7 places to eat and drink in Kolkata – West Bengal, India

Kolkata (known as Calcutta until 2001, when it was renamed to suit its original Bengali pronunciation),  the capital of West Bengal, was my first stop in India after flying in through Delhi Airport, and my visit here was connected to why I chose to visit India in the first place. While studying journalism at Cardiff University in 2007-2010, I became friends with a girl from Kolkata, and every year since we graduated, I told her I would come and stay with her in Kolkata ‘soon’. But when she invited me to her wedding in New Delhi this November, I just knew I had to go. 

With a bit of a help from Expedia (I won a £250 Expedia voucher, but they ended up covering the total cost of my return flights, at £327!) I booked my flights to India and went to stay with my friend in Kolkata for three days, before moving on to Varanasi, As time was limited and we hadn’t seen each other for so long, we went on a brief sight-seeing drive around Kolkata but didn’t have time to explore all the attractions in-depth. However,  we did find time to eat lots of irresistible Indian food and drink, and I  was lucky enough to taste a range of home-cooked Indian food.

Here 7 places to go to eat and drink in Kolkata that caught my eye:

1. Tipu Sultan restaurant at Tollygunge Club
120, Deshapran Sasmal Road, Tollygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700033, India | +91 33 2417 6022

When I first arrived in Kolkata, Vedika vowed to take me for an Indian lunch to remember – and that she did! We went to Tipu Sultan restaurant at Tollygunge Club,  one of India’s premier exclusive, members only ‘country club’ resorts, featuring a huge golf course, indoor swimming pool, restaurant, bar, hair and beauty salon, spa and more. 

The restaurant served traditional Indian food and my friend wanted to make sure I had a good introduction to Indian food, so she ordered on our behalf.

To begin, we nibbled on a selection of pickled onions, green chillies and roast peanuts (seems to be quite a popular appetiser in India); admittedly, we didn’t eat any of the chillies!

Indian pickled onions and chilli

Then, we shared a feast of chana masala (whole chickpeas in a rich and spicy tomato-based sauce), kasoori methi murghi, (charcoal-grilled boneless chicken cooked in cashew and kasoori methi gravy),  makhmali paneer tikka (chunks of paneer cheese with curd, malai, ginger and garlic paste, and spices) and mushroom mattar (mushrooms and peas in a thick, creamy sauce), along with a freshly baked naan bread.

Selection of Indian dishes at Tipu Sultan restaurant at Tolly Gunge golf course, Kolkata

2. Flurys at Tollygunge Club
120, Deshapran Sasmal Road, Tollygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700033, India | +91 33 2417 6022

I was really excited when my friend took me to Flurys after we had lunch at Tipu Sultan. Also based at Tolly Gunge golf course, this patisserie served every kind of fresh cream cake or pastry you could think of.

Flurry's patisserie in Kolkata, India

Choosing just one cake was a real challenge. Luckily, I later discovered that Flurry’s is a chain that operates throughout India, so I didn’t have to wallow in regret thinking about all the other cakes I could have tried, had I not opted for this chocolate truffle roll – which was, nevertheless, even more amazing than it sounds!

Chocolate truffle roll from Flurrys India

3.WOW! Momo
Kolkata Airport – Domestic Departures, Jessore Rd, Majumder Pada, Motilal Colony, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport, Dum Dum, Kolkata, West Bengal 700052, India | +91 98307 44776

I love momo dumplings. So just imagine my excitement when I arrived at Kolkata Airport at 5am for my flight to Varanasi, having had no breakfast, and I saw a shop specialising in momos.

WOW! Momo was founded in Kolkata, but now has branches in several cities in India, including many airports.  The restaurant serves both veg and non-veg, steamed and fried momos, not to mention momo burgers. 

Momo on the Move menu

I had the chicken cheese steamed momos. Served with a spicy coriander sauce, they made for a delicious way to start the day. 

Steamed moms from Momo on the Move

4. Traditional home-cooked food

One of the benefits of staying with my friend was that her family pretty much force-fed me all kinds of home-cooked Indian foods. It was all veggie, but as there was so much variety, I didn’t miss eating meat. 

The highlights included a platter of olive-topped crackers, diced paneer with herbs and spices, and a bread roll topped with lettuce, sliced baby corn and mushrooms and finished with yoghurt.

If you don’t happen to have any Bengali friends in Kolkata, you could try out some veggie street food dishes; however, I steered clear of street food during my stay as the vendors have a tendency to cook with tap water, which can cause the dreaded ‘Delhi belly’. Alternatively, many of Kolkata’s traditional hostels and guest houses offer the option of including a home-cooked Indian breakfast, lunch or dinner at a surcharge.

Indian thali

I also had the pleasure of enjoying a traditional Indian thali of  vegetable curry, okra, lime pickle, mango chutney and chilli pickle, with freshly made chapati, fluffy basmati rice, homemade poppadom, and yoghurt. This was one of the most memorable meals I had during my time in India.

Home-cooked Indian veg thali

5. Great Booze Story
1/7, Sarat Bose Rd, Rowland Row, Ballygunge, Kolkata, West Bengal 700020, India | +91 72786 61321

The name says it all. Well, actually, no it doesn’t. Great Booze Story is a well-stocked bar open throughout the day and night, but like many of India’s bars, it also serves shisha – in just about every flavour you can think of. 

Great Booze Story,Kolkata

Not to mention dishing up some seriously tasty food – this is bar snacking at its best.

We tried the tikka paneer and the garlic mushrooms, both of which were so fresh, they were literally bursting with flavour.

Garlic mushrooms and tikka paneer

6. Monkey Bar
901A, 9th Floor, Fort Knox, 6, Camac St, Elgin,, Kolkata, West Bengal 700017, India | +91 33 4060 6446

When I was at university with my friend, we used to drink like fish. Some things never change. Well, it would be rude not to have a night-out after not seeing each other in six years, right?

We popped down to Monkey Bar, for a few classy cocktails before we moved on to a friend’s house, and then eventually stumbled our way into several of Kolkata’s other clubs and bars.

Their cocktail menu is unique and inspiring, and the drinks served are of a high standard.

Monkey Bar - Kolkata, India

I never got round to trying out the food at Monkey Bar, but if the menu’s anything to go by, it’s bound to be a winner. I saw a certain dish with roast belly pork that left me determined to return here for food before I left Kolkata, but the impending hangover of that evening’s festivities meant there was only one place I would be ordering food from the next day….

7. Domino’s Pizza
239, NSC Bose Road, Near Usha Bus Stop, Tolly Height, 1st Floor Kolkata, West Bengal  | +91  33 6888 6888

Yes, that’s right. Despite being proper into trying new food and all that, I had a Domino’s Pizza while in India. What can I say? It was getting late, and I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to stuff my face or throw up, so spicy didn’t sound like the best option. 

Dominoes Pizza in Kolkata, India

Sometimes fast food really hits the spot, and this was one of those times…

Dominoes Pizza selection

If you liked this blog post, check out TripAdvisor’s Top 10 Kolkata Restaurants for 2016 for more inspiration.

16 Comments

  1. hannah
    January 2, 2017 / 11:58 am

    This is awesome. I love indian food. The hotter the better. I’ve heard that curry in India is a lot hotter than back here. I’m one of those people who always goes for a vindaloo, sometimes even a phall (you can’t get phall in india, because it’s not an authentic indian curry).

    • January 4, 2017 / 1:26 am

      Me too, I love a bit of spice. The curry in India is only very hot if you request it to be this way… lots of Indians assume that Westerners aren’t into spicy food in a big way. I tasted some delicious curries there though!

  2. January 2, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Chana Masala is one of my favourite Indian dishes as I love chickpeas! Moneky Bar sounds cool x

    • January 4, 2017 / 1:20 am

      Me too, and I barely miss the meat as the chickpeas are so filling 🙂

  3. January 2, 2017 / 1:57 pm

    all of this looks amaaaazing and put my boring salad for lunch to shame. The chocolate truffle roll looks like just the type of thing I like to eat.

    • January 4, 2017 / 1:20 am

      Aww, I know the feeling! Trying to be healthy for the New Year. The truffle roll was awesome 🙂

  4. January 2, 2017 / 5:38 pm

    I am sat here licking my lips whilst reading this, I love the look of everything and I did snigger at Dominos, I love to see what home comforts as I call them, taste like abroad and infact one of the best McDonalds ive ever had was in Egypt x

    • January 4, 2017 / 1:25 am

      Haha yes when I ordered the Dominoes I thought to myself, “Call yourself a foodie!” but it was like 11.30pm and I didn’t fancy venturing far from my hostel, so it was that or nothing for me at the time. I didn’t mind… it was nice to eat some homely food.

  5. January 2, 2017 / 8:43 pm

    I am not adventurous when it comes to trying out indian foods mostly just stick to masala and that’s about it so was intriguing reading all these eateries.

    • January 4, 2017 / 1:19 am

      I love spicy food, so I enjoyed exploring the different tastes in India.

  6. Rebecca Smith
    January 2, 2017 / 10:24 pm

    This all looks so good! I especially love the sound of those chicken cheese steamed momos!

    • January 4, 2017 / 1:19 am

      They were definitely one of the highlights 🙂

  7. January 2, 2017 / 11:28 pm

    I am really unadventurous with food, but this sounds amazing. That Chocolate Truffle roll looks yummy!

    • January 4, 2017 / 1:24 am

      The chocolate truffle roll was so good, I bet you’d have loved it

  8. Rachel
    January 8, 2017 / 2:09 am

    I can’t believe there’s a Domino’s there! Looks like there’s some amazing food palces, the chocolate roll looks great! xo

    • January 10, 2017 / 2:25 am

      Me too! I was like :O hehe. was an absolute lifesaver at the time, as there was nowhere else open for food nearby and I didn’t fancy walking the streets on my own late at night!

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