Central Kolkata is the beating heart of the city, based along the West banks of the Hooghly River. This is where the local business class and aristocracy reside, as you’ll find several government offices and some of the finest business houses in the city center. There’s also plenty for travelers to explore, including amusement parks, art galleries, auditoriums, cinema halls, and – of course – several superb eateries. Here’s our list of the 10 best restaurants in Central Kolkata.
Peter Cat is a legendary restaurant in Kolkata, standing tall after surviving both a fire and the simple passage of time; it remains as popular today as it was when it first opened in the 1960s. The dimly-lit interiors and the crisp Rajasthani red and white costumes of the servers will transport you back to this bygone era. Their delightful, cat-shaped menu offers a wide range of Continental and North Indian cuisine, and is famous across Kolkata for its delicious meat dishes. If it’s your first time in Kolkata, then this restaurant should serve your first meal.
Opening hours: 11am-11.15pm
Watch out for: Chelo kebab
Opening hours: 11am-11pm
Watch out for: the devilled crab
The Blue Poppy
If you’re craving momos and want great Chinese food that won’t empty your wallet, The Blue Poppy is the place to be! Its casual college-canteen-style seating, refreshing AC and welcoming smiles create a perfect setting for gorging on scrumptious food at low rates. Try the pork momos, the steamed chicken, or the chicken meifoon soup. Their tables are often crammed with college students and office workers, so be sure to get there early if you’d like a quieter meal.
Opening hours: 12pm-4pm; 5pm-9.30pm
Watch out for: the delicious momos
The Blue Poppy, 4/1, Middleton Street, Elgin, Kolkata, West Bengal +91 98303 76737
Head to Katsuri for a taste of authentic Dhakai fare at a comfortable rate. They prepare some of the finest seafood the city, and their menu includes unmissable delicacies like Bhetki Paturi (slow-cooked, steamed fish wrapped in banana leaf with mustard paste), Shorshe Hilsha (hilsa fish in mustard sauce), and the Ruhi Kaalia (a rich and spicy fish curry). After one dish of Katsuri’s fish, you’ll be hooked. End on a sweet note with a delicious dessert like the rasmalai (paneer balls in sweat creamy milk) or the misti doi (a fermented sweet yogurt).
Opening hours: 11.30am-4.30pm; 7.30pm-11pm
Watch out for: delicious fish preparations
Katsuri, Plot No.7A, Marqius Street, New Market Area, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal +91 33 30990531
With its gigantic, elegant seating area decked out in striking Chinese artifacts, Tung Fond offers quality Chinese food in a memorable, inviting atmosphere. You’ll see plenty of work colleagues coming in from Park Street offices to treat each other to tasty lunches here, like the Thai garlic chicken (or fish) and the drums of heaven. Feel free to relax with a drink from the bar as you wait for your lunch or dinner, and don’t leave without snagging one of their chocolate brownies.
Opening hours: 12pm-4pm 6pm-12pm
Watch out for: kung pao chicken
Tung Fong, No. 25-B, Karnani Mansion, Mirza Ghalib St, Park Street Area, Kolkata, West Bengal +91 33 2217 4969
A fresh face in town, Edesia now offers sweet relief to locals who craved higher quality breakfast options. Inside you’ll find creamy white walls swirled with pink graphics, comfy couches and shelves packed with coffee mugs soon to be filled. Their impressive décor is backed up by an extensive menu that goes above and beyond with its traditional American-Italian fare: their cheese platter and their waffles are not to be missed. This worthy newcomer to the Kolkata food scene has injected an espresso-like shot into the local breakfast and brunch scene.
Opening hours: 8am-11pm
Watch out for: their waffles and egg dishes
Edesia, 6, Hungerford Street, The Regency Building, 1st Floor, Kolkata, West Bengal +91 33 2290 0908
Price: Fine Dining
Opening hours: 7pm-11.45pm daily; Lunch is served Saturday-Sunday 12.30pm-3pm
Watch out for: the khao phad
Opening hours: 12pm-11.30pm
Watch out for: the risotto
Opening hours: Monday-Saturday 12pm-10.30pm; Sunday 11pm-10.30pm
Watch out for: chickpea masala pav
Nizam’s need no introduction to the people of Kolkata: this local gem is nothing short of an institution. Over many long decades, their Kathi rolls (meats and spice wrapped in a paratha) have kept generation after generation coming back for more. The succulent Seekh Kebab is a timeless taste of heaven, wrapped in fresh, hot parathas with a generous sprinkling of raw onions and chilies. The quality ingredients in their delicious dishes, coupled with the warm and friendly service, have elevated Nizam’s to iconic heights in this city. To dine here is to fully understand Kolkata’s lasting love of food.
Opening hours: 10am-12pm
Watch out for: legendary Kathi rolls
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