Published : Thursday, 29 December, 2016 at 12:00 AM Count : 1007
Ahmed Tahsin Shams
Bid bye to dry tongue! On this eve of New Year 2017, I have planned a mouthwatering eatery-hangout with family and friends; but in a classic traditional way. And here pops up the idea of a food-hunting day at the foodie-famous area: Puraan Dhaka (Old Town). Let's surf the zone and pick the most tongue-cherished ones for a homely hangout New Year night. Two main dishes would be a lifetime miss: one is Kolkata Kachhi, and the other is Shamser Ali'r Bhuna Khichuri. Such exact and exotic mixtures of spices take these at the peak of Bengali culinary art! Eye-balls will get enlarged and tongue will sweat to taste without a hitch. Just check-in for Chicken or Mutton Khichuri at 118, Bongshal Road (Churiwala Goli), Dhaka, [Phone: 01822-505118, 7313383], and for Kachhi Biriyani with Jali Kabab check-in at Kolkata Kachhi Ghar, 14, Abul Hasnat Road, Saatrowza, Dhaka [Contact: 01718939933, 7342059]. But for a pure Bangaliayana cuisine, just dine for more than 15 bhortas at Nirob Hotel located at 113/2 Najimuddin Road, Dhaka, [Phone: 7300265, 01815468942]. I bet with all the aces, such varieties of bhortas soar them at the top of all idiosyncrasies. This is not the end foodies! Puraan Dhaka is abundant with such culinary-blessings that one can hardly surf it in day. If the above mentioned left any space to quench your appetite, then jump in for a Mutton Leg Roast or Glassy at Hotel Al-Rajjak situated at 29/1, North South Road, Bongshal, Dhaka, [Phone: 02-9566412]. Who would leave Pesta Badaamer Sharbat after such a royal dine? Now it's time to sip at Royal Restaurant at Lalbagh Pesta-Jafran-badamer Saarbat (unique and renowned juice of Puraan Dhaka). The sarbaat comes with chilled milk laced with crushed almonds and pistachios with a hint of saffron. Moreover, Chicken Tikka and Kashmiri Naan are also tasty-treats to the food-buffs. Just check-in at 44, Horonath Gosh Road, Lalbag, Dhaka, [Contact: 8627168, 01819-298088]
Dessert-time! Undoubtedly Beauty Lassi & Faluda stands first for their lemon juice, special lassi, and faluda. Being one of the oldest food-shop in Puraan Dhaka, they are still serving freshening drinks and dessert since 1922. A Persian-Mughal influence, the faluda with its cooling basil seeds (tukma) and sago dana (tapioca) and vermicelli added with fruit and ice never leaves the chance to hit the right spots for sweet-cravers. Just check-in at 30/A Johnson Road, Dhaka (near to Shadarghat). Then comes Bakarkhani, Bengali version of biscuit, which is one of the most famous since Mughal dynasty. Drown it on with tea or milk, or nothing even, they will give a crunchy crispy flavour of Bengal. Just check-in at Nazimuddin road, near to Nirob Hotel, or at Becharam Deory, you will get plenty stalls to serve you. If anyone wants sweet and spicy dessert, better to go for Special Shahi Masala Paan, Beside Kolkata Kacchi Ghar at Abul Hasnat Road, Saatrowza. For a spicy evening chitchat grab a packet of Jhalmuri at Bangshal Chowrasta. Thus, the list goes on� Give it a try. Celebrate New Year with antiquely elite and exciting foods of Puraan Dhaka and make this year end a memoir of lifetime! Viva La Foodies! Viva La Puraan Dhaka!
Ahmed Tahsin Shams is with The Daily Observer Photo: Tomal Samad