7 best restaurants in Kolkata for amazing fish dishes

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The importance of fish in Bengal goes very deep. There are rituals in Bengali weddings that requires dressing up fishes as bride and groom. So, it is pretty evident that fish has not only been an important part of Bengali cuisine but also Bengali culture. There more than 100 varieties of fish dishes prepared across Bengal, however the combination of fish curry and rice is the staple diet here. A meal without fish in it is no meal.

Though the best place to try a fish dish is in a local Bengali household, incase if that is not possible, here is a list of best places in Kolkata where you can get your hands on some of the best cooked fishes ever.

This restaurant opened its gates to the world in 2003. Set in the heritage building of former Rai Bahadur in 6 Ballygunge Place. The restaurant has a special menu just for fish lovers. There are seven types of fish available here. This place brings you the authentic Bengali cuisine from the earliest Bengali cookbook of Pragya Sundari Devi.Cost: ₹1,000 for two people

Cuisine: Bengali

Standout dishes: Fried Fish, chingri macher malai, Fish Patauri, Gondhoraj Bhapa Bhekti and bhetki paturi

Timings and location: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 7pm – 10:30pm; 6, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata. They have six more outlets in Kolkata, check out here.

Contact: 033 24603922, 9830353881

Mocambo is a 63-years-old restaurant that brings you the flavours colonial Bengal on a plate. The restaurant's red leather seats and dim lights give an old world charm to the place. Known for some of the best seafood in Kolkata, Fish Florentine is a must-try here. Also, it is not written anywhere, but this place follows a formal dress code, you can't turn up in shorts here.

Cost: ₹1,100 for two people

Cuisine: Continental

Standout dishes: Fish Meuniere, Fish Florentine, Beckty Newburg and Like a neat fish?

Timings and location: 11am – 11:20pm; 25B Park Street, Park Street Area, Kolkata

Contact: 033 22654300

Bhojohori Manna started with five friends who wanted to bring homestyle Bengali cooking into the market. In 2003 they started with one small place in Kolkata and today they have 11 outlets in Kolkata. They have also opened up in Puri, Bengaluru and Mumbai. Their success speaks of their food quality and sheer love for Bengali cuisine in the country. The restaurants are generally simply styled and serve homecooked style fish dishes.

Cost: ₹700 for two people

Cuisine: Bengali

Standout dishes: Pabda Shorshe, bhetki paturi, ilish (hilsa fish curry) and chingri jhol

Timings and location: 12noon – 10:30pm ; 18/1A, Hindustan Road, Gariahat, Kolkata. It has 10 more outlets in Kolkata and also has branched in Puri, Mumbai and Bengaluru. Check out here.

Contact: 91 9836304332, 033 24663941

A cosy, inexpensive eating joint loved by the people of Kolkata, is what a hidden gem sounds like. Enjoy a delicious array of fish dishes with classic Rabindrasangeet playing in the background. This place will make you feel at home.

Cost: ₹400 for two people

Cuisine: Bengali

Standout dishes: macher kalia, Bhetki Paturi, Chitol macher muitha and Fish fry

Timings and location: 11:30am – 4pm, 6:30pm – 10:45pm; 213, Sarat Bose Road, Near Post Office, Southern Avenue, Kolkata

Contact: 033 30859089

Oh Calcutta! is one of the largest food chains in Kolkata. Started in 1994, the company aim at showcasing the spirit of old Calcutta and flavours of Bengali cuisine on a plate. The company has maintained its fine dining quality over the years. The restaurant has a dedicated fan following in Kolkata and remains relevant in the market with its unique festivals like The Hilsa Festival.

Cost: ₹1,500 for two people

Cuisine: Bengali, Seafood

Standout dishes: chingri malaikari, Bhetki fish fry, Steamed Fish With Garlic And Chilli Marinade and Shorshe Ilish

Timings and location: 12:30pm – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11pm; 3rd Floor, Silver Spring Arcade, E.M. Bypass, Science City Area, Kolkata

Contact: 033 22517036, 9330627512

Koshe Kosha, a rustic looking village themed restaurant with Rabindra songs playing in the background, is a perfect place for your fish cravings in Kolkata. Koshe Kosha is a popular place among college students for its feasible prices. However, it is set in a small area and can accommodate up to 30 people. The restaurant has a full page dedicated to fish dishes on the menu. These will not let your taste buds down.

Cost: ₹1,000 for two people

Cuisine: Bengali

Standout dishes: Chital Machher Muitha (Boneless chital fish cooked in a spicy Bengali- style gravy), Bhekti Chingrir Melbondhon, Fish fry and Chitol Peti.

Timings and location: 11am – 11pm; 62, Ballygunge Gardens, , Golpark, Kolkata, Near Golpark Post Office. There are 8 more outlets. Check them out here.

Contact: 9830949494

As the name suggests, this place is all about fish and vegetarians will find nothing here. The first and only fish speciality restaurant in Kolkata and offers some rare variety of seafood and fishes like parshe, boal and aar. This 35 seater restaurant does not serve any other type of meats. If you like to eat fish, come here and fall in love with them.

Cost: ₹1,200 for two people

Cuisine: Seafood, Bengali

Standout dishes: Ilish Pulao, Makhmali kabab (bhetki), Booal kalia and Pomplet Tandoor

Timings and location: 12noon – 4:30pm, 7pm – 11pm; 13/5, Swinhoe Street, Ballygunge, Kolkata

Contact: 033 40605500, 9832226180

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