This article was updated in 2021.
Everybody in the city of joy - Kolkata loves food, there's no denying that fact. Calcuttans love to try new food to keep their taste buds satisfied.
People in Kolkata can eat all sought of food - spicy, sweet, tangy, fusion. They like to try and if they like something, they'll continue going there or making that dish.
Bengali cuisine is well known all over the world and yes people here love their food. But they also love trying out new dishes and cuisines, Middle Eastern cuisine or Mediterranean cuisine is one of the cuisines that Bengali's have tried and loved. The trend of Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine is slowly getting attraction as more and more people have started going to places where you'll find tasty food in restaurants all across the city that serves mouth-watering delicacies from the Middle East.
Lebanese food is considered to be very healthy and tasty and at the same time very reasonable for everyone to enjoy. Lebanese food is known for its simple appearance and use of fresh ingredients. The food lover in everybody must have heard of shawarma and tried it at least once and absolutely loved it right? shawarma is a Lebanese delicacy, which is loved and enjoyed by millions of people around the world. Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine is heavily influenced by meat, the majority of their dishes include some form of meat. But there's no need to worry, as there are some really tasty dishes that are vegetarian as well.
If you're in Kolkata and you are seriously craving some really delicious Lebanese and Mediterranean food, it has some wonderful places you can go to and indulge yourself in some of the best dishes, so delicious that after having them, you'll feel that you are transported to Saudia, sitting outside a souk and having delicious food after a day full of shopping!
Well, Lebanese food is not only about shawarma, it's more than that. So, here is a list of restaurants that you can go to and the food that you can try over there. Let's hop into it right now:
1. Souk, Taj Bengal
Souk is the perfect example of the brand name Taj. It's a luxurious hotel which has been running for a very long time. It's an ideal blend of Mediterranean cuisines of the East Med, Southern Europe, and North Africa. Even though its dining is expensive, the ambiance and the mouth-watering food will let you forget about your pocket because the dishes will remind you of a typical souk. The interior and decor, although simplistic, are very elegant. The seating arrangement is also very spacious and provides good privacy for you to have romantic conversations with your partner while biting tasty pita bread and hummus. There might have plenty of places opened up in Kolkata that might serve Lebanese cuisine, both expensive and affordable places, but Souk still remains at the top restaurants that serve authentic Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine. Their menu entirely is truly amazing, if you have the appetite, we would suggest trying their entire menu, since the menu curated will bring you to the Middle East. But if you don't have such a humongous appetite, you must definitely try their Muhammara, Baklava - one of the really delicious desserts of the middle east!, Hummus Beiruty, Kibbeh, Fattoush, and B'stilla which is a meat pie. For desserts, try their Moroccan mint tea and rose petal ice-cream. Offering medley flavors from Lebanese, Egyptian, Syrian, Palestine, Greek cuisines, the restaurant is a real treat for all your senses. Craving for Lebanese? Souk's calling!
INR 3,700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google maps
2. Go Lebanese, Southern Avenue
If you really are craving some authentic Lebanese food, and not just your regular shawarma and falafel, but beyond that, then this is the place to go! Go Lebanese is known to be one of the oldest Lebanese restaurants and some of the best establishments in Kolkata to satisfy your taste buds. This is one of those establishments which can be counted in the most affordable list as well, Go Lebanese is an establishment that would be more preferred as a takeout place rather than dining, but never underestimate their food quality and food taste. They serve really delicious food, just passing by this establishment, the aromas would make you weak in your knees and would want you to stop whatever you're doing and make you try at least something of their menu and you would not be able to stop if you have something off their menu, you'll then want to have a complete meal, only then will your taste buds be satisfied. You can consider this establishment as one of the street food joints in Kolkata which can battle at equals terms and stand on its own with Bengal's own street food. Some of their best tries that should definitely be on your plate when visiting Go Lebanese should be: first and foremost, the obvious ones - chicken shawarma and pita bread and hummus, some of the other lesser-known dishes that you should try are: Fishshish touk, Irani seek Kebab, Semak wrap, and Lebanon BBQ chicken.
INR 300, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
3. Shawarma Nation, Salt Lake
No introductions needed for this place, as the name suggests, Shawarma nation has some of the best Shawarmas in town. This is a very small, but really cute food place where you can head with friends to grab a bite of your favorite Lebanese food. One of the reasons this establish is a favorite is because it serves a very healthy menu and the taste is also amazing, second to none. People who have visited once would definitely visit it again and again. Shawarma has sort of becoming a street food which many prefer because it is easy on the pocket and good for your health. If you find an establishment like the Shawarma nation which serves such delicious food, it'll sure be well-known among food lovers. Shawarma nation is a self-service establishment that has a very nice outdoor seating arrangement, you could enjoy the most during the evenings of the winter season. Apart from shawarma, this establishment is known for really really good fusion delicacies as well like the shawarma-infused burgers. Although being kind of a small street food establishment, there has been no compromise when it comes to hygiene, they have given hygiene the utmost importance which has enabled them to gain the trust of their customers that the food prepared is healthy and hygienic. Taking about their must-try dishes, you will definitely have their signature shawarma's: chicken shawarma and surprisingly, their veg falafel is equally amazing, so for all the vegetarians, there are some really good vegetarian options as well. Then there are their unique shawarma-infused burgers, which you must try at least once, try their Moroccan Falafel burger to treat your taste buds with the ultimate Lebanese-Moroccan dish.
INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
4. Mezze - Quest Mall, Ballygunge
Ever found something really good out of a place where you least expected it? Mezze is one of those establishments! Located inside the Quest mall food court is a small counter that serves Lebanese cuisine and trusts us when we tell you, you'll find some of the best Lebanese meals in Kolkata here. Going to a movie at Quest mall and arrived a little early? Head to Mezze and have their Mezze platter, you'll be in absolute bliss, you'll be so engrossed in the delicious food that you might even miss your movie! This is one of the hidden gems of Kolkata. You must definitely keep this place in mind when thinking about having really good Lebanese cuisine and Mediterranean cuisine. You might ignore this establishment since it fit in the food court of a mall, thinking about the ambiance and food quality, we thought the same unless we tasted the food here, you'll forget about everything, the crowd surrounding you, the hustle of a mall and the reason why you were in the mall, in the first place! You'll find good options in both veg and non-veg. Along with the usual shawarma's, you'll even find really good rolls and subs as well. Once again, to our surprise, they serve sizzlers as well, which are so good, it could rival sizzlers served at some of the best fine-dining restaurants in the city. Everything on their menu is equally delicious and mouth-watering, but you do have to give their platters a try, both veg, and non-veg. On top of all this, this establishment is super friendly in your pockets as well, giving you even more reasons to visit Mezze again.
INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
5. Lebanese Junction Steak House, Hatibagan
Another small and cozy establishment known to serve amazing authentic Lebanese meals to all the food lovers in North Kolkata. Slowly, Lebanese cuisine is becoming a part of Kolkata street food culture, more and more Lebanese restaurants and establishments are opening up. Through all that competition if an establishment manages to make a name for themselves, they deserve a portion in this list. Lebanese Junction is that place. The place is really small, with very basic interiors and decor creates a very friendly and homely vibe. People love to visit this place to hang out and spend some time with each other and have some of the best Lebanese food this city has to offer. This place would be especially beloved by all meat lovers in town, you get a wide variety of non-veg dishes at this place that would make you drool just by the aroma. As soon as you enter Lebanese Junction, you'll find yourself in a room filled with the aromas of really well-cooked and tasty dishes. As the name suggests, this establishment serves the best steak, both veg and non-veg which are both equally delicious and a treat to your taste buds. If you are ever near this establishment, visit the place, we are not saying you to eat there, just enter the place once, the aromas would do the rest of the job. You will definitely visit it twice or even thrice! and you would have to, in order to try everything on their menu which is a must! Do try their signature dish: steak - both chicken and veg options., spaghetti with meatballs, veg lasagne, chelo kebab, bacon-wrapped prawns, and to end your meal caramel custard.
INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
6. The Shack Lounge, Ballygunge
This rooftop restaurant is the place to go if you're in the mood to have delicious Lebanese and Mediterranean cuisine with an amazing view to accompany. Be sure to dress up because you'll want to click a lot of photos for your Instagram! Visit this cafe-style restaurant in the evenings to make the most of your time there and to spend some really good time either with your friends or your special person. The elegant interiors with amazing lighting create a spectacular vibe for you to jam. Which all sums up an amazing ambiance. You could visit this cafe in the daytime as well to enjoy the vibrant colors the interiors are painted with, overall, you'll get an amazing experience and very good food. You can enjoy your delicious food with sheesha, taking advantage of the open-air seating, it'll be a fun time to spend the evening with your friends. The staff also are very friendly and welcoming. There's good music playing in the background to keep the mood going and board games to keep you entertained. from their menu, the must-try dishes are Greek salad, falafel pita pockets, definitely try their Lebanese mayonnaise.
INR 700, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
7. Royal Lebanese, Sarat Bose Road
Located on the busy and always hustling Sarat Bose Road, Royal Lebanese is one such restaurant that you would easily miss out on. But don't make that mistake, if you want to miss out on the chance to have some of the best Lebanese food in the entire city of Kolkata. Don't be fooled by the small size of this place. They could if they wanted to invest crazy amounts of money on infrastructure and make the place look gorgeous, but instead, they focused all the way on their food taste and quality, and sure have they got the right results. Once you try their food, there's no going back. You have not tasted Lebanese cuisine until you have dined here at least once! Their food is to die for, their regular customers can vouch for that. Every food lover should come to this place and try their food. As mentioned before, they haven't invested much in the exteriors and interiors of the building, that being said the place looks just fine, with simple seating arrangement and soft music playing in the background, the entire place gives out a very friendly and homely vibe. The staff is also very courteous and would make you feel at home. Their must-tries should definitely be their shawarma's and pita bread and hummus.
INR 600, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
8. Lebneh, Hazra
With so many new places opening in Kolkata that serve Lebanese food, Lebneh is one of those few restaurants that still stands strong. It's one of the most sought-after establishments if you'd like to try out some Lebanese delicacies. Positioned in one of the posh areas of the city - South Kolkata, the establishment in itself doesn't scream luxury. It's one of those establishments where you would rather prefer a takeaway and enjoy the food at the comfort of your house. An interior is a small place capable of seating 16 people at once. The seating arrangement is a little cramped and the interior is also not that great, but it does make it up by serving delicious food, which is what Lebneh is known for and why people visit them again and again. That's their selling point, their food, which they are proud of, and which they should be. They give a tough time to all the big and established names of other fine-dining restaurants. Priced at very affordable rates, Lebneh is surely a pocket-friendly place where you can taste good Lebanese food without worrying about your pockets. You should definitely give their Arabic chicken grilled shawarma and their chicken shish taouk, they are amazing and people's favorite.
INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
9. The Arab Knights, Metropolis Mall
One more place you could straight away head if you're a food lover and love Lebanese cuisine especially. Their lip-smacking, mouth-watering food is something you don't want to miss if you're in Kolkata. With so many establishments in Kolkata coming up, serving Lebanese food, this one is quite unknown. You could consider this to be a secret trump card in the deck of restaurants that serve delicious Lebanese food. But you could consider this one as an ace within the deck. We have had some of the best food in the most uncommon places. The Arab Knights is one of them. Situated in the metropolis mall, this small counter in their food court is definitely worthy of our compliments. Their arousing kebabs and Arabic-styled grilled shawarma's are to die for. You'll be forced to stop at the counter by the aroma of hot and fresh kebabs put on display, you'll surely be tempted to stop your shopping spree and treat yourself to the amazing food they serve. Apart from the kebabs and shawarma's, they also serve biryani's and sizzlers, which are equally tasty. If you ever happen to visit the mall, do have a pit-stop at the Arab Knights and try their special zafrani Khaas biryani, egg chicken shawarma, and Lebanese Mahtab cheese kebab.
INR 500, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
10. Arslan, Park Street
We all know that Kolkata is a city of flavors and spices. There are tons of restaurants and establishments where you can find almost all kinds of cuisines and food dishes. If you're in the mood for some good Mediterranean cuisine or Mughlai cuisine, and you love biryani's, you should visit Arslan to try some of the best biryani's in this part of the country, with emphasis on "Should"! The name Arslan is one that every Calcutta would stand behind if you ask where can you find good biryani. Arslan is the equivalent of Paradise biryani of Hyderabad. Every food lover in the city has definitely been to Arslan at least a couple of times. They have a few branches across the city, but we would recommend the one in Park Street, the staff there is very friendly and courteous. Talking about the establishment itself, it's nothing fancy, simple from the outside and the inside as well. With simple decor and seating arrangement, with a simple menu, nothing is out of the ordinary or stands out, that is until the food comes to your tables. That is when the magic strikes, you'll be in bliss simply by the aroma of your food. Their signature dish and must-try is the mutton biryani.
INR 1000, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
11. Nizam's, New Market Area
Another amazing place in this place that offers some really tasty food, which will leave you asking for more. They are very well known as the inventors of the Kathi rolls. Situated in the busy streets of the new market area, you will know that this establishment is not only famous for its Kathi rolls but also for its biryani and kebabs. You'll find all the kinds of biryani here - veg, egg, chicken, and mutton, you name it and they'll serve it to you. They also have not invested more in the looks of the place, although it doesn't look bad, to begin with, they have a very simple appearance both on the outside and inside, with basic decor and simple table-chair seating arrangement with little table fans hanged on the walls. Their must-try dishes are egg biryani and beef kebabs.
INR 450, Cost for 2 | Open in Google Maps
Kolkata - the city of joy, is well known for its cultural and historic diversity, also known as a heaven for foodies is blessed with some amazing restaurants and establishments spread all across the city for food lovers to enjoy the good food of every cuisine from all over the world. You can find a huge variety of options all the way from Phucka's to sushi's to Kathi roll's to dosa's to Pizzas to Rasgulla's and the list continues.
With the trend of global cuisine increasing in the country, the number of Lebanese and Middle Eastern cuisine is also on the rise and the city has not been behind on catching up on this trend. Every few couples of months there are new establishments and restaurants opening up which are offering delicious food from the famous cuisine to this part of the country. This cuisine offering some really tasty and healthy options for foodies to have without worrying about either their pockets or their health.
The list above is just a special few of the numerous options this city has to offer to foodies so that they can enjoy the delicacies of the Middle East without actually having to cross the oceans.