Over the last few years, Dhaka has indeed seen an exorbitant growth in the number of eateries. Also, the notion of cafes and the coffee drinking culture at large too, has been established. And although there are a number of good coffee shops in Dhaka, a more holistic approach -- an immaculate effort to combine various other factors and leisure ideas along with coffee and food and good service -- has been scarce.
Perhaps that's why Howard Schultz, the CEO and founder of possibly the most celebrated coffee chain in the world, Starbucks, always reminds us, “We are not in the coffee business, serving people; we are in the people business, serving coffee.”
Howard Schultz is not the only person to understand the value of 'people business'. Welcome to Bronia Cafe & Gallery, a new eatery in town. Primarily, it is just a cafe serving different types of coffee. However, one of the best things about the place is its sheer comprehensiveness and versatility -- from an elaborate menu and music and movies to arts and so on.
The cafe itself is essentially an art gallery. In fact, Bronia was inaugurated this year through an exhibition, featuring the artwork of 40 prominent artists, such as Kanak Chapa Chakma, Rafiqun Nabi, Qayyum Chowdhury and Shahabuddin Ahmed. In this short span of about a couple of months, yet another exhibition, named Nepal-Bangladesh Art Exhibition 2014 -- which featured paintings of a few Nepalese and Bangladeshi artists -- was also held.
“You come to a cafe to enjoy a relaxing atmosphere, perhaps after a day of work to soothe your nerves. The beautiful paintings all around will help to do just that,” Nurul Amin, one of the owners said. “Also, these paintings will help you spend the inevitable waiting time between ordering and serving of food without impatience or much fuss.”
The main objective of the gallery is to provide a platform for art lovers and artists and to promote among people the love for art. On one side of the eatery is a stage, for live music shows, which are held on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, from 5pm to 10pm.
As if art and music weren't enough, Bronia also hosts movie shows. A large screen appears on a sound-proof room of the cafe, usually playing popular Hollywood movies. The free movie shows are held on Fridays and Saturdays, starting at 4pm.
The room, at other times, can also be booked for business meetings or small parties.
Bronia mainly serves continental cuisine. With different types of pizzas, pastas, steaks and sandwiches, the eatery shuns the notion of being merely a coffee shop; it offers more choices than that and therefore can be seen in a broader perspective.
But a primary focus is coffee. And the different genres, flavours and brands available at Bronia reflect just that. Be it a reenergising drink of iced mocha on a hot afternoon, or an enchanting hazelnut flavoured coffee after a meal, or a simple cup of cappuccino shared with friends or perhaps an espresso to start off a long day -- Bronia will never fail you when it comes to caffeine.
The cafe serves breakfast too, offering you several set menus, including one for children. There are also set menus for other meals as well.
Bronia offers a good value for money; prices are not very taxing and you can have ample without putting any stress on your wallet.
The cafe is located in Richmond Concord (2nd floor), 68 Gulshan Avenue, Gulshan-1. Keep your eyes on the right side of the road as you go from Gulshan-1 Circle to Gulshan-2 Circle through Gulshan Avenue. For more information -- be it about reservations, movie show updates, etc -- find Bronia Cafe & Gallery on Facebook, visit their website www.bronia.com.bd or call 01847067812.