Kolkata, lovingly called the City of Joy, is also a haven for food lovers. We know the Bengalis love their fish, but that's not all what the city is famous for. Stroll down the streets and every nook and corner will offer you a mouth-watering range of delicacies - from rasgulla, chom chom and sandesh, to samosas, puchkas, jhal muri, mutton chop, luchi aloo, ghugni, kosha mangsho - you name it! Every dish is flavour packed and served with love, which is what makes the experience even more memorable. And the best part, you can indulge to your heart's content without having to worry about burning a hole in your pocket. Times may have changed, but the prices of local food in the city haven't catapulted to dampen the spirits of the people. This is a city where you can have an immensely satisfying and delicious meal even for Rs 25. Yes, it's true.
So if this has got you planning a trip to Kolkata or wanting to explore the city's foodscape beyond the upscale restaurants, we have some more good news. We have compiled a list of 10 popular restaurants in the city where you can enjoy your meal for less than Rs 250. Here goes -
1. Tandoor House
Situated in Southern Avenue, it is a definitive centre point for every one of those individuals who have a gigantic appetite. For Rs 100, you can get yourself a Chicken Biryani Thali, which contains a portion each of Chicken Biryani, Chicken Chaap, Egg, Kebabs and mixed greens on the side. So in the event that you haven't attempted it yet, it's about time!
Address: 24, Southern Avenue; 46, Ballygunje Garden, Near Golpark Auto Stand, Golpark.
2. Denzong Kitchen
This is my undisputed top choice. My affection for Momos and Thukpas developed after I went to this eatery. From Tibetian to Chinese, they have it all and everything under Rs 100. They started out with a little outlet in Golf Green, and now have opened three outlets around the city. Must-tries include steamed momos, pan-fried momos, Chicken Shyapta, Chicken Shyafley, Besides the soulful food, what makes it popular is also the staff, who are very welcoming and helpful. No wonder the huge fan following!
Address: 9A, Bikramgarh, Tollygunge; 34 Bus Stand, Near Pallysree, Golfgreen, Bijoygarh; 28/7, Sahapur Colony, New Alipore; 279/4, Near Sevangan Medical Complex, NSC Bose Road,Garia.
Photo credit: Denzong Kitchen
3. Tiretti Bazaar
For every one of those office going individuals around Sun Yat Sen Street, skip your home-made lunch one day and head to this spot. Otherwise called Kolkata's Little Chinatown, it is probably the oldest Chinese settlement in Kolkata, dating back to 1934. It offers genuine Chinese-style home-made noodles, meat dishes, sauces, prawn wafers and tea, among others. One head's up: their pork sausages are a must-try.
4. Anadi Cabin
One of the most seasoned eateries in the City of Joy, it pulls food lovers far and near for their Mughlai Paratha. Loaded with minced meat, egg, onions and pepper, it is every meat lover's beloved treat. And guess the price? A mere Rs. 60! So what are you thinking? You have to try it to believe it.
Address: 9, Jawaharlal Nehru Road, New Market Area
Image credit: Anadi Cabin
5. Gol Bari
If you are visiting Kolkata, then you must try the acclaimed Kosha Mangsho with luchi. No trip is complete without digging into a plate of slow-cooked mutton in a mix of aromatic spices, and swooping the tender pieces with fluffy luchis. Kosha This dish is a definitive Sunday dish for all Bengalis and Gol Bari makes it deliciously well.
Address: New Punjabi Hotel, 211, A.P.C. Road, Shyam Bazar
6. Basanta Cabin
Basanta Cabin opened in the year 1890 and is one of those old-time eateries which you have to visit. Situated in College Street, the specialties of this spot are the Prawn cutlets and Fish Kobiraji. Fish Kobiraji is a popular dish in Bengal, where fish fillets are dipped in beaten egg and breadcrumbs, and fried till crisp. Sounds yummy right? Tastes yummy as well!
Address: 53, College Street
7. Royal Indian Hotel
Royal Indian Hotel is a paradise for biryani lovers, and is about 100-years old. Don't go by the look - which is quite shabby - but the legendary food makes up for it. They have a range of signature Mughlai dishes, and some of the dishes they serve only once a week at their old outlet. You should try their Mutton Chaap, Mutton Tikka, Chicken Malai Kebab, Haleem, Rezala and Phirni.
Address: 24A, Syed Amir Ali Avenue, Park Circus Area; 147, Rabindra Sarani, Bara Bazar
8. Mitra Cafe
The café at Shyam Bazaar is over 100-years old and Kolkatans still have immense affection for it. Mitra Cafe was established by Shri Roy, and it offers traditional Bengali, Continental, Chinese and fast food. Their bestsellers include Brain Chops (Rs 45) and Mutton Kobiraji (Rs 120). Also popular are Diamond Fry, Mutton Stew and Prawn Kobiraji. For just a few notes of money, your stomach is actually loaded with devouring flavours that will have you coming back for more. Acclaimed celebrities like Soumitra Chatterjee and Anjan Dutta still come here to experience their mouth-watering dishes.
Address: Multiple outlets - Shyam Bazaar, Shobha Bazaar, Gol Park, Dum Dum
9. The Grub Club
Known for its Chinese and Thai dishes, this is a new age eatery compared to the others and sans the frills. You should order their Tempura Chicken, Chicken Tettrazini, Meifoon, Chicken Manchurian Chowmein, and Fish with Chilli and Lemon Grass to name a few. While they have a wide assortment of dishes, they have remembered the cost. Who would have believed that you could savour Thai, Japanese or Chinese food under a budget?
Address: 131/2, Gol Park
10. Asma Hotel
Beef ban? What is that? This spot has the best beef dishes in the city. Despite the fact that it's somewhat hard to discover, however, once you're there, you'll continue making your way back for their lip-smacking Beef Biryani, Beef Chaap, Nihari and Bhuna Beef. The beef in the chaap is delicate and cooked to perfection, with of course a layer of oil and masalas on top that you can't help but dig into with the rotis.
Address: Baruipur Station Road
Kolkata never fails to disappoint anyone whether it is literature, art, theatre or food, and that too without burning a hole in the pocket. What's not to love?
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