South Kolkata is well loved for its lush green parks and gardens, picturesque old golf club and ancient temples, and busy shopping scene. After a long afternoon exploring the neighborhood, stick around for a sumptuous meal at one of the South’s top restaurants.
When you bite into your Bengali meal at Oh! Calcutta, you can taste the rich mixture of Portuguese, Armenian and Jewish flavors that have influenced Bengali cuisine across the region’s history. Fresh ingredients and authentic preparations are the hallmarks of this iconic restaurant’s menu. Try their delicious signature dishes, like the barbecued apple prawns and cottage cheese steak in honey.
Oudh 1590, as the name suggests, is a true period dining experience in the heart of South Kolkata. The restaurant is small and dimly lit, with interiors of carved wood and artwork from the era illuminated by ornate, classic lamp fixtures mounted high along the walls. The menu caters to a broad range of tastes, and while we’d especially recommend the vegetable kathi rolls to start, for the main course you’ll be equally impressed with the tandoori chicken, the mutton galawati kabab, or the awadhi handi biryani.
Bohemian‘s free-spirited menu hops between Continental, Indian, Bengali and fusion dishes with ease. We would encourage guests to do the same and try a little bit of everything; particularly the cheese baked crab cakes with kolmi greens, the vodka-soaked prawns with garlic aoili, and the hilsa baked with bori crust. These tasty plates combine with the restaurant’s charming service, ambience, and decor to provide a delightful dining experience.
The Blue Door
Enterning The Blue Door you’ll feel instantly welcomed by the vibrant yet homey decor, from the colorful mosaic tiles to the personal porcelain collections displayed in cozy niches of the restaurant. Even more inviting is the open-windowed central kitchen, which gives guests a view of the chefs whipping up Continental, Thai and Italian cuisine. This promising menu delivers an adventurous range of tasty dishes, from spanish garlic seafood soup to mutton goulash. End your meal on a light note with a delicate, fluffy soufflé.
Chinoiserie is a fine dining restaurant located in Taj Bengal. The simple entrance leads into an enchanting interior of lotus pink furnishings and formal table settings; the aesthetic here sets a high standard for the evening, and the kitchen won’t disappoint. Chinoiserie’s impressive menu embraces vegetarians and meat lovers alike, and excels in its Cantonese and Schezwan fare. Be sure to try their delectable signature dishes, like the pork dim sum or the peking duck and crackling spinach.
When you walk into The Joint, you’ll find a long banquet setup that will make college alums nostalgic for their old canteens and dining halls. The canteen vibe extends to the dazzlingly bright walls plastered with funny graffiti, the plastic chairs, and the cutlery, sauces and serviettes waiting for you at the table. Keeping with collegiate tastes, the menu here is focused on pizza, though they offer many tasty sides as well. Try the Hawaiian pizza, chili BBQ sausages, or bacon and chicken carbonara.
Punjabee Rasoi is easily one of the best places for Punjabi and North Indian cuisine in Kolkata. Basically a house converted into a restaurant, the atmosphere here is simple and straightforward; all the better to showcase the mouth-watering food. Don’t leave without trying the fish tikka, or the murg lasuni kebab (tender legs of chicken in a secret marinade, grilled on the tandoor).
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