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Get to know the flavorful soul of Kolkata, India

Get to know the flavorful soul of Kolkata, India

by Olivia Bell
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  • 1. Sly Fox Gastro Club
  • 2. Cafe Mezzuna
  • 3. Riyasat
  • 4. Mainland China
  • 5. Sonargaon
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There is something about Kolkata that appeals to anyone who was once fascinated by adventure novels and movies about faraway lands. This city exudes the very essence of British India, a rich history, mysticism, and exotics. Beyond its enigmatic temples, grand mansions, and winding streets, Kolkata also boasts a diverse gastronomic scene, full of traditional recipes from ancient India. Today we’ll take you to the ultramodern restobars and bistros, where young IT experts and ambitious entrepreneurs gather to sample Indian classics infused with a contemporary flair.

1. Sly Fox Gastro Club
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Sly Fox Gastro Club
#9 of 1547 clubs in Kolkata, India
Podium level, Globsyn Crystals, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Open until 11PM
Lasagna
Lasagna

This traditional Italian dish comes from Bologna and it seems the oldest type of pasta. Lasagna is stacked layers of wide and flat pasta and a variety of other ingredients, including sauce, vegetables, cheese, meat, etc. The word 'lasagna' refers to a pot where this dish was cooked.

Situated in the heart of Kolkata's bustling IT district, Sly Fox Gastro Club stands out as one of the city's most visually striking eateries. Drawing inspiration from both traditional Indian motifs and cutting-edge decor, this restaurant offers a truly unique aesthetic that embodies modern India.

To start your culinary adventure, indulge in Foxy Moori – Kolkata's beloved spicy puffed rice with a twist of sly's chutneys and granola – or savor garlic and lemon-flavored prawn mini tarts. Soup lovers will adore Tibetan manchow, followed by classic layered lasagna or homemade ravioli filled with spinach and ricotta in a luscious pink sauce. And make sure to leave room for Tic Tac Toe, a decadent creme brûlée infused with hazelnut, strawberry, and blueberry, or gulab jamun cheesecake with its clever twist.

With its fusion style and innovative approach to both cuisine and design, Sly Fox Gastro Club offers a seamless introduction to Indian culture and dining.

2. Cafe Mezzuna
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Cafe Mezzuna
#6 of 6454 cafes in Kolkata, India
South City Mall, Shop No. 224-B, 2nd Floor, 375 Prince Anwar Shah Road, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Open until 11PM

Cafe Mezzuna, a unit of the renowned Speciality Restaurants Ltd. that operates several eateries throughout India, stands as a remarkably chic venue in Kolkata that showcases the city's contemporary progress. An exceptional feature of the interior is a designated area that features individual, open "capsules" resembling cut crystals, blending in flawlessly with the walls' aesthetic.

Mezzuna's menu seamlessly fuses Italian, Spanish, and French recipes, ideally suited for the Mediterranean-style environment. The menu features spaghetti Bolognese and freshly-caught fish bathed in lemon-butter sauce, orange or ginger-glazed roast chicken, and Mezzuna's signature wafer-crust pizza topped with savory pepperoni and fresh mozzarella. Wrap up your meal with the sublime flavors of melt-in-your-mouth mango tiramisu or cheesecake brownie topped with berries. With the chefs' boundless creativity on full display, you'll need to pay multiple visits to savor all the culinary gems on the menu.

3. Riyasat
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Riyasat
#78 of 25171 restaurants in Kolkata, India
3rd Floor, South City Mall, Shop No - 301, 375, Prince Anwar Shah Rd, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Open until 11PM
Kebabs
Kebabs

Some people consider a kebab to be a Russian dish, but it’s not true. It came to Russia from the eastern cuisine. The traditional kebab is prepared from meat: pork, beef, lamb. To make the dish tasty, meat should be not fat. A kebab is grilled and served with vegetables and wine.

Another stylish establishment in Kolkata is Riyasat, where you can dine like royalty without unnecessary pomp and dress codes. Drawing inspiration from the grandiose tales of royal celebrations, hunting expeditions in the jungle, and the fusion of culinary traditions from across India, the restaurant stays true to its ethos of "Royalty Inspired Indian Dining."

The restaurant offers the finest choices of North Indian and Mughlai cuisine of the best quality. Start with tandoor-roasted curd cheese with basil-chili yogurt or kamal kakaadi chaat, which comprises lotus stem chips with potatoes and chili jaggery chutney. Follow it up with succulent galauti kebabs or grilled prawns, bhetki fish rolls, mutton tengris, paneer makhani with its saffron-tomato gravy, and soft patties.

The restaurant boasts an extensive wine list and a vast array of coffee, tea, and cocktails. Additionally, take note of the traditional-style crockery which is a feast for the eyes and enhances the flavor and presentation of the food. 

4. Mainland China
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Mainland China
#218 of 4501 chinese restaurants in Kolkata, India
3rd Floor, Silver Spring Complex, 5, JBS Haldane Ave, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Open until 11PM
Lamb
Lamb

The lamb meat is tenderer and more nutritional if compared to any other meat and has a particular gamey taste. It is not as firm as beef but chewier than chicken.

Mainland China, the famous Asian cuisine restaurant in Kolkata, can be found on the ground floor of the Silver Spring Complex, mere steps away from the opulent 5-star JW Marriott hotel. The restaurant's interior boasts an authentic atmosphere, complete with intricately carved details, ancient hieroglyphic inscriptions, and sculptures, creating a fitting ambiance for a new culinary experience.

Finger food lovers can try corn chili peppers with kaffir lime salt, dynamite prawns or crispy spinach with garlic pepper chicken and light fish and spices. For those who prefer a more substantial meal, we recommend trying Korean style gochujang grilled lamb chops or edamame dumplings with truffle oil. Finally, order darsaan with vanilla ice cream, a traditional Chinese dessert of deep-fried flat noodles, drizzled with honey syrup, and roasted sesame seeds.

Satisfy your curiosity and take on a little journey to China without ever leaving Kolkata, to broaden your gastronomic outlook in India's multifaceted culture.

5. Sonargaon
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Sonargaon
#7 of 25171 restaurants in Kolkata, India
Taj Bengal, 34B, Belvedere Road, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Open until 11:45PM
Lobsters
Lobsters

Lobsters are ten-legged marine crustaceans with long bodies with muscular tails. Since its white, firm meat is sweet and succulent, lobster is considered a delicacy all over the globe.

Located in the 5-star Taj Bengal hotel near the oldest Zoological Garden Alipora, the Sonargaon restaurant brings the best of Northern Indian cuisine to Kolkata. The establishment is decorated in a charming village-style, featuring rustic mud walls, cobbled floors, and tasteful accents of dark wood that blend in well with the hotel's luxurious interiors.

To immerse yourself in traditional Indian dishes according to ancient recipes, we recommend starting with an aperitif of roasted mango pulp with cumin seeds to whet your appetite. Other highlights of the menu are malai lobster in a mild creamy marinade, crispy semolina-coated potato patties filled with cheese and jalapeño peppers, and makai palak, a rich blend of spinach, garlic, and tender corn kernels. And don't forget to treat yourself to the desserts, which are particularly exquisite here. For example, cottage cheese dumplings dipped in sweetened saffron milk (rasmalai) or a classic Bengali dessert mishti doli – fresh sweetened yogurt.

With its dazzling array of fashionable restaurants, Kolkata is a city that never ceases to amaze. Its timeless charm, combined with a forward-thinking spirit, has helped it to become the intellectual capital of India, rivaling even the most cosmopolitan European metropolises. Whether you're a foodie or simply looking to soak up the city's unique atmosphere, our comprehensive city guide will help you explore the many facets of Kolkata and discover its hidden gems.

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Savannah Gray (Guest) 10 months ago Request content removal

I would love to try the Foxy Moori at Sly Fox Gastro Club in Kolkata. With its spicy puffed rice, sly's chutneys, and granola, it sounds like a delicious fusion of traditional Indian flavors with a modern twist. The innovative approach to both cuisine and design at Sly Fox Gastro Club is definitely something that would make my culinary adventure even more exciting. I can imagine myself indulging in the flavorful dish while admiring the unique aesthetic of the restaurant.

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