The lanes of Lake Market hold a special place in the hearts of people who love their idlis and their dosas. This part of town is dotted with iconic restaurants serving the most authentic South Indian dishes in Kolkata. It is here that you’ll find the crispiest of dosas and the fluffiest of idlis. Due to an abundance of South Indian families who settled here after independence, this particular part of Kolkata is famous for its South Indian food and attracts foodies from all across the city. Team Beacon Kolkata went on a South Indian breakfast hunt and here’s our pick of the best South Indian breakfast places in Kolkata.
Located at the heart of Rashbehari Avenue, many foodies swear by this iconic South Indian restaurant. They serve authentic South Indian dishes and they have a large menu with a variety of thalis and mini meals as well. They open shop at 8am.
Most popular item: Cheese Mysore Masala Dosa
What to order: Uttapam platter with five different varieties, upma, filter coffee, paper masala dosa, Podi dosa
Pocket pinch: INR 400 for two.
Location: Rash Behari Avenue, Lake Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata 700026
Prema Vilas is another legendary South Indian restaurant located opposite Lake Mall. This 60+ year old food joint opens shop at 7 am.
Most popular item: Dancing Coffee
What to order: Dhania Dosa, Rasam Idli, Puttu Kadala (available only on weekends), and Cheese Sada Dosa
Pocket pinch: INR 300 for two.
Location: 63, Rash Behari Avenue, Opp. Lake Market, Kolkata 700026
Tucked in a by-lane in Deshapriya Park, this restaurant is your go-to place if you’re craving some Udipi style food. Their crispy dosas and rava idlies are to die for and apart from the usual Sambar and coconut chutney, they also serve a green and red chutney. They open shop at 7:30 am.
Most popular item: Cheese Rava Dosa
What to order: Pongal, Upma, Sada Vada, Filter Coffee
Pocket pinch: INR 250 for two.
Location: Hemanta Mukherjee Sarani, Lake Terrace, Ballygunge, Kolkata 700029
Dosa @ Twist
This one’s for all the non-veg lovers craving some South Indian food. Dosa @ twist will satisfy all your meat cravings in a South style. They are located at Deshapriya Park beside Zeeshan and open shop at 11:30 am.
Most popular item: Chicken Cheese Dosa, Button Idly in Chicken Curry
What to order: Pizza Dosa, Chocolate Dosa, Chocolate Idli, Mutton Cheese Dosa
Pocket pinch: INR 300 for two
Location: 93A, Sarat Bose Rd, Manoharpukur, Kalighat, Kolkata 700029
Rao’s Udipi Home
Established in 1969, this place has hosted APJ Abdul Kalam, and is a favourite haunt of many upper middle class bhodroloks. You’ll see a plethora of big cars lined up outside the restaurant on most Sundays and they open shop at 7:30 am.
Most popular item: Dhania dosa with watermelon cooler
What to order: Onion uttapam, Tomato Rice, Buttermilk, Filter Coffee
Pocket pinch: INR 400 for two
Location: 25, Jatin Das Road, Opposite Carfill Petrol Pump, Kolkata 700029
Ramakrishna Lunch Home
This place arguably has the best idlis in town. They open shop at 6 AM and by 6:30 AM, all the tables are occupied. Their sambar and chutney are iconic and this joint is better known as Bhupendra Mansion.
Most popular item: Idly
What to order: Filter Coffee, Masala Vada, Uttapam, Upma, Paper Masala Dosa, Butter Masala Dosa, Vada Sambar
Pocket pinch: INR 200 for two.
Location: Bhupendra Mansion, 36, Kabi Bharati Sarani, Sarat Bose Road, Southern Avenue, Kolkata