I visit Bashundhara Residential Area quite often, thanks to the classes in North South University and my friends living there. Being a foodie, I always complained my friends about this area not having much decent restaurants where you can peacefully eat and chill with both friends and family. This was possible when there was Kozmo Lounge in the area which is now replaced by Khanas. Even if there are few good places to eat, it is quite challenging to access those due to the rickshaw stand, ‘kaacha bazaar’ and the infinite number of people walking all over the footpath near the Bashundhara R/A entrance.
Now you all can question about the food court in Jamuna Future Park. Honestly I didn’t find it as impressive as that of Bashundhara City or even say for instance Chef’s Table. There are only few decent restaurants/cafés like Tabaq, Poplar and Garlic ‘n’ Ginger in there but sadly, you can’t even get a decent plate of Phuchka in JFP’s food court (readers you can let me know the name of the place if you find any).
Mac ‘n’ Cheese
Few friends of mine and I discovered a new place in the South Avenue corner of Bashundhara R/A named Metro Kitchens. It is a two – floored/layered setup over a huge space with around 20 or more restaurants/cafes covering an array of cuisines. I remember during my first visit, I witnessed Lunar Eclipse from there while sipping tea from Paanshala in Metro Kitchens.
There are many food shops there like Pagla Kebab, Smoky Bones, Paanshala, Peking Kitchens, Fire & Chefs, Gorom Thanda, 4Kitchens, Plated and others. I tried Plated and Paanshala and since my first time, I’ve been there numerous times. In addition to this, I loved the food quality of Plated so much that I frequently order from there via Pathao Food.
PLATED – A TASTE OF MYTH
I am in love with their Chili Cheese Fries and their Mac ‘n’ Cheese. I tried both these dishes for the first time from Plated along with their Oven Baked Pasta and I must say I was very content with the taste. It is good value for money also and very affordable for students. All three dishes we ordered summed upto BDT 702 only and it’s more than enough for 3 people. They serve different kinds of pizzas also.
Oven Baked Pasta
Overall Metros Kitchen is a nice and happening place to chill with your friends. I would highly recommend everyone to go check the place out.
By: Marjan Rahman
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)- 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
I am so content with their food, ambiance and excellent customer service that I can’t stop myself from revisiting that place. Every time I meet my friends in Dhanmondi, this is the place I visit loyally. My friends and I ordered plenty of items which were Fried Nori Beef Tacos, Chicken Cheese Yaki, Spicy Chicken Ramen (pan fried chicken and slow boiled egg topped over fiery hot ramen soup) and Black Sesame Icecream. As promised before in my first article on Izakaya, I’ll be covering Deep Fried Nori Beef Tacos, Chicken Ramen and Black Sesame Icecream. So here they are.
'Deep Fried Nori Beef Tacos'
I always have a soft corner for tacos, mainly for the combination of cheese and the spice. These tacos were different. Crunchy taco shell and sweet in taste because of the Beef Teriyaki filling. There was no cheese in those but I loved how it tasted so delicious without the cheese and the spice. One piece is good enough when you have ordered other items but because of its special taste, I couldn’t stop myself from having two.
To be honest, I wasn’t looking forward to this dish that much provided the fact that I knew what I wanted to order beforehand. When this dish was served, I was extremely amazed. There was not only melting cheese on the top of the grilled chicken pieces but beneath those was a layer of mashed potato. I loved how creamy and soft the mashed potato was. The staff also served an extra bowl of mashed potato on the table which was a pleasant surprise.
They serve two types of ramen – tempura and chicken. I ordered the Chicken Ramen today. The dish came with a soft-boiled egg served on it (which was missing in the tempura ramen). It was spicy, soupy and I loved the strong and intense flavour of chicken. No matter how delicious it tastes, it is quite difficult to finish it all by yourself so perfect for 2 people.
'Black Sesame Ice cream'
Last but not the least, I ordered this for dessert. After my first visit, I looked upon Black Sesame Ice cream since I never heard of this flavoured ice cream before. It is also known as ‘Kuro Goma Ice Cream’ in Japanese which is a traditional ice cream flavor in Japan. I was expecting the ice cream color to be dark gray but to my surprise the color looked like lighter shade of violet. It tasted creamy, bitter just like dark chocolate and also nutty. I fell in love with it.
By: Marjan Rahman
Are you into Japanese cuisine? If yes, have you ever tried Japanese fusion food and that too in the unusual Banani/Gulshan area? Today’s write-up is about a famous restaurant in Dhanmondi. I am sure by this time most of you are already guessing the right name. Located in Dhanmondi, the name of the place is Izakaya and I would highly recommend this if you want to experiment with Japanese fusion food.
For the ones who heard the name for the first time, I am sure you must be curious about what the name ‘Izakaya’ means right ? Well according to Google it is a type of Japanese bar in which a variety of small, typically inexpensive dishes and snacks are served to accompany the alcoholic drinks. But this is not the exact set-up here in Dhaka. I must inform you that it is not a bar and it is not quite an inexpensive restaurant. So far whoever I recommended the place loved it (apart from those who dislike Japanese fusion).
Artificial ‘cherry blossom trees’
As I stepped inside Izakaya, I was greeted by cheerful staff members in Japanese. The interior made me feel like I was teleported to a different country. Filled with artificial ‘cherry blossom trees’ and minimalistic wooden furniture, the place looked so well-designed and sophisticated. It’s a place where you can dine with family and friends. We sat near the window where we enjoyed the view from Level 9. Great ambience.
Artificial ‘cherry blossom trees’
An interesting fact that I heard about Izakaya is that they conduct free sushi workshops for 10 randomly selected interested participants who register for the workshop. So far they’ve held two successful workshops and the third one will take place on March 23, 2019.
As I browsed through the menu, I knew I have to visit this place again because there were so many dishes I wanted to try. I ended up ordering Spicy Salmon Maki Rolls, Tempura Ramen, a Mango Calpis and Matcha Icecream.
The Spicy Salmon Maki Rolls were good but not the best. I liked the fact that there was crab meat also.
’Spicy Salmon Maki Rolls’
The Ramen with two shrimp tempura was spicy, delicious, satisfying and recharging. It is quite difficult to finish the entire one so best to share it with another person.
‘Spicy Tempura Ramen’
The Mango Calpis is a mocktail which I never heard of before. It tasted like mango yogurt. The Calpis is produced by lactic acid fermentation.
Later, Matcha icecream was served. I loved the distinct green color. It tasted like creamy green tea vanilla flavor but with a slightly bitter after-taste. I wish the scoop was a bit larger though. It was the perfect ending to the meal.
Homemade Matcha Icecream’
By now, I visited Izakaya at least 4 - 6 times even though I live quite far away. I would recommend you all to definitely try the crispy Fried Nori Beef Tacos, Spicy Chicken Ramen and homemade Black Sesame Ice-cream. I hope to share the review soon
By: Marjan Rahman