Not Just Rosogullas: 20 Dishes You Must Try The Next Time You're In Kolkata!

Not Just Rosogullas: 20 Dishes You Must Try The Next Time You're In Kolkata!

Whether it is the melt in mouth rosogullas or the delicately sweetened misti doi, Kolkata has a penchant for food that is rare elsewhere. The food scene in the city is beyond magical and with every bite of luchi that you have and every sip of cha that you take, it keeps amplifying. Here, the people never fail to disappoint foodies with their variety of best food in Kolkata!

20 Dishes You Must Eat When In Kolkata

If you are planning to visit the city of joy or are a newbie in the town and wondering what to eat in Kolkata, we will help you eat like a royal Bangali in this city of culinary delights. Check out our list of the 20 best things to eat in Kolkata.

1. Kochu Patta Diye Chingri Bhappa




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Native to Bangladesh, this delicacy of shrimp cooked in steamed taro leaves has a strong flavour of mustard that you just can’t miss.

Best Served At: Kasturi Restuarant 

Where: Multiple locations- Park Street, Ballygunge, New Market

Price: Rs 120

Timing: Noon to 11 pm

2. Fish Orly


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Crunchy fried fish served with fries and salad.

Best Served At: Apanjan Restuarant

Where: Near Kalighat Metro, South Kolkata

Price: Rs 100

Timing: 1 pm to 9 pm

3. Aam Doi


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A summer speciality made from real Himsagar mangoes, aam doi is a succulent savoury for all your sweet cravings.

Best Served At: Mithai Restaurant

Where: Park Circus Area

Price: Rs 70

Timing: 10 am to 7 pm

4. Radha Ballavi


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Lentil stuffed pooris with a hint of hing and fennel powder.

Best Served At: Putiram Restaurant

Where: College Street

Price: Rs 30

Timing: 7 am to 9 pm

5. Mutton Rezala


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A blend of Bangladeshi and Mughlai cuisine, mutton rezala is what you get when lamb pieces are cooked in yoghurt based stew.

Best Served At: Sabir’s Restaurant

Where: Chandni Market

Price: Rs 170

Timing: 6 am to 11 pm

6. Jhalmuri


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If there’s one thing more delightful than watching the muri-wallas tossing the puffed rice, onions, tomatoes, and spices, it is munching the snack!

Best Served At: Sharughan Sha Muriwala

Where: Russell Street

Price: Rs 20

Timing: 11 am to 10 pm

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7. Kolkata Biryani


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The tantalizing biryani cooked in desi ghee and mixed with flavourful spices is a favourite among Bengalis!

Best Served At: Royal Indian Hotel

Where: Bara Bazaar

Price: Rs 215

Timing: 11 am to 12 am

8. Dancing Coffee


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For 60 years, this food joint has been serving the wackiest version of coffee- first hot milk is poured over black coffee base and then the foam is added that floats like waves.

Best Served At: Prema Vilas Restuarant

Where: Lake Market

Price: Rs 81

Timing: 10 am to 9:30 pm

9. Telebhaja


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From piyaji to aloo chop and aam chop to beguni, drool on the endless varieties of crunchy bhajas with a cutting chai.

Best Served At: Lakshmi Narayan Shaw And Sons Restaurant

Where: Hatibagan

Price: Rs 40

Timing: 4 pm to 8:30 pm

10. Doodh Cola


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A delicious concoction of soda, milk and sugar, this signature beverage is worth a try.

Best Served At: Balwant Singh Eating House

Where: Near Bhawanipur Gurudwara

Price: Rs 150 for 500 ml

Timing: 4 am to 3 am

11. Daab Chingri


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Have you even been to Kolkata if you haven’t tried (and overeaten) the Bengali prawn curry cooked and served in a coconut?!

Best Served At: Bhojohori Manna Restuarant

Where: Multiple Locations- Hatibagan, Gariahat, Shyambazar, Esplanade

Price: 255

Timing: 12 pm to 10 pm

12. Special Fish Thali


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The best way to experience Kolkata is gorging on a royal Bengali thali that consists of luchi, pulao, bhaja, ilish, chingri and more!

Best Served At: Saptapadi Restuarant

Where: Hindustan Park, Jadavpur

Price: Rs 690

Timing: 12 pm to 10:30 pm

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13. Ghugni


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What chole is to dilliwallahs, ghugni (boiled and fried chickpea garnished with spices) is to the Bengalis! In short, ghugni is not a dish, it’s an emotion.

Best Served At: Dacres Lane 

Where: Esplanade

Price: Rs 30

Timing: 7 am to 9:30 pm

14. Chicken Kabiraji


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Minced chicken, bread crumbs, and egg make this mouth-watering Bengali dish is must-try on your next trip. 

Best Served At: Mitra Cafe

Where: Multiple locations- Shobha Bazaar, Baguihati, Gol Park, and more

Price: Rs 110

Timing: 5 pm to 10 pm

15. Phuchka


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A true Bengali may take offence if you call a phuchka, a panipuri or a golgappa. Mind it!

Best Served At: Dilipda’s Stall

Where: Vivekananda Park

Price: Rs 20 for 6 phuchkas

Timing: 3 pm to 9 pm

16. Mughlai Parotha


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Deep fried parothas stuffed with egg and minced meat for a finger-licking experience.

Best Served At: Anadi Cabin Restuarant

Where: New Market Area

Price: Rs 52

Timing: 11 am to 9:30 pm

17. Chelo Kebab


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Nothing can beat this platter of mutton seekhs with chicken kebabs served with steaming rice, butter and eggs.

Best Served At: Peter Cat Restuarant

Where: Park Street

Price: Rs 400

Timing: 11 am to 11:30 pm

18. Lal Lonkar Ilish


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Get high on hilsa with this fish delicacy cooked in a spicy tangy gravy. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!

Best Served At: Oh! Calcutta Restuarant

Where: Multiple locations- Silver Spring Arcade, Forum Mall

Price: Rs 575

Timing: 12 pm to 3:30 pm, 7 pm to 11 pm

19. Kosha Mangsho


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This is not your average mutton curry. Loaded with lots of spices and juicy pieces of mutton, this authentic Bengali curry is sauteed in a thick iron wok and served with luchi or rice.

Best Served At: Golbari Restuarant

Where: Shyam Bazaar

Price: Rs 223

Timing: 12:30 pm to 11 pm

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20. Chanachur


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A mixture of sev, namkeen, peanuts and chivda, chanachur is Kolkata’s favourite snack, especially when it is raining.

Best Served At: Ujjala Chanachur

Where: Kalighat

Price: Rs 300 for 1 kg

Timing: 10 am to 10 pm

Don't forget to try at least a few from our list of the best food in Kolkata! 

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