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Ten lesser known budget eating places in Kolkata…

Food…the one word that has the ability to excite all Bengalis. We Bengalis are very famous for our cuisine starting from machher jhol to our own version of chilli chicken and chowmein. Also, what makes food one of the essences of our Bengali existence and civilization is its affordability.

Whether as students or as working professionals, there’s always that time of the month when you cannot afford even a pack of cigarettes and think of switching over to beedis. This article is dedicated to all those who either live as students in the great city on their parent’s money (sometimes aided with a couple of odd tutoring class money) and to all those working professionals who find themselves broke in the middle of every month and think of saving from their next salary (but as we all know it only too well that ain’t gonna happen!!!)

So here, I thought that I would just share the ten eating joints, where u can go just with your girl-friend/boy-friend or you can go in a big gang, eat to your heart’s content without digging a big hole in your pocket.

  1. GolbarirKoshaMangsho: If you have heard about it but haven’t gone yet, please do…there’s nothing like it. Right at the five-point crossing in Shyambazar, exists the paradise for mutton lovers. The mutton so tender, the curry just the right amount of spicy, the soft, not-too-oily parathas, along with a side pickle and two odd rings of raw onion, it’s absolutely delectable. Also, you get to sit on a very low stool, in a semi-underground room –the old school cabin style-with the aroma of the mutton surrounding you from all sides. Just a word of caution though, a winter evening will be the best time because of the structure of the place, and on weekends go a bit early because it’s very highly in demand.
  2. Jadavpur University #4 gate’s Phuchka: So, its “that time of the month” and you need to take your girl-friend out, and me being a girl can bet my life on the fact that your girl-friend will love phuchka-but wait…this is not any ordinary phuchka, even if you are not a die-hard fan of phuchka, the “dadu” has the ability of making you fall in love with phuchka. I personally think that the only other place in Kolkata which can give dadu’s phuchka a run for its money is situated in the corner of Bethune College opposite to the park.
  3. Bazigar’sHubba Roll: This is a small take away counter located in the 8B bus stand in Jadavpur. It’s one of the most filling, money saving snack that I have ever had with boiled egg and a very spicy mashed potato with vegetables enclosed in a paratha. The spice level is just perfect and is ideal for enjoying the crowd while having something really tasty to munch at.
  4. Mandarin Gourmet: Though this is not entirely in sync with the entire money saving concept because although compared to the rest of the cities in India, the price is nothing, but compared to the other joints mentioned in this article, this is a tad more expensive, but the Chinese cuisine here is simply superb. Also just off the EM Bypass such a calm and quite location with a huge number of restaurants can exist was beyond my imagination, but out of all the other restaurants, this one is definitely one of the very best.
  5. Ridhdhi-Sidhdhi: who said you have to go to Mumbai for the perfect paw-bhaji, you can get the very best in our own aamchhi Kolkata at Camac Street. This is a small eatery with a decent sitting facility available, a friendly atmosphere, and even if you do not like paw-bhaji you can always go for the other various snacks like dosa and the varieties of chats they have on their menu card.
  6. Zeeshan’s Kati Roll: Kolkata is so famous for its rolls that even in the other major cities, many roll joints will claim their rolls to be the original Kolkata rolls and on that note the kati roll of Zeeshan’s is not to be missed. Kati roll is not so uncommon in Kolkata but what sets apart Zeeshan’s kati roll is its tender meat and the super soft paratha which is totally non-oily, and will make you feel craving for more while filling you up completely.
  7. Roadside grilled chicken sandwich: Located on Short street (the tiny road next to Camac street Pantaloons- right next to the Pizza Hut counter) there are these three to four roadside shops where you will get the most value for money grilled chicken sandwich (also a very good spot for paw bhaji) and to top it up, after you have filled yourself up and feel the urge for a drink, they make very refreshing masala cold drinks too-complete solution for food and thirst well within budget.
  8. Denzong’s Kitchen: Located on Prince Anwar Shah Road, within a very close proximity of the famous South City Mall, this tiny place will just sweep you off your feet with its soft delicately cooked momos, thukpa and shapta. This place although situated on Anwar Shah Road provides a very calm atmosphere and in the evenings is an ideal place for couples to hang and speak or a group of friends to have some fun.
  9. Shyamoldar Cha: Every great idea in Bengaloriginated over a cup of Cha and nothing can beat Shyamoldar Cha in a huge “maatir bhaand”. Also, for those extreme tea lovers, you will be delighted to see a bhaand that will satisfy your thirst for tea with just one serve. With a variety of the local bakery biscuits and a special version of masala maggi with spice and egg you can happily puff away. The best part about this small road-side tea joint is that even sitting on a small bench surrounded by overtly noisy students, you can have a very personal conversation with your special someone, and while you are sipping your Cha, you will get to hear so many ongoing interesting bites that you will be entertained and would not feel the lack of company in case you have decided to alone.
  10. A-1 Hazi’s Roll: Located on Dumdum road, ask any one-student to a seventy year old woman, they will be able to guide you to this roll shop. What’s more…in case you are hungry you can also grab a plate of very affordable chicken biryani. Because of its huge sale you need not worry about the quality of the raw materials used, and can just have a gigantic roll on your way to run some errands or sit and have with your partner for the evening.

So, although it’s “that time of the month” go out with your friends or your special someone and have finger licking good food at totally affordable price, and while you are in Kolkata enjoy these food joints, because no other city in the entire world would be able to provide you with so many delicious options at such a price. So, next time rather than hanging out in one of the more established “branded” food joints and checking in on Facebook try these, and you will end up enjoying the real world so much that the virtual world won’t matter anymore to you.


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