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.
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.
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.
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.
Cha Bar is a coffee shop located inside a bookstore in Kolkata. This is a nice place to enjoy reading your favorite book while sipping a cup of coffee. This place is quiet and peaceful and the interiors are brightly decorated. Some of the items on their coffee menu include Cappuccino and Iced Caffe Latte. They also serve snacks to burn those hunger pangs. The snack menu includes Chicken Tikka Wrap, and Chicken and Asparagus Quiche. Those with a sweet tooth should try their Chocolate Truffle pastries. It is a pocket friendly place thus making it ideal to catch up with friends.
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.
Mocambo may not look very interesting from the outside but it has been a city favorite since 1956! Situated in the famed Park Street, Mocambo serves Indian, Continental and Chinese cuisine. However, once you step inside you'll notice Continental be the most favored option. The 'Chateaubriand', 'Fish Florentine', 'Devil's Crab' and 'Fish a la Diana' have been local hits for the longest time now. The restaurant has an impressive wine list and a variety of other spirits; steer clear of the cocktails though. The interiors maintain a curious sense of old world charm and the warm hues create quite a comfortable setting for an enjoyable meal!
The Other Room on Park Street is a trendy and hip joint, dishing out some mouth-watering Indian, Chinese and European cuisine and a host of innovative mocktails and cocktails. It is the perfect place to unwind after a long day at work or if you're in the mood for some great music, the live performers will not disappoint. With its chic interiors and prompt service, The Other Room is good enough to pass off as your own!
If dinner with a little bit of entertainment is what you have in mind, Trincas is just the place for you. All the other restaurants on Park Street have been unable to continue the tradition of live music and cabaret that once was the accepted and celebrated norm here. But, the live acts at Trincas reign supreme even today. Needless to say, it is absolutely adored among tired office-goers from around the area. It also happens to be one of the few restaurants serving pork preparations in the vicinity. The menu includes Indian, Chinese and Continental dishes and happy hours are there in the evening. This is a perfect place for some time out with friends, especially if you plan to hop into Someplace Else or HHI Underground later.