We can also call Kolkata the City of Food. This is a paradise for all foodies. The delicacy of Kolkata works like a magnet and the food lovers automatically attract to the food. Now the city has many new age eateries but the traditional, old and heritage eateries have no comparison. The cuisine, the taste, the food give us such a pleasure that we can’t explain in words. Actually, these old school eateries are not only food junctions but a memory itself as these bear the years old tradition of old Kolkata.
The ambience adds extra flavour which reminds us that our very own city still carries the essence of old Calcutta.
Let’s take a tour to those eateries where eating food is always a delight.
Mitra Café, Sobhabazar
This heritage cabin in North Kolkata has started in 1920. This Café had become an important part of Bong culture in the 1970s and 80s. The Café is located just opposite the Sobhabazar metro station. So many years have passed but the craze for Mitra Café has remained same.
This place is famous for the Brain Chops, which made out of goat brain. Apart from Brain Chops the café is also famous for Kobiraji (mutton, chicken and fish), Fish Diamond Fry, Dimer Devil, Fowl Cutlet.
Indian Coffee House, College Street
This list cannot be completed without the name of the College Street Coffee House. Coffee House always gives us a beautiful memory of hanging out with friends. Any modern cafes in Kolkata can’t replace the memories of the endless chats, gossips, arguments over cups of cups of coffee at the Coffee House. This is a perfect place for pure adda, food and culture. This heritage building is a meeting place for not only the students but the artists, poets, writers.
The legends like Satyajit Ray, Samaresh Majumdar, Sunil Gangopadhyay, Ritwik Ghatak, Mrinal Sen, Aparna Sen have increased the popularity of the Coffee House.
Whenever we pronounce Golbari, Golbarir Kosha Mangsho automatically comes in our mind. That spicy gravy shimmering over the perfectly cooked juicy pieces of meat is all time favourite among the people of Kolkata and also among the tourists. This 95-year-old eatery has managed to hold its popularity for the authentic spicy Bengali mutton curry or Mutton Kosha. The Arora family has operated the eatery for three generations.
Anyone who tastes the Kosha Mangsho here has to admit that no place is better than Golbari for this Bengali delicacy. The Chicken Kosha also tastes good and the other popular items include fish fry, chicken cutlet and egg cutlet.
Paramount, Near College Street
Paramount is famous for its sherbets. It was founded in 1918 and since then it quenches the thirst of Kolkatans with its mouth watering sherbets and syrups. This is also a meeting place of university and college students. One thing is sure this place always maintains its quality. Paramount uses only the fruit pulps and extracts in making sherbets. Whenever you visit Paramount you can always feel the charm of old Kolkata.
The dub sherbet (coconut) is a must try. Also, the Mango Malai, Cocoa Malai, Tamarind Syrup and Rose Syrup are famous.
Anadi Cabin, Esplanade
Located in the heart of the city, the Anadi Cabin is known for its Mughlai Paratha. It is one of the oldest eateries in town. For decades, the Cabin is serving lip-smacking foods. Apart from Mughlai Paratha, Anadi Cabin is also famous for Fish Cutlet, Kobiraji and Mutton Kosha.
Putiram, College Street
This sweet shop is famous among the students of universities and schools located at College Street as it serves some best snack and sweet items. This 157-year-old heritage food joint has its signature food item, the lip-smacking Kachori with Cholar Daal or Potato Curry. After having the Kachori you can’t control yourself but order some of the best sweets of Putiram.
Allen Kitchen, Shobhabazar
This 130-year-old eatery has witnessed many ups and downs but it always stands tall. Allen Kitchen is known for its chops, cutlets, kobirajis and devilled eggs. The eatery first started in Allen Market by a Scottish Sir Allen. In the 90’s it was shifted to Sobhabazar and since then it is one of the iconic eateries in North Kolkata.
Whenever you visit Allen Kitchen just forget your diet as most of the items are cooked with pure ghee and may be this is the reason why the cutlets are so scrumptious. The Prawn Cutlet is something extraordinary. But you can also taste the delicious Chicken Steak, Cutlet, Kabiraji and Egg Devil.
Chacha’s Hotel, Bidhan Sarani
This 150-year-old restaurant is one of the most iconic and oldest running restaurants in North Kolkata. Gosaidas Patra brought a small tea stall from Muslim owner known as Cha Cha in 1875. Since then the restaurant was named Chacha’s Hotel. This is located in Vivekananda road crossing near Swami Vivekananda’s ancestral house. Locals claim Swamiji used to come here and his favourite was the fowl cutlet.
Their best is actually the Fowl Cutlet. Sheek Kabaab, Momos, Fish Fry, Chinese also taste good.
Dilkusha Cabin, College Street
This centenarian restaurant is a hot favourite among the college goers. This heritage restaurant had also host Kabi Nazrul Islam, Ganesh Pyne. Their signature dishes Kabiraji and cutlet still manage to hold its old flavour. Another popular dish is doi chicken. No matter if it’s fish or chicken kabiraji, after having one you crave for more.
This legendary place is located at the centre of New Market. After shopping if you want to try some Mughlai delicacy, you must visit Nizam’s. This place was established in 1932 and Nizam’s is the one who invented the famous kati roll. You can imagine why this is a legendary place. Also, the other items like Biryani, Kebabs, Chicken Chap, Bharta are also delicious.
So how many old school eateries have you visited?