The Rangs Fortune Square building has become quite the hot spot in Dhaka over the last few months. From hosting the second branch of last year’s hit, Yum Cha District to accommodating the crazy line of Dominos, Rangs at Dhanmondi Road 2 has become “the place” serving your caffeine, dumpling craving and more.
The S’mores Café & Restaurant is such an addition to the building which doesn’t go unnoticed but unvisited. After checking their Facebook page where they claimed themselves to be the finest café and restaurant in Dhaka city, I knew I had to go by myself to check what it is all about. Upon entering, you will remain gawking at the exquisite interior; the lighting, the ambience, the seating arrangement were all praiseworthy. Upon carefully going through each of the dishes on their simple menu we decided since the place gave off such a fine dine aura, we might as well order as such; finger food, a main, and a dessert followed by two drinks.
We started with the appetizer, American Imported Fries with two dips. In terms of taste, they tasted just like regular lightly seasoned fries with ketchup. The drinks, Sunriser and Strawberry Margherita were quite citric so if you are in the mood for something refreshing, they are an alright choice. Next came the much anticipated, New England Seafood Chowder. The chowder is a type of soup prepared with the combination of cream and milk. Why it is called New England Seafood chowder is due to the world wide use of seafood from the New England area, mostly Maine. However, the calamari and prawn used here were locally sourced. I cannot get over how brilliantly the chef had crafted this recipe. In fact, it was so rich (and the addition of toasted garlic bread) that it could be a whole meal in itself. The chowder was sweet, the seafood were cooked well, and the bread altogether made the dish a great one.
When the main, the Baked Salmon, arrived I couldn’t help but notice the perfectly cooked salmon fillet. The garlic butter flavor from the piccata sauce, the light seasoning of the fish, and the piquant taste of the capers all worked incredibly well together to present to you one full package. The poached vegetables could be deemed as the ugly duckling of the plate. In fact, I was totally bummed out when the broccoli tasted close to raw but the chef promised that they are actually working on an alternate as they too believe it doesn’t go with the overall dish. The bell pepper rice was a nice addition for those who prefer having a full fledged meal for the bucks but is meant to be simple so that the Norwegian salmon stays the star of the dish.
As hard as it is for me to say this, but with the name of the restaurant being S’mores, I had expected them to excel in the dessert section. I was quite disappointed having to choose between only two. The Signature (white) Chocolate Mousse was exactly what the menu described it to be; white chocolate with whipped cream. I couldn’t get through the small serving because of how overwhelmingly sweet it was.
In conclusion, S’mores is a must visit just for their chowder and salmon! This place deserves more recognition because honestly, it can be compared to a fine dine experience without having to put a hole on your pocket.
By: Ifreet Taheea
Dhaka, Mar 30 (UNB) – Prominent artist and former chairman of Bangladesh Shishu Academy Mustafa Monwar on Saturday said an artist needs to find joy in creativity, not in making money.
“It doesn’t matter how much you earn with artworks. You’ll have to put in your efforts in arts for your own happiness,” he told the third edition of Art-Echo, a monthly talk-show of Cosmos-Atelier 71.
The event titled ‘Akajer Manush’ was held at its studio at Cosmos Centre in the city.
Mustafa Monwar attended the session as the key speaker where he shared his views on traditional art and culture of Bangladesh with the studio members.
During the discussion, he shed lights on different forms of traditional arts that reflect rural Bangladesh.
Mustafa Monwar, an Ekushe Padak winner, said, “The fact is that I respect my devotion to art and see it as my biggest achievement.”
Artists, poets, photographers, architects and filmmakers, among others, attended the session.
Dhaka, Mar 30 (UNB)- While winter in Bangladesh means barbeque season, it is quite the opposite in the USA. Their summer comprises of beaches, barbeque, and baseball. After looking far and wide for a space that would not only give off a backyard B.B.Q vibe but also serve such food, I came across Carver’s.
Located at Road 68 of Gulshan 2, Carver’s is the very first Deli & Smokehouse of the country. From roasts, cured meat, Texan BBQ, to fresh salad, and hearty breakfast meals, they are serving a wide array of meaty dishes which will definitely give you the American feel.
As for the food, we had called in earlier for a separate arrangement of their best dishes and here’s what were on the platter-
Soup: Cream of Potato & Bacon Soup (Canadian Beef Bacon)
Salad: Roasted Beetroot & Feta Cheese Salad with Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing
Entrees: Braised BBQ Short Ribs, Sumac Grilled Maryland Chicken, Dill Pickle Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob with Lemon Chicken Salt, Garden Pea & Carrots in Garlic & Parsley Compound Butter
Dessert: Deep Fried Oreos with Vanilla Ice cream
Starting off with the soup, I was astonished as to how velvety the texture of the soup was, it was almost as if it was a condensed broth and not pureed potatoes because of how unbelievably silky the texture was. There were not bits of potatoes which I was very pleased with but instead, bits of Canadian bacon were used to garnish the soup. The taste was rich, creamy, and a little salty.
Next came the Roasted Beetroot & Feta Cheese Salad with Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing. At first bite, my taste-bud was overwhelmed by the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and tanginess of feta cheese. All the leafy greens were exceptionally fresh and I can bet that no other place in Dhaka can serve a salad as fresh and unique as theirs. However, *disclaimer* the feta might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Many of my friends found the salty taste to be a little too powerful to their liking.
The ribs had a charred skin slid off the bones the moment I bit into them. The entire taste was elevated when paired with the dill pickle potato salad. However, since I am not a fan of the fatness of the meat, the ribs did not win me over. The Sumac Grilled Chicken on the other hand was very juicy. It was surprising how a dry looking chicken gave off so much of flavour. Bang on seasoning! The Garden Peas and Corn on the Cob were both very simple in taste with light seasoning of compound butter and lemon chicken salt; great as sides but not something I would prefer ordering individually.
To finish off the meal, we were served with one of America’s favorite fair/festival food, Deep Fried Oreos (and of course, some simple vanilla icecream). Nothing can go wrong with this combination other than the HIGH CHOLESTROL risk that comes with it. But hey, if I die, I might as well go down as the person who died eating a delicious dessert.
By: Ifreet Taheea
Dhaka, Mar 29 (UNB) – The 21st national council of Bangladesh Udichi Shilpigosthi and 10th Satyen Sen Ganosnageet Utsob will come to an end on Saturday.
The organisational session of the council was held on the first and second day while the new committee for the next two years will be announced on the final day.
Prominent educationist Professor Ajay Roy inaugurated the programme at Dhaka Mohanagar Nattymancha premises.
Dhaka University Professor Emeritus Dr Serajul Islam Choudhury, labour leader Shahidullah Chowdhury and DU Professor Kaberi Gayen attended as special guests.
A competition of Ganosangeet was held as part of the Satyen Sen Chorus Song Festival.
On the inaugural day, ‘Ranesh Das Gupta Jatiya Granthapath Pratijagita’ awards were handed over.
Ranesh was one of the key founders of Udichi.
A book reading competition was also held on January 12 across the country marking his birth anniversary.
A total of 502 representatives and 102 observers took part in the national council.
Dakar, Mar 28 (AP/UNB) — One out of four people interviewed in eastern Congo last year believed Ebola wasn't real, according to a new study released Wednesday, underscoring the enormous challenges health care workers are now facing.
The survey found that a deep mistrust of the Ebola response resulted in those people being 15 times less likely to seek medical treatment at an Ebola health center, according to the study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
The study was based on interviews conducted last September, about a month after the outbreak began. It comes as the number of probable and confirmed cases has exceeded 1,000. At least 639 people have died from Ebola since August in what is now the second deadliest outbreak in history, according to the World Health Organization.
The outbreak's response has been hampered by a series of deadly attacks on Ebola health centers since the study was completed. As a result, Doctors Without Borders has stopped staffing two health centers at the outbreak's epicenter after violent attacks.
Researchers said their study published Wednesday showed more precisely how individual people's misinformed views about Ebola were undermining the response and helping to spread the deadly virus.
"It really helps us understand how central and fundamental community trust should be as part of the response," said Patrick Vinck of Harvard University, who led the research.
Eva Erlach, the community engagement and accountability delegate for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, called the findings "absolutely interesting" and said they show how the level of trust correlates with preventative behaviors.
The organization has had more than 800 trained volunteers working to get out prevention messages amid the region's security challenges.
"There is still a part of the community who do not believe that Ebola is real and we definitely still need to continue focusing on community engagement," said Erlach, who was not part of the study. "And this is why this report is so helpful even if it's from September."
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said earlier this month he was encouraged "to see the communities accepting the response more and more."
Wednesday's study highlights just how pervasive misinformation has been in places in eastern Congo like Beni and Butembo, where in-person interviews were conducted with 961 people.
Some 25.5 percent of those interviewed did not believe Ebola was real. In addition, nearly 45.9 percent of people thought the Ebola outbreak was being fabricated to destabilize the region or for financial gain. Additionally 18.2 percent believed all three of those statements, the study found.
Those who didn't believe Ebola was real were far less likely to agree to agree to the Ebola vaccine or to go to a treatment center. Ebola is spread through the bodily fluids of the sick, and isolation of those infected is key to stopping transmission.
This outbreak has been uniquely challenging because of the volatile security situation in the region. Eastern Congo is home to numerous armed groups and the Ebola epidemic has deepened the political and economic grievances of many in the area. The fact that people in Ebola affected areas were excluded from the December presidential election has only heightened conspiracy theories.
Tariq Riebl, of the International Rescue Committee, who is currently working in eastern Congo, said the findings released Wednesday mirror what he and his colleagues are seeing on the ground. Concern remains about how Ebola prevention efforts are going because new cases are still emerging.
"Once you reach a wider outbreak zone, especially urban zones, the community engagement and prevention side of things is almost more important than the treatment side," Riebl said.
"If you can't have those messages out successfully, it doesn't matter if you have all the treatment options available because no one is ever arriving to take advantage of that," he said.