Preface: The title says it all. A lot of eateries, a whole lot of festive fervor. Come, check out the Ultimate Durga Puja Listicle of a myriad of offers pouring along. Let the feast begin!

It’s that time of the year again when the Indian calendar embarks the celebrations.  Navaratri or Durga Puja, whatever be the name; its sole purpose is simple- to embark thanksgiving and roistering. Come! join in the celebrations for your hankering at these delicious food festivals happening in  Kolkata.

Chyana Ochena, Monkey Bar

Date:  September 27 – October 11, 2019, only at Monkey Bar, Kolkata
Time:  Monday to Thursday and Sunday- 12 noon to 12 midnight;
Friday & Saturday 12 noon to 1am
Pocket Pinch: 
INR 1,100 (Food Only); Average Meal for two INR1800 (Food & Cocktails)

A very good reason to head to Monkey Bar in Kolkata is to explore Chyana Ochena in Kolkata. The menu is created by Kolkata based home-chef Iti Misra, who combines her Bengali heritage with playful ideas picked up from her travels across the globe. The result? A spread that captures the spirit of Kolkata during its most popular festival, with just enough innovation to catch you by surprise! The festive menu comprises three sections- Jol Khabar or small plates, Boro Ahar or mains and Mishti Mukh a.k.a.dessert.

Patrons can delve into the likes of Rasogolla chat, Mangshor jhuri bhaja (Kosha Manghso in puja attire) Jaali Prawns, Mini Pantheras, Nolen Gur Panacotta among others. Cocktail lovers can sip on ‘Toast to Calcutta’ – Monkey Bar Kolkata’s signature cocktail created with gondhoraj cordial, choose from exotic concoctions like the Trump Card’ made with vodka, fresh ginger cordial, passion fruit, and bitters or ‘Absolut Lemon Drop’ with Absolut Citron, lemon and triple sec.

An elaborate bhuribhoj at JW Marriott

The splendor of  Durga Puja is sure to get magnified by JW Marriott, Kolkata. The hotel is all set to present an exquisitely planned pujo celebration at their outlets – Grand Ballroom, JW Kitchen and Vintage Asia. There is also a special stay package for the patrons to take a tranquil break from the monotony and experience a wholesome gala time at the property. Keeping the authenticity of pujo in mind, the property will also showcase the spirit of Devi through Baul Sangeet, Abriti, Chhau dance, dhaak, and Puja Parikrama played in the LED wall, giving a holistic experience while you immerse yourself in the scrumptious spread.

JW Kitchen

Date – 4th Oct- 8th Oct
Timings: Lunch – 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Dinner – 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Midnight: 12:00 am – 3:00 am
Pocket Pinch:Lunch: INR 1450++; Dinner: INR 1650++; Midnight Buffet:INR 1270++, Unlimited alcohol at INR 999++

Vintage Asia

Date – 4th Oct- 8th Oct
Timings: Lunch – 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm; Dinner – 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm; Pocket Pinch: INR 1999++ for a designated 4-course menu

Grand Ballroom

Date – 5th Oct- 7th Oct
Timings: Lunch – 12noon to 3 pm;
Pocket Pinch: INR 1350++ per person; Unlimited Alcohol Package INR 999(AI)

Durga Puja Getaway

Date – 4th Oct- 8th Oct
Rooms Rates – Single/ Double -INR 6999 plus taxes *Terms and Conditions apply
Offers:
Mahabhoj at INR 1350 ++ Pay for one meal and get another free.
Unlimited alcohol package at INR 799 AI per person
Durga pujo tour of  Kolkata

Durga Puja boxes at Roastery Coffee House

A warm cup of your favorite artisanal brew or peanut butter flavored cold coffee? A plate of delicious Fish and Chips made with juicy bekti or the moist flavor of pasta cooked in pesto sauce? Whether you crave for the best Cascara or nitro brew or whether you want to gorge on sandwiches ad burger, Roastery Coffee House has got it all sorted for both vegetarian and non-vegetarian palates.

 Located at South Kolkata on the premises of the Calcutta South India Club, 70B Hindustan Park amidst all the major Durga Puja Pandals, Roastery Coffee House is the ideal spot to take a quick break, put your feet up and grab a coffee on the go. Roastery Coffee House is all set for Durga Puja with innovative and efficiently convenient takeaway paper boxes that are environment-friendly and bio-degradable. As you hop between Puja Pandals, get your favorite food packed in these easy-to-carry-and-hold boxes – without the hassle of spilling, or wasting hours waiting for your lunch, dinner or evening snacks being served to you. You can order anything from the menu – and it will be packed in the cute boxes. Open on all days, Roastery Coffee House will ensure that you get a good breakfast too.

Pocket pinch: INR 600

Pandal To Table at The Salt House

Date –  28th September till 31st October
Timings: All-day
Pocket Pinch: INR 1500++ approx for two; ala carte menu

From muri to Mughlai, momos to mangsho, Kolkata’s Pujo pandals always manage to churn out a mammoth feast for all. To showcase a tribute to all those bhogs and stalls that spearhead the biggest festival in Kolkata, The Salt House brings a specially curated menu called #PandalToTable.
Start with a refreshing Betel Belinni to refresh yourselves and follow it up with Not so Puchkas which has truffle green pea hummus with edamame and feta & beet, sour cream and bottle masala bhaja 
Delight your taste buds with the likes of Ghugni Hummus with Wood Fire Herbed Kulcha, Baked Puff Pastry Shingara, Pot Stickers with the in house Spicy Sauce or even the Pujo’r Biryani Thali – comes in paneer, chicken and mutton varieties. End on a perfectly sweet note with a Custard Apple Rabdi or a French Shahi Tukda.

Durga Puja special, Vedic Village spa, and resort

Didn’t get your tickets to travel out of Kolkata this Puja? Well, look no further as Vedic Village is the answer to all your woes. You the patron may be able to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city thanks to the luxury the premises offer, however, the property will ensure that you stay connected with the festivities with its elaborate delectable spread.

Bhuri Bhoj at Vden

Date – 5th Oct- 7th Oct
Timings: Lunch – 12:30 to 3:30pm
Pocket Pinch:
INR 1349 all-inclusive per person

Durga Puja Thali at Bhoomi

Date – 4th Oct- 8th Oct
Timings: Lunch – 12:30 to 3:30pm, Dinner, 7-11pm
Pocket Pinch:
INR 1299 all-inclusive for vegetarian thali and INR 1499 all-inclusive for non-vegetarian thali

Sharodiya Utsav, Hyatt Regency

Celebrate the special days of festivity at Hyatt Regency with a lavish buffet spread for all patrons. Start from a scrumptious lunch spread from noon to ending it with the lovely midnight buffet till 3 a.m. and delight your taste buds with delicacies like Bati chingri , Dhaki Elish, Chital macher muthia, Kancha lonkar murgir jhool, Murgi gota moshla, Sorshe pabda among others.

Bongo Bhojan- The Grand Puja Buffet, Waterside Cafe

Date – 4th Oct- 8th Oct
Timings: Lunch – 12:30 to 5pm; Dinner – 7:00 pm to midnight; Midnight: 1:00 – 3:00 am
Pocket Pinch:
Lunch: INR 1999 AI; Dinner: INR 1999 AI; Midnight: INR 999 AI buffet

Durga Puja Divine Feast, Guchhi

Date – 4th Oct- 8th Oct
Timings: Lunch – 12:30 noon till 4 pm | Dinner: 7pm till 12 midnight
Pocket Pinch:
Lunch- Vegetarian- INR 1499 AI; Non-Vegetarian- INR 1699AI
Dinner: Vegetarian- 1499 AI; Non Vegetarian- 1699 AI

Pujo special at Yauatcha

Date: October 12th- October 31
Timings: Noon to Midnight
Pocket Pinch: Ala Carte Basis; approx INR 150++ for two

Kolkata and Chinese food go hand in hand, isn’t it? So why does the city’s well-loved Yauatcha be left behind to usher in the Pujas? With a special Celebration Menu, Patrons get their favorite oriental delights at tempting prices!
Try delights such as Prawn wrapped in Chinese cabbage with black pepper sauce Chicken and basil dumpling that comes packed with green chilli, oyster sauce and water chestnut or Crispy prawn Cheung fun. For those looking for healthy, wholesome and authentic Cantonese flavors, the dim sum chef recommends Vegetables wrapped in Chinese cabbage with Szechuan sauce that comes with chive flower, crunchy taro root and lotus root that are tossed in a traditional Chinese Peking sauce wrapped inside Chinese cabbage. Go ahead with your Manchow-ha selections!

Ma Durga Puja special, Kenilworth

Date: October 4- October 7
Timings: Lunch-12:30-4 p.m.; Dinner-7-11p.m.
Pocket Pinch: INR 2998 AI per person

If there is Durga Puja, how can Kolkata’s heritage hotel, The Kenilworth stay away from the festivities? The property is hosting a special Durga Puja Buffet spread for all its patrons. Want to know what you could gorge on? have a look at the menu below:

Main Course
Parse masher jhol,Sorshe Ilish Pabda, Macher Jhol,Chithel petir Kalia, Daab Chingri, Dhakai Morag Pulao (Dhaka style chicken pilaf),Chittagong  Murgir jhol, Golbarir Kosha Mangsho Kochi Patha Jhol Chanar pathuri

Desserts
Pathisapta, Rasmadhuri, Chenar Malpua, Jive Gaja

Pujor Bhuribhoj, Friday Release

Date: 29th Sep- 8th Oct
Time- 12noon to 11pm
Pocket Pinch: INR 800 ++ approx for Ala Carte
Buffet -INR 699AI on Sashthi, Saptami & Ashtami and INR 799 AI for Navami

Engulfing itself in the Pujo Shenanigans is Friday Release. No I’m not talking about a movie but a restaurant in Salt Lake that is guaranteeing to give your taste buds a blockbuster this Durga Puja. A special Ala Carte menu and a Pujo buffet is enough for it to hit its share of the 100 crore club. Want to know what’s on the menu? How about Pomfret Tawa Masala, Mutton Boti Kebab, Prawn Garlic Pepper, Hariyali Aloo, Basanti Pulao and so much more! Book your tickets to this mega release now!

Dashobhujar Agomoni, The Stadel

Date – Sep 28- 8-Oct
Timings: Lunch- 12 noon to 4 p.m, Dinner : 7: 00 p.m. onwards
Pocket Pinch: INR 1499AI for buffet; However you can currently pre-book the menu in advance at Rs. 999/- AI per person. Offer available for limited buffet vouchers only

Kolkata’s much-loved hotel The Stadel is all geared up for the festivities. A special food festival ‘Dashobhujar Agomoni’ offering special menus at the various units of The Stadel has been curated by their in-house chef Sachin Verma. Want to know what you could gorge on? have a look at the menu below:

FIRST INNINGS -THE MULTI CUISINE RESTAURANT

Welcome Drinks: Gondhoraj Doi Er Ghol, Jal Jeera & Aam Panna 
Starter (Vegetarian): Aam Ada dea Vegetable Cutlets, Mochar Chop, Chana Aam Kasundi Paturi, Beguni  &  Bhapa Aloo
Starter (Non-Vegetarian): Dimer Devil, Macher Dimer Bora, Murshidabadi Murgi Fry & Fish Fry
Salad Bar: Anaras Salad, Gondhoraj Salad & Green Salad etc & Dressings
Chutney: Pora Tomato Chutney & Rasun Kacha Lonka Chutney
Aam Kasundi
Bhaja & Bhuji: Jhuri Aloo, Begun, Potol, Kumro, Phulkopi  & Kopi and an assortment of Bori Bhaja
Rice: Basmati Ghee Bhaat  & Kishmish Kaju Pulao
Dal: Badsahi Cholar Dal / Sona Muger Dal
Main course (Vegetarian): Dhokar Dalna, Muktomukhi Sukto, Alur Dum, Echorer Kalia, Potoler Dolma & Chana Methi Matar
Main course (Non-Vegetarian): Parshe Jhal, Tomato Chingri Jhal / Sorse Narkol Chingri, Kosha Mangsho, Doi Katla & Chittagong Masala Murgi
Assorted Indian Breads: Hing Diye Korishutir Kochuri, Luchi
Desserts: Khejurer Gurer Payesh, Malpua with Rabri, Rosogolla, Kancha Paker Sandesh & Mishti Doi
Assorted ice cream
Condiments: Fried Papad & Misti Paan

If you thought this was over, try out a special Ala Carte menu at First Innings and Rasam till the 9th of October!

Devi Boroner Niramish Bhog, Paranthe Wali Galli

Date: The entire October
Time: 12 noon to 9pm
Pocket Pinch:  INR 99++ per dish

Pujo is all about merriment loads of good food and City’s favorite Paranthe Wali Galli is celebrating Devi Boroner Niramish Bhog with over 10 flavors of traditional Durga Puja favourites infused in paranthas. What kind of Paranthas am I talking about? Well go for Ranga Aloor Porota, Kolmi Shak ar Moog Dal er Porota, Narkel ar Postor Porota, Dhokar Porota, Paniphal
ar Kalojeerer Porota, Ada, Knachalonka ar Tomator Porota, Phulkopi ar Aloo Badam er Porota, Kumro, Potol er Porota, Gur, Kola, Chirer Porota and last but not the least, KhejurAmsotto Kishmish er Porota.
– Now, who wants a bite!

Puja Special menu, Fly Kouzina

Date: Oct. 1st – Oct 8
Timings: 12noon – 2am
Pocket Pinch: INR 1100++

Those fasting for Navratris or those simply looking for vegetarian options, relish your tastebuds at Fly Kouzina with a special Durga Puja menu.

What’s on the menu: Paneer Malai Tikka, Bharwan Firdosi Tandoori Aloo, Chinese Bhel, Cheese Fondue, Munnaka Bharwan Palak Kofta, Kadai Subz, Biryani, American Chop Suey, Lasagne De Verde, Double Cheese Risotto, Pastas & Pizzas and more.

Pandals of Chinatown, The Fatty Bao

Date: Sep 28 – 13 October
Time: 12 noon to 11:30pm
Pocket Pinch Ala- Carte: Meal for Two without alcohol-INR1500 ++/ Meal for two including alcohol-INR2400++

Like every year, this year too The Fatty Bao Kolkata is all set to bring an Asian twist to the festivities. Executive Chef Prashanth and Head Chef Sumit bring you the all-day special Pujo menu -‘Pandals of Chinatown’ with iconic Chinese dishes from Chinatowns across the world- from Tangra- Kolkata to London, San Francisco, New York City, Lima, Hong Kong and even as far as Victoria, Australia – giving the City of Joy a whole new way to celebrate.

What’s on the menu : From Whole Baby Pomfret and Chairman Mao’s Pork Belly to Fried Noodles and Chinese Sausage and Bacon Fried Rice and the irresistible Chinese Egg Custard Tarts among others.

Ahar-E-Bangali, ibis Rajarhat

Date: Oct.4th– Oct 8th
Timings: Lunch- 12:30 pm-3 pm; Dinner- 7pm-11pm
Pocket Pinch: INR 899++

What good is your Pujor adda if not accompanied with lip smacking food and that’s exacty what ibis Rajarhat is all set to provide visitors. Make a date with your favourite Bengali delights with a special Durga Puja platter and gobble over some good ‘ol Pujor gossip!

What’s on the menu: Ghee Bhaat, Papad, Jhuri Aloo Bhaja,Dhokar Dalna, Kacha Lonka Murgi, Kancha Kola Kofta Curry, Panch Mishali Tarkari, Mutton Dakbunglow, Rasmalai,Chutney,Misthi Doi, Malai Chop and Sandesh

Puja special, Kouzina Mining Co.

Date: Oct. 1st – Oct 8
Timings: 12noon – 2am
Pocket Pinch: INR 1200++

Let your spirit of exploration never stop as you embark on your Pandal hopping spree but in case you do get hungry post midnight and want to satiate your hunger, look no further as Kouzina Mining Co guarantees to ensure you dig and dine in a mine this festive season with their specially curated menu

What’s on the menu: Bhuttey ki Tikki, Gandharaj Mahi Tikka, Afghani Murgh Tikka, Chicken Peri Peri, Subz Nizami Handi, Jhinga, Murgh Mangal Ram, Murgh Biryani, Mutton Dakbungalow, Registani Lal Gosht, Ajwaini Macchi, Keema Shehzaade, Kosha Mangsho, Fish and Chips, Kung Pao, Galouti Kebab and more

Pujor Mahabhoj, Sonar Tori

Date: 2 Oct- 8 Oct
Timings: Lunch-12:30 pm to 4:30pm; Dinner-7pm to 12am
Pocket Pinch:INR 1575 ++

Kolkata’s  favorite Baangaliana Sonar Tori has launched a special Durga Puja platter, to ring in the festivities.
From Rajsahi maangsher seekh, Bhuna Maangsho to Loytaa maacher bora or Palak Chingri Bora; if this isn’t heaven, I don’t know what is!

A Bengali food trail, Club Fenicia

Date: 4 Oct- 7 Oct
Timings: Noon-4 pm
Pocket Pinch: INR 1499 ++

This Durga Puja, delight your tastebuds with a special Bengali set menu at Kolkata’s luxury lounge- Club Fenicia. The menu will be presented in a thali and shall consist of an array of starters and classic main course.Gorge on some Mutton daak bunglow, Chingri Maacher Malai curry or even Rajbarir murgi posto. Vegetarians don’t lose heart for you always have Koraishutir Aaloor Dum, Chanar mohima, or even Rokomari bhaaja bhuji to the rescue. Drop by with family and friends and make your Durga Puja extra special!

Grand Pujor Mahabhoj, The Oberoi Grand

Date: October 5th- October 8th
Timings:  Saptami to Nabami (5th to 7th) lunch and dinner, Dashami (8th) lunch only
Pocket Pinch: INR 2500++ per person

The cumulative essence of traditional Bengali cuisine and its stellar highlights at The Oberoi Grand Kolkata this year as well, the establishment is joined by some rare and age-old recipes from the heartlands of Bengal.
This year’s menus spanning Saptami to Dashami cater to the food connoisseur as well as the first time experiencing the limitless range of Bengali food; from the binge-eater, foodie, pandal-hopper and the fashionista as well as the insta-addict. A 10 course buffet is what awaits you starting from different heads like Jolpona Kolpona, Aharer Baharey, Moner Sukhey till Indrer Dorbare. Each day of the festival will have a different menu. 

Pujo Bhoj, Westin Kolkata

Date – 3rd Oct- 8th Oct
Timings: Lunch: 12:30 – 4:00 pm; Dinner: 7:00 pm –1 am
Pocket Pinch: INR 1599 ++ (Food & soft beverages) 1999++ per person (Food & Domestic alcohol)

 The Westin Kolkata gets to embark on a holy food trail this Durga Puja with an elaborately designed food
fiesta. Pujor Mahabhoj is a week-long food festival at Seasonal Tastes that consists of an exquisitely planned Pujo menu featuring an eclectic array of delicious regional cuisines, starters, and desserts making sure that you can make the most of your festive celebratory feast.
Want a traditional main course? gorge on the ‘Kolkata Biryani’, ‘Kosha Mangsho’, ‘Dhokar Dalna’, ‘Chhanar Kalia’, and ‘Doi Murgi’. Bengali meals are incomplete without Fish, and keeping that in mind, the menu will cater to delicacies like ‘Machher Paturi’, ‘Machher Jhal’ and ‘Sorse Machh’, Of course, how can any menu at Seasonal Tastes be complete without desserts! So enjoy the likes of ‘Chhena Jalebi’, ‘Kheer Kadombo’, ‘Pantua’, ‘Chamcham’, ‘Komala Bhog’, ‘Seetabhog’, ‘Rosogolla’ or ‘Mishti Doi’. What’s more? A live torched rosogolla and rabri counter.

Festive indulgence, The Lalit Great Eastern

Date: October 5th- October 7th,
Timings: Lunch-1pm-4pm ;Dinner : 7:30pm to 11:30pm; Midnight Dinner : 12:30 am to 3 am

Pocket Pinch: INR 2050++ for lunch; INR 2150++ dinner; Midnight buffet- INR 999++

This festive season bring your untainted heart and an empty stomach to satiate your foodie pleasure at Alfresco, at The Lalit Great Eastern Kolkata with Festive Indulgence. Satiate your taste buds to an elaborate spread comprising of traditional favorites for lunch, dinner and midnight buffet!

What’s on the menu: Notun aloo diye murgur jhol, sapla chingrir ghonto, phul kopir paturi, hinger chorchori to name a few. A classic ending to this meal can be only with Mohabhog, chandrakala, butter stuffed lyangcha etc. There is also a special Navratri Thali available till 8th October. 

King in the North Pujo, Glook the sky lounge

Date – 3rd Oct- 8th Oct
Timings:Afternoon Buffet – 1pm to 3.45 pm; Evening Buffet – 7pm to 11.30 pm . Ala carte options available full day.

Pocket Pinch: INR 1350++plus for non-veg buffet per person / INR 1250++ for veg buffet

With a stunning and lavishly-designed interior, Glook, The Sky Lounge offers a beautiful view of the City of Joy. An indoor section, outdoor grand terrace, a banqueting area and cozy corners, Glook is the newest lounge to open doors in the city. This being their first Durga Puja, a specially curated menu is on the cards for patrons.

What’s on the menu:Gandhraj Kathi Murgi, Murgi Tempredo, Sarse Bhapa Daab Chingri, Gondolebur Ghol (Beverage) , Live Counters ( Italian / Mongolian), Matar Chutir Dhokar Dalna, Pan Gulkand Sandesh (Desserts), among others.

Phew! That’s an exhaustive list isn’t it? Well I’m pretty sure it won’t curb down your enthusiasm! Here’s to a lot of hullor and hogging with A Pinch of Salt!

Shubho Sharodiya!

PS: Don’t forget to tag me in all your food moments!

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