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.
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.
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.
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.
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 within the centrally located Oberoi Grand, La Terrasse is open 24 hours and serves a variety of specialties ranging from traditional Bengali cuisine to thin crust pizzas and pastas. Awarded the Times Food Guide Award 2008 for Best All Day Dining, the restaurant has a large dining area with a sophisticated yet casual decor. While daily buffets serve breakfast and lunch, dinner can be ordered from the a la carte menu. If you happen to be looking for an extra-late dinner option, this is just the place for you.
Situated on the ground level of The Grand Oberoi, Baan Thai, as the name suggests, specializes in food from Thailand. The cuisine is tastefully represented in the interiors of the restaurant: dark wood walls, splashes of red and orange, oriental touches like dragons and traditional Kuntok seating, all contribute to this visually stunning restaurant. The food, on the other hand, is not only an aesthetic treat but also a culinary one. Try the Thai Green Curry and any of the sea food preparations. And, if you need more reasons to visit the restaurant, here's one: Baan Thai has been voted Best Thai Restaurant by Times Food Guide for four consecutive years.