Although locals love to dine out, traditional Bengali cooking was, until relatively recently, restricted to the home; however, some excellent restaurants now offer the chance to taste this wonderful fish- and seafood-based cuisine; Kewpie’s is a great place to get an overview. Chinese, spiced and cooked to local tastes, is also popular: the city has a rich tradition including its own Chinatown at Tangra on the road to the airport. You’ll also find several good south Indian restaurants, numerous joints offering varying standards of Western cuisine, as well as rich Muslim cooking and the not-to-be-missed kati roll (sometimes referred to as “kathi roll” or just “roll”; they are parathas stuffed with chicken, mutton, paneer, egg or spiced potato, spiked with chilli and lime, and rolled in a sheaf of paper), which is an integral part of Kolkata’s cuisine. Coffee culture is growing with the usual chain cafés throughout the city and there is a handful of purveyors of fine tea. Numerous patisseries and confectioneries work hard to keep up with demand. Restaurants and cafés around Sudder St cater for Western travellers while roadside chai shops and street food stalls around BBD Bagh are extremely popular for lunch.

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