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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.
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.
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.
Magnolia has spent 40 years serving the large number of hungry souls that haunt Park Street everyday. While the dining space downstairs is mostly family-oriented, a flight of stairs will take you to the more 'happening' (read students and youngsters haunt) area of the restaurant. Run by the owners of Moulin Rouge, the restaurant serves some great Chinese specialties. With a large television set for entertainment and exceptionally friendly service, Magnolia tends to be a favorite among executives from nearby offices as with locals from all over the city.
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 and its row of famous eateries see a constant flow of people any time of the day. Marco Polo may not be as popular as some of the old favorites like Bar-B-Que, Moulin Rouge or Oly's, but its sophisticated decor and multifarious cuisine manages to make it quite attractive. The ambiance is warm and peaceful, with soft music floating through the two-tiered space. A number of interesting starters are on offer and the Kebabs here are exceptionally good. The main course features Italian, Continental and Indian specialties; the Bengali preparations are also worth a try. Food Festivals exploring various cuisines from around the world are organized round the year, Hilsa Festival, Lobster Festival and Greek Festival being some of the past successes. The bar is fully equipped and the service is quick and friendly. If you are on a night out with a big gang of friends, this dimly lit restaurant is a perfect choice. The restaurant also hosts private parties.