi is the ideal destination for you. Brownie points for serving authetic Dhakai and Bangali khabar at affordable rates. A visit to Kasturi is incomplete without savouring their Kochu Pata Chingri Bhapa and Mutton Dhakai Rezala.
One of the best options for ones looking for fine-dining and don’t mind shelling out more for the ‘authentic and pure’ experience is Aaheli. This is the only place that serves up dishes like Narkel Dudhe Hansh. They also make Anarashi Ilish, a delicacy, with prior notice. Visit Aaheli if you are looking for that old-world charm and Bangali bonediyana feel.
The Bhoj Company
Bangladeshi food eateries like Kasturi aren't the only reason people head to Free School Street. The popular Bangla joint The Bhoj Company (opposite the Art Deco-style Fire Brigade headquarters) draws people to that area for its excellent Bengali and Dhakai cuisiney. We love the kochu pata diye Ilish bhapa and the bhetki paturi and kachki macher chorchori. This is the original one and is a tad small but they have another bigger outlet at Dalhousie.
The first Sonar Tori eatery was launched at Ganga Kutir, a resort by the Bay of Bengal under the aegis of the Ambuja Neotia group serving amazing Bangla food and with curated interiors reflecting Bengali art and culture. Thankfully, the group opened a Sonar Tori at Salt Lake so people don;t have to travel all the way to Diamond Harbour in order to enjoy their delicious dishes. The restaurant has a bar area and a verandah seating. Check out their ceiling lights - they are made with 268 inverted spittoons. One of the private dining rooms has an installation of old bedposts which has been used to light a table!
The East India Room - Raajkutir
Located in Raajkutir, Swabhumi, characterised by its antique charm, the East India Room is part of the Old Bengal vibe of this boutique hotel. The dishes are mainly from the pre-Independence era and showcase a mix of Portuguese, English, Mughal and Dutch influences. The East India Room not only serves Bengali dishes, but also has a range of classic items with a twist. The recipes are inspired from the Zamindari days. Few of their signature dishes include Tiffin Box Bhapa Chingri, which is one item you cannot go without ordering, the Dak Bungalow Mutton, a signature dish with tender pieces of mutton in a thick sauce and the legendary Prawn Cocktail (perfectly seasoned, served atop a frozen lady's hand, it is a treat, both visually and taste-wise).