Best restaurants in Kolkata (Calcutta)

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    Aaheli

    Top-notch Bengali cuisine comes to you in traditional brassware amid stylish surroundings at this premium restaurant. The dishes feature authentic flavours from both West Bengal and Bangladesh, and include rare offerings such as hilsa (a mackerel-like estuarine fish with a bold flavour) stewed with eggplant and ridge gourd, and mutton cooked the way the bard Rabindranath Tagore reputedly liked it.

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    Corner Courtyard

    This reincarnated 1904 mansion has had its walls artistically splattered with doorknobs, locks and old books, complementing its stylish distressed-look decor. The menu is creative, imaginative and designed to please discerning foodies, from classic Italian dishes such as margherita pizzas and spaghetti aglio e olio to Goan chicken curry from India's western shores, and aromatic sambal fish à la Singapore.

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    Salt House

    This stylish new restaurant puts together a delicious menu of European classics (ravioli, risotto, shepherd's pies, and fish and chips, to name a few), often finishing them with a touch of unique local ingredients: leafy microgreens such as thankuni and kolmi, the aromatic gondhoraj lime, robust rooster stock or even a slaw of apple and kasundi (mustard relish).

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    6 Ballygunge Place

    Housed in a superbly renovated mid-20th-century mansion, this top-notch restaurant serves some of the best Bengali fare in town. If you're confused about the ingredients, spices and gravies, skip the menu and hit the lunch buffet (vegetarian/nonvegetarian ₹600/700), and you'll be treated to a fantastic sampling of classic and contemporary Bengali cuisine.

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    Fire and Ice

    Founded and directed by an Italian lady from Naples, Fire and Ice's waiters bring forth real Italian (al dente!) pastas and Kolkata’s best thin-crust pizzas. Old film posters give character to the spacious dining room set behind foliage in a huge heritage building. Few other Kolkata restaurants keep serving as late, or as consistently.

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    Tamarind

    This unpretentious restaurant on one of South Kolkata's main thoroughfares serves a melange of traditional and improvised dishes curated from Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu. Dishes like Coorgi mutton fry, Chettinad chicken, kottu paratha (fluffy spicy crumble featuring a paratha and eggs) and appams (South Indian rice pancake) with mutton stew are unbeatable, probably even by restaurants in South India.

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    Arsalan

    Consistently popular with locals, this central branch of Kolkata's best biryani house is high ceilinged and attractively modern without being fashion-conscious. The main attractions are the celebrated biryanis – aromatic basmati rice, steamed potato and huge chunks of juicy mutton or chicken – that are best paired with melt-in-mouth chicken tikka, skewer-grilled mutton seekh kebab and the creamy mutton galawati kebab.

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    Oh! Calcutta

    Situated within a shopping mall, the shutter-edged mirror ‘windows’, bookshelves, paintings and B&W photographs create a casually upmarket feel for enjoying some of the city's best Bengali-fusion food. The mild, subtle and creamy daab chingri (prawn curry; ₹445) is served in a green coconut, its subtleties brought out particularly well by a side dish of fragrant lime salad.

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    Kewpies

    Kewpie's is a Kolkata gastronomic institution, and dining here feels like a lavish dinner party in a gently old-fashioned home. Reared to perfection by a speciality Bengali chef, this place serves impeccably traditional and authentic Bengali dishes made from the best local ingredients, and though on the pricey side, the food (as well as the experience) is worth every rupee.

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    Banana Leaf

    Among the best South Indian restaurants in town. The classic dosa, a paper-thin rice-batter crêpe – layered with ingredients such as cottage cheese and spicy powders and served with a filling of potato curry – has been taken to a state of near-perfection here. The hearty vegetarian meals are worth tasting too, especially for those with humungous appetites.

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    Yauatcha

    Yauatcha has garnered a solid reputation in town for serving Chinese food of the fine-dining variety. There's a vast range of delicious dumplings on the menu, featuring truffle, edamame, scallop and poached Peking duck. The honey-smoked pork ribs and crispy lamb with raw mango are must-eats. Some fine cocktails, chilled beer and pots of jasmine tea also on offer.

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    Gupta Brothers

    This iconic institution has consistently treated generations of Kolkata foodies to a delicious repertoire of breakfast and evening snacks such as crispy dosas, steamed dhoklas made from lentil batter, deep-fried bread pakoras, and the signature kachori, bite-sized puris flavoured with asafoetida and served with a spicy potato curry. Also available are a wide range of traditional and newfangled sweetmeats.

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    Manthan & Songhai

    This popular address has two restaurants in one location, with a single kitchen turning out good (if not really gourmet) Chinese food. The upstairs seating of Manthan, the cheapest option, could use some artworks to give more character to the blank, chandelier-lit walls. Manthan's downstairs rooms are comfortable upper-middle class, while neighbouring Songhai goes for a dark, oriental feel.

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    Dacres Lane

    A series of food stalls selling a unique combination of creole cuisine is interspersed by a few somewhat-dodgy bar-restaurants, whose fairy lights add some warmth to the narrow and dingy lane. Choose from quick-and-easy bites, including paratha (Indian-style flaky bread) and curry, toasted bread with mutton, papaya and carrot stew, vegetable fritters, wok-fried noodles and chicken curry with rice.

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    New Aliah Hotel

    This central business district eatery has long been a favourite with journalists and bureaucrats, who congregate here at mealtimes to tuck away hearty portions of biryani, rezala (mutton stew in a light yoghurt gravy), tandoori chicken and an assortment of kebabs, accompanied by flavourful roti and aromatic rice. The dessert of choice here is firni, a delicious creamy rice-based pudding.

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    Siddheshwari Ashram

    For a really local and inexpensive experience, venture into this archetypal old-fashioned eating house serving excellent Bengali food eaten with the (right) hand at old stone-topped tables. Women are rare, some waiters walk around shoeless and the blackboard menu offers no explanations, so ideally bring a local friend. The entrance (up an unlikely stairway) is easily missed between shopfronts.

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    Mocambo

    Mocambo dates back to 1956, but with old-fashioned seats in scalloped red leather, it feels more like a mood-lit 1970s steakhouse. A very loyal following comes regularly for its mixed grills, devilled crabs, fish Wellington, chicken Kiev and bhetki meunière (barramundi fillets in lemon-butter sauce). An unwritten sartorial admission code applies (no shorts or flip-flops).

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    Peter Cat

    This phenomenally popular Kolkata institution is best known for its Iranian-style chelo kebabs (barbequed fingers of spiced, minced meat on buttered rice). Other dishes such as the tandoori mixed grill and the chicken sizzler also fly thick and fast. Beer (₹220) comes in pewter tankards and waiters wear Rajasthani costumes. No reservations – just join the queue!

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    Bhojohori Manna

    Each Bhojohori Manna branch in town feels very different, but all feature good-quality Bengali food at sensible prices. The branch on Hindustan Rd is comparatively spacious, decorated with tribal implements, and the menu allows you to pair a wide selection of fish types with the sauce of your choice. Don't miss the echorer dalna (green jackfruit curry) in summer.

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    Santa's Fantasea

    This modest operation in a tiny South Kolkata lane serves a brilliant range of seafood such as crab, tuna, pomfret and mackerel. But the hidden ace up its sleeve is a range of yummy local tribal cuisine, such as bamboo-smoked chicken, julu pitha (stuffed tribal bread), jadoh (Meghalayan rice-and-meat dish) and mutton cooked with tender bamboo shoots.