58 Reviews / 70 Ratings
Quality going down
Peter cat, a name that has been in and around the foodies of Kolkata for quite a long time now it seems, probably one of the oldest and classiest name people in Kolkata had grown up hearing about. The one thing that instantly comes to mind upon hearing peter cat is the famous chello kebab, the quality of which I am afraid has degraded over the years. This place has now lost once its former glory. Located in one of the most classiest parts of the town, peter cat still has its charm. The decor is not something to catch the eye, the food quality is moderately good and the quantity is also good, particularly good for casual dining. The place is also not that much expensive considering the other restaurants located in the vicinity. The food takes a bit of time to arrive and it is usually very busy with large number of people always gushing in.
Lunch at ‘Peter Cat’
This place is a legend. The restaurant is located in Park Street and is one of the most famous restaurants in the city. Over the years, every Calcuttan with an inclination towards good food has atleast visited this place once if not more. I went there with my friend (Dipak), I think this is my 50th visit to this place or may be more. The atmosphere inside is just awesome with soft dim lights, the cat shaped menu card and smells of kebabs & sizzlers all around to make your tongue tickling. We straight order their signature dish 'Chelo Kebab'. The 'Chelo Kebab' of Peter Cat is still consistently good after all these years and a favourite for most regulars in this joint.
If you are a regular customer, you know what I’m talking about, but if you are a newcomer do try the Chelo Kebab (An absolute Delight). Peter cat is also known for its sizzlers. The mutton hamburger steak and the tandoori mixed grill are highly recommended. Most of their sizzlers are served with grilled vegetables or potato mash. My experience at this place has always been great. Maybe just slightly on the expensive side, but the quality of the time spent makes up for it. Highly recommended if you want to soak a bit of Park Street and a bit of Kolkata as well as enjoy good food.
Good food horrible service
If you're white then you're ushered in on a red carpet. The staff at the entrance are racists and racists and chauvinistic. The seating order is supposed to be on a first come first serve basis but this is FAKE- if you bribe the man at the gate then you can get through and the so called manager or head waiter is also privy to this! If you're the first one in line be prepared to wait for an hour even if there are empty tables because you're a woman and there are unofficial places reserved for men only ! Talk about equality ! Disgusting service
Horrible Behaviour of Manager!!!
We were shocked that the Peter Cat manager prohibited us from cutting my wife's Birthday Cake when we went there on 20th July 2014. The manager rudely prevented us from cutting the cake and we had to leave in disgust.
Think they are taking customers for granted.
My Favourite Diner!
This has to be one of my favourite places to dine at in Kolkata. I have been going there as a kid. It's been 24 years and their quality has never disappointed me. You have to try out their dish 'Chelo Kebab'. It was THE dish which can cheer me up anytime of the day. :) If you are going there during weekends, be prepared to wait for at least 45 mins as that's how popular it is. It is full during the week as well!
Chello Kebab and Dansberg. Killer Combination
Whenever I visit Peter Cat, Chello Kebab and Dansberg Beer is a must have on my list. The Chello kebab is not heavy on the pocket and is quite filling. Dansberg beer which is exclusively available here is a delight for beer fans. If you are a foodie and happen to visit Kolkata, do visit Peter Cat.
Peter Cat has always been and still remains one of the best places in town for getting a good meal. Their famous chelo kabab and sizzlers really do live up to the hype. The ambiance is plain but classy. And while it is a bit expensive it is definitely worth it.
disapointed over chelo kabab
It was a wish nurtured for toooooo long- to have chelo kabab in Peter Cat. Since I am not basically from Kolkata, so never tasted Kolkata food much. Now when I go to Kolkata have to visit my in-laws and other relatives places, and after eating there it is really difficult to make some place in stomach for some restaurant food.
We went to Kolkata during Holi, and this time we targeted two thingsone, we should go to either Peter Cat or Mocambo and two- we should go to Tengra for Chinese food.
So one fine day I went to Peter Cat for the famous chelo kabab. We went around at 8PM, and even that time also there was decent waiting. We had to wait for almost 202-5 minutes. The sad part is- there is no waiting lounge. So one had to loiter around on the street.
Ordered just one chelo kabab as had the plan of completing the next part of meal in Mocambo (more restaurants per meal ? ). It came, we tasted and got disappointed. I mean, comeone, we had heard so many things about Chelo Kababeverytime a friend visits Kolkata he/she goes to Peter Cat for chelo kabab and post that in FB. I guess Howrah Bridge and Victoria Memorial would come later than Chelo Kabab in terms of numbers of photos posted in Facebook. The huge anticipation is just blown away. It is just plain ricotto rice with a cube of butter on top, murgh malai kabab and mutton sheikh kabab in a single plate.
My wife suggested that may be the unique arrangement was very new the time the dish was introduced and thus people went gung-ho over this. Might be. But then, on the same logic, a McDonalds meal would also be a greaaaaaaat meal, would not it?
Like to categorically mention that the taste of the dish was not all bad. It was very good. But with so much hoopla over it, thought it to be some nice innovative thing which, sadly to many peoples disliking, is not.
Food Worth Waiting
Went there last weekend and had to wait for more than half An hour to get a table but nonetheless it was worth it. The food was good and tasty. When we were done, the manager came and asked about our feedback on the food and I think it was a good gesture. Do Try the chicken tandoori and dal as it is very tasty.
One of the most famous restaurants of park street. One has to wait in a long queue before getting a chance for a meal. Ambience is good. Price is high, most of the dishes costs around 250/-to- 300/-. Service is good. Mainly they use copper wares while serving, representing the Traditional Indian way of showing Hospitality.
Coming to the food, We have tried:-
Dum Ki raan : It's a spicy gravy dish, can be shared by two. The taste is good but the mutton they provide is not soft.
Tandoori mixed grilled : It's a spicy sizzler served with cooked vegetables,big tender piece of chicken, mutton sausage and egg. Taste is good and quantity is sufficient for one person.
The famous chello kebab at around 295/- : The combination of fine rice with butter, egg poach and chicken kebab gives it an awesome taste. Along with this they also provide two strips of mutton kebab ( not very good) and salad. The quantity is less for a male bengali foodie .
Service- Thumbs Down!!!!
Service and quality go hand in hand, it doesn't go a long way without the other!!Peter Cat is the first choice always, when I think of eating out. Food is good, but my last experience in the restaurant has been extremely humiliating. I had been there on a weekday for lunch with couple of my friends and we ordered the food within 10 minutes of our arrival. Food was served soon after and after 20 minutes, the waiter kept coming back to our table to take one thing or the other, implying we should make it fast and leave. At that time there were still few tables which were available, and when we asked for the bill, the manager showed a thumbs up!! I really don't know what it meant, but definitely, an extremely Rude way of telling the business is done, so you better leave! They can make it a take away - since they provide the food within time and make you leave even before u finish having it!!!
Peter Cat's time is past...
There was a time when Peter Cat truly was a great place to eat. Unfortunately, like so many restaurants, this one too has been on a downward slope. Ever hopeful, I still try it every few weeks, and each time I am disappointed. The chello kebab, which is supposed to be Peter Cat's signature dish, has meet which has been coked hastily, so it tastes burnt on the outside, and is undercooked and chewy when you bite through.
The sizzlers, another item this place is known for, also surprise you, and unpleasantly so. The meats very often taste stale, the hot griddle doesn't seem to be cleaned properly after use, and the sauteed veggies are limp and taste like they'v been prepared days ago and refrigerated. Highly disappointing.
Should give no star to this
Giving it one star because that's the least this site has. I had heard a lot about it, tried yesterday, and, had a very very bad experience.
First: No valet parking.
The guy who was taking order( His name was "SUNNY" probably a new joinee) was very rude and totally unfit for hospitality industry itself.
To start with, he brought me the wrong order. He didn't know the difference between "Virgin Mary" and Virgin Mojito".
A lot of items from menu were not available, and when we asked for a little tweaking, he very rudely said whatever is in the menu is only available.
When I asked if the have a feedback form, the waiter turned blank, as if he had never heard of it.
But the worst part was when we overheard him talking to another guy asking what if these customers complain, to our shock, the other guy replied "Let them complain, nothing would happen".
So my advice "Don't go there".
Always to the rescue...
Peter cat is one of my favourite restaurants in the city, not just because of the food but because it always bails you out whenever you cannot decide where to eat out.
I've never managed to enter without having to wait in a queue. Its packed even at 7 pm. They do make reservations so the only option you have is to reach early.
The favourite here would definitely be the chelo kabab but sizzlers are also great.
The place is nig enough wit 2 floors and is very dimly lit, just adding to the ambience.
A meal for 2 would come to about rs. 700.
Chelo on my mind!
If you are a Kolkatan, and you haven't visited Peter Cat, you need a break. For once you must have wondered the reason behind the unprecedentedly large gathering just behind the Music World, have you? If you have, then let me tell you, that's the most auspicious crowd in town because they are eyeing the BEST EVER chelo kebabs and sizzlers in town. Ages have gone by, things have altered itself to one's liking, but the Peter Cat's appeal has increased manifold. People of all age limits flock out here and so do we, the bunch of teenagers who are dragged like a magnet, every year during the Christmas!
Hype an hoopla loads , but is it worth all of it ?
Mark my words - the chello kebab is awesome , so is the sizzlers.... But somewhere down the line , it leaves you with a question- wasn't the quantity too less for your liking? Well, you need to dish out a fair bit of cash to dine here, but I'm not sure whether you'd be satisfied with the amount or the quality of the food items. It's not bad by any stretch of imagination , but it could have been so much more better!
Seriously expected much of this restaurant, sadly did not deliver. I had heard of this from my friends back in London and was dying to try it. I cam with my parents, and ordered many items, out of which only the sizzler was well-cooked. The place was overcrowded as usual, and even with a reservation, we had to wait a long time outside in the drizzle of Park Street, as our car was parked a long way from there. Then, we were ushered in the not-so comfortable place, where the waiter alloted to us was busy counting his tips. The food was overpriced, not exactly excellent either. The fried chicken was a far cry from the good reviews I previously had received. Overall, not a happy experience! :(
Old is gold
This is probably one of the oldest restaurants in Calcutta and you can never get a table without having to wait outside for a good few mins.
It was my friends birthday and 7 of us were being treated. We got a round table so it was easier for us to converse. I was in no mood for drinks but the others ordered what they wanted.
The main course will always have to be Chelo kakab without doubt and all of us ordered the same. I repeatedly come here fot the Chelo kabab. Its a platter with rice, egg, chicken and mutton kabas. Its so fulfilling to eat but I can never manage to complete my meal. Its very affordable and a meal for 2 would be easily within Rs600 including the fresh lime we ordered.
The service is'nt great and at times it is'nt good at all, but I overlook it because of the chelo kakab here:)
Average and avoidable
For a visitor on a first trip to Calcutta, I'd recommend spending maybe an hour at Peter Cat over a cocktail or two (check out their cute cocktail menu with stylish caricatures on every page), but I'd recommend eating elsewhere. The food is certainly not bad, nor is it necessarily overpriced -- it's just nothing special. The much hyped chello kebabs are basically a plate with seekh kebabs on one side, skewered chicken kebabs on the other, an egg, rice and vegetables, and the sizzlers are uninspired. If you're really a kebab enthusiast, you'd be better off at Arsalan. Even better, just don't order kebabs in Kolkata (do that in Delhi, Lucknow or even Bombay instead) and stick to the delectable macher chops, mangsho chops and brain chops instead, at places like Mitra Cafe near Sovabazar Metro station, or the rolls at places like Hot Kati Roll.
Why do people eat here?
Pathetic food, terrible service, unresponsive management. What else, Masala papad ordered with drinks came in after 25 minutes. And they had the audacity to charge for that. Sizzlers! Well I am sure there are better places in Kolkata that serve sizzlers... Gosh, how did this place survive so long!!!! Never ever again going back here
On a 2 day visit to Kolkata, went to this place for lunch after a friend's recommendation. Was expecting some special bengali style food. It was just a normal fine-dine restaurant. Drinks were available and at normal prices. Food was disappointing. The supposedly famous chole kababs were ordered thinking it was some kind of starters only to find that is kind of combo meal with rice and few pieces of meat. Next came prawns in a big steel dish. Priced at around 250/ plate we thought it was a good deal. After having 4 pieces from it, found that rest were potato wedges :( That was deceiving. Isn't sea food supposed to be cheap in coastal areas? Okay, this is an upscale restaurent, but at least they should serve a plate full of food whatever price it may be. Eat at places like Kerala and Goa if you dont understand. Finally we thought there is nothing great to expect from this place. Had few more drinks and ordered biryanis as it was nearing time for us to leave. Biryani was average, again huge potato pieces more than chicken. I dont understand this concept. Is chicken very expensive in this city? And no gravy/raitha with the biryani. When asked, the manage politely said we have to order that separately. This was the most irritating part. Ordered raitha for 100 bucks extra only to find it also has fruits in it. I have had biryanis from several places, from 60 to 600, I can say this was the worst because of their conditions. If you want a drop of curd with a biryani priced at 250 bucks, we have to spent 100 extra. I would keep quiet if this was a 5 star (even 5stars dont have such conditions nowadays), but this a just a normal hotel with good interiors. Overall, a very bad experience at this place. This was my first and probably last visit in the city. I am sure there must be great places in this city, but I missed it and felt I was taken for a ride in Petercat. I love bengali food. My favourite place for Bengali cuisine is Oh Calcutta here in Bangalore.
I love Chelo Kababs
The mutton Chelo kabas were just excellent , so juicy so soft and so tasty. the Chicken Chelo was also good but so so. One cannot expect to get such food at such prices in kolkata. The mocktails and cocktails were also good but choice is limited. We even tried sizzlers but fish sizzler seems to be best. Hats off to Peter Cat.
We had gone with the family for lunch. We'd ordered chicken shahi korma. Surprised to find the recipe contained two pieces of chicken, 2 pieces of potato, 1 big piece of tomato and one boiled egg. the quantity was also not adequate.
Also ordered chicken steak sizzler. Again nothing great. It mostly consisted of mango slices, carrots and beans, cabbage, one fried egg and some chicken in a sweet sauce. It was a rather unpleasant experience and we came back dissatisfied.
Heavenly Chelo kababs
The only thing that i eat here is Chelo Kababs,, and nothing else. The only slight variation I'v ever had is Chicken Marrkesh,which is very similar.Though a few of my friends have tried the House special Sizzlers and Mutton biryani.Its dimly light and very crowded on weekends.But the price is good, the portions and the food is really really nice. I recommended this place to anyone and everyone.A must visit on Park Street.
Chelo Kebeb + Beer :D
The House Special Sizzler is the best sizzler I ever had. And not to forget the awesome Chelo Kebeb! Goes great with beer. They serve it in this aluminim beer stein having the cat logo...wow...it gives a nice old world feel! Another turn on is the fundoo bar menu...with caricature depicting each drink.
The seating on the groundfloor is too crammed :(
Went back after a decade
Went back after a decade to have Chelo Kebabs here. It was as good and full as before! The ambience also is the same as 1990s as if time has stopped. Wanted to try out Marakesh, Nawabi etc but Chello Kebabs did not leave much space! Hope to go back during my next visit to Kolkata!
Peter Cat - like/dislikes
Peter Cat : what should I say about this place.. whatever its may be, but one of our fav place to eat. I am visiting this place since i'm in college. Let me narrate my suggestions @ Peter cat.
1. Dum ki runn (wow!) - this is terrific here.For those who really likes ghost(boneless mainly)-this is great. For me "best in the town"
2. Chelo Kebab : Old glory .. unmatched!!!
3. Sizzlers : Pioneers no doubt.. very good... but not the best...
4. Vetki items : awesome !!
5. Tom Collins : I dont know why .. but its awesome at this place.
Dont Like :
1. Ambience : not bad but sometimes its very stuffy
2. Hospitality : In this competative market,they need to improve themselves.
3. Biriyani & stuffs : Make it good or stop making this..
4. Nan & Roti's : Beware !!!
Overall : its a great place for having good foods... avoid Friday/Saturday evenings if your are single... waiting time will kill you :D
Great food, all the time
I've been frequenting Peter Cat regularly for the past five years. It would be wise to reach early on Fridays and Saturdays, specially if you're an all-male group, because the place tends to fill up around eight after which waiting time is usually around half an hour. Peter Cat is one of the few restaurants that have consistently maintained quality with their food and atrocity with their service each time that I've visited. Being one of the "institutions" on Park Street, the waiters and managers do not/will not smile or oblige.
The Non-Veg Chelo kebab plate is a long-standing favourite here, and is unfailingly ordered by the carnivores on the table. It basically consists a set of kebabs served alongside a bed of buttered basmati rice. Vegetarians however may be better off considering the Veg-Mixed Grill sizzler over the Veg. Chelo Kebab. Their sizzlers are extremely popular, and not without cause.
Indian food here isn't bad either, although the portions aren't very big. The butter and garlic naans are absolutely fabulous. A must-visit in Calcutta, it is.
Horrible off late
Probably old goodwill i doing the trick for these guys, OMG the waiters, whimps bloody!!
Nothing great about the chelo kabab now, cos the kababs are rubbery and cold, horrible service, went with 7 people and denied to add a chair, made to sit in whatever was available, had no choice cos it was a Saturday, was damn hungry and wouldn't have found a place in park street.
Mr Peter/Pussy Cat, U STINK !!!
great solid place
yes the chelo kebab really is all that. try it, its surprisingly good.The thing about this place is that it's the bedrock of restauranting in Kolkata. In other words it's consistent, the manager is great, food comes as ordered and on time, and no hassles. it really is great to actually go out and relax. avoid the minestrone soup, actually avoid all the soups! also avoid everything with cheese if you're not a fan of runny white cheese sauce. otherwise good to go!
went here for the 1st time today(with the 3 adults + 3 kids).
Okay food....no Great stuff or Wow ! kind of taste.
had Mixed tandoori sizzlers , chicken fried rice, chilli prawns, grill bhekti....
they dont have white rice, and the alternative is a Pulao...kinda strange why plain white rice cant be ordered in a joint that charged 2300 Rs for the Luncheon.
Chilly Prwan was good to taste but there wasnt the exact chilli factor there. Ice cream dessert was crap ( Peter cat special and tutti frutti sundae)...by crap I mean it was not proportional to the restaurants' hyped name. You can get much better sundaes at Swirls for example...okay so Ice cream is not their forte.
Service was good(as expected) ,nothing much to harp about....joint was full when we walked in at 3 PM on this sunday afternoon.
someone mentioned Kobe's sizzlers will take a beating from PC's sizzlers ...well.......it(PC) may be a tiny notch better but not with a way out margin or something.
all in all...okay experience....not exactly gagging to visit it again the 2nd time.
had a horrible experience in this joint... as if the average food was not bad enough... i also left my phone at the restaurant and then when i went to get it back, they denied having it. the next day someone used the phone to dial my home number and ask for compensation on returning it... we went down to the restaurant, said we'd call the police and sue them... and then and only then... did they return the phone back to us....
i have not stepped into that eatery since... and i suggest you don't either... unless you enjoy being harassed.
Mus' Visit 4 sizzler lover's
"well have visited this place a number of tyms....n m a big fan of their sizzlers...i always order vegetable mixed grill and till date i feel the same taste which was 3yrs bck...service is quiet gud.... the interiors is not tht royal...it has got very contemporary look...n till date i havn't had any complains regarding service........
A Choice of Cuisines
I think Peter Cat is one of the oldest joints for a number of different type of cuisines all blended with a unique flavour that is just too good to resist. A must try is definitely the Chelo Kabab as well as the Sizzlers... the roast chicken sizzler is wonderful. The drinks are kind of iffy, I don't think I like them much... however, they are reasonably priced.
The Indian portion of the menu is average. Not too many surprises there. The brown sauce that is liberally sprinkled over most of the continental dishes is quite the same for all of the items.
worst naan ever, poor service
the place serves the worst naan I have ever had.
The service is average at the most. they switched off the lights while me and my friends were eating and said "sir, we are only waiting for you to leave".
Although the chelo kabab is worth a try, especially for dilli walahs who find it hard to get their kind of food in kolkata.
Best joint to while away ur time
"Peter Cat", its one of the oldest restaurants in Park Street. Lives upto its name. Famous for its chelo kababs and sizzlers.. Try its tandoori mixed grill sizzler. enough for a single person if he is really hungry.. cheap for a restaurant in park street will cost bout 200bucks / head for food only..
Good food, odd patrons
For all the glorious tradition Peter Cat has, it has become the haunt of pretentious wheeler dealers especially those who want to laze on the comfortable seats and tell tall tales. Having said that, the food is good, the service could do with a bit of polish and, the decor could be light. In the end, it is worth the money for the meal, primarily because, if selected judiciously, the money isn't too much.
We had Clear Chicken Asparagus Soup, Mutton Chelo Kebab and Potato Salad. The soup is served in a queer tureen so, be prepared to have your eyeballs popped if it is your first time. The soup wasn't 'clear', but it was good - the real deal. Highly recommended.
Chelo Kebabs are a house speciality and the Mutton one was a good turnout. Remember though that if you are really hungry, the portions are good for a single person. The Potato Salad was a bit of a slap-dash affair and, I'd not be having it the second time round.
At 200 INR per head for the above combination it was a steal. Good place to hang out if you like eavesdropping on awesome conversations that have the flavor of Kolkata.
Chello Kebabs are out of the world
I love the ambience of this place. I love the decor. Its not very hi-fi, but it has a magic of its own. I dont know about other things that are available here, cos everytime I visit Peter Cat, I only have Chello Kebabs - ummmmmmm - they are just out of the world. I havent had Chello Kebabs in other laces, but I know for sure, no one can match theirs. Too good and pretty economic as well.
Definitely worth trying atleast once and I bet you cannot stop at one!
Just two words ... Peter Cat!
The only words which can define the restaurant is the name itself ... Peter Cat! The time before last i was there, i tried the Fried Fish, and it was delicious, just the way one would like to have it. The last time i went there, i was wiser, and decided to stick with the old favourite ... Chelo Kababs. And, those are simply out of this world. I am sure there are other restaurants, especially if you are in Iran, which make amazing Chelo Kababs, but the ones at Peter Cat are just what i prefer.
Worth the visit, and the wait. Simply wonderful.
Peter & the cat both are good...
One of the most favorite haunts in the 90's since stayed just down the road in middleton row (BTW the address is park street, but it is situated in the middleton row).
A place where lovely kababs, nawabi stuff, including lovely paneer dishes were served & surprisingly checked it last year & found it surprisingly still good enough.
Always will have a soft spot for it.....the wife & i spent some good times there.
Great food awful service
Food is ultra-delicious in PeterCat. Service is awful , though. I had to wait in long queues every time I went with friends. There are no seats or any waiting area. An all-guys group has to wait longer to get in and get a non-smoking seat . Dishes arrive long after ordering. They are unfailingly palatable.
tandoori here rocks
If you're in the mood for meaty tandoori fare, this is the spot. Cello kabab is the all-time fave in this place, and is served as an egg biryani, topped with mutton kabab and chicken kabab - very succulent. Decor is nice enough with a white meditteranean feel, some tiffany lamps, and old wooden chairs.