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If it is Bengali, then the top recall is 6 Ballygunje Place. After their revamp a couple of years back, they have taken the decor a few notches higher. Black and white checkered floor tiles, green wooden beams, reproduction of rural art and large hand fans from the yore; this place is a visual delight as you enter it and experience it over your time spent while dining. With an exquisite a la carte menu, the food is all about giving the best of Bengali cuisine to the diners. The a la carte menu is just too long and if you are confused about what to order, you may go for the buffet which, more or less covers the best of their dishes. 'Narkel Postor Bora' is a brilliant starter where the coconut is finely grated with the poppy seed paste and has a sweet and earthy balance in the mouth with the grainy texture of the poppy seed. 'Kosha Mangsho' is definitely one of the best that you will find in the city - not overly spicy but correctly balanced with a thick sauce. During the Hilsa festival, they serve some classics and some very unique hilsa dishes which are worth trying.
People visiting cities like Kolkata has no idea where to go for traditional Bengali meal unless they try to strike up a conversation with the natives for suggestion. While you may chance upon your fair share of Chinese, Continental and Mughlai restaurants, the culinary charms of Bengali cuisine sadly eludes you. They are tucked within the city, a little farther away from the popular vicinities like Park Street. 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 homely feel, 6 Ballygunge Place gives you exactly what it promises, authentic Bengali meal in a true Bengali backdrop. The name itself is the address; 6, Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge, Kolkata.
The menu of 6 Ballygunge Place is a culinary celebration of Bengal. Armed with an exquisite a la carte menu, the restaurant offers you the classics of Bengali cuisine, including many dishes cooked in regional Bengali kitchens. The selection is quite extensive and may confuse you so we suggest opt for their buffet, which is more compact but covers the best of their dishes. Take ‘kosha mangsho’ for instance. The dish is quintessential Bengali and 6 Ballygunge Place serves the best kosha mangsho in town. Begin with likes of, spicy crab claws, gondhoraj chicken, mangshor chop, mourala machher peyaji and prawn cutlet, before moving onto the main course. Try, begun bhaja, mochar ghonto, kakrar jhal, dab chingri, bhapa ilish, chitol machher muttha, lal murgi, dhakai pora mangsho and moori ghonto.
Fish head curry is a delicacy not for faint-hearted. A traditional flatbread, radhaballavi or loochi will help you polish off the curries. The restaurant do not serve alcohol, try a traditional Bengali beverage instead. Any Bengali meal is incomplete without a Bengali dessert. Bhapa doi, aam sandesh paturi, baked pantua and chhanar malpua are some of our utter favorites. Cost of dining at 6 Ballygunge Place is quite affordable. The restaurant is tucked in a charming heritage building across two floors and each part of it is decorated to exude the traditional Bengali aspects. Beautiful hand painted murals depicting the natives of Bengal are drawn on chair backs and walls, instantly transforming an average black & white tiled room with shuttered windows into something quite attractive.