Jafran opened back in 2016 with the idea of bringing Hyderabadi and Afghani Biryanis to customers at an affordable price compared to the others in Dhaka. Little did they know exactly how popular their food would become amongst students around Bashundhara Residential area. Not only does this “multi-cuisine” restaurant sell aforementioned biryanis but they also serve an array of kebabs, curries, and bread to satisfy the palates.
Their first outlet was a very small one with a seating arrangement for about 40 people. The space wasn’t clean and especially their hand washing station and kitchen entrance were questionable in terms of hygiene. Regardless, for students affordability is more of a concern than hygiene (sadly). Their new location is now at Bashundhara Gate (right opposite to Jamuna Future Park) and is quite an upgrade from their previous one. The restaurant is quite furnished with oversized fancy chairs. Despite of having a rush since they were offering a 25% discount on their grand reopening, they didn’t increase the price of their prior items and the service provided to 7 of us was quite satisfying.
After having tried 2 or 3 of their biryanis, I am convinced that the Tandoori Chicken Biryani is the best in their menu. Here’s why: Firstly, the quantity is more than enough for one person. In fact, at times it gets way too much for me. Secondly, the piece of chicken that comes with it is quite huge. Finally, the unlimited eggplant chutney and salad compliment the dish really well. The only down of this dish is that the chicken tends to get dry at times which makes it difficult to swallow. It was an occasional scene at their previous outlet and it was disappointing to find the chicken dry at my visit to their new outlet as well.
How my experience was turned around though, was through ordering a Butter Chicken. Since there was a discount going on, I dared to try a new item from their menu and now this order is going to be a regular for me. The butter chicken can be easily shared by two people. It had a rich, creamy, and slightly sweet gravy with bite sized pieces of chicken. While it is quite unusual to pair biryanis with butter chicken, the dryness of the Tandoori biryanis was balanced out with the gravy of the butter chicken.
Jafran will remain a top pick for me as long as I am studying at North South University. It’s affordable, quick, and filling for days when you are not in the mood for cafeteria food.
If there’s one restaurant that I have seen the most reviews online on, it has got to be Dhaka XO. Every food related group or page has great reviews on that place. Their Ramen has been making rounds ever since Shyamoli Square Market has opened with some people even comparing it to the authentic Japanese Ramen. Tucked away in a messy and highly unhygienic food court, 3 of us found ourselves a seat inside Dhaka XO. However, we had come for a completely different dish.
I had been seeing reviews on a Chicken Steak of theirs for Tk 299 which was deemed to be too good for a food court meal. Reviews were overflowing with comparisons of it to premium places as well. And to be honest, I thought that it looked good on pictures as well for Tk 299 so might as well give it a try. We had to wait for about 20 minutes for a single dish to order! What was even more infuriating is that the servers were too busy gossiping amongst themselves and even the chef. We could see this happening as you can view directly inside the dirty kitchen.
To make things worse, when our order arrived we were shocked to see how small the steak really was. The pictures I saw online were taken in such an angle that you’d think that the portion is quite large. However, the small sliced chicken breast pieces couldn’t even be considered a meal. White sauce was drizzled over the steak with a side of sautéed vegetables and garlic mushroom.
The Chicken itself was quite juicy I’ll admit however, the seasoning of simply salt and a lot of black pepper was quite obvious. The white sauce was made using too much flour and you could really get an unpleasant taste with every bite. The garlic mushrooms were something we enjoyed. It was slightly tart in taste because of what I assume to be lime juice and the use of garlic was just the right amount. As for the sautéed vegetable, I feel like all they did was boil them. There was barely any salt or sign of being sautéed. In terms of content, it mostly had beans, 2 or 3 pieces of carrots and papaya.
Overall, I would just like to suggest you all to not go to a restaurant or café by the hype. Do your research well and try to differentiate between authentic and paid reviews. Instagram has a lot of Bangladeshi Foodbloggers now who are providing genuine reviews on food which you may look up to. As for Dhaka XO, it’s a big no for me and can never compete with a steakhouse which specializes in steaks!
Dhaka, Oct 22 (UNB) – With an aim to promote oriental artworks of the enriched eastern heritage, Gallery Cosmos is hosting a group art exhibition titled ‘Praccher Prachin Dhara’ (The Ancient Lineage of The East).
The 22-day exhibition, dedicated to art maestro Kalidas Karmakar who passed away recently, began at the Gallery Cosmos in the city’s Mohakhali area on Tuesday.
Gallery Cosmos Director Tehmina Enayet, Executive Assistant Director Rumessa Mailloux, Cosmos Group Director Masud Jamil Khan, Dragon Century (Singapore) Director Alain Dambron, Chairman of Dhaka University’s Oriental Art department Dr Mizamur Rahman Fakir and Artist Afrozaa Jamil Konka spoke at the inauguration ceremony.
“Through initiatives like this exhibition, it’s our aim to break the new ground working as an incubator for the emergence of oriental art in Bangladesh,” said Tehmina Enayet.
Reminiscing about Kalidas Karmakar, Masud Jamil Khan said, “Our printmaking studio Cosmos-Atelier71 was established under the guidance of Kalidas Karmakar. He was a legendary artist and a lifelong well-wisher of the country’s oriental art as well as an angelic figure for Gallery Cosmos.”
Dr Mizanur Rahman Fakir thanked Gallery Cosmos for arranging the exhibition.
Meanwhile, a one-minute silence was observed in memory of Kalidas Karmakar.
A total of 25 oriental artworks by 25 artists have been put on display at the exhibition.
The participating artists are Nasreen Begum, Elham Huq Khuku, Rubina Akhter, Afrozaa Jamil Konka, Nasima Khanam Queenie, Dilruba Latif Rosy, Trivedi Gopal Chandra, Dr Mizanur Rahman Fakir, Dr Sushanta Kumar Adhikary, Md Abdul Aziz, Fahmida Khatun, Malay Bala, Kantideb Adhikary, Zahangir Alom, Sumon Baidya, MD Nazmul Haque Bappy, Iskindar Mirza, Tanjima Tabassum Easha, Amit Nandi, Md Nazmul Hasan, Nahida Nisha, AKM Golam Ullah Nishan, Samina Zaman, Saahahaz Akther Pinky and Fahmida Haque Mahi.
The exhibition will remain open from 12pm to 8pm every day till November 10.
Beijing, Oct 22 (Xinhua/UNB) -- Tobacco control activists and experts in China have voiced concern about e-cigarette advertisement and called for stricter industry regulation, the China Youth Daily reported Tuesday.
"Advertisement for e-cigarettes, seizing the market chances to replace real cigarettes, will only make it harder for people to abandon the unhealthy lifestyle," Zhang Jianshu, president of the Beijing Association on Tobacco Control, told the newspaper.
Zhang suggested that the public should refuse vaping in the same way as traditional smoking.
An unproven hypothesis of vaping being safer than traditional smoking or exaggeration about its role in helping smokers quit have been commonly used in e-cigarette marketing, the newspaper reported, citing a report about the e-cigarette industry released earlier this year by Tsinghua University.
Among marketing rhetoric by online retailers, 95 percent associated vaping with a healthy and clean way of smoking, and 89 percent of online vendors marketed e-cigarettes based on its "health benefits," according to the report.
Citing a survey of 3,587 consumers from multiple countries, the report showed that 84 percent had the idea that vaping is safer than smoking cigarettes and 77 percent thought it could help people quit smoking.
According to the Report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic 2019 by the World Health Organization (WHO), there was no adequate evidence to quantitatively assess the health impacts of e-cigarettes or support that vaping will help people quit smoking.
Researchers and regulators may not be able to keep up with the evolution of e-cigarettes, which contain complex chemical ingredients and adopt new tastes, said Zheng Rong, professor with the School of International Trade and Economics, University of International Business and Economics.
"Once thing to be sure of is that they are addictive in a certain degree," Zheng said.
The WHO also noted that more and more evidence showed that young people who vape are more likely to smoke cigarettes in the future.
Echoing Zhang's view, Liu Shuangzhou, a professor with the Central University of Finance and Economics, advocated stricter regulations on vape advertisements, on the grounds that marketing e-cigarettes inevitably brings back cigarettes in public spaces and compromises the effect of the cigarette advertisement ban.
The purpose of banning cigarette advertisements is that through reducing cigarettes' public presence it will prevent people, especially the youth, from becoming a smoker rather than prompt smokers to quit, Liu said.
Paris, OCT 22 (AP/UNB) — Much about Leonardo Da Vinci remains an enigma: the smile of the "Mona Lisa"; why the world's most famous painter left so many works unfinished; and more recently, who bought the contentious "Salvator Mundi."
A new exhibit at the Louvre, however, opening Thursday and marking the 500th anniversary of the Italian master's death, tries to sketch out as complete a picture of the artist and thinker as possible.
Drawing from the Louvre's permanent collection and institutions around the world, the exhibit brings together some 160 works. They include Da Vinci masterpieces, dozens of studies and scientific sketches, and pieces by other artists in Da Vinci's orbit. Visitors can also experience a virtual reality portion of the exhibit that delves into the story behind the "Mona Lisa."
"We wished, in order to pay homage to the artist, to be able to show the entirety of Leonardo Da Vinci's career and his development and to explain, ultimately, the sense of his life," curator Vincent Delieuvin told The Associated Press.
The exhibit runs through Feb. 24, 2020. Visitors must reserve tickets online in advance, and the Louvre said it has already pre-sold 220,000 tickets as of Monday morning.
More than 10 years in the making, the project began when Louis Frank, the exhibit's other curator, translated a Renaissance-era Da Vinci biography to round out existing knowledge about the painter's life. That biographical emphasis is evident in the exhibit's design, which traces the artist's trajectory from his apprenticeship with Florentine sculptor Andrea del Verocchio to his death in France in 1519.
With a whole room devoted to his scientific pursuits, it seeks to capture the quest for knowledge and perfection of a man Delieuvin called "a universal genius."
"Leonardo Da Vinci, he is one of those rare men, those personalities who fascinate us, because he was universal," Delieuvin said. "He had an interest in all aspects of nature, we all see ourselves in his personality."
"Mathematicians, geometry specialists, doctors, artists, everyone sees a part of themselves in Leonardo," he added.
Several of Da Vinci's completed paintings will be on display, including "La Belle Ferronniere" and "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne." The "Mona Lisa" will remain in its case, upstairs. Visitors will be able to see "Portrait of a Musician" on loan from the Vatican and "Benois Madonna" from St. Petersburg, among other works the Louvre borrowed for the occasion.
Some pieces proved more difficult to obtain. The "Vitruvian Man," Da Vinci's famous drawing of the ideally proportioned male figure, arrived in France from Venice's Accademia Gallery only days before the exhibit's opening.
Italian heritage group Our Italy tried to block the loan, saying the drawing was too fragile to be moved. An Italian court originally suspended the loan before ruling last week that it could travel to France for eight weeks. In exchange, the Louvre will lend several works by Raphael to Rome next year.
The dispute fanned the flames of a broader debate about Da Vinci's legacy and Italian national identity.
"A Leonardo Da Vinci exhibit is very difficult to do, since Da Vinci has become a symbol," Delieuvin said, calling it "natural" that some museums are reluctant to lend pieces from their collections.
Though Da Vinci died in France, Delieuvin said Louvre officials recognize and celebrate the painter's Italian roots.
"I assure everyone that the French have never appropriated Leonardo Da Vinci," he said. "Leonardo is a genius who is evidently Italian, he was entirely formed in Italy, and he would not have become Leonardo Da Vinci in France."
Another, still-absent piece has also drawn significant attention. The Louvre put out a call for the "Salvator Mundi" but has yet to receive the painting, which sold to an anonymous buyer for a record-breaking $450 million in 2017.
It's unclear where the painting is, but speculation abounds that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman is its new owner. Art experts, meanwhile, remain divided over whether Da Vinci in fact painted the work.
For now, a variation of "Salvator Mundi" created in Da Vinci's studio hangs in the Louvre exhibit. Delieuvin said he does not know who owns the original, but he's holding out hope it will be sent over.
Delieuvin has said the Louvre will withhold judgment on its provenance until they have the painting in hand.