1. FOOD TOURS IN KOLKATA:
“AN INSIGHT TO KOLKATA AS A
By :- Rajeshwari Wagh
It is often said, half-jokingly, while others eat to live, the Bengalis live to eat. All Bengali rituals and festivities
end up with one thing, hearty feasts involving an astonishing number of intricately prepared dishes.
During the study, I have observed that people of Kolkata are from different socio-economic and cultural
background. Food habits and culture differs on geographical background. People from Gujarat and Rajasthan have
settled in Burrabajar area, while people from China have settled in Tangra / Topsia area. Interestingly, I found
people from Gujarat trying their taste buds on Momo’s.
To make my study on Kolkata Cuisines, and identify interesting food destinations of Kolkata, I focussed on
Common Man’s food destinations of Kolkata. Places, which are well known to Kolkata people, serve fresh food
within budget of a common Kolkata person.
3. POPULAR FOODS OF
Kochuri / Singara
North Indian Chaats
4. SOME POPULAR
Siddheshwari Ashram :- A 80 year old pice hotel that has the
original eatery intact and has added a new air conditioned section, has
efficient, fast and impersonal service and serves very good Bengali
food, some of which are fit for daily consumption by office goers.
Chitto Babu’s:- A 60 year old eatery in Kolkata’s food street
Dacres Lane that serves some great food.
5. SOME POPULAR
Saptapadi:- A restaurant planned ( including concept, menu etc)
by a brilliant marketer, in the hands of brilliant salesmen (waiting staff).
Mitra Café :- A Century old Restaurant in North Kolkata, It has many
outlets in and around kolkata and in west Bengal.
Gol Bari :- It is a 92 years old eatery, amidst the hustle and bustle of
the Shyambazar five-point crossing in north Kolkata – nothing can
possibly beat this perfect mix for a true foodie.
6. SOME POPULAR
Anadi Cabin :- Legendary 60+ year old Kolkata
restaurant that still has a lot of brand recall but has
compromised with quality to keep prices low. Good & fast
service, no ambience but average food.
Nizam’s :- With juicy, roasted kebab fillings delicately
wrapped in tender and layered paratha, the Kathi roll is among
the heartiest and most satisfying of street foods. A hot favorite
around the world today, this delicious snack was first
7. Coffee House :- The history of the Coffee House at College Street can be traced to
Albert Hall, which was founded in April 1876 Later, the Coffee Board decided to start a coffee
joint from the Albert Hall in 1942. Notable citizens were frequent visitors to the place.
Bachchan’s Dhaba:- Located at the very busy Rashbehari crossing and easily listed
in the legendary restaurants of the city. They have an AC and a non-AC section. As a result, it
always crowded and the foods are truly dhaba styled. Stick to the menu regulars such as chicken
bharta, kababs, tadka dal with or without anda(egg), kheema mattar and lassi and one will not
8. SOME POPULAR
Golden Joy :- Golden Joy offers all things Chinese when it comes to the typical Tangra style.
Located inside Tangra, this eatery has almost 500 covers and has a valet parking. If you like the
spicy Kolkata style Chinese, then this place has a lot to offer. The noodles are all handmade and
they taste delicious.
Eau chew :- Eau Chew is Kolkata’s oldest operating Haka-Cantonese styled Chinese Food
Joint. Eau Chew means “Europe” in Chinese. The founders of this place opened it up when
there was an European thriving in this area and hence the name. The current patrons – Mr. Joel
Huang and Ms. Doren Huang are the fourth generation of the family tree running the place. Still,
the entire food is cooked by the family members and only the mise-en-place is done by cooks/
helpers. Hence, you can be rest assured about the food quality
9. SOME POPULAR
Mukhoruchi :- The one to treat him on a regular basis was owner Fagulal Shaw.
Girish Ghosh, on his way to meet Ramkrishna at Udyan Bati, had also once got
off his horse-drawn carriage to taste the smoking hot delights. The shop, now
run by Fagulal’s fifth generation, Dulal Chandra Shaw. “Despite the increasing
demand to expand our items, we have stuck to what this place is originally known
for. We are a pure veg destination,” said Dulal. Apart from a laminated
photograph of Ramkrishna on one of the walls, what gets a pride of place is a
souvenir from Baranagar Ramkrishna Mission. Mukhoruchi that remains open
from 6 am to 11 pm, serves beguni, aloor chop, phuluri and dhoka, all priced
between Rs5 and Rs10
10. SOME POPULAR
Kashiramer Telebhaja :- His son, Ramjee says, “When my father died 24 years back, apart from
being the sole bread earner in the family, I also had to get five of my sisters married. So I got
into the family business.” He adds that the credit for running the shop goes to Narayan Shaw,
who is working with him for over 35 years. The shop, is 60 years old, has aloor chop, peyaji, daler
bora, veg chop or phuluri, and everything comes at Rs 3/-.
Maharani:- Maharani is an absolute must visit place on ones Kolkata bucket list. The shop
opens in the dawn and has customers gathering from near and far just to be able to taste the
delicious and mind boggling flavours on a cold winter morning. A heads up to the prices that are
so low that all you have to do is carry a few rupees but go back with full and happy stomach.
11. SOME POPULAR
Shri Hari Mistana Bhandar :- Sree Hari Mistana Bhandar is one of
the oldest and famous eateries in the city. It's more than 100 years old.
The specialities of this eateries are kochuri-cholar dal and lyangcha. A
decade has passed still no declination in the quality.
If you ever come across a gathering of people who have moved
out of Kolkata, you will notice that their discussions will soon veer
towards food. One constant refrain would be about how the street
food of their adopted city doesn't match up to what they have left
back home. Even if that was 50 years back!