09 Apr

Karma Kettle brings to you a plethora of options to eat drink and savor on the first day of the Bengali year 1426


Poila Baisakh is considered as the first day of the new year, for Bengalis. ‘Poila’ means first and ‘Baisakh’ means the first month as per the Bengali calendar. “Nababarsha” (Bengali translation for new year) calls for a holiday among the Bengali diaspora in India and Bangladesh. According to the lunisolar Bengali calendar, 15th of April marks as the first day of the “Baisakh” month.


The history of Bengali New Year dates back to the Mughal reign of Akbar, when he devised a a new calendar which merged together the Islamic calendar and the historical Bengali calendar for the people who were entirely dependent on the agricultural products. Therefore, the calendar was named the Bangla calendar and the beginning of the calendar was known as the Poila Baisakh.


On this auspicious day, Bengali families come together to celebrate the special occasion with their near and dear ones. Everyone dressed in their best, greet each other Happy New Year by wishing ‘ShuvoNoboborsho’ and the Bengali penchant for enjoying good food comes through best on Poila Baisakh.


Here are the top places to visit on the auspicious day and enjoy a poila baisakh special menu:


Breakfast – The kickstart to the special day should be with a good cup of tea and a scrumptious breakfast platter.


  1. Flurys- Park Street Area

The old heritage breakfast place in the City of Joy,is everybody’s favorite. You must visit this place for the classic English breakfast.

Timings –7:30-10:45pm, Mon-Sun


  1. Karma Kettle – Swinhoe Street

Karma Kettle teas have a lovely brew with a fragrance that will soothe your senses. Bengali New Year celebration is incomplete without the Gora Saheb High Tea set which consists of a pot of premium loose leaf tea along with sandwiches, quiche and much more.

Timings – 12 noon- 8 pm, Tues-Sun


  1. 8th Day Café & Bakery – Park Circus and Southern Avenue

Indulge yourself in a coffee spree along with delicious bagels and warps.

Timings – 9am-9pm, Mon-Sun


  1. Ekdalia Rd.- Ekdalia Road

A rustic décor and teal blue interior welcomes you to this European-American food joint, where you get delicious sandwiches and pasta.

Timings –8am-11pm, All days


  1. Paris Café- Block EP XI-I, South City Pinnacle, Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata

If you want a hint of Paris in Kolkata, drop in at Paris Café which offers macaroons and rainbow cake.

Timings – 8:30am-10pm, Mon-Sun



Lunch – If you are starting off your BengaliNew Year post noon, then tick off one of the ideal places to visit for lunch on this auspicious day.


  1. Oh! Calcutta – Forum mall, Silver Spring Arcade

Who doesn’t love the entire spread served at this famous Bengali cuisine outlet? If you haven’t tried their daab chingri and kosha mangsho, you are missing out on a lot of great things.

Timings – 12:30-3:30pm, 7-11pm, Mon-Sun


  1. 6 Ballygunge Place- Ballygunge and Sector 1 Salt Lake

Another famous restaurant to go for is this one. Try their speciality bhetki paturi and fish thali.

Timings – 12:30-3:30pm, 7-10:30pm, Mon-Sun


  1. Kasturi – Ballygunge

If you are fond of Bangladeshi food or want to try the Bangladeshi cuisine, this should definitely be on your list. Close your eyes and order the famous kochu chingri and mutton dak bunglow.

Timings – 12-10:30pm, Mon-Sun


  1. Bongnese – Sector 3 Salt Lake

From mochar chop to Chittolmacchermuittha and dhokardalna to daabchingri, this place offers them all in a pocket friendly price.

Timings – 11am-11pm, Mon-Sun


  1. Saptapadi- Golpark

Located in the lanes of busy South Kolkata, this restaurant is quite a famous spot on this popular day. Remember to order jumbo prawns and the chicken curry.

Timings – 12-10:30pm, Mon-Sun



Tea time– This PoilaBaisakh 2019, head out for an evening drive to one of the famous snacks places in town with your dear ones.


  1. Karma Kettle – Swinhoe St

Known for its wide selection of gourmet teas and wooden interiors, this place will definitely provide you with a one of a kind afternoon tea experience. Sip on a cup of famous travel teas like Gulmarg, Benares and Nathula along with a plate of steaming hot chicken momos.

Timings – 12 noon- 8 pm, Tues-Sun


  1. The Greenhouse Café- Southern Avenue

This pet-friendly café is known for its cute décor, coffee and Oreo shake.

Timings – 11am-12 midnight, Mon-Sun

  1. Calcutta 64 – Sector 1 Salt Lake

The place offers lip-smacking burgers and shakes.

Timings – 11:30am-11pm, Mon-Sun

  1. Artsy – 230/B, Acharya Jagadish Chandra Bose Rd, Minto Park

This hidden gem is quite popular in both in terms of good food and décor. If you are visiting this place, try their cappuccino, mushroom pate and salad.

Timings –9am-9pm, Mon-Sun

  1. Cafe Sienna – Hindustan Park

This aesthetic, cozy café provides varieties of teas along with healthy salads.

Timings – 11:30am-9:30pm, Mon-Sun



Dinner–End the Bengali new year 2019 on a good note with a good food, good drinks and good music,

  1. Novotel –New Town

Enjoy the Noboborsho special “MaachMishti Moments” buffet ( 12th to 15th April, 2019) at The Square, Novotel.

Timings – 8pm-11pm, Mon-Sun

  1. Sonar Tori- City Centre, Salt Lake

This casual dining restaurant is known for a classic Bengali décor and food. Two of the top dishes to order here would be chicken kebab and non-veg thali.

Timings- 12:30pm- 11pm, Mon-Sun

  1. Salt House– Theatre Road

The place has quirky options when it comes to food like Kiwi & pomegranate bellini and chingri herbs paprika garlic butter

Timings – 12noon – 12 midnight, Mon-Sun


  1. Bohemian- Ballygunge

Bohemian has colorful interiors and offers Bengali, seafood and North Indian cuisine. Desserts like Tender Coconut mousse and Cheesecake Malpua are a must try.

Timings – 12noon – 3:30pm, 7pm – 11pm

  1. Spice Kraft- Ballygunge

Last but not the least, if your taste buds are screaming for fusion food, this restaurant will definitely live up to your expectations. Try the molecular mocktails and the shepherd’s pie.

Timings – 11am-11pm, Mon-Fri; 11am-3pm, 6-11pm, Sat-Sun



These places are bound to amplify your joy on PoilaBoishak and make you and your loved ones feel happy . If you have more names in your mind, do share with us in the comments below.


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