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If you Love Bangla Food this is the place you must try , Food Quality are awesome service are good you will feel at home here . Price is really very cheap ...
Went to Chittagong Express for Iftaar the other day after hearing so much about it. The place is a mess, its nowhere near their description about it being a great place to sit with your family and all. The sitting arrangement is not that good. I heard that they serve Authentic chittagonian mejbani gosht and daal. Being a chatgaia and mejbani gosht lover myself, I took one of my dhakaia friends to that place for iftaar. We had reservations for two but strangely enough, I didnt find my name on any of the tables and they asked us to share a table with 6 other people but after a small argument with the manager, he managed a table for two. They were fresh out of Akhni so we had to go with the set meal.
The mejbani gosht they served on that specific evening is no where near the real thing. It felt too light, and did not have enough spicyness, it felt kindof bland. The daal was pretty good though but the paya jhol is an insult to the traditional paya dish we chatgaia's are familiar with and it also seemed like they probably re serve the left over rice.
They also had a shortage of SPOONS AND GLASSES
I dont know if it was that specific evening when everything went nutts for them or if this is the usual scenario. They boast so much about their akhni but I dont think I'll ever go there again to try it, as going their from the main part of the city is an adventure in itself
I know many people love their food and thats why Im saying that Im not sure if their usual service is this much terrible or was it an isolated incident. If its their regualr scene then I think most regulars at that place dont even have the slightest idea about Chatgaia Mejbani gosht and paya.
The best Mejbani gosht you can buy is still from Chittagong Club in my book and Chittagong express failed to change that miserably. Sorry for being rude, but they literally pissed me off.
Not recommended at all.
Thanks for the honest review brother saved alot of hassle for me
Thank you for your honest review and feedback. As one of the partners of Chittagong Express, I accept most of the comments you have given here, though iftar time review of a restaurant, especially one that is newly opened and operated by inexperienced enthusiasts, might not do justice to the actual state of the restaurant and its potentials. They might call it jumping to conclusion a bit too quickly. Services of many experienced restaurants might deviate during iftar / seheri as they have to serve an unusual number of customers at a time. We actually started our operation right before Ramadan, with no idea of how people will respond to our venture. We initially had no plan to even open the restaurant for iftar. You might have noticed, we had no iftar item on the menu. However, due to overwhelming demand we had to open the restaurant for iftar and the responses quickly exceeded out preparations and expectations. That caused the shortages you have experienced. With no prior experience in this industry, and all three of us being occupied with our respective professions, we took extra time in acting as situations demanded. You might have visited us on a weekend, during which the situation got even more unusual.
We soon had, probably right after your visit, all necessary preparations in place to serve iftar more efficiently and we discarded to booking system for 'be seated as you come' system. You might agree with me that Ramadan time experience would not be a good time to review a restaurant in the prestigious Dhakafoodies because nothing can be speculated by a restaurant during this time. And what more if the restaurant is a barely a month old? We faced similar situations quite a number of times during seheri towards the end of Ramadan as well.
On the quality of mezbani beef, yes, the taste fluctuated during the initial days as the chef was trying to accommodate many comments of different customers, and the taste might have slipped on certain days. However, most of the time it turned out great from the very day of launching and it has been improving since. Yet, I agree that the taste may still vary a little at times given the complex process of the mezbani cooking. Time has also taught us to improve our services to make you feel that the trouble of getting there from other parts of Dhaka and from further distances is worth it. Please give us at least 1/200 of the time Chittagong Club has had, then you can compare our food quality with theirs. Hope you will pay us another visit on a regular day and you perception will change.
Its been a while but I'll still reply. It seems you guy's dont really have any idea about the food business. The best time to review or speculate the service of a restaurant is when its under pressure. Its shows their real faces. And going on and on saying you lack experience is just giving excuses. You own a restaurant that does decent business, dont give excuses. Many restaurants have been opened in bd during or shortly before ramadan time and they did quite well even when the owners didnt have any previous experience in the business. Monju mama and his Barcode cafe in Ctg, Asif bhai's Tarka in Banani are great examples. I didnt want to compare your food with Ctg club's as I know difference very well, but its you guys who were claiming that you serve authentic mejbani gosht so I compared you with another place which serves the authentic dish and frankly speaking, even the mejbani beef of chawk maloncho and Jaman Hotel is better than the beef I was served that day. I wrote an honest review based on my experience. Im not the kind of foodie who goes to different places to take selfies with food and post them on facebook. Im the kind of guy who lives to eat and not the other way around. It really would have made me happy if you had put the same effort you put to post excuses here, in yur restaurant to manage it. Anyways, goodluck with your venture, and if I got to JFP soon, I'll pay a visit to your place.
if you like chittagong style mejbani food...then this is the place...little spicy but really really tasty...they have a very good set menu but it doesnt include 'kala bhuna' which is a must try here...
For long me and my wife wanted to test authentic mezbani beef. We saw an article on a newspaper regarding Chittagong express and since then we have been thinking to visit this place. We are not like restaurant guys who visit a lot of restaurants. We went there today with our kid around 1415hrs and the place was so full with guests that we had to wait around 15 mins to be seated. We were sitting on the ground floor and there was only one waiter serving the orders and he was very busy with a group of guests who were 33 in numbers. The good thing was, the guy from the kitchen was pushing the waiter to take care of us. We ordered set menue and beef kala bhuna and firnee. I never tested mezbani beef before so I can't tell if it tests like the authentic one or not, but we both liked it very much. The daal was also testy and paya was OK. The firnee was very testy and it seemed to us that it was made with safron. Quantity of food was more than enough for us. All the staffs seemed friendly specially the beard guy from kitchen.
went there three times, their most delicious item is the mejbani meat. also i liked the kala-bhuna. akhni biriani was good. the best part is price is very resonable.