It is somewhat of a paradox that Kolkata saw only a handful of new restaurant brands opening up in 2016, given the extent to which Bengalis love good food. Kolkata is famous for its must experience aristocratic clubs built in the British era, the street food to die for and the controversial discriminating restaurants. While you may have some heritage gems, very few contemporary restaurants with potential to be almost as legendary as Flury’s, Bar-B-Q or Peter Cat, have made an appearance in the city fanatical about its food traditions. One may be a tad stuck when it comes to newer offerings even by known food chains present in other cities within India.
Nevertheless, here is a wishlist of the brands that could garner all the limelight and make a commercially sound decision to venture into Kolkata.
Nando’s was founded in 1987 in the Johannesburg when Portuguese-born audio engineer Fernando Duarte after trying the chicken cooked in piri piri, a chilli sauce originating in Mozambique, in a restaurant called “Chickenland”, bought the restaurant for close to 80,000 rand. He along with his partner renamed the restaurant Nando’s after Fernando.
2. Farzi Cafe
The word “Farzi” can have many connotations, but at Farzi Café, it has just one, “creating an illusion” with its cuisine. Infusing a generous dose of Indian flavours, Farzi Café presents Indian cuisine where culinary art meets the alchemy of modern presentations and cooking techniques like molecular gastronomy to absorb the guest into the ultimate gastronomic illusion.
3. Starbucks Cafe
There is something about Startbuck’s coffee that defies logic. No matter the number of times you have been here, no matter how often you decide that the cappuccino is just the same as any other joint, you still land up going to this institution to sit in peace and watch the world go by.
There was once a rumor when the iconic Music World was shutting down, that the place would see Starbucks enter Kolkata.
4. Hotel Saravana Bhavan
Founded in 1981, Hotel Saravana Bhavan is one of the largest vegetarian South Indian restaurant chain in the world. They have more than 33 outlets in India (20 outlets in Chennai alone) and 47 around the world (including Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States, and the Middle East).
The word “hotel” implies a restaurant.
5. Burger King
The Burger King menu has expanded from a basic offering of burgers, french fries, sodas and milkshakes to a larger and more diverse set of products. As of September 30, 2016, Burger King reported it had 15,243 outlets in 100 countries, one more to the list of 15k restaurants will only expand its market share.
All information is provided on an as-is basis.