Haldiram's is a popular Indian brand, known mainly for its sweet and farsan products. This particular endeavor is a full-fledged food extravaganza of 80,000 square feet, keeping in line with the brand's various products. At the ground level, you can find traditional Indian sweets and namkeens (savory snacks) as well as the cake counter which has a variety of egg-less cakes. The first floor has a large food court serving Indian and Continental food. The supermarket on the second floor stores household items and also has free home delivery in areas within 5 km radius. The third and fourth levels each have 6600 square feet of banqueting facilities used for exhibitions as well as private parties. The fifth floor is dedicated to all things vegetarian. Situated close to Birla Temple, Birla Industrial & Technological Museum and Calcutta Skating Rink, this Ballygunge establishment is especially crowded during the Durga Puja season.
Park Street is lined up with a variety of restaurants, but none are as grand and historical as Flurys. Started by Mr and Mrs J Flury back in 1926, it was known as tea room that served delightful cakes, tastiest pastries and puddings and the most requested European and Swiss chocolates. Till date, Flurys retains it exclusiveness and penchant for serving the best of and exotic confectioneries. You can select the goodies you want from the take-away counter or sit down and relish the unique dishes. With recipes like linzer and sacher tortes, the European influence is very evident. Flurys also serves excellent varieties of coffee and tea. It also takes orders for cakes for all occasions including requests for egg-less and sugar-free ones. While the menu is westernized, Flurys does has special parties during festivals like Durga Puja to Rakhi. Anyone who visits Flurys to buy a particular food item, is always tempted by the mouth-watering treats displayed and ends up with loads of cute little pink Flurys bags.
Oh! Calcutta celebrates old school Kolkata charm with its rustic ambiance and homely appeal. With a diverse spread of authentic Bengali cuisine and impeccable hospitality, much like the people in Kolkata, it's a foodie's delight. The freshest fish and sumptuous biryani leave you asking for more. Not to mention the famed sweets rosogulla and mishti doi they have on offer. Contemporary yet traditional, Oh! Calcutta truly justifies Kolkata's cultural capital status.
This is Kolkata's version of the real Moulin Rouge in Paris, complete with the trademark windmill at its entrance. Although it has no cabaret performances today, it was known to be much like the original, albeit less extravagant, in its golden years. Around the 1960s musical soirees were the norm and the entire place would resound with laughter and celebration that would continue till the wee hours of the morning. The sense of nostalgia may not touch upon a first time visitor, but the interiors do hold precious clues to the past. With Indian, Continental, Chinese, French and Italian preparations on offer, Moulin Rouge is a great place for a good evening out with friends even today. The Fish and Chips perfectly compliment drinks and the Chicken Tetrazzini is a highly recommended main course option. The lack of live music is a definite letdown, but the restaurant never lets you down when it comes to good tasting food.
Oudh 1590 is a replica of the Mughal Palaces and is filled with beautiful paintings and wood work. It is very easy to get a feel of the Awadhi culture and brings back the memories of Wajid Ali Shah. Started in 2011 by the Chowdhary Brothers, this place offers good food, lovely ambience and an insight into the historical past of India. Each and every aspect in the restaurant is meticulously planned keeping in mind the culture of the ancient era. The menu is also full of Afghani delicacies featuring Shahi Tangri Kabab, Jheena Biryani, Paneer Qurma and lot more. This place aims at keeping alive the old Lucknowi taste by offering them the best of Lucknow.
One of the oldest names in the Park Street row of restaurants, Bar-B-Que is one of those places that you can order food, eat, chat and walk out with utmost satisfaction. Serving Indian, Continental and Chinese Cuisine, the restaurant stays extremely crowded, especially over the weekends. Although it is best known for its Chinese specialties, don't go expecting the real thing; what you get here is a localized version of the cuisine. Authenticity aside, the food here can be considered tasty by most standards and you can always try the north Indian and Moghlai specialties on offer. The most popular dish in the menu is the chimney soup which is really big on quantity. With well-decorated interiors and ample seating space, Bar-B-Que mostly caters to large family gatherings and is known for the long queues during the Durga Puja season. Flurys or Mamma Mia, situated a few steps away, are good options if you want to indulge the sweet tooth after your meal.
Kamal's Veg Restaurant is a vegetarian restaurant located very close to Chandni Chowk metro station. It is a small restaurant but well maintained with beautiful plants all over. The tables are neatly spaced so that the dining area does not look cluttered. The restaurant staff gives a lot of importance to the quality of food and the service offered. It is not a very expensive restaurant so you can come here quite often. Some of the items from its menu include Green Peas Masala, Tandoori Roti, Butter Nan and Dal Makhani.
Oceanic Restaurant, a part of the Peerless Inn, as the name suggests specializes in seafood. This modern looking dining space offers cuisines from all over the world to its patrons. It also has a coffee shop, that is open 24 hours, so the next time you are in a mood for a cup of coffee and tasty snacks late in the night, you do not have look beyond Oceanic. You can sit by yourself or hang-around with your buddies, this place is perfect for every occasion and every mood. All in all, Oceanic is apt for a casual dinner with family and friends.
The Peerless Inn offers diverse dining options to its guests, Aaheli being one of them. Tastefully done space with chic furniture, fixtures and refined cutlery perfectly blend in with the fine dining atmosphere. If you are tired of the routine menu and international cuisines, try the authentic Bengali food served here. The menu is diverse with non-vegetarian and vegetarian options. You can taste the seafood or simply gorge on Aloo Poshto and Luchi along with Dal. Not sure about the menu? The helpful staff will give you a detailed explanation on each recipe and help you in choosing the tastiest dishes and perfect food combinations. For a pleasant experience, head straight to Aaheli.
Raj’s Spanish Café is located in one of the busiest areas of Kolkata. It attracts the locals as well as a number of international tourists from all over the world. The restaurant serves Italian pastas, Mexican salsas and some delicious Spanish food as well. They also have a list of different kinds of pizzas such as vegetarian, margarita, and spicy chicken pizzas. The dessert menu allows you to choose between brownies and ice creams. The most unique thing about Raj’s Spanish Café is that they help you in arranging an accommodation, booking flight, train or bus tickets and also converting foreign currencies. They act as a one stop solution for all your basic needs in the city.
Situated on the famous Park Street, KFC is one of the newer additions to the historical restaurant row. Of course, fried chicken has always had a fan following, wherever it goes. And even though places like Maharaja, Moulin Rouge and Trincas may be high in popularity index, this particular Kentucky Fried Chicken outlet never seems to have enough space to accommodate all the people that swarm in everyday. Whether it's the Chicken Bucket or the Zinger Burger, a meal here is quick, tasty and high on quality. You can find families, friends, couples and singles, all waiting to devour large quantities of, well, the much adored chicken!