Aditi Sarawagi

Best Roadside / Punjabi Dhabas in Kolkata

April 26, 2018

A city is known by its food and any food list is incomplete without a mention of everyone’s favourite Dhabas! Kolkata is no far behind when it comes to the love of food and has a number of dhabas across the city which are loved by one and all. Here is a list of the Best Dhabas in Kolkata!

Azad Hind Dhaba

Azad-Hind-Dhaba kolkata

A favourite place to eat at midnight or even after that. Service is super fast and it is one of the oldest dhabas in the city. Pocket friendly prices and open till late night. What else does anyone want?! Its specialties are its tandoori items which make it a must visit. Ambiance is good and you can see people from all age groups here. One of the best places in Kolkata that gives you a real taste of north Indian food. Serves both vegetarian and non-vegetarian fare.

Where:  12/1, Ballygunge Circular Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata Call: 033-24866475 Cost for Two: Rs. 600/- approx. Timing: 11:30 AM to 1:30 AM      

Bachans's Dhaba

bacahan's dhaba The place is quite old yet has it's own speciality. Prompt service that also provides you good North Indian Food. The butter chicken is hard to miss here. Where: T 39A, Rash Behari Avenue, Kalighat, Kolkata Call: 033 2466 3405 Cost: Rs. 600/- approx. Timings: 11:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Jai Hind Dhaba

jai hind dhaba kolkata

The food here is considered to be the most authentic Punjabi food available in Kolkata. You can gauge this place’s popularity by the fact that you can see huge crowds here even post midnight. Quick home delivery is also one of their fortes and Jai Hind is a must visit for Dhaba lovers.

Where:  41/1A, Sarat Bose Road, Paddapukur, Kolkata Call:033-64178433 Cost for Two: Rs. 500/- approx. Timing: 12 Noon to 2 AM           

Honey Da Dhaba

honey da dhaba kolkata

This is a perfect family place for a Sunday evening dinner or even a late night sojourn. Customer favorites include tangri kabab, Kadai Chicken and Kashmiri Pulao and not to forget the huge glasses of Lassi which are an absolute delight. Honey da Dhaba is a complete package of delicious food at a reasonable price.  It is a spacious place and service is prompt.

Where: P54, C.I.T. Road, Scheme 6M, Near ESI Hospital, Kankurgachi Call: 033-23556802 Cost for Two: Rs. 800/- approx. Timing: 12 Noon to 12 Midnight  

 Rang De Basanti Dhaba

Rang-De-Basanti-Dhaba The place offers a complete feel of a highway dhaba. A tractor is placed at the entrance making for a spectacular impression. It is located in the prime area of Sector V, the IT hub of the city along with many colleges in the area. It has ample parking space as well making it an even more preferred place.  The interiors are great and special mention must be made of the fantastic lighting. The Dhaba gives you a complete feel of Punjab.

Where: DN 37, Sector 5, Salt Lake, Kolkata Call: 033-40061010 Cost for Two: Rs. 700/- approx. Timing: 11 AM to 1 AM             

Sharma Dhaba

Sharma Dhaba

One of the few joints which remains open for 24 hours, it is Kolkata’s favourite place for a post party hang out! Food is piping hot and tastes good at all hours and even though it is a very small joint, you will always find it crowded and busy even late at night. The prices are reasonable and it is a must try for all foodies.

Where: 17/1B, Ballygunge Circular Road, Ballygunge, Kolkata 700019 Call: 8420429654 Cost for Two: Rs. 500/- approx. Timing: 24 Hours      

Russell Punjabi Dhaba

russel punjabi dhaba kolkata

This is one of the few places which open really early. It’s specialty is the khullar of piping hot masala tea and their spicy samosa and nimki. This place is famous for drive ins and car service. This is one of the most popular places of the city and every Calcuttan will have been here at least once.

Where: Shop No. 41, Chowringhee Road, Kankaria Estates, Park Street Call:  9163617947 Timing: 6:00 am – 12:00 am

Balle Balle Dhaba

 balle balle dhaba

This Dhaba gets top marks for decor and ambiance and a great set of music always playing in the background. The food is appetizing and is appropriately priced. The interiors of this place have turned into a favourite with the crowds and the yummy food and prime location has made this dhaba a frequent haunt for Kolkata.

Where: DC 27/26, Near City Centre 1, Sector 1, Salt Lake, Kolkata Call: 033-40442294 Cost for Two: Rs. 800/- approx. Timing: 12 Noon to 2 AM        


shere punjab Kolkata This place is a little far but the travelling is worth it.  It is overall a very nice place with good food at reasonable prices. People who prefer long drives often choose this place and you will find it jam packed at all times especially during evenings and during festivals and special occasions.

Where: Sukanta Nagar, Near Micheal Nagar Post Office, Jessore Road. Call: 033-25672848 Cost for Two: Rs. 600/- approx. Timing: 11 AM to 12 Midnight            

Balwant Singh’s Eating House


One of the few joints who are open till around 4:00 in the morning this place is a life saver for all those people who like to enjoy the night life of the city. This is also one of the few places where you can get steaming hot tea at  3:00 in the morning. Anyone who has been to this place will vouch for its India-famous specialty-doodh cola- a mix of milk and Coke (yes!) which you will find nowhere else! It is a must try! This place is always crowded-be it night or day and always welcoming.

Where: 10/B, Harish Mukherjee Road, Bhawanipur, Kolkata Call: 9903975361 Cost for Two: Rs. 500/- approx. Timing: 4 AM to 3 AM