In Kolkata, monsoon and Ilish are two sides of a single coin; you can’t have one without the other. Because when the rain clouds gather, they bring with them the season of Ilish (hilsa in English), an indigenous variety of herring that is every Bengali’s favorite fish. Hilsa is an integral part of the culturally rich Kolkata's heritage. Not only is it the staple diet, but also an indispensable legacy that marks every important occasion in a true blue Bengali's life from ceremonies related to marriage, birth, and death.
The majestic downpour of monsoons is just around the corner and like every year, this time also it is sure going to be the harbinger of a large range of the best hilsa. And, the good news is that more and more of your favorite restaurants in Kolkata are now opening their doors with all the necessary safety protocols, just in time for the celebratory season of 'Ilish Maach'! And to further strengthen your safety, EazyDiner's new initiative EazySafe+ ensures a stronger end to end control on hygiene and food quality by implementing strict sanitization protocols on all its partner restaurants in Kolkata to make sure that you get to enjoy the season of hilsa without any qualms. So, let EazyDiner take care of all your safety concerns and get ready to visit your favorite EazySafe+ certified restaurants in Kolkata to enjoy the best of what the season has to offer:
This beautifully designed fine dining restaurant in Kolkata is the very epitome of Bengali culture. The restaurant masters in authentic Bengali cuisine, adapting quintessential recipes from Bengali households to the glossy gilded tables of Sonar Tori. Like in many Kolkata restaurants, culinary influences of Bangladesh somehow seeps into the menu of Sonar Tori as well. Variety is quite generous, offering you plenty of choices to pick from. The menu has been crafted with some common and some unknown recipes from the various districts of West Bengal and Bangladesh. With a plethora of 'Ilish Maach' variations in their already plump food menu, Sonar Tori is hands down the best Bengali restaurant in Kolkata to enjoy the traditional taste of Bengal.
Must Haves: Borishali Ilish (Bangladeshi specialty of Hilsa Fish), Bhapa Ilish (Steamed Hilsa with Chilies and Mustard Oil), Jhuri Jhuri Loitte Mach Bhaja (Mashed Bombay Duck Fish Curry), Pur Bhora Bhetki (Filling Stuffed Paupiettes of Bhetki Fish), and Daber Shondesh(Coconut Shondesh Dessert).
Cost for two: ₹ 1200
If you want to sit down for a wonderfully authentic Bengali galore then don’t look further than ‘6 Ballygunge Place’. A charming, one-of-a-kind restaurant with a homely feel, 6 Ballygunge Place gives you exactly what it promises, authentic Bengali meal in a true Bengali backdrop. The menu of 6 Ballygunge Place is a culinary celebration of Bengal and offers all of the classics of the cuisine. With an extensive section replete with Hilsa delicacies, this restaurant in Kolkata is a dream come true for every true blue fan of 'Ilish Maach'.
Must Haves: Hilsa Cutlet, Bhapa Ilish (Steamed Hilsa in Mustard Gravy), Ilish Bhaja (Marinated Fried Hilsa), Kosha Mangsho (Mutton Curry), Daab Chingri (Prawns Cooked in Coconut Shell), and Bhapa Doi (Steamed Yogurt Pudding).
Cost for two: ₹ 1400
Probably one of the oldest Bengali food outlets, Oh! Calcutta is prominent for serving the nostalgic flavors of Calcutta. The décor of the place is simple yet elegant and the service is also great. When it comes to food, you can trust Oh! Calcutta to roll out authentic Bengali delicacies dripping with the rich and traditional flavors. In the true style of a quintessential Bangla restaurant, during the hilsa season, they come up with a variety of dishes from boneless to smoked to traditional with several innovations too.
Must-haves: Smoked Hilsa, Mochar Ilish (Oven Grilled Boneless Hilsa Spiced with Banana Flower), Ilish Bhaja( Crispy Fried Hilsa), Cholar Daal, Kosha Mangsho (Mutton Curry) and Betki Fish.
Cost for two: Rs 1500
Gargi Bisht is an event copywriter/conceptualizer turned writer currently working with EazyDiner Pvt. Ltd. Compulsive eater, book hoarder, dog lover and pop culture enthusiast with an innate love for storytelling. Usually the quietest person in the room, Gargi is an introvert who loves her own company. When not eating, can be found in front of her laptop watching movies. Knows a thing or two about art and literature.