Durga Puja specials in Kolkata

Kolkata is a city unabashedly in love with good food at all times, but come the Pujas and the gourmet scene goes into hyperdrive. Here are some of the tastiest options this festive season  

Durga Puja special menu, OCTA


Kolkata truly comes alive during Durga Puja. The pandals, the gigantic assortment of pujas, skilled aesthetics at a show, the overpowering food, and in particular the irrepressible soul of the Kolkatan during the Puja days is a thing to be witnessed. Durga Puja is all about friends, family, fun, music, rituals and of course good food. To keep up with the tradition, OCTA has introduced some quintessential Bengali delicacies that are perfect for the occasion. The menu consists of fish fry, dimer devil, gondhoraj mustard chicken. Vegetarians can also find an array of dishes like singara, vegetable chop and paneer pantheras.

Meal for 2: Rs 1800 + taxes with alcohol

When: 7-21 October 2021

+ 91-7596034004, 20G Park Street Area, 5th Floor, Kolkata 700016

Puja special thali, Taj Bengal 

Sonargaon taj bengal
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A Bengali feast on silver platters awaits you at Taj Bengal’s Sonargaon restaurant, which is offering veg, non-veg, fish and seafood thali options. There’s a delectable array of dishes on offer, from gondhoraj lebu ghol to fish cutlet, ilish doi posto, randhuni murgi, gota moshlar khashir mangsho, potoler dorma, daaler kochuri and kaancha aamer chatni. Of course, there’s bhapa mishti doi to finish. 

Meal for one: Rs 2,400 for the veg thali, Rs 2,900 for the non-veg thali, and Rs 3,200 for the fish and seafood thalis, taxes extra

When: 12-15 October 2021

+91-33-66123939, 34-B, Belvedere Rd, Alipore, Kolkata 700027

Durga Puja mahabhoj, The Lalit Great Eastern

On three days (Panchami, Saptami and Nabami) The Lalit Great Eastern will unveil its Durga Puja Mahabhoj with a number of live stations and special Bengali dishes like lonka aar kasundi makhano bhaja, bhetki macher salad, olo chingri, kumilar jhal goshto, chhana khoyar rezala and much more from their ‘Four Pillars of Kolkata Cuisine’ signature offerings.

Meal for two: Rs 5,000 approx. + taxes

When: 12-14 October 2021

+91-9007728076/74, Dalhousie Square 1, 2,3, Old Court House St, Ward Number 1, Kolkata 700069

Pujor mahabhoj, The Oberoi Grand

Being served at the Ballroom at The Oberoi Grand, the Pujor mahabhoj has over 50 dishes on offer, showcasing the diversity opf Bengal’s culinary offerings. Many favourites are expected, like chingri malai curry, kosha mangsho, pabdar macher jhal, bhetki paturi and so on.
Meal for one: Rs 2,500 + taxes, Rs 300 extra for ilish

When: 12-14 October 2021 and only lunch on 15 October 2021

+91-33-22492323, 15, Jawaharlal Nehru Rd, New Market Area, Dharmatala, Taltala, Kolkata, West Bengal 700013

Taco fiesta, One8 Commune

Enjoy lip-smacking dishes like Victoria cutlet tacos, asparagus bandel chop tacos, Cajun tofu tacos, Gondhoraj chicken tacos, Kolkata prawn cutlet tacos, Kasundi fish tacos, to name just a few. 

Meal for 2: Rs 1,600 + taxes without alcohol and Rs 2,400 + taxes with alcohol

When: 10 October 2021 onwards

+91-8335071818, +91-8335051818, 13, Ho Chi Minh Sarani, Kolkata 700071

Pujo special menu at Zobet 

Zobet puja special thali
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Comfort food doesn’t get better than this. The menu includes Pujo special thalis which let one savour the flavours of Bengal with eternal favourites like luchi, cholar dal, chanar dalna, beguni, egg devil, phulkopir roast, basanti pulao, with a side of chicken, fish followed by chutney, mishti doi, ice cream, papad and salad. The other items on the menu are mochar chop, koraisutir seekh and gondhoraj chanar paturi in vegetarian and fish fry, dhakai chicken seekh, chicken cutlet in non-vegetarian. Zobet also offers sinful desserts like baked mihidana and mishti doi cheese cake.

Meal for 2: Rs 1,100 + taxes without alcohol and Rs 2,100 + taxes with alcohol 

When: 11-15 October 2021

+91-9163911011, 6 Camac Street, 4th floor, Fort Knox Building Kolkata 700017

Monkey aar FataFatty, Monkey Bar and The Fatty Bao 

Monkey bar kolkata
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Monkey Bar offers a twist to comforting local gems with the festive menu such as beguni chaat (crisp batter-fried slices of eggplant, topped with green and red chutney, aloo lachha, coriander and pomegranate) and kosha mangsho kathi roll (slow-cooked lamb with Indian whole spices, wrapped in a flaky porota and served with onion raita). Another gem on the menu is the bhetki bhaatey (mustard-marinated Bhetki fish, buried in a pillow of Gobindobhog rice and steamed in banana parcels). The Fatty Bao swings further east to give diners an undiluted dose of their festive favourite Indo-Chinese dishes including Chinese bhel made with fried Hakka noodles, assorted vegetables, coriander, peanuts, sriracha, light soy, spring onion, tamarind, green apple and toasted sesame, the dragon chicken (deep-fried chicken marinated with egg, red chili, dark soy, tossed with cashew, garlic, sriracha sauce and fried basil) and the steamed sausage fried rice (pork sausage, fried egg, asparagus, tossed in a chilli bean paste, fried garlic and scallion). 

Meal for 2: Rs 2,000 with alcohol, Rs 1,400 without alcohol, taxes extra

When: 7-17 October 2021

+91-8420309813, 033-40606446, Monkey Bar, #901A, Fort Knox, 6 Camac Street, Kolkata 700017

Festive Pujo Menu, LMNO_Q

Drink at lmno_q

Some of the signatures on the special Pujo menu are mochar badami kebab, posto deya cholar daler bora, moong daler jhal pitha, pur bhora bhetki bora, chingri macher bora, narkeli cholar dal, dhonepata deya kosha aloor dum, chanar dalna, phulkopir malai curry, bhetki macher paturi, galda chingrir gorgora, and polashi pathar mangsho. These can be savoured with koraisutir kochuri, phulko luchi, gobindobhog chaler bhat and basanti pulao. On offer are also desserts like gur sandesh soufflé and mishti doi cannoli. 

The beverage menu offers a selection of refreshing cocktails infused with local ingredients like  Bengal Princess (rum and guava), East India Old Fashioned (jaggery and cinnamon fusion), Pomelo & Pomegranate Margarita (fresh fruit juices with gondhoraj lebu) and Floral Gin & Tonic (flavoured with Aparajita and elderflower). 

Meal for 2: Rs 1,200 without alcohol, Rs 2,000 with alcohol, taxes extra

When: 11-15 October 2021

+91-9903040506, +91-40046666, 24, Park Street, Celica Park, 12th floor, Kolkata 700016

Festive feast, Burma Burma 

Burma burma kolkata
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Take your pick from Burma Burma’s most loved dishes, or dig into their signature Oh No Khowsuey. Their crunchy tofu buns and lotus stem crisps are perfect for all celebrations. The tea leaf salad, another Burma Burma classic, will keep you wanting more! Between conversations, take sips of the hearty and light taro and moringa soup and indulge on the yummy wa potato, the perfect appetiser everyone will love. Don’t miss exciting mains like the Malar hot noodle bowl and Mon mustard edamame rice.

Meal for two: Rs 1,500 + taxes

When: 11-15 October 2021

033-46051001, +91-9920240097, 18 M, Ground Floor, Stephen Court, Park Street, Kolkata 700071

Asian and Lebanese fare, For_kandknife


Their exquisite vegetarian selection includes Lebanese delicacies like baba ghanoush, falafel, batata harra, muhammara, halloumi Pizza, Moroccan salad and spinach fatayer to name a few. The Asian dishes on offer are hoisin tofu stir fry, Asian vermicelli salad with peanuts, spicy udon noodles, Korean-style glazed mushrooms, edamame chahan rice and cold noodles with sichuan peppercorn dressing among others.

Meal for 2: Rs 1800

When: 8-15 October 2021 

Ballygunge, to order DM on Instagram handle @for_kandknife for direct delivery/takeaways and Swiggy genie

Durga Puja special menu, Homely Zest

Homely zest takeaway

The Durga Puja Special Menu includes flavoursome Bengali cuisines like beetroot & badaam cutlet, steamed chena in kolapata, shukto, mochar ghonto, Je pulao, radha ballavi, along with various chutneys and desserts like aam chutney, tomato chutney, nolen gur payesh, patishapta and many others.

Meal for 2: Rs 1,200 for two

When: 11-15 October 2021

+91-6290795523 (delivery only or order via Swiggy Genie), 21, Borough 8, Gariahat, Kolkata 700019

Pujo parbon, Paprika Gourmet

Paprika gourmet

The exclusive Bengali-style food platter ‘Pujo Parbon’ consists of traditional delicacies like chana dal, aloo dum Bangali style, shukto, jeera rice, luchi and bhaja. The dessert on offer is a pack of coconut dark chocolate ladoos. The platter serves 5 to 6 people.

Meal for 2: Rs 1,500 + taxes

When: 11-15 October 2021

+91-9007022678/79/80 (for delivery, or order via Swiggy or Zomato), Surbhi Building, 8/1/2, Loudon Street, 1st Floor, Kolkata 700017

Mahabhoj and Mahautsav, JW Marriott Kolkata

Jw marriott puja thali
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The Durga Puja Mahabhoj will be laid out at the Grand Ballroom on Saptami, Ashtami & Navami (12-14, October 2021) from 12pm to 3.30pm. The wide range of freshly cooked, authentic Bengali food includes gondhoraj fish tikka, echorer dalna, aam kasundi paneer, pulao, posto murgi, mutton roganjosh, dhokar dalna and more. The Puja Mahabhoj will be accompanied by Baul sangeet, abriti, dhaaki, dhunuchi and Puja parikrama.

At JW Kitchen, the menu will range from Indian to Continental and Asian, including dishes like stir fry Asian greens, murgh tariwala, chingri maachher malai curry, sorshe maachh, Kolkata chicken biryani and ghee bhaat. The spread will be available from Shashti to Navami (11-14, October 2021) for lunch and dinner. Tarditonal Bengali desserts like rosh mallai, sandesh, roshogulla and mishti doi will also be in attendance. 

Meanwhile, the signature Pan-Asian restaurant, Vintage Asia will be offering a Puja special a la carte menu from Shashti to Navami (11-14, October 2021), to resonate with the sharodiya feels.

Apart from this, a group of 8-10 people can book personalised venues for a selectively curated Durga Puja feast at Rs 4,499 AI, and avail a Bengali Thali along with soft beverages.

Meal for one: Rs 1,999 onwards + taxes

When: 11-15 October 2021

+91-33-6633 0000, +91-7087107953, Vintage Asia, JW Kitchen, Grand Ballroom, JW Marriott Kolkata

Bhuribhoj, Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata

Fairfield by marriott puja thali
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Bhuribhoj at Kava, Fairfield by Marriott will be a quintessential Bengali meal with lip-smacking starters like chingri macher chop, mangshor chop, mochar chop, fish kabiraji, chanar chop, kumro bora and kasundi fried fish. The lunch and dinner buffets will have favourites like kasha mangsho, kacha lankar murgir jhol, macher paturi, mochar ghanto, chanar paturi, pabda jhal, Bengali alur dom, katla macher kalia, telapia teljhal, cholar dal and lots more.

Meal for one: Bhuribhoj rates are Rs 1,299 + taxes

When: 11-15 October 2021 

+91-76050 86818, +91-33-6666 4444, Fairfield by Marriott Kolkata, CB 218, CB Block(Newtown), Action Area 1C, Newtown, Kolkata, West Bengal 700156

Bhuribhoj, The Westin Kolkata Rajarhat

Westin kolkata puja spread
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Expect a grand celebration of Durgotsav with an extravagant pandal, grand buffet, live entertainment, dhol dhak and dhunuchi dancers. The dining experience will be a grand buffet spread, an array of live stations, Kolkata street food, Bengali delicacies, exclusive veg counters, mocktails, cocktails, premium beverages and more. Indulge in truly Asian flavors at Nori as the chefs serve up a delightful buffet with salads, sushi, dimsums and other favourites. Choose from an array of premium beverages to pair with your meal as you soak in the panoramic view of the 31st floor of The Westin Kolkata. Revel under Kolkata’s skyline as you indulge in a grand buffet with a blend of Indian and Continental delicacies, in a chef-crafted buffet for vegetarians and non-vegetarians. 

Meal for one: Westin Bhuribhoj is Rs 2,199 + taxes for lunch Rs 2,299 + taxes for dinner

When: 6-15 October 2021

+91-9073323290, +91-6292211299, Seasonal Tastes, Westin Ballroom, Vedic, Nori, 31/32 The Helipad Lounge and The Deck-Bar & Grill at the poolside, Plot No. CBD/2, Action Area – II, New Town, Rajarhat, Kolkata 700156 

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