Situated opposite Maharaja, Peter Cat dates back to the 1960s and is one of the first restaurants to feature in the Park Street restaurant hub. The decor and the staff project the bygone era and the restaurant maintains its long-standing reputation of quality till date. A queue outside the white stucco facade of this restaurant is not an unusual sight; with space being the most pressing problem of the eatery, guests are frequently forced to wait on the pavement outside. Once you're inside, be prepared to brush a few shoulders as you make your way through the narrow aisles between the tables. Also, make sure you place your order quickly as it takes a long time for it to get to your table; but once it does, there is no way you will regret waiting for it! The restaurant features preparations from the Indian and Continental cuisines. The Cello Kebab here is legendary and would be the most recommended dish on the menu. The restaurant also serves a variety of cocktails and has an impressive wine list too. Remember: if the queue at Peter Cat is too much for you to handle, you can always turn the corner and walk to Moulin Rouge or Mocambo.
When it comes to authentic Thai food, few others can match what is served at Benjarong. Set in a chic space, replete with warm colored themes, traditional Thai artwork and elegant furniture, the mood in here is set perfectly for a casual, yet enjoyable meal. Featuring a blend of modern and traditional Thai dishes, each dish is intricately crafted to suit the modern palate, without taking away the essence of the dish. Take your pick from the signature curries, rice and noodles, and prepare to be blown away by its vast flavors.
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.
Notwithstanding the unusual name, Xrong Place is just right if you're looking for a good time. Featuring Chinese and European cuisine, this place prides itself on some great coffee and innovative mocktails. The earthy decor is enchanting with pictures of Hollywood stars like Marilyn Monroe and Sylvestor Stallone donning the walls. With reasonable pricing and prompt service, Xrong Place guarantees a great experience.
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.
The Indian Coffee House located near College street is fondly called Coffee House at College street by locals and patrons who frequent the place. The simple space, ceiling fans and plain tables may not be on par with the cool coffee outlets, but the history attached to it surpasses one and all. When you realize big names like Satyajit Ray, Amartya Sen, Rabindranath Tagore and Subhash Chandra Bose used to frequent the cafe, it needs no further publicity. Scholars, poets, creative minds hanged around here for intellectual conversations over endless cups of coffee. Art and literary movements were planned, scripts and songs were edited and written and narrated to enthusiast audiences, who were always there for an artistic treat. The ancient walls and faded color, give you the feel of the bygone era and you almost imagine the scenario way back in 1947. Today, ex and current students, professors from the nearby Presidency College and University of Calcutta, hang around the cafe and their friendly chatter fills up the place. While you are at college street for your books shopping, do drop-in at the Indian Coffee House for a hot cup of coffee.
Sufia is your joint-next-door gastronomical delight. Serving local and traditional Mughlai cuisine including sumptuous kebabs, kheema, and tandoori, this place is a must visit if you're looking for economical, wholesome, comfort food. During winters, Sufia dishes out a very popular mutton soup called nahili, that runs out at six a.m.! Not an early bird and still don't want to miss out? It's best you place a takeaway order the previous night.
New Aliah in Kolkata is famous for it Mughlai cuisine - biryani and kebabs to name a few. The wooden furniture and casual vibe give out a very Iranian cafe feel. Prompt service by the friendly elderly staff and reasonable pricing make this place a popular takeaway joint among many offices in the area.
Situated in the New Market area opposite the KMC building, Aminia is a legendary name in Kolkata. After your shopping spree at New Market, follow the strong aroma of meat till you notice the large neon board that spells Aminia. Inside, you will see hoards of people seated on the modest wooden benches with all their focus diverted towards the heavenly plate on their tables. Solely dedicated to Moghlai cuisine, the menu holds not more than 30 odd items. The tried and tested meal combo at Aminia includes a plate of Mutton Chaps and Chicken/Mutton Biryani each, followed by Kesari Firni (an Indian dessert). However, since everything is really cheap, you can experiment with anything else on the menu without denting your wallet. Just remember to forget about the ambiance and enjoy 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.