Bengali cuisine is one of the most famous Indian cuisines. And while traveling in Kolkata, you will find some outstanding restaurants that serve delicious Bengali foods. Today we are picking 8 best restaurants in Kolkata that serve authentic Bengali cuisine.
1. Oh! Calcutta
If a restaurant represents the flavor of the city of joy, that is Oh! Calcutta. It was a popular diner in Kolkata before, but in 1994 it changed into fine dining by the Specialty Restaurants Group. The award-winning restaurant aims to recreate traditional Bengali cuisines, and now they are expanding their journey throughout India with a total of nine outlets.
Must-Try – Smoked Bhetki (Barramundi fish), Bhapa Ilish (steamed Hilsa fish), Aam Ilish (Hilsa fish prepared with raw mango) and Mocha Ilish (Hilsa fish cooked with banana flowers). Do not forget to try their Bengali desserts like Misti Doi (sweet yogurt), Rossogolla and Bhapa Sondesh (streamed sweet).
Pocket Pinch – A meal for two people will cost around 2000 INR.
Kasturi is one of the best and reputed Bengali restaurant in Kolkata. Established in 1994, Kasturi has been exclusively serving Dhaka Bangladeshi cuisine at affordable prices. This cozy yet elegant place has won the best Bengali food 0f 2012 and 2013 by Times Food Awards.
Must-Try – Kochu Bhapa Chingri (A streamed pawn and taro root preparation), Mutton Dak Bungalow, Chicken Dak Bungalow, Hilsa fish prepared in mustard gravy.
Pocket Pinch – A normal meal for two people will cost around 700 INR.
3. 6 Ballygunge Place
Each restaurant in Kolkata has a unique theme, 6 Ballygunge Place is that one which represents the legacy of Bengali culture. The ambiance will steal your heart with the elegant presentation and the foods will make you fall in love with Bengali cuisine. They had taken some of the recipes from Rabindranath Tagore’s family. It’s clearly a must-visit restaurant in Kolkata.
Must-Try – Ilish Begun Roll (Hilsa fish prepared with eggplant), Pabda Macher Jhal (Spicy Pabda fish curry), Prawn Malakari, Bengali Thali.
Pocket Pinch – For two people it will cost around 1000-1500 INR.
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Saptapadi restaurant is dedicated to 1961’s evergreen Bengali movie Saptapadi. This restaurant is one of the newest ones on this list as they started their journey in 2011. Their signature dishes are liked by Uttam Kumar, one of the best Bengali actors of all time who also played the lead role in Saptapadi.
Must-Try – Avinavo Mangsho, Ilisher Chaoya Paoya, Jumbo Thali.
Pocket Pinch – A meal for two people costs around 1000 INR.
There is a unique story behind this restaurant. Kewpie’s started the journey as a food shop at the owner’s garage a decade ago. After getting popularity, they converted rooms into the dining area. This restaurant can give you a homely feeling with the beautiful ambiance and authentic Bengali cuisine.
Must-Try – Mutton curry, Bhetki fry (Barramundi).
Pocket Pinch – A meal for two will cost around 700 INR.
6. Bhojohori Manna
Named after an evergreen song by Manna Dey, a legendary Indian singer, Bhojohori Manna is one of the reputed and affordable restaurants in Kolkata. They put a handwritten menu on a whiteboard and it changes with seasons, weather and festivals.
Must-Try – Daab Chingri (prawns cooked with coconut), Kosha Mangso (Mutton curry), Chanar Dalna (Cottage cheese curry).
Pocket Pinch – A meal for two costs around 600 INR.
7. Aaheli – The Peerless Inn
Like Oh Calcutta!, Aaheli is Kolkata’s one of the best fine dining that serves traditional and authentic Bengali cuisine. The best thing about this restaurant is they serve both East and West Bengali cuisines. The ambiance will catch your attention which is beautifully decorated in traditional Bengali style.
Must Try – Rui Macher Patisapta (fish crepes), Bahari Borar Bahar, Alu Posto(potato preparation with poppy seeds).
Pocket Pinch – A meal for two will cost around 2000 INR.
8. The Bhoj Company
The Bhoj Company is another reputed restaurant that serves Dhaka Bangladeshi cuisines. They started their journey in 2012 and grain popularity immediately.
Must Try – Bhetki Paturi (Barramundi fish prepared in banana leaf), Kochu Pata diye Ilish (Hilsa fish).
Pocket Pinch – A meal for two will cost around 500 INR.
Ruchira Sarkar is the founder of Hey Calcutta! An aspiring blogger and a travel enthusiast. She created this website to represent the real flavour of Kolkata and Bengali culture. Besides this blog, she typically loves books, food, and music.