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The Ultimate Guide to Budget-Friendly Restaurant in Kolkata

We'll be looking at some of the best places a student can go to relish some of the best-tasting food Kolkata has to offer, which are of course budget-friendly!

There comes a time in everybody's life where your pockets are empty, be it the end of the month or for a student where they've only got limited pocket money to wisely spend it through the entire month.

Especially for students, right out of school and beginning a new part of their lives with new college, new friends and probably a new city altogether! If that city happens to be Kolkata, you're in for a treat. Kolkata, the city of joy as you know is one of the cities to be if you're a food lover. The city is known for all the amazingly good food you get, be it street food, a pocket-friendly restaurant, and even authentic Bengali food or any global cuisine of your liking, you've got it all!

Students would most probably look for something that keeps both the stomach and pockets happy! Lucky for them, you have a lot of options to choose from. Kolkata is probably one of the best places for a student to live. You'll find some of the most affordable places to live in Kolkata, there are a plethora of options when it comes to commuting the city at a reasonable price and most importantly, the food you'll find will be some of the most delicious and at the same time student-friendly when it comes to pricing.

Today we'll be looking at some of the best places a student can go to relish some of the best-tasting food Kolkata has to offer, which are of course budget-friendly! Today's list will include everything, whether you're in the mood for some really nice tea and coffee, or you're in the mood for some authentic Bengali cuisine, or if you love steamed momos or some cool cafe's that you could hang out at after college!

1. Indian Coffee House, College Street

Located in an area where you'll find the most number of college students, The Indian Coffee house is one of the most affordable places where students can head to get some really good coffee and food. Opened in 1876, although it feels a little old and outdated, this place has a really long history of hosting college students and scholars. The interiors and decor is really simple and minimalistic, which adds to its charm in a certain manner. Apart from being a very affordable place which students can visit often, it is also a book store, meaning students can come here to get a break from all the studying, grab a book, a cup of tea or coffee and just relax. This has been the meeting place for some of the most notable personalities like Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose, that must tell you something. You'll still find some book lovers sitting around the corner of this bookstore with their book, tea, and samosa accompanying them. If you do visit, you must try their fish cutlet, it's delicious!

Indian Coffee House

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

2. The Grub Club, Golpark

Don't take our word, but ask any student in Southern Avenue about a good hangout place that isn't going to burn a hole in your pocket and they'll all guide you to Grub Club. It's a small establishment which is famous amongst the student community in Kolkata to grab some really good food and a place where you could meet with your buddies after class and chill without worrying about the bill. South Kolkata is known to be posh and some of the best luxury fine-dine restaurants this city has to offer. Among them is Grub Club, priding over their pocket-friendly menu, and overall affordable place where students spend their evenings having a great time. You'll find some nice Chinese cuisine here. The place in itself is nothing special, you have simple seating arrangements and interiors with decent lighting and a great atmosphere. The staff here is very friendly and wouldn't mind having a chat with you! Since this place is always filled with students, you'll always hear laughter and students gossiping and chit-chatting at the place, making it a lively place. Be sure to taste their honey chicken and prawn chop suey, they are delicious!

The Grub Club

INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

3. Olypub, Park Street Area

Opened in 1947, it's one of the oldest bars in the city. It's one of the most popular and famous places you can hang out in the city, an establishment which won't be a burden on your pockets while you enjoy and have a great evening with your friends. Olympus is one of the original bars and restaurants that still stands high and mighty after all these years. Located in one of the most prime locations in town - Park Street, this place is always full, mostly with students and a few regulars who are said to be visiting this place for more than 25 years! This place is well-known by the student community and college goers because of the pocket-friendly menu. The interiors and decor are pretty simple and minimalistic, taking you back to the old days, when bars were just a place to hang out, have a few drinks, and have fun, excluding all the fancy stuff. You will simply want to sit here hours and hours having a few drinks and have a blast with your friends over the weekend without worrying about running out of money. While you're here, you should definitely give their in-house signature dish - Beefsteak and chicken ala only pub!

Olypub

INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

4. Tibetan Delight, Elgin Road

Next up on the list is one of the favorite places to go to have mouth-watering, delicious food, especially momos! You would have to go through narrow lanes near Elgin road to reach this place, it might not look like much from the outside, it's a very small establishment. But, don't for a minute, be fooled by the appearance! they serve some of the best Momos in town. Tibetan Delight is one of the most pocket-friendly places you can visit to have tasty food, which is why it is really popular among college-goers. Once you visit this place and have their food, they serve authentic Tibetan and Chinese cuisines. There's no going back, once you've had the opportunity to visit this place, you'll know how pocket-friendly it is to eat tasty food in the city of joy. You'll definitely want to come again and again. They also serve very tasty Chinese dishes as well! So you're definitely in for a treat when you visit the place. You'll definitely have to try their momos, Cantonese chow mein, and barbeque pork, they are delicious and mouth-watering at an extremely low cost.

Tibetan Delight

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

5. Bachan's Dhaba, Kalighat

This is claimed to be one of the best dhabas in the city serving some of the best North Indian Cuisine. They also serve Chinese and Mughlai delicacies. It is known for the best-experienced staff, appetizing and delectable food. It has tasty food which is very pocket friendly as well. They serve delicious Indian cuisine and it's best for people who are in a hurry and want to have a good dinner, you can order dishes as a takeaway as well, which is pretty fast even when the place is full. Within a budget, you're getting to enjoy the great atmosphere and modern decor along with enjoyable service and well-trained staff at this place. You have to try their tandoori roti, tandoori kebabs, and butter chicken. For desserts, you can try their kulfis, faluda, and ice cream which, in popular guest opinion, is one of the best pocket-friendly yet so tasty desserts. Since its main focus is North Indian cuisine, you can order lassi or lemonade to complete your dining out.

Bachan’s Dhaba

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

6. Denzong Kitchen, Lake Town

In the odd interior lanes of Bikramgarh was its first outlet. It was a little hard to locate initially, but eventually, true momo lovers found this hidden gem of a place. This place serves amazing momos and other Chinese cuisines. If you are in love with cheese and momos, this place is made just to accommodate your urge to satisfy your taste buds. Well, the best part is, you get to have the city's best momos that too for a few bucks. Initially, they used to charge 50 rupees per plate, now the cost has increased but they have not neglected their authenticity. The food tastes amazing now as well so spending 50 bucks more would not even make you crib. They have an open kitchen but they maintain proper hygiene so that the only thing you can worry about what to order next. Try their cheese chicken momos and chicken schezwan fried momos. You can try their dragon chicken as well.

Denzong Kitchen

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

7. Mud, Gariahat

This cafe is a perfect place to sit, chill and have good food. You can forget about all the worries of the world. That's because this place is Oh! so perfect for Bengalis and oh! the soulful music that plays in the background is therapeutic. The decor is of a Bengali household and to top it all, Rabindrasangeet plays in the background which makes sure to create a homely ambiance to chill and have authentic Bengali cuisine along with some great food that too at affordable rates. You can also choose books from their shelves and read them. In the must-try, there's mutton ghugni, mutton fuchka, mud sandwich (best in Kolkata), fish 'n' chips, and Darjeeling tea. Don't go on the presentation of the Mud cake, because you'll regret it if you don't try it. The staff is very polite and will suggest the new items on their list which you should try, and you won't regret it. Once you drop into the place, you will get a real kick to your thoughts. Want to feel the Bengali culture? Visit this place and let yourself loose.

MUD

INR 550, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

8. Bliss, Hindustan Park

If you're in the mood to eat amazing food and don't really think twice just because of the exteriors of the place, Bliss is the place to head. Not only will you find delicious food, but the ambiance of the place is also second to none. Their Chinese dishes would linger in your mouth for long, even after having the food. They have some delicious combo meals, whose serving is pretty decent to fill your tummy. The quantity is enough for two people. Not only the quantity, but the quality is also amazing. One of the best combos is mix gravy Manchurian noodles and hot garlic chicken. Other best combos include veg Hakka chow, veg Manchurian and exotic vegetables, mixed fried rice and chili chicken, and so on and so forth. Bliss is a very small establishment, more often than not, you probably won't find enough seats for your entire class gang to accommodate, it is recommended that you prefer the takeaway option and enjoy the finger-licking food at the comfort of either your flat or your hostel. You can check out their momos menu and try their pan-fried chicken momos and pan-fried chili chicken as well as their steamed chicken momos. The staff is very polite, and the place is hygenic, which is an added bonus alongside the tasty food. If you want a budget-friendly place but don't want to give up on food quality, then this is the place you're looking for.

Bliss (Credits: Zomato)

INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

9. Gokul Shree, New Alipore

Whether you want to snack on something light or treat your empty stomach, this is your go-to place. All you need is 100 bucks and both your heart and taste bud would be buzzing with joy. You'll get to encounter the simplest yet the most memorable culinary pleasure here. The vada pav is, hands down, the best vada pav in the whole of Kolkata, you could compare the vada pavs found here with the best vada pavs you could find in Juhu in Mumbai, they are that good! They don't only offer the classic vada pav, they also offer different ranges of vada pav, from Italian and Chinese vada pav to cheese vada pav. Want a tip? Add Kesari chai to it, your taste buds would do a victory dance. Apart from this deadly combo, you can also try their Tikki Chola, Indian thali, pav bhaji, dhokla, club kachori, and dabeli. The combo thali contains dum aloo, rice, butter paneer, papad, mini gulab jamun, and raita and they have other options as well like dal makhani and pulao. You won't be disappointed. You can give brownie points because of their low pocket pinch. The place might look small because it was a sweet shop previously, but hands down, it has one of the best meals, vada pav, and chai in Kolkata. Give this place a try and you would love it.

Gokul Shree

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

10. Momo Plaza, Elgin Road

This establishment has been in Kolkata for more than two decades now. It's famous amongst college-goers in the area for serving appetizing momos without hurting your pockets. This is a medium-sized restaurant and its menu mainly contains Tibetan and Chinese cuisine and is also said to be the grandmother of Tibetan restaurants. It is also said to be the oldest momo outlet in South Kolkata. The saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" perfectly sits right with this place. Once you overlook the exteriors and go inside, you would no longer be in doubt. The ambiance is quite pretty and cozy and the decor is very classy. If you are looking for pork dishes, visit this place without giving it a second thought. Pork Kothey and Fried Chicken Momos are the must-try. Their dragon chicken and schezwan noodles also top the chart. If in case you're trying out their rice combos, the rice is enough for 2 adults. Can you believe it? You get both quality and quantity, a rare combo to be found at small establishments these days. Have their chicken momos (it's served with hot broth) because they are the best here, and you can try their Chinese starters as well and it won't disappoint you. The staff is very humble and polite. If you don't want to spend much and still have a good time, this is the perfect place for you.

Momo Plaza

INR 350, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

11. Mitra Cafe, Shobha Bazar

This is an age-old snack-bite place and also the oldest cabins in Kolkata. It's one of those places in Kolkata, which is both affordable and which has maintained its old tradition of serving good food and provide a good ambiance. It's a small and cozy place and has not maintained the decor like the other outlets, but it shows their journey of 100 years through photographs posted on the walls. Every place is famous for something, what's this place famous for? It's known for its mutton brain chops and fish diamond kabiraaji and echoes in the fish fry universe. Not only that, but they also offer other options for you to snack on. Even though the prices might have changed, they have still maintained their authenticity. Amongst their must-try dishes, their fish roll, chicken cutlet, chicken kabiraji, and fish kabiraaji. It serves authentic Bengali dishes as well. Want a tip? Ask them to serve kasundi (mustard sauce) and have it with the dishes, your taste buds will thank you later. It does not even leave a big hole in your pocket, you can get to taste such amazing dishes for a few hundred bucks only. Jot this cafe's name and pay a visit, you would not regret your decision.

Mitra Cafe

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

12. Blossoms, Hatibagan

It is one of the favorite spots among students of many colleges in this area. Blossoms serve amazing Chinese cuisine. The joint has a well-decorated interior and provides a pleasant ambiance for all its customers. They are mostly known for their lip-smacking rolls. Even though the rolling counter is outside, you can ask them to provide the food inside while dining. Some of the dishes that you can order are chicken fried rice or mixed fried rice, schezwan chicken, chili chicken, fresh vets fish, and American chop suey. The staff is very friendly and tries to serve you as soon as possible. Their prices have increased now, but their quality remains undefeated. Try there tutti frutti ice cream as well. The presentation is beautiful and so is the taste of it. You'll get to have good food in a nice ambiance, where humble and polite people serve you good quality food where 1 plate is enough for 2 adults and all of this won't even burn your pocket. Isn't it amazing? Try this place out and you would want to visit here again.

Blossoms

INR 750, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

13. Zam Zam, Park Circus Area

There's not a single foodie, who doesn't love biryani. Since biryani is a savior of hungry souls, your empty pockets at the end of the month should not keep you from having your favorite delicacy. And, that's where Zam Zam comes to rescue those souls by serving the best biryani in Kolkata, that too at affordable rates. If you want to take away then don't be afraid, their packing is good which would prevent the food to spill. This place serves good Mughlai cuisine. You can try their Chicken Chelo kebab, chicken biryani, special mutton biryani, beef malai, and ghol (Burhani) which helps you digest the biryani. Both their quantity and quality of food would surpass your expectations. The ambiance is nice and the staff behavior is also polite. You can order shahi tukda for dessert, which will definitely satisfy your soul.

Zam Zam (Credits: Zomato)

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

There you go! You want to go out, have a good time with your friends, without thinking about your pocket? These are all the places you can consider on such occasions. You can sit and chill with your friends and also enjoy the amazing dining experience. The best part is, even if you're treating everybody, ordering food for everyone at these places, it won't burn a hole in your pocket and everyone will go back home with a satisfied soul and tummy. The taste of food will still linger in your mouth and you'll go to sleep thinking about the amazing decision you made of giving a shot to these places.

Eats

The Ultimate Guide to Budget-Friendly Restaurant in Kolkata

We'll be looking at some of the best places a student can go to relish some of the best-tasting food Kolkata has to offer, which are of course budget-friendly!

There comes a time in everybody's life where your pockets are empty, be it the end of the month or for a student where they've only got limited pocket money to wisely spend it through the entire month.

Especially for students, right out of school and beginning a new part of their lives with new college, new friends and probably a new city altogether! If that city happens to be Kolkata, you're in for a treat. Kolkata, the city of joy as you know is one of the cities to be if you're a food lover. The city is known for all the amazingly good food you get, be it street food, a pocket-friendly restaurant, and even authentic Bengali food or any global cuisine of your liking, you've got it all!

Students would most probably look for something that keeps both the stomach and pockets happy! Lucky for them, you have a lot of options to choose from. Kolkata is probably one of the best places for a student to live. You'll find some of the most affordable places to live in Kolkata, there are a plethora of options when it comes to commuting the city at a reasonable price and most importantly, the food you'll find will be some of the most delicious and at the same time student-friendly when it comes to pricing.

Today we'll be looking at some of the best places a student can go to relish some of the best-tasting food Kolkata has to offer, which are of course budget-friendly! Today's list will include everything, whether you're in the mood for some really nice tea and coffee, or you're in the mood for some authentic Bengali cuisine, or if you love steamed momos or some cool cafe's that you could hang out at after college!

1. Indian Coffee House, College Street

Located in an area where you'll find the most number of college students, The Indian Coffee house is one of the most affordable places where students can head to get some really good coffee and food. Opened in 1876, although it feels a little old and outdated, this place has a really long history of hosting college students and scholars. The interiors and decor is really simple and minimalistic, which adds to its charm in a certain manner. Apart from being a very affordable place which students can visit often, it is also a book store, meaning students can come here to get a break from all the studying, grab a book, a cup of tea or coffee and just relax. This has been the meeting place for some of the most notable personalities like Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose, that must tell you something. You'll still find some book lovers sitting around the corner of this bookstore with their book, tea, and samosa accompanying them. If you do visit, you must try their fish cutlet, it's delicious!

Indian Coffee House

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

2. The Grub Club, Golpark

Don't take our word, but ask any student in Southern Avenue about a good hangout place that isn't going to burn a hole in your pocket and they'll all guide you to Grub Club. It's a small establishment which is famous amongst the student community in Kolkata to grab some really good food and a place where you could meet with your buddies after class and chill without worrying about the bill. South Kolkata is known to be posh and some of the best luxury fine-dine restaurants this city has to offer. Among them is Grub Club, priding over their pocket-friendly menu, and overall affordable place where students spend their evenings having a great time. You'll find some nice Chinese cuisine here. The place in itself is nothing special, you have simple seating arrangements and interiors with decent lighting and a great atmosphere. The staff here is very friendly and wouldn't mind having a chat with you! Since this place is always filled with students, you'll always hear laughter and students gossiping and chit-chatting at the place, making it a lively place. Be sure to taste their honey chicken and prawn chop suey, they are delicious!

The Grub Club

INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

3. Olypub, Park Street Area

Opened in 1947, it's one of the oldest bars in the city. It's one of the most popular and famous places you can hang out in the city, an establishment which won't be a burden on your pockets while you enjoy and have a great evening with your friends. Olympus is one of the original bars and restaurants that still stands high and mighty after all these years. Located in one of the most prime locations in town - Park Street, this place is always full, mostly with students and a few regulars who are said to be visiting this place for more than 25 years! This place is well-known by the student community and college goers because of the pocket-friendly menu. The interiors and decor are pretty simple and minimalistic, taking you back to the old days, when bars were just a place to hang out, have a few drinks, and have fun, excluding all the fancy stuff. You will simply want to sit here hours and hours having a few drinks and have a blast with your friends over the weekend without worrying about running out of money. While you're here, you should definitely give their in-house signature dish - Beefsteak and chicken ala only pub!

Olypub

INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

4. Tibetan Delight, Elgin Road

Next up on the list is one of the favorite places to go to have mouth-watering, delicious food, especially momos! You would have to go through narrow lanes near Elgin road to reach this place, it might not look like much from the outside, it's a very small establishment. But, don't for a minute, be fooled by the appearance! they serve some of the best Momos in town. Tibetan Delight is one of the most pocket-friendly places you can visit to have tasty food, which is why it is really popular among college-goers. Once you visit this place and have their food, they serve authentic Tibetan and Chinese cuisines. There's no going back, once you've had the opportunity to visit this place, you'll know how pocket-friendly it is to eat tasty food in the city of joy. You'll definitely want to come again and again. They also serve very tasty Chinese dishes as well! So you're definitely in for a treat when you visit the place. You'll definitely have to try their momos, Cantonese chow mein, and barbeque pork, they are delicious and mouth-watering at an extremely low cost.

Tibetan Delight

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

5. Bachan's Dhaba, Kalighat

This is claimed to be one of the best dhabas in the city serving some of the best North Indian Cuisine. They also serve Chinese and Mughlai delicacies. It is known for the best-experienced staff, appetizing and delectable food. It has tasty food which is very pocket friendly as well. They serve delicious Indian cuisine and it's best for people who are in a hurry and want to have a good dinner, you can order dishes as a takeaway as well, which is pretty fast even when the place is full. Within a budget, you're getting to enjoy the great atmosphere and modern decor along with enjoyable service and well-trained staff at this place. You have to try their tandoori roti, tandoori kebabs, and butter chicken. For desserts, you can try their kulfis, faluda, and ice cream which, in popular guest opinion, is one of the best pocket-friendly yet so tasty desserts. Since its main focus is North Indian cuisine, you can order lassi or lemonade to complete your dining out.

Bachan’s Dhaba

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

6. Denzong Kitchen, Lake Town

In the odd interior lanes of Bikramgarh was its first outlet. It was a little hard to locate initially, but eventually, true momo lovers found this hidden gem of a place. This place serves amazing momos and other Chinese cuisines. If you are in love with cheese and momos, this place is made just to accommodate your urge to satisfy your taste buds. Well, the best part is, you get to have the city's best momos that too for a few bucks. Initially, they used to charge 50 rupees per plate, now the cost has increased but they have not neglected their authenticity. The food tastes amazing now as well so spending 50 bucks more would not even make you crib. They have an open kitchen but they maintain proper hygiene so that the only thing you can worry about what to order next. Try their cheese chicken momos and chicken schezwan fried momos. You can try their dragon chicken as well.

Denzong Kitchen

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

7. Mud, Gariahat

This cafe is a perfect place to sit, chill and have good food. You can forget about all the worries of the world. That's because this place is Oh! so perfect for Bengalis and oh! the soulful music that plays in the background is therapeutic. The decor is of a Bengali household and to top it all, Rabindrasangeet plays in the background which makes sure to create a homely ambiance to chill and have authentic Bengali cuisine along with some great food that too at affordable rates. You can also choose books from their shelves and read them. In the must-try, there's mutton ghugni, mutton fuchka, mud sandwich (best in Kolkata), fish 'n' chips, and Darjeeling tea. Don't go on the presentation of the Mud cake, because you'll regret it if you don't try it. The staff is very polite and will suggest the new items on their list which you should try, and you won't regret it. Once you drop into the place, you will get a real kick to your thoughts. Want to feel the Bengali culture? Visit this place and let yourself loose.

MUD

INR 550, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

8. Bliss, Hindustan Park

If you're in the mood to eat amazing food and don't really think twice just because of the exteriors of the place, Bliss is the place to head. Not only will you find delicious food, but the ambiance of the place is also second to none. Their Chinese dishes would linger in your mouth for long, even after having the food. They have some delicious combo meals, whose serving is pretty decent to fill your tummy. The quantity is enough for two people. Not only the quantity, but the quality is also amazing. One of the best combos is mix gravy Manchurian noodles and hot garlic chicken. Other best combos include veg Hakka chow, veg Manchurian and exotic vegetables, mixed fried rice and chili chicken, and so on and so forth. Bliss is a very small establishment, more often than not, you probably won't find enough seats for your entire class gang to accommodate, it is recommended that you prefer the takeaway option and enjoy the finger-licking food at the comfort of either your flat or your hostel. You can check out their momos menu and try their pan-fried chicken momos and pan-fried chili chicken as well as their steamed chicken momos. The staff is very polite, and the place is hygenic, which is an added bonus alongside the tasty food. If you want a budget-friendly place but don't want to give up on food quality, then this is the place you're looking for.

Bliss (Credits: Zomato)

INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

9. Gokul Shree, New Alipore

Whether you want to snack on something light or treat your empty stomach, this is your go-to place. All you need is 100 bucks and both your heart and taste bud would be buzzing with joy. You'll get to encounter the simplest yet the most memorable culinary pleasure here. The vada pav is, hands down, the best vada pav in the whole of Kolkata, you could compare the vada pavs found here with the best vada pavs you could find in Juhu in Mumbai, they are that good! They don't only offer the classic vada pav, they also offer different ranges of vada pav, from Italian and Chinese vada pav to cheese vada pav. Want a tip? Add Kesari chai to it, your taste buds would do a victory dance. Apart from this deadly combo, you can also try their Tikki Chola, Indian thali, pav bhaji, dhokla, club kachori, and dabeli. The combo thali contains dum aloo, rice, butter paneer, papad, mini gulab jamun, and raita and they have other options as well like dal makhani and pulao. You won't be disappointed. You can give brownie points because of their low pocket pinch. The place might look small because it was a sweet shop previously, but hands down, it has one of the best meals, vada pav, and chai in Kolkata. Give this place a try and you would love it.

Gokul Shree

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

10. Momo Plaza, Elgin Road

This establishment has been in Kolkata for more than two decades now. It's famous amongst college-goers in the area for serving appetizing momos without hurting your pockets. This is a medium-sized restaurant and its menu mainly contains Tibetan and Chinese cuisine and is also said to be the grandmother of Tibetan restaurants. It is also said to be the oldest momo outlet in South Kolkata. The saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" perfectly sits right with this place. Once you overlook the exteriors and go inside, you would no longer be in doubt. The ambiance is quite pretty and cozy and the decor is very classy. If you are looking for pork dishes, visit this place without giving it a second thought. Pork Kothey and Fried Chicken Momos are the must-try. Their dragon chicken and schezwan noodles also top the chart. If in case you're trying out their rice combos, the rice is enough for 2 adults. Can you believe it? You get both quality and quantity, a rare combo to be found at small establishments these days. Have their chicken momos (it's served with hot broth) because they are the best here, and you can try their Chinese starters as well and it won't disappoint you. The staff is very humble and polite. If you don't want to spend much and still have a good time, this is the perfect place for you.

Momo Plaza

INR 350, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

11. Mitra Cafe, Shobha Bazar

This is an age-old snack-bite place and also the oldest cabins in Kolkata. It's one of those places in Kolkata, which is both affordable and which has maintained its old tradition of serving good food and provide a good ambiance. It's a small and cozy place and has not maintained the decor like the other outlets, but it shows their journey of 100 years through photographs posted on the walls. Every place is famous for something, what's this place famous for? It's known for its mutton brain chops and fish diamond kabiraaji and echoes in the fish fry universe. Not only that, but they also offer other options for you to snack on. Even though the prices might have changed, they have still maintained their authenticity. Amongst their must-try dishes, their fish roll, chicken cutlet, chicken kabiraji, and fish kabiraaji. It serves authentic Bengali dishes as well. Want a tip? Ask them to serve kasundi (mustard sauce) and have it with the dishes, your taste buds will thank you later. It does not even leave a big hole in your pocket, you can get to taste such amazing dishes for a few hundred bucks only. Jot this cafe's name and pay a visit, you would not regret your decision.

Mitra Cafe

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

12. Blossoms, Hatibagan

It is one of the favorite spots among students of many colleges in this area. Blossoms serve amazing Chinese cuisine. The joint has a well-decorated interior and provides a pleasant ambiance for all its customers. They are mostly known for their lip-smacking rolls. Even though the rolling counter is outside, you can ask them to provide the food inside while dining. Some of the dishes that you can order are chicken fried rice or mixed fried rice, schezwan chicken, chili chicken, fresh vets fish, and American chop suey. The staff is very friendly and tries to serve you as soon as possible. Their prices have increased now, but their quality remains undefeated. Try there tutti frutti ice cream as well. The presentation is beautiful and so is the taste of it. You'll get to have good food in a nice ambiance, where humble and polite people serve you good quality food where 1 plate is enough for 2 adults and all of this won't even burn your pocket. Isn't it amazing? Try this place out and you would want to visit here again.

Blossoms

INR 750, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

13. Zam Zam, Park Circus Area

There's not a single foodie, who doesn't love biryani. Since biryani is a savior of hungry souls, your empty pockets at the end of the month should not keep you from having your favorite delicacy. And, that's where Zam Zam comes to rescue those souls by serving the best biryani in Kolkata, that too at affordable rates. If you want to take away then don't be afraid, their packing is good which would prevent the food to spill. This place serves good Mughlai cuisine. You can try their Chicken Chelo kebab, chicken biryani, special mutton biryani, beef malai, and ghol (Burhani) which helps you digest the biryani. Both their quantity and quality of food would surpass your expectations. The ambiance is nice and the staff behavior is also polite. You can order shahi tukda for dessert, which will definitely satisfy your soul.

Zam Zam (Credits: Zomato)

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

There you go! You want to go out, have a good time with your friends, without thinking about your pocket? These are all the places you can consider on such occasions. You can sit and chill with your friends and also enjoy the amazing dining experience. The best part is, even if you're treating everybody, ordering food for everyone at these places, it won't burn a hole in your pocket and everyone will go back home with a satisfied soul and tummy. The taste of food will still linger in your mouth and you'll go to sleep thinking about the amazing decision you made of giving a shot to these places.

Eats

The Ultimate Guide to Budget-Friendly Restaurant in Kolkata

We'll be looking at some of the best places a student can go to relish some of the best-tasting food Kolkata has to offer, which are of course budget-friendly!

There comes a time in everybody's life where your pockets are empty, be it the end of the month or for a student where they've only got limited pocket money to wisely spend it through the entire month.

Especially for students, right out of school and beginning a new part of their lives with new college, new friends and probably a new city altogether! If that city happens to be Kolkata, you're in for a treat. Kolkata, the city of joy as you know is one of the cities to be if you're a food lover. The city is known for all the amazingly good food you get, be it street food, a pocket-friendly restaurant, and even authentic Bengali food or any global cuisine of your liking, you've got it all!

Students would most probably look for something that keeps both the stomach and pockets happy! Lucky for them, you have a lot of options to choose from. Kolkata is probably one of the best places for a student to live. You'll find some of the most affordable places to live in Kolkata, there are a plethora of options when it comes to commuting the city at a reasonable price and most importantly, the food you'll find will be some of the most delicious and at the same time student-friendly when it comes to pricing.

Today we'll be looking at some of the best places a student can go to relish some of the best-tasting food Kolkata has to offer, which are of course budget-friendly! Today's list will include everything, whether you're in the mood for some really nice tea and coffee, or you're in the mood for some authentic Bengali cuisine, or if you love steamed momos or some cool cafe's that you could hang out at after college!

1. Indian Coffee House, College Street

Located in an area where you'll find the most number of college students, The Indian Coffee house is one of the most affordable places where students can head to get some really good coffee and food. Opened in 1876, although it feels a little old and outdated, this place has a really long history of hosting college students and scholars. The interiors and decor is really simple and minimalistic, which adds to its charm in a certain manner. Apart from being a very affordable place which students can visit often, it is also a book store, meaning students can come here to get a break from all the studying, grab a book, a cup of tea or coffee and just relax. This has been the meeting place for some of the most notable personalities like Rabindranath Tagore and Subhas Chandra Bose, that must tell you something. You'll still find some book lovers sitting around the corner of this bookstore with their book, tea, and samosa accompanying them. If you do visit, you must try their fish cutlet, it's delicious!

Indian Coffee House

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

2. The Grub Club, Golpark

Don't take our word, but ask any student in Southern Avenue about a good hangout place that isn't going to burn a hole in your pocket and they'll all guide you to Grub Club. It's a small establishment which is famous amongst the student community in Kolkata to grab some really good food and a place where you could meet with your buddies after class and chill without worrying about the bill. South Kolkata is known to be posh and some of the best luxury fine-dine restaurants this city has to offer. Among them is Grub Club, priding over their pocket-friendly menu, and overall affordable place where students spend their evenings having a great time. You'll find some nice Chinese cuisine here. The place in itself is nothing special, you have simple seating arrangements and interiors with decent lighting and a great atmosphere. The staff here is very friendly and wouldn't mind having a chat with you! Since this place is always filled with students, you'll always hear laughter and students gossiping and chit-chatting at the place, making it a lively place. Be sure to taste their honey chicken and prawn chop suey, they are delicious!

The Grub Club

INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

3. Olypub, Park Street Area

Opened in 1947, it's one of the oldest bars in the city. It's one of the most popular and famous places you can hang out in the city, an establishment which won't be a burden on your pockets while you enjoy and have a great evening with your friends. Olympus is one of the original bars and restaurants that still stands high and mighty after all these years. Located in one of the most prime locations in town - Park Street, this place is always full, mostly with students and a few regulars who are said to be visiting this place for more than 25 years! This place is well-known by the student community and college goers because of the pocket-friendly menu. The interiors and decor are pretty simple and minimalistic, taking you back to the old days, when bars were just a place to hang out, have a few drinks, and have fun, excluding all the fancy stuff. You will simply want to sit here hours and hours having a few drinks and have a blast with your friends over the weekend without worrying about running out of money. While you're here, you should definitely give their in-house signature dish - Beefsteak and chicken ala only pub!

Olypub

INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

4. Tibetan Delight, Elgin Road

Next up on the list is one of the favorite places to go to have mouth-watering, delicious food, especially momos! You would have to go through narrow lanes near Elgin road to reach this place, it might not look like much from the outside, it's a very small establishment. But, don't for a minute, be fooled by the appearance! they serve some of the best Momos in town. Tibetan Delight is one of the most pocket-friendly places you can visit to have tasty food, which is why it is really popular among college-goers. Once you visit this place and have their food, they serve authentic Tibetan and Chinese cuisines. There's no going back, once you've had the opportunity to visit this place, you'll know how pocket-friendly it is to eat tasty food in the city of joy. You'll definitely want to come again and again. They also serve very tasty Chinese dishes as well! So you're definitely in for a treat when you visit the place. You'll definitely have to try their momos, Cantonese chow mein, and barbeque pork, they are delicious and mouth-watering at an extremely low cost.

Tibetan Delight

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

5. Bachan's Dhaba, Kalighat

This is claimed to be one of the best dhabas in the city serving some of the best North Indian Cuisine. They also serve Chinese and Mughlai delicacies. It is known for the best-experienced staff, appetizing and delectable food. It has tasty food which is very pocket friendly as well. They serve delicious Indian cuisine and it's best for people who are in a hurry and want to have a good dinner, you can order dishes as a takeaway as well, which is pretty fast even when the place is full. Within a budget, you're getting to enjoy the great atmosphere and modern decor along with enjoyable service and well-trained staff at this place. You have to try their tandoori roti, tandoori kebabs, and butter chicken. For desserts, you can try their kulfis, faluda, and ice cream which, in popular guest opinion, is one of the best pocket-friendly yet so tasty desserts. Since its main focus is North Indian cuisine, you can order lassi or lemonade to complete your dining out.

Bachan’s Dhaba

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

6. Denzong Kitchen, Lake Town

In the odd interior lanes of Bikramgarh was its first outlet. It was a little hard to locate initially, but eventually, true momo lovers found this hidden gem of a place. This place serves amazing momos and other Chinese cuisines. If you are in love with cheese and momos, this place is made just to accommodate your urge to satisfy your taste buds. Well, the best part is, you get to have the city's best momos that too for a few bucks. Initially, they used to charge 50 rupees per plate, now the cost has increased but they have not neglected their authenticity. The food tastes amazing now as well so spending 50 bucks more would not even make you crib. They have an open kitchen but they maintain proper hygiene so that the only thing you can worry about what to order next. Try their cheese chicken momos and chicken schezwan fried momos. You can try their dragon chicken as well.

Denzong Kitchen

INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

7. Mud, Gariahat

This cafe is a perfect place to sit, chill and have good food. You can forget about all the worries of the world. That's because this place is Oh! so perfect for Bengalis and oh! the soulful music that plays in the background is therapeutic. The decor is of a Bengali household and to top it all, Rabindrasangeet plays in the background which makes sure to create a homely ambiance to chill and have authentic Bengali cuisine along with some great food that too at affordable rates. You can also choose books from their shelves and read them. In the must-try, there's mutton ghugni, mutton fuchka, mud sandwich (best in Kolkata), fish 'n' chips, and Darjeeling tea. Don't go on the presentation of the Mud cake, because you'll regret it if you don't try it. The staff is very polite and will suggest the new items on their list which you should try, and you won't regret it. Once you drop into the place, you will get a real kick to your thoughts. Want to feel the Bengali culture? Visit this place and let yourself loose.

MUD

INR 550, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

8. Bliss, Hindustan Park

If you're in the mood to eat amazing food and don't really think twice just because of the exteriors of the place, Bliss is the place to head. Not only will you find delicious food, but the ambiance of the place is also second to none. Their Chinese dishes would linger in your mouth for long, even after having the food. They have some delicious combo meals, whose serving is pretty decent to fill your tummy. The quantity is enough for two people. Not only the quantity, but the quality is also amazing. One of the best combos is mix gravy Manchurian noodles and hot garlic chicken. Other best combos include veg Hakka chow, veg Manchurian and exotic vegetables, mixed fried rice and chili chicken, and so on and so forth. Bliss is a very small establishment, more often than not, you probably won't find enough seats for your entire class gang to accommodate, it is recommended that you prefer the takeaway option and enjoy the finger-licking food at the comfort of either your flat or your hostel. You can check out their momos menu and try their pan-fried chicken momos and pan-fried chili chicken as well as their steamed chicken momos. The staff is very polite, and the place is hygenic, which is an added bonus alongside the tasty food. If you want a budget-friendly place but don't want to give up on food quality, then this is the place you're looking for.

Bliss (Credits: Zomato)

INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

9. Gokul Shree, New Alipore

Whether you want to snack on something light or treat your empty stomach, this is your go-to place. All you need is 100 bucks and both your heart and taste bud would be buzzing with joy. You'll get to encounter the simplest yet the most memorable culinary pleasure here. The vada pav is, hands down, the best vada pav in the whole of Kolkata, you could compare the vada pavs found here with the best vada pavs you could find in Juhu in Mumbai, they are that good! They don't only offer the classic vada pav, they also offer different ranges of vada pav, from Italian and Chinese vada pav to cheese vada pav. Want a tip? Add Kesari chai to it, your taste buds would do a victory dance. Apart from this deadly combo, you can also try their Tikki Chola, Indian thali, pav bhaji, dhokla, club kachori, and dabeli. The combo thali contains dum aloo, rice, butter paneer, papad, mini gulab jamun, and raita and they have other options as well like dal makhani and pulao. You won't be disappointed. You can give brownie points because of their low pocket pinch. The place might look small because it was a sweet shop previously, but hands down, it has one of the best meals, vada pav, and chai in Kolkata. Give this place a try and you would love it.

Gokul Shree

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

10. Momo Plaza, Elgin Road

This establishment has been in Kolkata for more than two decades now. It's famous amongst college-goers in the area for serving appetizing momos without hurting your pockets. This is a medium-sized restaurant and its menu mainly contains Tibetan and Chinese cuisine and is also said to be the grandmother of Tibetan restaurants. It is also said to be the oldest momo outlet in South Kolkata. The saying "Don't judge a book by its cover" perfectly sits right with this place. Once you overlook the exteriors and go inside, you would no longer be in doubt. The ambiance is quite pretty and cozy and the decor is very classy. If you are looking for pork dishes, visit this place without giving it a second thought. Pork Kothey and Fried Chicken Momos are the must-try. Their dragon chicken and schezwan noodles also top the chart. If in case you're trying out their rice combos, the rice is enough for 2 adults. Can you believe it? You get both quality and quantity, a rare combo to be found at small establishments these days. Have their chicken momos (it's served with hot broth) because they are the best here, and you can try their Chinese starters as well and it won't disappoint you. The staff is very humble and polite. If you don't want to spend much and still have a good time, this is the perfect place for you.

Momo Plaza

INR 350, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

11. Mitra Cafe, Shobha Bazar

This is an age-old snack-bite place and also the oldest cabins in Kolkata. It's one of those places in Kolkata, which is both affordable and which has maintained its old tradition of serving good food and provide a good ambiance. It's a small and cozy place and has not maintained the decor like the other outlets, but it shows their journey of 100 years through photographs posted on the walls. Every place is famous for something, what's this place famous for? It's known for its mutton brain chops and fish diamond kabiraaji and echoes in the fish fry universe. Not only that, but they also offer other options for you to snack on. Even though the prices might have changed, they have still maintained their authenticity. Amongst their must-try dishes, their fish roll, chicken cutlet, chicken kabiraji, and fish kabiraaji. It serves authentic Bengali dishes as well. Want a tip? Ask them to serve kasundi (mustard sauce) and have it with the dishes, your taste buds will thank you later. It does not even leave a big hole in your pocket, you can get to taste such amazing dishes for a few hundred bucks only. Jot this cafe's name and pay a visit, you would not regret your decision.

Mitra Cafe

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

12. Blossoms, Hatibagan

It is one of the favorite spots among students of many colleges in this area. Blossoms serve amazing Chinese cuisine. The joint has a well-decorated interior and provides a pleasant ambiance for all its customers. They are mostly known for their lip-smacking rolls. Even though the rolling counter is outside, you can ask them to provide the food inside while dining. Some of the dishes that you can order are chicken fried rice or mixed fried rice, schezwan chicken, chili chicken, fresh vets fish, and American chop suey. The staff is very friendly and tries to serve you as soon as possible. Their prices have increased now, but their quality remains undefeated. Try there tutti frutti ice cream as well. The presentation is beautiful and so is the taste of it. You'll get to have good food in a nice ambiance, where humble and polite people serve you good quality food where 1 plate is enough for 2 adults and all of this won't even burn your pocket. Isn't it amazing? Try this place out and you would want to visit here again.

Blossoms

INR 750, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

13. Zam Zam, Park Circus Area

There's not a single foodie, who doesn't love biryani. Since biryani is a savior of hungry souls, your empty pockets at the end of the month should not keep you from having your favorite delicacy. And, that's where Zam Zam comes to rescue those souls by serving the best biryani in Kolkata, that too at affordable rates. If you want to take away then don't be afraid, their packing is good which would prevent the food to spill. This place serves good Mughlai cuisine. You can try their Chicken Chelo kebab, chicken biryani, special mutton biryani, beef malai, and ghol (Burhani) which helps you digest the biryani. Both their quantity and quality of food would surpass your expectations. The ambiance is nice and the staff behavior is also polite. You can order shahi tukda for dessert, which will definitely satisfy your soul.

Zam Zam (Credits: Zomato)

INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps

There you go! You want to go out, have a good time with your friends, without thinking about your pocket? These are all the places you can consider on such occasions. You can sit and chill with your friends and also enjoy the amazing dining experience. The best part is, even if you're treating everybody, ordering food for everyone at these places, it won't burn a hole in your pocket and everyone will go back home with a satisfied soul and tummy. The taste of food will still linger in your mouth and you'll go to sleep thinking about the amazing decision you made of giving a shot to these places.

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