Eating


Meat-eater's delight

Go to Moti Mahal in Kalupur, one of Ahmedabad's oldest restaurants, which has an extensive non-vegetarian Indian menu, from kebabs to tandoori chicken and Daaba Gosht. It's a must-visit for meat eaters. It's also very cheap.

Submitted by Kamal Modi

Coffee-house musings

If you have time at hand, go to the Coffee House at College Street which is over fifty years old. It's a favourite place for gossiping and gathering for people for all ages. Apart from hot and cold coffee, you'll also get fried snacks.

Submitted by Abhishek

Visit an iconic sweet shop

For those who love sweets, the 160-year-old shop of Girish Chandra Dey & Nakur Chandra Nandy is a must-visit. Here you can have most authentic Bengali sandesh for as little as Rs 10. You eat one piece and guaranteed you will want more. For people with more modern tastes, they also sell sandesh flavoured with chocolate, strawberry, blackcurrant, and a strawberry chocolate fusion.

Submitted by Navin Agarwal

Indulge in some street food  

An Indian man of ethnic Chinese descent sells momos at a roadside breakfast stall in Territi Bazaar, Kolkata, July 26, 2010 Calcutta is famous for its amazing food: tandoori, continental, Indian, all of it, but its speciality is the street food: Puchka, the Bengali version of Bombay's pani puri and Delhi's gol gappa, is a fried hollow cupcake filled with potato, grams, and spicy tamarind water. You can't miss it when in Calcutta. You have many variations of it. Puchka with dahi (yoghurt), puchka with water and puchka with sweet water. What's common to all is that they have a basic potato filling. Then there are the chaats: the jhalmuri, the hing kachori and sweets. Another street-food favourite is the biryani (rice with meat and spices), which is completely different from its other cousins, the Hyderabadi and Lucknowi biryanis. If you are a food freak, and like biryani, you cannot afford to miss the Calcutta biryani. What makes it unique is that it has potatoes as well as meat. It caters to various palettes, so to say, ranging from the extremely rich, oily ones, to the less spicy ones for the health-conscious people. Deep Dasgupta

Check out the night clubs  

Flurys on Park Street, Kolkata, September 21, 2010 This is for the young at heart. There are plenty of nightclubs - Tantra, Roxy, Sheesha. Unlike other cities where everything shuts down at 11pm or 12 midnight, Calcutta is a place where you can actually get out of a night club and go straight to breakfast. You can have a really nice night out and then head to a place like Flurys in the morning. The underground music scene in Calcutta is perhaps the best in the country. The bands from Calcutta are loved throughout the country, and are must-haves in music concerts anywhere. Especially Bengali bands. So mark down a visit to Someplace Else. Every night of the week live bands perform there. And they are really, really good. Anyone who is in to rock music, goes to Someplace Else. Bengali bands usually play in auditoriums. So if you can't catch them at a concert, there is always Someplace Else. Deep Dasgupta

Eat traditional sweets  

Customers look at <i>roshgolla</i> and other sweets at a counter, Kolkata, October 4, 2004 Sink your teeth into a roshogolla or a sandesh from KC Das. Made out of milk solids - the roshogolla in a sugar syrup, the sandesh its dry counterpart - they can be very, very sweet.

New Market

The Stuart Hogg Market, also known as New Market, was established in 1874, Kolkata, September 21, 2010 One of Kolkata's oldest markets is ironically called New Market. Do check it out. It is very close to Park Street, and you can buy all sorts of stuff, including leather goods. While in New Market, do try the chaat (spicy snacks) and puchkas (hollow deep-fried balls with spicy tamarind water) outside, and ask someone for directions to Badshaah which makes rolls (meat/egg/veggies in wraps) to die for!

Submitted by Aabhas

Eau Chew

Eau Chew (Tel 91-33-22378260) is a New York Times-reviewed restaurant serving superb Chinese food out of a home.

Bijoli Grill Food

Bijoli Grill Food World is a true son of the soil, serving fresh, hot fast food.

Arsalan

Men assemble plates of rice and meat for guests attending a wedding celebration, West Bank, Nablus, May 1, 2010 Arsalan is a tiny hole in the wall serving some of the best biryani in Kolkata.

Mocambo

Mocambo, off Park Street (Tel 91-33-22172934) is a culinary throwback to the 1960s, with prawn cocktails and sizzlers on the menu.

Kewpie's

Visit Kewpie's, at 2, Elgin Lane (Tel 91-33-24759880), for authentic home-style Bengali food.

Oh! Calcutta

Fresh fried prawns are served with a wedge of lime at a fisherman's cafe in the Mercado São Pedro, Brazil, August 5, 2009 Oh! Calcutta at Forum Mall has a choice of Anglo-Indian and Bengali food.

Zaranj

Men assemble plates of rice and meat for guests attending a wedding celebration, West Bank, Nablus, May 1, 2010 At standalone Zaranj, you can sample excellent north Indian cuisine.

Pan-Asian

Pan-Asian at the ITC Sonar has the city's best line-up of Asian dishes.

La Terrasse

The Sunday brunch buffet at La Terrasse, the Oberoi Grand, is to die for.

Astor

The three-star Astor (from Rs 6000) boasts one of the best kebab restaurants in town in Kebab-e-que.

Tea in mud pots

Drink lots of fluid. Kolkata is humid at the best of times and a day out can leave one dehydrated. Recharge by drinking lots of water. Try the tea, too, especially when it's sold in small earthenware pots. The tea is boiled and so is safe, and the pots are broken after use and so are hygienic - and eco-friendly.

Submitted by Mirza

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Where to

  1. Mocambo

    Mocambo, off Park Street (Tel 91-33-22172934) is a culinary throwback to the 1960s, with prawn cocktails and sizzlers on the menu.

  2. ITC Sonar

    The teams will be housed in the ITC Sonar, rather far away, especially when you don't have a police escort clearing your way through traffic.

  3. Roxy and Tantra

    Roxy and Tantra, both at the Park Hotel, are the city's glitziest party places.

Must Do

Walk through the city  

Take an organised walk through Chowringhee or a three-hour river cruise. You'll get a glimpse of everything from the colonial heritage to Park Street razzmatazz and Kolkata aristocracy. Contact www.calcuttawalks.com for details. Costs from Rs 1250 per person.

Tips for Travellers

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