Who doesn’t know that Kolkata loves to eat, also who isn’t well accustomed to our ever famous ‘lyadh’— keeping that in mind, the city has numerous food outlets that cater to ‘lyadh’ when it comes to eating out. So while Drive-Throughs may be a Western concept for those who are in too much of a hurry for a meal and prefer to do so while driving, we have our own desi format. And thus we have places in Kolkata where you can dine in your car
Here’s a list of the places where you can simply park your car and get served in it.
Location: 17/1 B Ballygunge Circular Road, Opposite Ballygunge Military Camp
Timing: 24 hours
Must Try: Chicken Bharta, egg tarka and Chicken Malai Kebab Masala
Located in a rather quiet locality of Ballygunge circular road, Sharma Dhaba is the reason to all the hustle-bustle in this area. The place is flocked by young and old alike; from party goers post-midnight to morning walkers in the wee hours, this place is always full of life.
Russel Punjabi Dhaba
Location: 41 Chowringhee Road
Timing: 6 am to 12:30 midnight
Must Try: Tea, Samosa and different kinds of Parathas
This place has been the typical ‘hangout’ for almost every Kolkattan since times immemorial, there’s some mystical charm about the place that keeps drawing people no matter what—even if they come here every day, it never bores them away.
Location: 26/P Duttabad Road, Sector – 1, Salt Lake
Timing: 6:30 pm to post midnight
Cuisine: Chinese & Indian
Must Try: Cold Coffee with ice cream, Crispy Chilli Babycorn and Chicken Fry
Started off as a tiny road side fast food stall, Goutam’s has worked its way around the food map of the city and currently runs 3 big outlets. The parking here is on the opposite side of the food joint and if you’re visiting post 10:30pm, expect no trouble from the cops if you park right in front of the food joint.
Jai Hind Dhaba
Location: 41/1A Sarat Bose Road
Timing: 12 noon to 2 am
Cuisine: Chinese & Indian
Must Try: Chicken Bharta, Aloo do Piyaza and Dal Makhani
Jai hind Dhaba has been a force to reckon with as far as the Dhaba culture goes in the city, dishing out lip-smacking food at affordable rates has always been their USP. People either dine in their cars, parked right up front or on the opposite side of the road; or some simply prefer sitting in its AC section which but obviously comes with a slight premium on the prices.
Azad Hind Dhaba
Location: 12/1 Ballygunge Circular Road
Timing: 12 noon to 1:30am
Cuisine: North Indian and Rolls
Must Try: Chicken Tikka, Tandoori Pomfret and Paneer Butter Masala
This Dhaba is the only Dhaba in the city that boasts a MF Hussain on one of its walls, too much of art? Not to worry as the place serves one the most delicious tandoori delicacies in the city with their butter smeared naans to go with.
Balwant Singh Dhaba
Location: 10/B Harish Mukherjee Road
Timing: 6 am to 3 am
Cuisine: North Indian -Pure Vegetarian
Must Try: Sarson ka Saag(only in winters), Doodh Fanta and Aloo paratha
This is one of those places in the city which can be called an institution rather than just a Dhaba. Set under a Gurudwara, Balwant Singh’s prepares authentic Punjabi fares like no other in the city. It remains open until the late hours and is a favourite place to dine in the car.
Location: 197, Sarat Bose Road,Desapriya Park,
Timing: 12 Noon to 11 pm
Cuisine: Chinese, Continental and Street Food
Must Try: Crispy Chilli Honey Chicken, Fried Chicken Mayo Wrap
Smokaccino is one of those lesser known places in the ‘dine in your car’ food map, but the place surely has aces up its sleeves with oil free rolls and amazing Crispy Chilli Honey Chicken which the owner boasts are made out of healthiest of ingredients. Talk about healthy binge eating. 😉
Location: 1/2 Lord Sinha Road
Timing: 11 am to 10 pm
Cuisine: South Indian, Vegetarian Fast Food
Must Try: Paw Bhaji, Cheese Masala Dosa and Sandwiches
Mayaram is a favourite with college crowd and families alike, they are famous for their paw bhaji and sandwiches. Dining in a car is possible only after 9 pm though, due to the busy traffic flow in the area during the day.
Location: B66, Sec-B, Tangra, Kolkata, West Bengal 700105
Timing: 10am 9pm
Must Try: Chai and Nimki
The name might spark some intrigue, and rightly so for this box shaped food joint just off E.M. Bypass has become the city’s one of the hottest hangout spots. Serving Chai, nimki and other tea time snacks, The Box is catching up with other tea spots in the city.
Location: 15 C, Sarat Bose Road, Elgin, Kolkata
Timing: 11 AM to 11 PM
Must Try: Bhelpuri, chaats and Paan
Another popular hangout spot in the city, this place is known for street chats and paan. Folks love to park their car by the kerb, and dig into some lip smacking bhelpuri and papri chaat; and then to end it with different kinds of paan they have to offer.
Shibuji and Adjoining Area
Location: 26, Shakespeare Sarani, Theatre Road, Kolkata
Timing: 9 AM to 12:30 AM
Must Try: Soda Sikhanji, Shikanji, Kulfi, Meetha Paan, Ice Cream Soda
This has been a dine in car spot since time immemorial, we Kolkattans love to come here late at night or early evening to dig in the delicious chillas, kulfis and other street food available here along with one of the best soda sikhanji from Shibuji.