From traditional to fusion dishes, 40 places to dine this puja in Kolkata
All eyes are on fusion-forward menus this Puja, be it Gondhoraj Chicken Tacos or Beguni Chaat
Kolkata’s diners, pubs and luxury hotels are working towards distancing-friendly dining experiences and most eateries have come up with convenient delivery, takeaway and even drive-in pick-up options to reduce contact and keep things sanitary. Some of the top-tier hotels have come up with their own delivery services so you can set up a gourmet feast at home for your Durga Puja house party. A few resto-bars have come up with limited-edition fusion picks that modernise traditional flavours to make them pairable with cocktails. We’ve sorted some excellent options for you to indulge in this festive season.
To commemorate the exuberance of Durga Puja, the star property has organised a magnificent set-up and curated a range of offers with robust safety protocols. Enjoy the much-anticipated celebrations at the Grand Ballroom, JW Kitchen & Vintage Asia with a scrumptious gastronomic fare that will be complemented with a special gin and wine bar. The wide range of freshly cooked, authentic Bengali fare includes Gondhoraj Fish Tikka, Echorer Dalna, Aam Kasundi Paneer, Pulao, Posto Murgi, Mutton Roganjosh and Dhokar Dalna, among others.
Pocket Pinch for two: `3,998+
Mark your calendar for Panchami, Saptami and Nabami as The Lalit Great Eastern has plans to take
you on a gastronomic trail with its never-ending fare. Their Durga Puja Mahabhoj lives up to the true
definition of the word grand with live stations, pickle and murabba counters, wide varieties of raita
and an eclectic range of dishes rooted in the Bengali kitchen like Lonka Ar Kasundi Makhano Bhaja
Bhetki Macher Salad, Olo Chingri, Kumilar Jhal Goshto, Chhana Khoyar Rezala and more.
Pocket Pinch for two: `5,000+
The Pujor Mahabhoj at the Ballroom at The Oberoi Grand this year, pays tribute to the culinary diversi-
ty of Bengal showcasing over 50 delicacies, thus complimenting the biggest festival of harmony, creativity and the human spirit. The elaborate buffet will cover all your favourites from Chingri Malai Curry to Kosha Mangsho and Pabdar Jhal to Bekti Paturi and more.
Pocket Pinch for two: Rs 5,000+
This star property’s Bhuri Bhoj brings together an authentic and rich amalgamation of flavours in form of a buffet at Kava and in an a la carte format at Vertex. The rhythmic sound of the dhaak, fragrance of dhunuchi and a Maa Durga idol will light up the ambience.
Pocket Pinch for two: Rs 1,998++ onwards.
ibis Kolkata Rajarhat is all set to woo the city gastronomes with Mahabhoj. Start with the sweet and sour Aam Panna and then move on to salads, chaats and appetisers. The mains boast of nine dishes including Badaam Diye Laal Shaak, Daal Khashi (mutton), Lau Bori and Dhonepata Bata Murgi and equal emphasis has been laid on vegetarian fare. Decadent sweets such as Sita Bhog and Sandesh among others are on the menu to end it on a sweet note.
Pocket Pinch for two: `2,000+
ITC Royal Bengal’s Grand Market Pavilion is offering one of the most elaborate buffet spreads in India featuring a blend of local, Indian and international delicacies with picks like Vietnamese Pho, GMP’s
Signature Chaats, Phuchka, Dahi Bhalla, Bread Pakora etc, while The Darjeeling Lounge offers an a la cart menu featuring Black Sesame Pork, Water Chestnut Dumpling, Chicken Katsu Burgers and
more. ITC Sonar’s Peshawari brings you an award-winning menu with authentic clay tandoor-cooked dishes, while its Pan Asian diner has a la carte menu that lines up Vegetable Basil Miso, Hiew Takrai, Bell Pepper and Scallions, to name a few.
Pocket pinch for two: `1,450+
If you are planning to treat yourself to some classic delicacies in Park Street then check-in at Trincas Restaurant. The iconic diner has curated a Classic Kolkata Menu featuring recipes that are a part of the culinary heritage of Kolkata. Sample continental favourites like Lobster Thermidor, Devilled Crab and Chicken Ala Kiev, and Chinese signature dishes like Crispy Drums of Heaven, Golden Fried Prawns, Pan Fried Spicy Fish and Original Chilli Garlic Noodles.
Pocket Pinch for two: Rs 900+
Monkey Bar has come up with incredible fusion picks for Puja such as Beguni Chaat (batter-fried sliced eggplant, topped with green and red chutney, aloo lachha, coriander and pomegranate), Kosha Mangsho Kathi Roll, Bhetki Bhaatey. The Fatty Bao menu (available from Monkey Bar) offers picks like Chinese Bhel and Steamed Sausage Fried Rice with pork sausage.
Pocket Pinch for two: ` 2,000 ++
Find the best fusion tacos at restobar One8 Commune, which come with old school twists such as Victoria Cutlet Tacos, Asparagus Bandel Chop Tacos, Cajun Tofu Tacos, Gondhoraj Chicken Tacos, Kolkata Prawn Cutlet Tacos, Kasundi Fish Tacos among others.
Pocket Pinch for 2: Rs1,600+
This period dining restaurant will tease your tastebuds to the flavours of the royalty. The highlights of the menu include Chicken Qalmi Kabab, Mutton Galawati Kabab, Awadhi Sugandhi Mahi, Raan Biriyani and Awadhi Handi Biriyani, to name a few. Available at all five outlets.
Pocket Pinch for two: `1,000+
Kareem’s Kolkata presents Durga Pujor Mahabhoj. The festive feast from the Mumbai-based Mughlai
chain includes a variety of biryanis that makes for an indulgent session. Add to your must-have list Chicken Tikka Biryani, Mutton Keema Biryani and Kareem’s Special Raan Biryani, if you are a biryani
fan. Don’t forget to end with Malai Firni.
Pocket Pinch for two: `1,000+
The Park Street diner has introduced some excellent Bengali numbers for Puja, that are shareable and work great as appetisers such as Dimer Devil, Gondhoraj Mustard Chicken, traditional Singara, Paneer Pantheras that you can pair with a bevvy of cocktails on their menu.
Pocket pinch for 2: `1,800+
The Westin Kolkata, Rajarhat
Keeping up with the festivity, The Westin Kolkata, Rajarhat has curated Dhak, Dhol and Dhunuchi 2.0 that welcomes patrons to its abode housing a gorgeous 15-ft idol of Maa Durga. There’s an extensive global buffet spread comprising delectables like Kosha Mangsho, Basanti Pulao, Kolkata Style Chicken Biryani, Aloo Posto and Chanar Dalna among others.
Pocket pinch for two: `2,000+
Miam Café & Bistro
Planning a cosy evening with your bae over a cup of coffee and light bites away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Check out Miam Café & Bistro at Sector V, which has come up with a Durga Puja
Special menu featuring Drums of Heaven, Special Paneer Wrap, Gyoza, Oriental Chicken Flat Bread and Shahi Tukda.
Pocket pinch for two: `900+
The Park Hotel
The Park Hotel’s Rosewood Hall and The Bridge have rolled out special menus. While the
former has introduced Pujo Maha Bhoj accompanied by a live band experience, the latter’s Durga Puja Food ’N’ Fest has a curated fusion buffet. The delicacies include Mutton Dak Bunglow, Potoler Dolma,
Aloo Dum, Chanar Tarkari, Kacha Kelar Kofta Curry, Tangra Style Chilli Chicken, Vegetable in Hot Garlic Sauce and Burnt Garlic Fried Rice among others.
Pocket pinch for two: Rs 1,600+
The newly-launched national diner has rolled out its maiden puja special menu. Drop in at the Instagram-worthy café and dig into Bangla Chicken Curry, Fulko Luchi, Peanut and Tamarind Glazed Chicken Wings, Tawa Fried Betki in Tangy Sauce, Gondhoraj Bhat and more.
Pocket pinch for two: `2,000+
Perhaps the only gastropub with a festive spread this elaborate, Zobet is serving Pujo Special Thalis featuring Luchi, Cholar Dal, Chanar Dalna, Beguni or Egg Devil, Phulkopir Roast, Basanti Pulao, along with familiar Bengali picks such as Mochar Chop, Koraisutir Seekh and Gondhoraj Chanar Paturi, Fish Fry, Dhakai Chicken Seekh, and fusion desserts like Baked Mihidana and Misti Doi Cheese Cake. Pocket pinch for two: Rs 1,100+
Lord of the Drinks
Lord of the Drinks’ newly launched global menu treats you to some novel recipes and new flavours, such as, Beetroot Goat Cheese Galouti, Southern-style Peppered Calamari, Korean-style Fried Prawns, New Zealand Lamb Chops, Atlantic Grilled Salmon and Baked Mix Seafood.
Pocket pinch for two: Rs 1,200+
Bengali fine diner Sonar Tori has rolled out a Durga Puja special Thali, Pet Pujo Paat Perey, that will treat you to delicious fish and mutton recipes, favourite fritters as well as decadent desserts like mishit doi and rosogolla from the Bengali kitchen. On till Oct 24.
Pocket pinch for two: `999+
This dazzling rooftop restaurant, Hammer, has come up with a Durga Puja special menu that boasts of an exhaustive fare of a wide range of local and global delicacies besides live performances to keep your festive spirits high.
Pocket pinch for two: `1,200+
Sab ka Club
Sab ka Club pub has an endless array of sumptuous festive specialties, including Peri Peri Paneer or Ajwaini Style Fish Tikka, Chicken and Celery Dimsum, Schezwan Prawn and Harissa Chicken Pizza that you can feast on while watching live performances in the evenings.
Pocket pinch for two: Rs 1,200+
Burma Burma is lining up authentic Burmese delicacies that are festive and repeatable such as their signature Oh No Khowsuey, Crunchy Tofu Buns, Lotus Stem crisps, a hearty Tea Leaf Salad, a light Taro and Moringa Soup, Wa Potato, Malar Hot Noodle Bowl and Mon Mustard Edamame Rice.
Pocket pinch for two: `1,500+
Ozora in Acropolis Mall is all set to satiate your taste buds with its specially curated delicacies like Chhana Koraishutir Chop, Lote Macher Finger, Posto Aloo Dum, Bhapa Ilish, Doi Chital and more. Pocket pinch for two: `1,500+
The set menu at Omo Bistro starts with Smoked Aubergine Mousse, Shortcrust Pastry, Apple Salsa followed by appetisers like Smoked Bandel Cheese and Chicken Cutlet. There’s some fresh
salad as well that brings together black-eyed beans, pomegranate, ponzu sesame vinaigrette. In the mains, choose from Two Textured Chick Pea, Greek Salad, Feta Piadina or Baked Nuts Crusted Organic Chicken, Polenta, Beetroot Purée, Apple Salsa and Curry Jus. End the European fare with a Deconstructed Banoffee Pie.
Pocket pinch for two: ` 975+
What are Pujas without a plateful of aromatic biryani from Aminia? The iconic diner is a must-visit during the festive season and the chef recommends taking a grand route strewn with Murgh Musallam, Raan-E-Sikandari, Raan Musallam Bakra Musallam besides the new biryani variants.
Pocket pinch for two: `900+
Saz — American Brasserie
Planning a cocktail saptami? Head to Saz for some exquisite mixes and pairable appetisers especially if you’re looking for pick-me-ups in between pandal hopping. Pair their Brie and Cream Cheese Filo Puffs with their signature Truffle Negroni, or go for an elaborate but shareable entrée like Gambas Aglio Olio featuring grilled jumbo prawns in aglio olio dressing, with bok choy, fresh tomatoes and sourdough croutons.
Pocket pinch for two: Rs1,600+
To add the warmth of nostalgia and reminisce the bygone days while celebrating the spirit of festivity and look forward to better days, Chapter 2 has a wide variety of continental delicacies on offer. From Grilled Chicken Sizzler to Prawn On Toast and Beckti Florentine to Spaghetti with Meat balls, take your pick. Available at both the outlets. Call at 9836911500
Pocket Pinch for two: Rs 1200 +
Planning to savour some toothsome oriental delicacies this Durga Puja? Hop in at Chowman with your gang and indulge in a safer dine-in. From the menu we recommend Thai Styled Mixed Noodles, Fish in Devil’s Sauce, Chicken in Chilli Wine, Hunan Fish and Butter Garlic Prawn. Finish it off with their heavenly Crunchy Choco Balls with Ice Cream. Call at: 18008902150
Pocket Pinch for two: 800+
At Tribe in Golpark, the menu will showcase old Calcutta eateries and delicacies that represents the city favourites for generations. Plus, there’s a variety of combo offers to keep its patrons happy. Dig into some English Fish & Chips with Beer Batter & Homemade Dip, Chicken Stroganoff, Pork Vindaloo with Butter Rice, Chicken Cacciatore with Rice, Kolkata Special Pork Platter and much more. Call at 090510 33243.
Pocket pinch for two: Rs 800+
Hola at Southern Avenue has rolled out a new ala carte menu featuring Fish Qalmi Kabab, Roasted Garlic Pork Ribs, Coriander Chili Fish, Melting Mushrooms, Butter Garlic Fish, Crispy Thai Chicken Takrai, Cottage Cheese Balls, Wasabi Prawns etc. Also, there will be Happy Hours from 5 -7 in the evening featuring drinks like Golden Hour and Moulin Rouge. Live band performance will start from 7.30 pm onwards. Contact at 7980720961
Price for two: Rs. 1200 plus taxes
Café Narumeg at Southern Avenue has a special plan to tease your tastebuds. The aesthetically done up café’s menu includes delectable like Pesto Lemon Chicken which offers juicy chunks of chicken marinated in basil and lemon pesto sauce and grilled to perfection; Shrimp Marinara where the shrimps are tossed with spaghetti in marinara sauce; Shrimp Salad that serves a scrumptious prawn salad dressed in cocktail sauce. For a luxurious coffee order Affogato Al Caffe served with a scoop of fresh vanilla ice-cream dunked in a shot of espresso and topped with tiramisu syrup.
Pocket pinch for two: Rs 800 onwards
At Café Offbeat pig out on delicacies like Corn Cheese Balls, Stuffed Mushroom, Achari Aloo, Crispy Chili Baby Corn,Tandoori Aloo, Corn Chili Pepper, Rawal Pindi, Paneer Tikka, Chicken Tikka, Panko Fried Chicken, Chicken Sawarma, Kebab Chicken Sholey Kebab and much more.
Pocket pinch for two: Rs 999
At Craft Coffee in Park Street making every moment a celebration would be delectables like Chicken Veg Voul-Au-Vent, Orange Cointreau Pudding Cake, Nutty Choco Crunchy Mousse Cone and Fudgy Chocolate, Raspberry Cake. Also refresh yourself with Cascara Refresher, Cold Brew and Coffee Kombucha
Pocket pinch for two: Rs 600 plus
NX hotel at EM Bypass has come up with some exciting events and offers this festive season. To start with their Durga Puja Special Buffet includes favourites like Mutton Biriyani, Chicken kosha, Luchi aloo dum, Fish fry, Hot gulab jamun and many more. Their Kitchen 165 brings to you specially curated cocktails and ala carte multi cuisine menu. Dig into some shrimp pizza, mushroom galouti, K 165 Mutton and Kasundi Cheese Fish Tikka which are a must try. Also, to unwind the DJ Night will have Zia Mokami along with irresistible offers.
Cost for two - 1500
Club Fenicia’s menu covers almost all your favourites with its Sarodiyar Mahabhoj spread. The highlights include Prawn Tempura Roll, Gondhoraj Lemon Fish, Wok tossed Chicken Shanghai Dumplings, Crispy falafel fritters, hummus dip tahini, asparagus sambusek and much more. Also, their live counter from the Tuscan region is worth drooling for where you will get freshly made mushroom risottos and pastas of your choice. The assortment for main course includes mutton biryani, ilish bhapa, chingri malai curry, wok tossed fried chicken with scallion and soy ginger chicken bamboo shoot. Desserts like Nikuthi cheesecake, berry almond tart, sorbhaja, mishit doi, Rum ball, Sinni mousse will satiate your sweet cravings.
Pocket pinch for two: Rs1500 +
Rang De Basanti Dhaba
Ring in the festivities with friends, family, and your favourite North Indian food only at Rang De Basanti Dhaba. Patrons can treat themselves to RDBD’s signature dishes like Chicken Tikka Basanti, Hari Mirch Paneer Tikka, Basanti Dal Makhani, Dilli Ka Paneer Makhani, Dilli Ka Butter Chicken, Purani Dilli Mirch Meat, RDBD Dum Biryani, Basanti Goli Soda along with an array of other mouth-watering dishes.
Cost for Two: Rs 800 plus GST
Potboiler Coffee House
If you haven’t had the chance to check out the new outlet of Potboiler Coffee House then we recommend you tick it off your list this pujo. Their special The Pujo Hibiscus, cold brew & juice concoction, will be the perfect pick-me-up for the post-pandal hopping blues. You can also taste their delicious Fish fingers and Chicken hot wings, Tangra Chilli Chicken, Cantonese Fish. They have also included Grilled Bhetki in Parsley Butter Sauce, Dhaka Deem Curry with Gobindobhog rice, Grilled Chicken with Mushroom Sauce, Pattaya Street Style Chowmein (Veg/Egg/Chicken), Burnt Garlic Fried Rice (Veg/Egg/Chicken), Stir-fried Vegetables as their puja special. Go and grab your favourite one.
Price: 700/- for two people (approx.)
If you are heading towards Salt Lake Sector V and are looking for a an unlimited buffet options then there is just one place that should be on your list – Asia! Asia! Asia! India’s first Asian table grill restaurant with an eclectic vibe brings a variety of options which will leave you spoilt for choice. Also, their newly launched Bentoooh Box, following a set menu is a deal that cannot be missed if you don’t want to take up the buffet options. With around 10 dishes in the box we bet you will come back for more.
Price: 1,500/- for two people (approx.)
At Unplugged Courtyard in Ho Chi Minh Sarani the delicious spread includes Dahi Ke Shammi, Unplugged Chakna Plate and Mushroom Salt & Pepper in vegetarian section &Kolkata Fish Fry with red onion tartare, Asian Chilli Chicken, Manhattan Fried Chicken, Unplugged Fried Chicken Sliders in non-vegetarian section. They also have Amritsari Chole with Aloo Sirka Pyaz Kulcha&Tawa Mutton Boti with Chur Chur Naan as platters.
Price: 2,800/- for two (approx)
Canteen Pub & Grub
Rejoice this puja with Canteen Pub & Grub and try their signature puja special dishes like Pomfret Rawa fried, Murg malai Cesar salad, assorted non-veg Bao, Tandoori Pomfret, Bhapa Ilish with Ghee & peas Pulao. It’s a promise from us that Canteen will drive you in a perfect ambience for rendezvous, keeping aside all your hassles of mundane life.
Price: 1700/- for two (approx)
Hard Rock Cafe
Some heady music and good American bite are what you are looking for in between your pandal hopping sessions? Head to Hard Rock café at Park Street and pig out at their signature dishes like Flatbreads, Sliders, or irresistible local flavours by Chef Cyrus Irani, viz. Kandhari Paneer Tikka Pomegranate Molasses, Chicken Tikka Masala, Cajun Rubbed Fish Fillet with Caper Cream Sauce, Orange Tequila Prawns, we could go on! Top up these delectable delights with Hard Rock signature potent beverages, and you’ve just got the recipe for moments to cherish forever!
Price: 1800/- for two people (approx.)
From starters to main course, Tsao’s Kitchen has something to offer all food enthusiasts this puja. On the menu are delicacies like Prawn Har Gao, Chef‘s Special Crispy Butter Chilli Garlic Prawns, Chicken Dan Dan Noodle Soup, Tsao’s Special Black Pepper Lamb, Crispy Lotus stem in Sichuan style, Red Thai Curry, Kung Pao Pork Spare Rib, Fish Salt and Pepper, Chilli Mountain Chicken, Tsao’s Special Exotic Egg Fried Rice, Prawns in Sichuan Lemon Chilli Sauce, Date Pancake and much more. Get a complimentary dessert free on orders above Rupees 1000 for dine-in services
Cost for two- Rupees 600 plus GST
Price: 1,800/- for two people (approx.)
Meal for 2: 500 plus tax