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.
Fish Paatishapta, Thalis And Dhaka-style 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 an outlet in Salt Lake as well.
Like a set meal? 6BP Thali offers you set thali options in veg, fish, chicken, mutton, ilish, and chingrir malai thali. There are combo deals focussing on quintessential Bengali faves like Luchi – Aloor 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.
The best option for ones looking for fine-dining and don’t mind shelling out more for the ‘authentic and pure’ experience as the name Aaheli stands for. This is the only place that serves Rui Maachher Patishapta! 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.
Petuk folks, a brand new Bangla cuisine joint has been added to the thriving food scene around the Southern Avenue neighbourhood. Walk in past the pair of shiny metal lions (and green louvre windows) into an understated space with nostalgic touches from zamindari Bengal (colonial-style furniture, old B&W photos, punkhas, typewriters and giant mirrors). There's touch of the folksy as well with the use of patachitra (folk art form). Coming to the food, Baraanda (that's verandah or balcony in Bengali) does the usual Bengali faves and some unusual ones. The Sahebiaana section is filled with dishes derived from Bengal's Anglo Indian heritage. So you can begin with Naarkel Mochar Chop (coconut and banana flowers fritters) or choose a plate of Suknofoler Chop (dry fruits and vegetable fritters) for INR 125. If you prefer non-veg, they have Rajbarir Chingrir Cutlet (prawn cutlets prepped Bengali style with the state's famous mustard sauce). It's on the steeper side - INR 380 for one piece. Or have the Morola Macher Piyazi (crisply fried morola) for INR 150.