Bengali cuisine hits home with those who don’t want to just ‘eat’ but hog on a hearty spread of flavours and delicacies. Moving from milder flavours to fiery ones and then sealing the palate with a generous kick of sweets, Bengali grubs are one of our favourites.
Starting from biting into an Egg Devil, moving forward with a kobiraaji to making a drool-worthy journey towards a steaming serving of bhaat and kosha mangsho, Bengali food is worth every last crumb. Ending with a variety of mishtis and Payesh is the easiest road-map to falling in love with Bengal, all over again!
Awadh has always had an influence on Bengali cuisine and the food is as rich and prominent as the state itself! Since we cannot make a journey of over 1000kms every time we crave some Bengali lovin’, we’ve listed 5 places to grab the best Bong food in Lucknow.
1. Tastes Of Bengal
Taste of Bengal here in Gomti Nagar is one of the highly underrated places for Bong food. One of the best here in the city, if you’re craving for a mouthful of fragrant rice and spicy fish curry, you should definitely head here. Modest interiors and warm service makes Taste of Bengal our go-to spot, on days we’re looking for a wholesome meal.
Try the Aloo Posto, Shukto, Mutton Kosha and definitely, the Bhapa Dim cannot be missed out on. Conclude your meal with a bowl of mishti doi and go back home with a tummy full of no regrets!
Location: C123, Sahara Plaza, Patrakarpuram Market, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
Timings: 12:30pm – 11pm
Cost: ₹700 for two people (approx.)
2. Petuks Kitchen
Bengali food isn’t just food; it’s an emotion and we all connect to it seamlessly, the moment a ladle of shukto lands on our plate! Petuks Kitchen does that to us- it connects our hunger to Bengali comfort food, which in return gives us happy burps!
The Fish Kalia, Chicken Kasa and Kashmiri Pulav will make you drool the moment you take a whiff and you simply can’t leave before stuffing your faces to the extent of unbuttoning your jeans. We totally like the sound of that, don’t you?!
Location: B - 4, Vibhuti Khand, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
Timings: 9am – 9pm
Cost: ₹150 for two people (approx.)
3. TT's Jhol Jhaal
A place that serves authentic Bengali food, TT's Jhol Jhaal is not a stranger to thronging crowds and happy faces! When here, you gotta try out the Chhola’r Daal, Mughlai Paratha, Dhokaar Daalna and of course, they serve OG Kolkata Biryani too. Which means that your plate full of seasoned golden grains will come along with the iconic aloo, egg and meat.
The ambience of this eatery is cosy and welcoming so if anytime, you miss home and some good food, you gotta be here!
Location: Plot 2, Vivek Khand 2, Beside Zainiss Hospital, Gomti Nagar, Lucknow
Timings: 11am – 11pm
Cost: ₹350 for two people (approx.)
4. Bengali Fish
Not an eatery per se, Bengali fish here in Aliganj is rather a stall which sells fried fish and other deep-fried delicacies which will make you go weak in the knees. Bengalis are known for their love of macch and if you’re craving for a spicy treat, come over right away.
Although a roadside stall, Bengali Fish maintains top-notch hygiene and the pricing of the dishes will surely satiate your cravings while not cutting a hole in your pockets!
Location: NL-1, Aliganj Mahabirji Mandir Marg, Nirala Nagar, Lucknow
Timings: 5 am-10 pm
Cost: ₹150 for two people (approx.)
5. Kolkata Dining
Known to be a Bong foodie’s paradise, Kolkata Dining will have your hearts with their warm hospitality and your palates, with the stellar Bengali dishes they serve. Try out the Mushroom Makhmali Tikka and Chicken Bharta to know what foodgasm feels like.
The ambience is perfect for family outings and if you’re looking for a place which would serve delish grubs within pocket-friendly prices, this is it!
Location: C-76, Sector N, Near Gulachin Mandir, Aliganj, Lucknow
Timings: 10:30am – 11pm
Cost: ₹550 for two people (approx.)
Aphorisms like “Bengalis live to eat” and “Bongs are all about their plates and paits” are not exactly exaggerated but truly, apt! Bengali cuisine is an amalgamation of vegetarian delicacies as well as hefty meaty dishes and the food is always synonymous to soul-food.