Kolkata is a paradise for food lovers. The traditional, old and heritage eateries have drawn and continue to draw people by the hordes to this “City of Joy” and palaces. The cuisine, ambiance of old-world charm and taste are superlative. If you are planning to binge on some mouthwatering local Bengali cuisine,then check out these 6 oldest food shops of Kolkata. Older shop equals authentic and gastronomic delight. Be prepared to walk an extra mile to find these hidden gems of food.
- Mitra Café, Sobhabazar
Started in 1920, Mitra Cafe is famous for the goat brain chops, Fish Diamond Fry, Dimer Devil, Fowl cutlets and Kobiraji. Delectable, tasty and filling! Close by is the Allen Kitchen started 130-years ago and known for the best-deviled eggs, cutlets, and chops cooked in pure ghee. The Prawn cutlets are scrumptious, delicious and must-try! Aren’t you salivating already? I will rent a car in Kolkata and go right away 🙂
2. Indian Coffee House, College Street
This is an old-world college hang-out that no modern café can ever replace. Spending time over coffee and snacks have been famous personalities like Mrinal Sen, Aparna Sen, and Satyajit Ray among many others. Till date, the heritage building is a meeting place for students, artists, poets, and writers. An iconic food shop of Kolkata it reminisces of an innate bengali culture called, adda. How many of us still have time for adda now?
3. Paramount, Near College Street
Famous for its sherbets using only fruit pulps and extracts, Paramount was founded in 1918 and is a meeting place of university and college students. Try the Rose Syrup, Tamarind Syrup, Dub sherbet, and the Mango and Cocoa Malai.
4. Putiram, College Street – Food Shop Of Kolkata
This sweetmeat shop very popular among students for over 157-years. Their Potato Curry, Kachori with Cholar Daal followed by the sweet Putiram is an experience for your taste buds. Dilkusha Cabin, College Street is close by, and also a favourite among college goers. Their century-old recipes and dishes like the Doi chicken, fish or chicken kabiraji, cutlets and more, leave you wanting to have more.
5. Nizam’s, Esplanade
At the centre of New Market with its 1932 onwards Mughlai delicacies is famous for the invention of the famous Kati roll. The other items like Kebabs, Biryani, Chicken Chop, and Bharta are unforgettable. Anadi Cabin, Esplanade nearby is renowned for its Mughlai Paratha and lip-smacking snacks like the Kobiraji, Fish Cutlet, and Mutton Kosha.
6. Chacha’s Hotel at Bidhan Sarani
A 150-year-old iconic restaurant and among the oldest running restaurants in North Kolkata. Located on Vivekananda Road near Swami Vivekananda’s home his choice of fowl-cutlet, momos, fish fry and Sheek Kebabs are to die for.
Old is gold in recipes and taste. Forget your diet and go on that food-binge you always craved for. In Kolkata, it is all about food and more food. If the taste is right, the denizens will flock even the tiny eateries and adopt them to turn them into the future food legends. These food shops of Kolkata have stood the test of time so there has t be something worth the trip.
Even if traffic snarls stress you or taxi fare in Kolkata is simply unbearable, still you can’t afford to miss these heritage dripped, old-fashion styled, authentic cry of food. Bon Appetit!
Which is your favourite old food shop in Kolkata?