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.
The name is inspired from a 1970s Bengali movie about a cook known as 'Bhojohori Manna'. And just like the name, this restaurant is 'Bengali' all the way. The budget prices you see on the menu are an effort to preserve the old 'pice hotel' concept. Of course, the food is always much more than you expect; you can go for the mini or maxi thala, which includes a full traditional Bengali meal. However, if you would rather relish just a few specialties, Macher Chop (Fish Starter), Shorshe Begun (Eggplant in Mustard Gravy), Ilish Barishali, Kankara Jhal (Crab Curry) and Bhekti Paturi are the most tantalizing of the lot. For the perfect end to your meal, try popular Bengali sweets like Mishti Doi or Sandesh. The restaurant has a number of branches across the city; this particular branch at Ballygunge has a humble appearance, but is incredibly popular among those who crave authentic Bengali flavors. The restaurant has free delivery and also has a 'Dekchi' service which works out perfectly for large groups.
Situated in a quiet residential area of Ballygunge, 6 Ballygunge Place comfortably blends in with its surroundings. This is because the restaurant is located in an actual house in the area, and not very different from the others along the street. The name is the actual address of the restaurant too! The creative, yet simple exterior makes this quite a unique place to visit. As you enter the restaurant, the ambiance of a comfortable home takes over and the mouthwatering aromas put you in the mood for a hearty meal. And a hearty, sumptuous meal is exactly what you get: a full-fledged Bengali buffet serves everything from Luchhas, Illish and Kachha Mangsho to the famous Bengali yogurt-based dessert Mishti Doi. You can also order the chef's recommendations from the a la carte menu. The restaurant itself retains the original structure of the house, complete with a corridor at the entrance, living room (which is used as the buffet area) and three other rooms that have comfortable red booths used for dining. Adding the last touch are the traditional artifacts that are displayed all around the restaurant. If you crave authentic Bengali cuisine, there is no better place than 6 Ballygunge Place!
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.
Nosh at the Chrome promises a great amalgamation of traditional and contemporary. Whether it is its innovative take on global cuisine, or its cutting edge vibrant interiors, Nosh's unique style is sure to enthrall you. Catering to your every culinary whim and fancy 24 x 7, it is the perfect place to unwind with its wide range of beverages and sumptuous fare.