When Moolicious’s posts started popping up on my Facebook and Instagram feed, I was ecstatic about the fact that finally, apart from Johnny Rockets and a few other places, a place serving proper milkshakes. But to my dismay, this place failed to live up to the hype they created.
Moolicious is located on Banani 11, a prime spot for any and every eatery. Thus, it goes without saying that it caught many people’s attention while passing by. To top that off, they also promoted by offering to give a discount to those who spotted their location and sent them a picture of their shop. This attracted a larger number of people making their first week of operation so hectic that they had to wait to restock their ingredients.
I paid them a visit in their 3rd or 4th week of operation. I had found out that their Caramel Popcorn thick milkshake was making quite a buzz and ordered so. I also got a Luscious Blueberry from their fruit shake options. It took me quite a few sips but still I couldn’t wrap my head around why these drinks were so popular. Because you could take their environmentally non-friendly bottles back home? Or because a milkshake shop is a new concept in town? Till date, I couldn’t understand why their so-called, non-thick, sweet drinks became popular.
From the Caramel Popcorn I had expected some saltiness or at least thickness of milkshakes, to say the least. But it delivered none. For the price I paid, I think serving the drinks in bottles are just a lazy way of presentation whereas, in general, you see real popcorn toppings on a shake with such name. As for the Luscious Blueberry, it was better than the prior drink. The color was a lovely purple and the consistency was thicker than my thick milkshake *major eye roll*. But once again, the pricing was too high for the taste. The syrup bottles stacked at the venue were what all other shops in town use. I assume, you can guess which brand I am talking about. I do understand renting such a prime location and bringing those bottles rise the price margin but taste-wise the drinks were nothing that unique.
I do still see posts from their loyal customers going back for more of their milkshakes but, in my opinion, Moolicious isn’t worth their price tag. I’d much rather go to Johnny Rockets to enjoy their delicious burgers with their classic shakes!
By Ifreet Taheea
A few months back when I visited Yue Kee Central, I came back as a disappointed customer but after their re-opening they managed to bounce back quite well! To start off, their interior is all baby blue and floral making it quite an Instagram-worthy spot! They also have an outdoor balcony seating arrangement overlooking Abahani field and honestly, the view of Dhaka city from there is breathtaking!
Assorted Dimsum Platter
(Prawn Hargow, Chicken and Lemongrass, Sesame Beef)
Amongst the 3 I think the prawn one really stole the show with how juicy the stuffing was. The beef comes second with its meaty yet mild flavor. The chicken ones wrapper was extremely thick and the stuffing bland.
Prawn and Cream Cheese Wonthon
This one could have been fried slightly longer but the stuffing was delicious! The combination of juicy prawn and thick cheese mixture is an amazing one!
Yue Spicy Fried Rice
This fried rice was filled with chicken, beef, prawn, and calamari! A must have from their menu if you love spice in your rice.
Seafood Rice Bowl
This one is a meal in itself. The prawn tempuras were fried perfectly and the Asian Pan fried Fish had a sweet and sour taste with a brilliant crispy batter.
Sweet & Crispy Sweet Chicken
I liked this dish of their better before. Unlike my last time, this one had an uber thick, non-crispy coating and an overly thickened sweet sauce.
Yue Fried Chicken
While the chicken was cooked really nicely with a crispy skin on. The sad bit was that the sauce didn't seep through the chicken as nicely. But if you cut off bits of chicken and dip it in the sauce, it tastes quite nice.
Garlic Mushroom with Red Oil
A MUST HAVE FOR SURE! The thick red oil (as they call it but it doesn't taste anything like red oil), is sweet and peppery and goes really well with the meaty mushrooms. While they are canned ones, they managed to clean it really well as neither the smell, nor the taste bugged me.
Beef and Mushroom in Mahlak Sauce
Lean cuts of meat were dipped in a thick brown sauce which has a curry like taste. Personally I wasn't a big fan of it because of how deshi the taste was but the beef was really tender.
Red Velvet Cupcake
The red velvet looked really cute and perfect! The frosting managed to stay in place but slightly lacked the vinegary acidity but overall is one of the best red velvets I have had in town. They serve the same ones at The SweetSin café as well.
Honey Noodles with Almondflakes
This dish is addictive no matter where I have it. The sweetness here wasn't as overwhelming but the noodles could use a little bit more frying and toasted nuts.
By Ifreet Taheea
Even though a lot of restaurants in town claim to serve authentic Mexican cuisine, only 2 or 3 actually do. Even El Toro, which has been around for decades, has adapted their dishes to our taste buds. La Cantina in Banani is a new Mexican place which not only sources their produce straight from Mexico but also brought in an international chef to help prepare their menu.
I absolutely fell in love with the creamy and refreshing Guacamole which comes with slightly salty and light chips. If you're looking for the perfect guac in town, this is the place to go. The Nachos' 1:3 portion had me stoked. Stacked with black beans, fresh salsa, pickled chilis, cheese (both white and melted yellow cheese) and lime cream, this is a dish to kick off catch-ups with friends. I would have liked to dip some of the chips with some sour cream though.
Next came the Baja Fish Tacos. I'll be honest, the soft shells tasted more like 'ruti' despite of the corn flour being sourced from Mexico. The fish was fried yet light. The chipotle cream and pickled onions added some flavor but not the punch that I had expected. I'd recommend you to ask for their spicy sauce which definitely adds a kick to every bite.
As for the Horchata, it tasted like spiced water with Cinnamon to me. Since it's made with rice milk, I appreciate that those with lactose intolerance can opt for this drink but for myself, I wouldn’t order it again.
For desserts, we ordered these crispy sugary treats stuffed with Dulce De Leche (caramel) called Churros which are served with an ancho chili chocolate sauce.
Previously, I would order Churros at Cilantro but over time, they have become quite oily. But the ones here are just perfect! They're crisp yet doughy and the caramel stuffing is just the cherry on top. The slight hint of spice from the ancho chili of the chocolate sauce balances out the sweetness from the caramel and cinnamon sugar.
The Tres Leches Shortcake are 3 small milk cakes which are topped with mango mint salsa. I was impressed by how light yet flavorful the cake was. The texture of the cake is between plain cake and pudding. It's spongy and as soon as you have a bite of it, you get a mango milk taste. Overall, simply put, it's cake and mango milk. Wish the taste of the mint was more prominent and the portion was slightly bigger.
Many of you may already familiar of CAF’s famous Selfieccino (cappuccino on which you can get anything printed on the froth). They had stirred up quite a storm attracting customers from places far away to come here and get their pictures printed on their coffees. Recently though, they have added some new desserts on their items which are a steal in terms of price.
1. Chocolate Ball
This dessert is very rich and sweet given that the brownies, syrup and the circular covering are all chocolate flavored. However, the ice-cream helps balance out some of the sweetness. The ball sits on a crumble of biscuits adding some textures to the dessert as well. The highlight, though, is the way the ball melts underneath the pouring, thick milk chocolate making the audience stare in awe.
2. Red Velvet Slice
This perfect slice of surprisingly light cake is sure to win any sweet-lovers hearts. The cream is extremely light and not overpoweringly sweet either.
3. Brownie with Ice-Cream
Few things are better than brownie with ice-cream. This simple brownie is sure to win many hearts with it moist texture and rich taste. The ice-cream that comes with it accompanies the fudgy bar really well making this dessert my overall favorite.
4. Chocolate Lava Cake with Ice-Cream
Talking about favorite, their chocolate lava cake with ice-cream is another hit in my opinion. The gooeyness is not as much as you expect when cut open but nonetheless, the taste makes up for it. It’s perhaps the best one in town right now and you’d be seriously missing out on something delicious if you don’t drop by CAF and order this dessert.
Last but not the least, usually Tiramisus tend to be really expensive for a very small portion. I think at Tk120+, this is the best Tiramisu you can currently get. I do wish the biscuit layers would be soaked in a stronger coffee but the cream itself is pretty darn delicious!
We also tried the Grilled Chicken Sandwich which I think is a must have with your coffee. The addition of jalapenos really elevates the taste of the overall sandwich and the fresh grilled chicken was not only meaty but nicely seasoned as well. I love that the sandwiches are made to order thus ensuring freshness.
You have got to drop by at CAF especially during the day! The ambience here is like that of foreign coffee chains and I love that you get a whiff of coffee as soon as you enter the shop.
These steaks may look from steakhouses of Gulshan or Banani but they're actually from a small boutique steakhouse in Malibag, Khilgaon. With their opening date a little around 6 months ago, LongHorn Steak & Pizza is perhaps the only steakhouse in Khilgaon offering premium Bengal meat cuts for their customers.
I’ll start with their downs first this time. Their location is not only inconvenient to find but they are also located on the main road causing noise to enter their premises. To add to that, there is also no parking available making it difficult for guests to find a proper parking space around. Upon entering their restaurant, you will notice that it is in fact, a very tiny space.
However, the tiny space is nicely decorated giving you a somewhat cozy vibe. You are then presented with a welcome drink to sip on while choosing from their food and beverage menu. There we were, two carnivores, ogling at the meat section. We ended up ordering a T-bone steak and a Premium Rib-Eye steak, both with a side of sautéed vegetables and mashed potato.
We ordered a Shrimp Cocktail as starter. Basically it’s a cold dish consisting of boiled shrimp, a sauce of mayonnaise consistency, lettuce, and eggs. If you're a fan of cold salads and such, you'll dig this dish as the shrimps incorporate well with their house special sauce. I loved the sauce itself but compared to traditional Shrimp Cocktails, the dish could use some more spice and lime.
The T-bone steak is not my preferred cut for steak since they tend to taste rough if not cooked well. This steak was also thinner than usual but was very filling. The mushroom sauce helped bring taste to this slab of meat but it's still the Premium Rib Eye that stole my heart! Unlike the rough texture of the T-Bone, this steak was actually very soft and juicy! Both the steaks had medium doneness but the fat on this piece managed to bring richness in taste. The mashed potato was seasoned well and was of acceptable consistency. It had some chunky bits of potatoes and was buttery as well. The sautéed vegetables, though, could use some more time on the stove.
In summary, I think LongHorn definitely has potential to become a favorite among Khilgaon residents. While their pricing is slightly high compared to other eateries in the area, the quality of food that they offer is also worth it. Do give their Premium Rib-Eye a try. I still can’t stop thinking about it!