While days can be spent discovering Kolkata’s authentic fare, from traditional chats to the local fish curry, the city also has a number of outstanding fine dining restaurants. Exhibiting the city’s diverse international influence, the five best restaurants in Kolkata span the culinary gamut from Chinese and Thai cuisine to Moroccan fare.
One of a select few Yauatcha restaurants around the globe, this dining spot offers contemporary Cantonese dim sum along with patisserie that’s been inspired by European culinary techniques. This is then served with tea, wine and cocktails in a dim sum teahouse setting. Yauatcha is located in Park Circus, where diners tuck into specialties such as poached Peking dumplings, prawn and water chestnut rolls and steamed red snapper in Assam sauce, with Chinese teas and signature Yauatcha cocktails.
Baan Thai Restaurant
This award-winning Thai restaurant sits within The Oberoi Grand, with wood-paneled interiors filled with Thai artefacts, wood carvings and design accents, including two lion statues that sit on each side of the entrance. At the round tables and traditional floor seating, guests are served authentic Thai specialties such as steamed dumplings wrapped in banana leaves, lamb Massaman curry and Tom Yum.
Mediterranean and Middle Eastern cuisine is the focus at Souk, bringing together the flavors of Morocco, Greece and Turkey, along with Egyptian and Arabic fare. Expect flavorful plates such as chargrilled Kolkata beckti marinated in traditional piquant sauce, cooked on skewers, and prawn tagine with chickpeas, Kalamata olives and pickled lemon in a tomato sauce. Tucked into the Taj Bengal luxury hotel, the restaurant provides guests with an elegant contemporary dining setting with a theatrical open kitchen, and the Casablanca room for private dining.
Lauded for its excellent Chinese cuisine, this fine dining restaurant at the Taj Bengal hotel places the focus on Sichuan and Cantonese culinary specialties, including Hong Kong-style soft-shell crab, lotus stem with Sichuan wild pepper and a range of dim sum. This cuisine is served in an elegant dining room that’s been designed with an Eastern aesthetic, with the addition of a grand pagoda.
West View Bar & Grill
Located within the ITC Sonar luxury hotel, West Bar & Grill is an elegant restaurant that draws diners in for its premium meat and seafood, excellent wine list and regular live music. Tuck into hearty plates like lobster Thermidor and Black Rock New Zealand lamb chops, along with the signature dish of grilled English vegetables with Arugula and melted Talleggio braised scallops with mirin dressing and wild rice salad. Follow this with one of the bar’s cocktails.
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