The biggest dilemma for every food lover is deciding whether to go for À la carte or a buffet while dining out. More often than not, people lean towards buffets, just because you get to have unlimited food.
The idea of an all-you-can-eat menu is perhaps the best part about a buffet at a reasonable price. A typical buffet menu comprises starters, the main course and dessert, and the complete meal. Everything you would eat in a typical full course meal when you decide to go out. Some places even offer a complimentary drink with your buffet, which is the cherry on the top!
No matter what meal of the day it is, a lavish, unlimited buffet is always every food lover's paradise. If you're ever feeling lazy and don't wish to cook, you would probably run down to the nearest restaurant that offers buffet meals and you dive right into it to satisfy your hunger and keep your taste buds happy with the delicious dishes these buffets have to offer. You can get buffets in almost all kinds of cuisine.
The city of joy - Kolkata has a lot of places that offer buffets, different kinds of buffets, breakfast buffet, lunch buffet, dinner buffet, Sunday brunch buffet, authentic Bengali cuisine buffet, midnight buffet, buffet with unlimited drinks. You name it. In fact, there are so many options, it confuses food lovers to decide which one to go to and then, more often than not, tend to go to the same place since they have already tried and liked the dish on their buffet menu spread and don't want to experiment with any new places.
Here are going to look at some of the best restaurants that serve you sumptuous buffets with mouth-watering food from a wide array of popular cuisines in an international buffet, both in veg and non-veg options for both meat lovers and vegetarian friends.
The list will include something for everybody, we will be looking into the budget buffet, luxury buffet, fine-dining buffet, different and unique buffet options. We will cover it all up today. If you are vegetarian and you prefer a pure vegetarian Casa Kitchen (option 4) or Rajdhani (Option 9), specializes in a vegetarian-only menu. Both the options are super affordable, with Casa Kitchen serving the North Indian and Rajdhani serving traditional Rajasthani and Gujarati food.
So let's not beat around the bushes anymore and start exploring the best buffets the city of Kolkata has to offer!
1. The Village, New Town
Let's start off the list with one of the most reasonably priced buffets that offer some real good dishes that will leave your taste buds and stomach in bliss. The Village is known to be one of the best places to have a buffet any time of the day, they serve buffets in Chinese and North Indian cuisines. Their lunch buffet, in particular, is our favorite, they provide a wide spread of an appetizing menu that'll make you open the button of your jeans at the end of your meal. Along with a widespread menu, the taste of each dish is very tasty and will leave their guests in euphoria. You have a different spread for weekdays and weekends to keep things interesting. Some of the dishes that are to die for in their buffet spread are Hara bara kebab, paneer butter masala and fish croquette on the weekdays and on weekends you must definitely try their: papdi pizza with grilled veg, Thai fish curry, Bhatti Ka Murgh Angarre, Malpua with Rabri and Coconut Pudding with Nuts. The widespread menu and delicious food all under INR 500 plus tax is a deal to steal! You would not be able to resist the buffets offered here and you should definitely keep this place on your list to try their buffet in Kolkata.
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
2. Barbeque nation, Park Street
If you are a foodie, then you have definitely heard of Barbeque Nation. This chain restaurant is quite famous all across the country and serves some of the best buffets in town. The entire concept of this restaurant is what has caught the attention of guests and attracts its major crowd for that reason alone. The idea of having unlimited Barbeque starters until you say no. Most of the guests, including some of us, never even go to the main course and just keep having the starters until we are full, that's because they taste absolutely delicious, especially the grilled chicken and then once we are satisfied to the core, we head straight for the dessert, which, should I mention, is also some of the best desserts you'll find and for the icing on the cake, you even get a complimentary drink along with your food, to complete your meal, what more could you ask! Although, we did try their main course once as well, just out of curiosity, and boy did we regret not having it all the time before! Their dal makhani and biryani are some of the best you'll ever have. You should also definitely give their Kadai chicken a try as well, it's finger-licking good! It's safe to say that Barbeque nation currently is the number restaurant that serves grilled food in the city, second to none. One fact that we love about barbeque nation is that, even though it has gained tremendous popularity, their taste and service levels have not come down, they still remain at the top of their game, which is why it is loved by everyone, not just food lovers like ourselves! It's a great place to go either with your family for a great dinner or with your friends to hangout and have a good time while enjoying yummy food!
INR 1500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
3. Waterside Cafe - Grand Hyatt Regency, Salt Lake
This has to definitely be on your list of buffet places to visit and indulge yourself in a luxury fine-dining experience with live music and outdoor seating. You have like a massive spread of dishes on the buffet here, so massive that you would probably be full before even trying all the dishes on the spread. You should at least visit the place for at least 2 times, the reason for this is, each and every dish they offer is mouth-watering and wholesome, you have to try each and every one of them to appreciate the food they prepare and thank the cooks for satisfying your taste buds. The reason for going at least 2 times is because you won't be able to try each and every dish in one because of the widespread they have made available to their guests! If you can't have it all, you must definitely try their signature dishes - Beef, the entire dessert counter, pizza, and authentic Chinese dishes. Another unique thing about Waterside Cafe is to experience the midnight buffet they have to offer, the buffet is made available from midnight till 3 am in the morning, and let me tell you, they have one of the longest spread of buffet menu available. It's one of the best buffet restaurants available in the city of joy. To make things even better, the restaurant has a very aesthetic appeal, with pleasant lighting, and is a real bliss to your eyes. The waterside cafe is considered to be the best buffet place in the city. You should definitely keep this one on your list and at the top of your list as well if you want to experience luxury fine-dining and amazing food in Kolkata!
INR 3000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
4. Casa Kitchen, Minto Park
Now I know there are not a lot of options for vegetarians when it comes to buffet restaurant options. Bengali's love their meat and the majority of the places that serve buffet serves both non-veg and veg, but more often than not, the menu is majorly comprising of non-veg dishes, and then just for the sake of it, a couple of vegetarian dishes are thrown in the spread to keep the option off veg buffet on their menu. Which to be honest is not fair for our veg friends. But worry not! as we mentioned earlier, today's list has something for everybody and there are options for our veg friends as well. Casa Kitchen is the F&B outlet at Hotel Casa Fortuna which is a pure veg restaurant, serving only veg food dishes. They primarily serve North Indian cuisine and their food quality and taste speak for themselves, if you're a vegetarian and a foodie, you'll fall in love with Casa Kitchen immediately, the food tastes that good! You get everything from hot and fresh kachoris to pav bhaji that'll make you drool, to fresh juices, to cheese potato shots melting in your mouth, to flavored yogurts, fruits, and donuts! You also get a live counter for South Indian dishes, so that's another plus point to Casa Kitchen! If you are a vegetarian or selective vegetarian according to the day of the week, skip other options, go out here and satisfy your hunger. Casa Kitchen is worth every rupee and you'll surely not regret it!
INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
5. 6 Ballygunge Place, Ballygunge
6 Ballygunge place is an authentic Bengali restaurant and If you're in Kolkata, this is the place to go, hands down. You'll find all types of contemporary and traditional Bengali dishes, dating back to century-old recipes. You're sure in for a treat at 6 Ballygunge place and be ready to have your mind stumped by the amazing decor and interior the place has, you'll feel like you have stepped into a pre-raj era setting, you'll do only two things when you visit 6 Ballygunge Place, eat and click photos! It's also known to be one of the earliest fine-dining restaurants in the city. Their buffets are extremely popular and you'll be recommended this place whenever you ask where you can find authentic Bengali cuisine. While there are a lot of dishes offered in the buffet menu, these are some of the must-try dishes - dab chingri, Dhakai pora mangsho, the Hilsa, mochar chop, bhapa eilish, aloo posto, chholar dal, baked sandesh, mishti doi and nolen gur ice cream. The fish and meat used in the preparation of these authentic dishes are all fresh and sourced from the best suppliers in Kolkata to guarantee freshness and top-notch quality and taste. If you ever want to try Bengali dishes, this is a great place to get introduced to Bengali cuisine. Be sure to visit this restaurant at least once to indulge yourself and give your taste buds a taste of Bengali cuisine.
INR 1700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
6. Chapter 2, Mani Square Mall
Next up on the list is a restaurant that has become very famous and popular, very quickly. Aimed at bringing the 60's and 70's Park Street nightclub scene back to life, the restaurant is themed with a complete retro look. This place promises to bring back the Anglo Indian food and live music culture. You'll be awestruck by the decor and interiors of the place, full of lively colors and tacky interiors make it unique and will make sure you don't forget it. The red Cadillac in front of the bar is probably the most striking feature of the entire place to make it stand out! You get to hear some of the oldest bands play live music every day. All of this is great, but it's not the main reason for Chapter 2's popularity, the reason why Chapter 2 has gained such fame is because of their massive 21-course lunch buffet! That's right, it's a 21-course buffet for you to feast on and have fun, and it's safe to say each and every item is equally tasty. You'll seriously be spoiled by the variety Chapter 2 has to offer. To give you a spoiler of what's in store for you when visiting Chapter 2, here is our list of a favorite food from their spread: Pepper Chicken Wings, Chilli Prawns, Chicken Wonton, Chicken Manchurian and Fish in Hot Garlic Sauce for mains. End your meal with something sweet like Plum Cake, Fruit Custard, and Mousse. You might have to wear pants that are a size larger than your original fit because you're surely to gain some weight when you visit Chapter 2!
INR 1300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
7. Sigree Global Grill, Science City Area
This one is another restaurant that offers a buffet with a different twist. Very similar to the Barbeque nation, they specialize in grilled food. They specialize in Afghan, North Indian, and Mughlai cuisines. The buffet menu spread is quite extensive, but the main attraction is definitely the starters, you can enjoy grills from across the globe and their way of presenting the grills is unique to their own style. You'll probably have to fast the entire day in order to enjoy Sigree Global Grill's entire buffet spread, but it definitely is worth it. You even have a live kitchen counter where you can see your tasty pasta and chaat items being prepared, making you even more hungry. They also have a different buffet menu spread every day to keep things interesting. Their signature dish definitely has to be the Japanese teriyaki chicken and sometimes Argentine fish chimichurri, which are utterly delicious and you would end up having 2-3 servings of this dish alone. It's one of those places where everything this place serves is good and tasty. The atmosphere is quite cozy and it is a perfect setting for both a family outing and a nice evening with friends to hang out as well. The staff here as well is very friendly and welcoming, which adds to the overall ambiance and experience. Bhatti Murgh masala okra and aloo, Kosho Gosht, authentic Chicken Dum biryani are some of the must-try dishes offered on the spread. The desserts including Gulab jamun, moong dal ka halwa, caramel custard, and malpua are stunning.
INR 2000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
8. La Cucina - Grand Hyatt Regency, Salt Lake
La Cucina, the place you want to go to have authentic Italian cuisine. This is a fine-dining restaurant that will ooze luxury and grandeur. The food prepared by the chefs in their extensive Sunday brunch menu spread is mindblowing. You'll end up licking your fingers once you're done. Their decor and interior just shout elegance. From the spacious seating, wood-earth theme décor, to the open vine cellar to showcase their collection, to the open live kitchen area, it just sits perfectly. They have a wood-fire pizza oven to bring a piece of Italy right on your plate. This place is great for vegetarians as well, since their vast buffet menu spread has a lot of options in veg as well. One of the best things about the Sunday brunch at La Cucina is that most of the items from the spread would be served at your table, leaving only a small portion of the buffet menu to spread for the guests to go and get for themselves, it's a Sunday, you're in a fine-dining restaurant, you deserve this much papering at least! Some of the dishes that you need to have when you visit La Cucina are stuffed pasta, Classic Tiramisu with Kahlua, and Spinach Ravioli.
INR 2500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
9. Rajdhani Thali, Park Street
This is another food haven for all vegetarian foodies in the city of Kolkata! Rajdhani is known for serving Rajasthani and Gujarati meals. You really would feel like a king when the thali is put in front of you. It's a huge thali and when all the items are served, there's not even a little bit of space left in that huge thali. The entire system of buffet works differently here at Rajdhani, you won't have to move an inch from your table, the food comes to you, whatever you want, whenever you want. Unlimited servings coming right to your plate on your signal isn't that great! You can focus all your energy on eating as much as possible. We recommend you to definitely fast the entire day before hitting this place, because the huge spread of 32 dishes, with unlimited servings, should not be taken lightly. The staff is very friendly and always at your service! As soon as you enter the place, you're welcomed by putting a week on your forehead, and then the entire time, you would constantly be asked if you'd want something, if everything is alright, if the taste of the food being served is good, if there are any special requests, they just want to make sure you're having the best time, which is great, because that adds to the whole experience. The menu constantly keeps changing to keep things different, so every time you plan to go to Rajdhani, be prepared to eat various dishes and delicacies from Rajasthan and Gujarat. Every dish prepared is amazing and we recommend you to try each and every one of those 32 dishes, but our top favorites were: Dal Bati Churma, Dhokla, Aloo Matar Ki Sabzi, and Shrikhand. Also, have the buttermilk they serve, it's delicious as well. You can visit this place on Tuesdays to grab a special discount and have the humongous thali for just INR 250!
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Maps
10. JW Kitchen, Science City Area
The last restaurant on today's list is JW Kitchen. This is another very nice, ultra-luxury fine-dining experience you could choose for dining in Kolkata! JW Kitchen will give you the best euphoria by the widespread buffet menu they have to offer. You will find dishes from the Continental, Thai, Mediterranean, and North Indian cuisine. This is such a place you can take your family and just indulge in the food offered to you and enjoy the ambiance of the place and appreciate the luxe decor and interior, once you step inside, you will feel you're walking through a very premium and exclusive jewelry shop, that's how the interiors are! high rise ceiling spread out and spacious seating arrangement, ample lighting, huge windows showcasing a beautiful view of the outside and white marble flooring and the elaborate spread of mouth-watering food which is showcased with elegance, so much in fact that you won't be willing to pick up food from the spread fearing you'll spoil the amazing and impeccable presentation of food that they've done! But that's only till you've tasted it, once you have tasted the dishes, you won't be able to stop yourself from keep going to get another serving, the food is that delicious! You have to try their seafood chowder and hazelnut ice cream and mud pie!
INR 3000, Cost for 2 | Open in Maps
This is it, this is the ultimate guide for you to have the best experiences of buffets in the best restaurants in Kolkata. These are hands-down the best places that offer a widespread buffet menu at reasonable rates and where there is no compromise with food quality and taste. All these places have an unbelievable staff who are very friendly and welcoming and the ambiance of each place is very different from each other, but nonetheless, great!
Most of the places are super affordable, just make sure to prepare your stomach for a buffet. It's never a good idea to be a completely empty stomach, eat a light meal before your all-you-can-eat meal about, some physical workout, walk around and eat slowly. Trust us you would want to go here with a game plan if you want to be happily stuffed.
Now grab this list and start ticking off the places by going to each and every one of them. Have their amazing food, enjoy the experience of all the different, but the best restaurants in the city of joy, and satisfy the monster that is inside your tummy!