Park Street Kolkata – some people call it the ‘food street’, some say ‘happening street’ and some say ‘lively street’. But, for me it is Nostalgia Street. Yes, I have been coming here since my childhood days and I simply love eating in the amazing restaurants of Park Street. Park Street has an evergreen relationship with food – there are some historic restaurants that still hold on to their roots and some quirky new restaurants that have sprung up. And here is the list of some of the best restaurants in Park Street that will surely make your taste buds go crazy.
Bar B Q: Be in Q for a Feast
Where: 43-47-55, Park Street Area, Kolkata.
Cuisine: Chinese and North Indian.
Bar B Q, a celebrated restaurant in Kolkata continues to be a magnet for Chinese food fans. Though the restaurant cooks up some delicious North Indian food, but the Chinese fare here is far famed and has been a favourite. It is loved for its cheap and quick food and is always crowded. If you are looking for a place to treat your friends, look no further. With lively atmosphere in this huge restaurant, it is one of those restaurants in Park Street which is more suited for large groups with foodies.
Insider tip: Go at least half-an-hour before your hunger hits as there is a wait. They do not take any booking.
Pocket pinch: Approx Rs.400 per person.
What you must try: Kung Pao Chicken for its luscious taste.
Hakuna Matata: The Remix Style
Where: Ground Floor, 12D, Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata.
Cuisine: Continental, Mexican and Fusion Global Cuisine.
A new stylish Veg restaurant in Kolkata, Hakuna Matata has raised the bar for city’s fusion food restaurants in terms of quality and taste. Constantly busy, especially on weekends, the restaurant serves tasty appetising food that is colourful and vibrant. With quirky decor, this place may not be the most inexpensive one of all, but its menu and service is impeccable. It is a great place to dine with friends as the feel of this place is quite young and vivacious. Unique like its name, the flavours of this restaurant will make your taste buds go wild. It is undoubtedly one of the best restaurants in Park Street for its fun ambience and delicious fusion food.
1. Portions served here are small.
2. Great place for healthy eaters as the menu mentions the calories, fat, carbs and proteins percentage along with each food item.
3. Vegan Eaters, there are options for you as well. The menu helps you to find vegan food with ‘V’ written near the items. Cool, right?
Pocket pinch: Approx Rs.450 per person.
What you must try: Constructed Nachos for its crunchy, tangy taste.
Peter Cat: Peter Let The Cats Out
Where: 18A, Park Street,Park Street Area, Kolkata
Cuisine: Continental and North Indian
An iconic restaurant in Kolkata, Peter Cat will definitely make you say ‘wow’! It is one of those vintage restaurants that still have an old Calcutta charm to it with classic ambience and dim lighting. The interiors of this place still look the same as it did the time it was opened. Peter Cat is never vacant and you will always find a queue outside – yes it is that popular! If you are looking for a place to hang out with friends and family, this is the right place for you.
1. This is not a place for couples looking for some private time because due to high demand, they have tried to fit in as many tables and chairs as possible, so you end up practically rubbing shoulders with your neighbor.
2. Peter Cat is popularly known for its non veg fare. The menu has less veg items.
Pocket Pinch: Approx Rs.400 per person.
What you must try: Chelo Kebab (veg or non veg) because it is an absolute feast.
Arsalan Kolkata: Biryani Paradise
Where: 191, Park Street, Near 7 Point Crossing, Park Circus Area, Kolkata.
Cuisine: North Indian, Mughlai, Biryani
Arsalan is a fabulous option to eat authentic Mughlai food. Almost every item in their menu is worth trying and they undoubtedly serve the best biryani in Kolkata. Consistent quality and gigantic quantity makes this restaurant a must visit. Though the restaurant is crowded at all hours, they have a family AC room which is highly recommended if you want to enjoy your meal in less noise. If you are looking for cheap, non veg food, this is the place for you. It is also a great place for friend’s reunion and treats.
1. Calcuttans are simply crazy about this place, so please be prepared to stand in queue if you are visiting in peak hours.
2. Not suited for couples as the ambience of Arsalan does not have a cosy feel to it.
Pocket Pinch: Approx Rs.350 per person.
What you must try: Chicken Biryani and Chicken Chaap for its amazing flavours.
Flurys – Angrezon Ke Zamane Ke Confectioner Hain
Where: 18, Park Street Area, Kolkata.
Cuisine: Cafe, Continental, Bakery, Desserts.
Flurys is almost a heritage site in the heart of the city. With years of legacy behind, this place is one of the best restaurants in Park Street that serves hearty and lip smacking breakfast. The cakes and pastries here are to die for. Every year I am here during Christmas to buy my Christmas treats and cake. The laid back ambience and great food makes it an ideal place to relax with family, friends and even with your special one.
Insider tip: If you intend to come here for breakfast on a Sunday, make sure you come early else you won’t get a table.
Pocket pinch: Approx Rs.600 per person.
What you must try: Creamy Mushroom on Toast and the Classic Beans on Toast.
Barbeque Nation Kolkata – Be Your Own Expert Griller
Where: 24, 1st Floor, Park Center Building, Park Street Area, Kolkata.
Cuisine: North Indian, Chinese
Barbeque Nation is a must visit if you are looking to treat your taste buds to a unique experience. This restaurant is popular for its live grills that are brought straight to the table and you can grill your own Kebabs – chicken, mutton, paneer, mushroom, potato, pineapple and more. It is one of the best buffet restaurants in Kolkata with a lavish preset menu. It is a perfect place for kitty parties and family get together.
Insider tip: Go with an empty stomach here because once you enter Barbeque Nation you just won’t be able to stop yourself from hogging.
All week – Lunch Veg: Rs.656 per person, Non veg: Rs.732 per person.
Monday and Tuesday Dinner Veg: Rs.656 per person, Non veg: Rs.782 per person.
Wednesday to Sunday Dinner Veg: Rs.782 per person, Non veg: Rs.932.
They have an early bird dinner offer too. So, from Wednesday to Sunday, if you reach before 07:30pm, the price for Veg: Rs.656 per person and Non veg: Rs.782 per person.
What you must try: Tandoori Chicken Wings & Tandoori Pineapple because they are sumptuous and Paan Kulfi because it is refreshing and amazing.
For me, Park Street is a street that reminds me of many moments I spent with my friends. It still continues to be the most popular food hub in the city. And these were some of the best restaurants in Park Street that you must try. So get set for a food gastronomy time of your life!