Kolkatans all about their rice and fish curries, or better known as Macher Jhol and Bhaat, as fish has always been their staple food. But one thing Kolkatans love more than rice and fish is Chinese food, and that too quality Chinese food. Chinese food and cuisine has been in and around Kolkata since the 1800s, when Chinese immigrants settled in the city. Tangra, or better known as China Town, has been home to several Chinese and Cantonese families for generations, and the authenticity they bring with them in terms of Chinese and Cantonese food is truly astounding. So today, we are going to take a look at the top 10 Chinese restaurants in Kolkata, which you simply cannot miss out on. Read on to find out more.
Tung Fong is headed by a Chinese family, and is one of the few China Town restaurants that serve a lunch buffet for Chinese food lovers. Tung Fong offers a perfect amalgamation of ambience and taste, which enhances the dining experience of the food lover in the best possible way. Good food, coupled with quick service and an elegant ambience is just what the doctor ordered, and that is exactly what Tung Fong offers. Some of the popular items on the menu include Garlic Prawns, Yang Chu Fried Rice, Smoked Lamb, Thai Garlic Fish, Kung Pao Prawn, Chilli Potato, Dim Sums, Honey Glazed Chicken, Veg Wanton and Thai Soup.
This Chinese restaurant, at 100 years old, is perhaps one of the oldest family-owned Chinese restaurants in the country. Eau Chew is truly famed for serving assorted and authentic Chinese cuisine, besides serving wondrous culinary treats like Josephine Noodles and Chimney Soup. The fourth generation of the Huang Family in Kolkata offers variety and simplicity through the food they serve at Eau Chew. Some items on the menu that you simply cannot miss out on include Roast Chilli Pork, Pork Spare Ribs, Meat Ball Soup, Sautéd Greens, Chicken in Wine Sauce, Steamed Fish with Soy Sauce, Fish with Chilli Black Bean and Flaming Fish. The one factor that sets Eau Chew apart from all the other restaurants in the area is their ability to retain the original Chinese flavours in the food. They undercook the food, as it should be done, and avoid using ajinomoto, which gives their food a unique and authentic flavour.
If you are looking for lip-smacking Cantonese and Chinese food that are sure to tingle your taste buds, Hatari restaurant is the perfect choice for you. Named after the HATARI film by Howard Hawks, Hatari has been catering to food lovers for more than 50 years now, with several outlets recently opened all over Kolkata. Being a multi-cuisine restaurant, they serve quite a wide array of items on their menu, but their Chinese menu includes famed dishes like Brown Glazed Duck, Fish with Oyster Sauce, Chicken momo with Soup, Mongolian Prawn, Singaporean Noodles, Crispy Golden Prawn and Dry Chilli Pork, to name a few.
Located at Taj Bengal, Chinoiserie is epitome of Chinese food in Kolkata, and is a restaurant food lovers can blindly rely upon to provide quality and authentic Chinese food. With impeccable service and quality, coupled with some of the finest dishes from Canton and Sichuan, this posh Chinese restaurant is the perfect option for you, if you want to enjoy quality Chinese food. The cost is around Rs. 4000 for two people, but it is totally worth it. You can order must-try items like Mongolian Chicken, Stir-fried Spicy Lamb, Broccoli in Black Pepper Sauce, Golden Corn, Stir-fried Vegetables and Mushroom, Pork Dim Sum, Crackling Spinach and Peking Duck. Enjoy good food and a beautiful ambience at Chinoiserie and experience authentic Chinese cuisine at its best.
China Whites, located at Gariahat in South Kolkata, is quite popular amongst the youth, who love Chinese food as well as hookah. The setting is quite cozy and contemporary, which gives it a unique ambience worthy of more than one visit. You can enjoy multiple hookah flavours with Chinese food items like Mix Sea Food Hot Garlic, Fish Chilli Wine, Crab in Hot Garlic Sauce, Pak Choi Exotic Vegetable, Tai Chi Chicken, Sliced with in Hot Garlic Sauce, and Prawn Tavajan.
Since being opened, Beijing Restaurant has been known as the official Chinese Food Capital of China Town in Kolkata. This is one of the oldest restaurants in Kolkata to serve authentic Chinese food, and is quite popular among food lovers, young and old. Order items like Chicken Cantonese rice, Chicken American Chopsuey, Chicken in Black Bean Sauce, Szechwan Duck, Cantonese Chicken, Lung Fung Chicken Soup, Spring Prawns, Chicken Dumplings and spring button mushrooms, and experience what it means to enjoy authentic Chinese food.
If you looking for a reasonably priced Chinese restaurant that serves generous portions, Kafulok in China Town is definitely the place to be at. Whenever you visit the restaurant, you will see the place bustling with families and friends, enjoying a hearty Chinese meal. The restaurant makes it a point never to compromise on quality, even when the prices are kept low to favour the pockets of the middle income groups. Enjoy generous portions of authentic Chinese dishes, such as Hakka Sui Mai, Pepper Chicken, Fish with Hot Garlic Sauce, Mixed Hakka Noodles, Garlic Prawn, Chilli Garlic Pepper Chicken, Lemon Chicken, and Chilli Chicken.
When a restaurant uses the tagline THINK CHINESE..THINK CHOWMAN, you can rest assured that the food served at such a restaurant is surely going to be authentic, tasty and simply mesmerising. At 8 years old, Chowman, headed by Debaditya Chaudhury, has taken the Chinese food scene of the city by storm, and is one of the most popular Chinese cuisine destinations of the city. All their crockery and sauces are imported from China and Thailand, and decor from China as well, which they use quite efficiently to make up a perfect amalgamation between good food and the perfect dining ambience. You can order from a large selection of crab, pork, lamb, duck, fish, prawn and chicken items from their menu, and can rest assured that anything you order is going to taste spectacular.
Yet another gem located in China Town at Tangra, Kolkata, Golden Joy Bar-cum-Restaurant is the perfect mixture of affordable Chinese food and fine dining ambience. The restaurant is housed over a large area, which allows it to cater to more than 250 customers at one go. Enjoy items like Kung Pao Chicke, Korean Fish Sticks, Salt and Pepper Chicken, Ginger Chicken, Dragon Chicken, Chilli Garlic Paneer, amd various others from the wide selection available on their menu card. The liquor is quite reasonably priced as well, giving you a perfect dining experience.
This Michelin Starred restaurant, originally located in London, opened its first branch in Kolkata back in 2015, and has not looked back since. The restaurant specialises in dimsums, and although quite expensive, never empty or without diners or food lovers. But other than exclusive and unique dimsum variants, they serve other Chinese items like Stir-fried Penang Kwetio Noodles, Prawn Cheung Fun, Spicy Aubergine Sato Bean, Crispy Duck Roast, Vegetarian poached Peking Dumpling, and Shiitake Mushroom dumpling. Yauatcha also houses one of the finest bars in the city, so you can enjoy your favourite drinks and cocktails along with authentic Chinese food.