Ramzan is just ended, and the zeal over Kolkata's Kebab street Zakaria street is growing year by year. This is 4th July of 2017 and we had Ramzan on 25-26th June. During the Ramzan days I had a visit into Zakaria St. without any homework. I just googled it and visited the damn place - directly through the Nakhoda Masjid's gate on Central Avenue, opposite to Md. Ali Park. I just went straight and soon met the crowd of Ramzan, the narrower street by the middle-of-the-road stalls across the Zakaria st, till the road ended at Rabindra Sarani and Nakhoda Masjid crossing.
|@Dilli6_Zakaria Street #Ramzan #Kebab #Tandoori|
But I found that the top food stalls during Ramzan days over there are Dilli 6 and Tashkeen, full of crowd from all over the Calcutta. These two are selling mostly chicken items.
The old charms like Bombay Hotel, Sufia, Yadgar Hotel (who serve beef) are hidden by the stalls and crowd.
However on 4th of July, I took a revisit with an old friend of mine. Now I made some homework - read some articles over internet, saw some youtube video. So this time I started the journey from Phears Lane to Zakaria st.
The road map is here: Google Maps
Guide: Start from New CIT Road (starting point, or point A), opposite to Central Metro Medical College Gate. On point B take a right turn. and continue straight across the Phears Lane. On point B you can smell the charcoal burnt meat. As you continue across Phears lane, you can see the road turns narrower distally. At point C it is Adam's Kebab shop and go straight. At point D it's Dilshop Kebabwala. .From here you take right and soon left to reach point E i.e. the famous Zakaria street. From there go straight - at point F it's Dilli 6 and Taskeen's. At point F it's Bombay Hotel and if you go further straight it's Nakhoda Masjid and Rabindra Sarani crossing.
Just stare diagonally from Bombay Hotel, you can see Taskeen and Dilli 6 - they are strictly no beef and fully operational during Ramzan days. Post Eid you can find lacklustre two foodjoints, with almost no customers.
There are several Youtube video on Zakaria street. However I find this one (link) from Indrajit Lahiri is best to guide you.
What not to miss during Phears Lane and Zakaria Street Food Walk:
1. Adam's Kebab - Boti and Sutli KebabMd. Salauddin Niazi is the head and hand of this small kebab shop and he has some magic to melt the fibrous beef meat into soft juicy kebabs.
As we visited this place, he was making Suta Kebabs and on asking we came to know that Boti Kebabs will be made later. It's something like we saw in the parar chop er dokan. Phase by phase he prepares suta and boti kebab.
|Suta Kababs are grilling....|
2. Hazi Nizammuddin's Gulab Jamun
We skipped this desert part as both of us are not fond of misti.
3. Dilshad's Kebabs - Khiri kebab and Dahi Kebab
Dilshad's kebab shop has no hoarding, and I am sure that unless you had a visit here previously you will miss it for first chance. Just like the parar best cha er dokan people gather here for best of kebabs - Khiri and Dahi kebab.
Bombay Hotel is one of the oldest eatery house which is often ignored due to Sufia and Royal. On the Ramzan days you can have the haleem. But on regular days Bombay serves tandoori rooti, beef bhuna, beef keema, and beef chanp which beats any five star hotel's cuisines by 10 goals. Don't go by its ambience or cleanliness.
4. Bombay Hotel - Beef bhuna and Beef Chanp
I tried their bhuna, and it is marvelously awesome. And I am telling you it's not rich but you can feel the spices and that heavenly goodness.
|Tandoori Rooti @Bombay Hotel|
|Beef Bhuna @Bombay Hotel|