Iqbal Center 17th Floor, 42 – Kemal Ataturk Avenue Banani, Dhaka – 1213
Last week, some of my friends and I got to experience the dining ways of the Indians at a well-known restaurant named Bukhara. Bukhara has been open for quite some time now at the seventeenth floor of Iqbal Centre, Kamal Atartuk Avenue, Banani. Their lavish halls and old-fashioned decoration will surely provide the perfect ambience for a nice family dinner outing on the weekend. And their food, their mouthwatering meals will surpass your expectations for sure!
As appetizers, we got to taste some amazing dishes starting from Roomali Masala Papad, which is a crispy homemade roomali roti topped with freshly chopped onions and tomatoes sizzled in chaat masala and red pepper, and ending with Kathai Rolls, shredded tandoori chicken wrapped up in a tandoori roti with onions, cucumber and carrots to add juiciness. Their other appetizers include the famous Papdi Chaat, Cocktail Samosas (cause let's face it, what's an Indian restaurant without samosas right?) and Subz Hara Bhara which is a deep fried vegetable patty made with much consideration for our vegetarian loved ones.
Here's a tip : Best avoid using cutlery to eat the roomali papad; You're supposed to break pieces off and eat it with your hands. Almost like a crispy traditional indian pizza if you will!
As for the main courses, they have a wide array of delicious kebabs and curries, that are paired excellently with their naans and rotis of different kinds. Of all the dishes, their Paneer Makhni was definitely a crowd favourite; paired with their crispy Garlic/Butter Naan, it was absolutely delectable. Their Chicken Nezami(cheesy with perfectly balanced seasoning) and Aatish Kebab(tangy, sour and char grilled) are chicken kebabs done two different ways, bound to satisfy the diverse palates of foodies. Being a Bangali myself, I couldn't not try at least one rice item and I have to say their Hyderabadi Biryani was brilliant; well-cooked basmati rice simmered with mutton and a perfect balance of spices, it's truly one of a kind in town.
And then, it was time for dessert, my favourite part of the meal. The trays came in bearing the most traditionally aesthetic looking bowls bearing the oh-so-well-known Gulab Jamun and Kulfi, served in a beautiful way. They looked as if they just came out of the Indian soap operas (Hindi serials as we know it) our moms watched when we were little. And the taste was no different, the sweet taste of the deep fried Gulab Jamun with the creamy texture of the Kulfi really did taste like a match made in heaven! Truly the perfect ending to a wonderful dining experience. Hats off to the chefs for making and serving such exquisite food! Drop by at Bukhara anytime to get a taste of the pure brilliance they have to offer.