Chelo Kebab from Peter Cat: Neither this dish nor this Park Street restaurant need an introduction. Here’s a fun fact: Not long after Nitin Kothari opened Peter Cat in 1975, this particular dish started dominating. Traditionally, kebabs are eaten with naan in north India but it was served with rice in Kolkata and a fried egg was thrown in, too. And that’s how the Chelo Kebab came about!Image courtesy: Shivangi Sen
Blackened Fish from Chili’s: Rich fatty salmon covered in a chipotle spice rub and served with rice and veggies will, without a doubt, make you feel warm and fuzzy inside. Try this dish at the Quest Mall or South City outlets and switch the salmon for bass if you prefer flaky white fish.Image courtesy: @chilis.in/Instagram
Roast Pork from Wise Owl Steakhouse: The amount of pork fat in this dish will make you giddy, but once you taste it, you wouldn’t mind a second helping. It comes with a side of mashed potatoes and sauteed veggies at the Purna Das Road outlet.Image courtesy: thewiseowlsteakhouse/instagram
Mutton Biryani from Aminia: We saved the best for the last in our Durga Puja food itinerary. Make a pit stop at this family-run brand from Kolkata in New Market, Golpark and other outlets. While you’re there, indulge in a plate of Mutton Pasinda Kebab. (If you’re partial to other biryani brands like Arsalan, Royal Indian Hotel or Shiraz, there’s that too!)Image courtesy: @aminiarestaurant/Instagram
Dhaba meal from Jai Hind Dhaba: Aloo Do Pyaza, Chicken Butter Masala, Dal Tadka.... the spicy, buttery taste of these dishes at the Lansdowne dhaba never fails to make us happy. Enjoy the meal from the comfort of your car or step into the multi-level dhaba to dine.
Rosogolla from Jugal’s: Light like air and spongy like the best rosogullas should be. Celebrate Bijoya with this syrupy mishti from the Gariahat, Park Circus and other outlets of this traditional Bengali sweet shop.Image courtesy: @jugals_mishti/Instagram