Bhog is the same every year. Let’s try something different. We give you a list of ten snacks that you will only find in the City of Food, Kolkata.
Fish Ball Soup and Meat Loaf at Territi BazarBreakfast is the most important meal of the day.
And what better place to start from the old Chinatown of Kolkata. Chinese
settlers came here in the 1970s, along came their food, and both stayed on.
Make sure you reach there by 4.00 am or you may go hungry. Yes, that’ how fast
their food sells.
What makes it special?They continue to use original recipes that you won’t find on the internet.
Chop at KalikaFrom prawn chop to tomato chop, name it and you’ll
find it here. Kalika started as a roadside shop in 1960, today eatery features
on every food lovers’ map.
What makes it special?The spices used are a family secret, originally learnt from the cooks of Nadia, which are never divulged or changed.
Where:29, Surya Sen Street, College Sqaure
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Prawn Chips at Basanta CabinPeople may recommend this place for Mughlai
Paratha. But if you haven’t tasted their Prawn Papad, then you haven’t tasted
anything. Started in 1890, there were five of these cabins, but today only two
What makes it special?These are the thinnest and lightest prawn papad that you’ll ever taste. And they are made in-house so don’t ever dare think of comparing them to the ones available at a supermarket.
Where:53, College Street, Near Medical College
Brain Chop at Mitra CaféYes, it is made from the actual brain of a goat.
No, it does not smell! If you haven’t tasted the brain chop here then you’re
not a true food lover.
What makes it special?This is their original creation, and if you love cheese, you will love this.
Where:47, Jatindra Mohan Avenue, Sovabazar
ChaatWith the huge influx of other communities in the
city, chaat was bound to make an appearance. Go to your local shop, and you
will find sizzling aloo tikki and
lip-smacking papdi chaat.
What makes it special?Don’t expect the taste that you find in the origin city. We like to give it a Bengali twist.
Where:Your local sweet shop
Egg Devil at Dilkusha Cabin
For the last 116 years, every customer has vouched for the egg devil at Dilkusha Cabin. From Manna Dey to Uttam Kumar, Dilkusha boasts popular celebrities on its client list.
What makes it special? Perfectly boiled egg encased in a ball of spicy mutton keema. What’s not to love!
Where: 88, Mahatma Gandhi Road, College Square
Club Kachori at Sharma Tea HouseBite-size kachoris served with spicy potato curry
for just Rs. 50. Make sure you wash it down with a glass of lassi.
What makes it special?This is their original recipe that has been an inspiration for a lot of other eateries in Kolkata.
Where:5/6, Sambhunath Pandit Street, Bhowanipore
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Paan Cake at Favourite CabinNamed so because of its beetle-leaf shape, Paan
Cake is popular with the regulars. The Cabin itself is no less. A hot-bed of
the Swadeshi Movement, it witnessed the Kallol movement, a landmark in the
history of Bengali literature.
What makes it special?The décor remains unchanged so you get a taste of the time when Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose was a regular or Nazrul penned his poetry.
Where:69B, Surya Sen Street, College Square
Mutton Afghani at Chacha’s HotelNot meant for the faint-hearted, this one is oily,
spicy, and tasty. In a city popular for its cutlets, you just can’t miss the
Mutton Afghani at Chacha’s.
What makes it special?A secret mix of spices that makes it easy to digest.
Where:42, Bidhan Sarani, Hatibagan
Paan at Kalpataru BhandarEnd your food trip with a paan. What kind you ask?
Any kind that you want. And it will always suit your pocket because they offer
varieties that range from Rs. 5 to Rs. 1000.
What makes it special?There special range of supari including Nehrupatiy, Chips, Keshrani, Milky, Icy, and the unique ittar (perfume).
Where:6/1, Bankim Chatterjee Street
Ready to get started? Meet you at 4.00 am.
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