12:00 AM, May 03, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:46 AM, May 03, 2019


Nothing beats good food and great company. To amplify that experience, imagine a band playing your favourite songs while you indulge in scrumptious dishes from a variety of choices -- all in one place.

Situated beside the road leading to Mirpur DOHS Gate-1, this place is a perfect stop not just for the grub but also for its energetic vibe. The location has it all -- attractive menus with reasonable prices, lively crowd, talented musicians and a whole heap of fun.

The area is caught up in a whirlwind of hangouts. With a cluster of food courts and a few independent restaurants, the area now plays host to people from all over Dhaka.

“All this is quite a recent development,” said Nusrat Ahmed, a university student and a resident of Mirpur DOHS.

With friends meeting up or families looking for a dine-out, the road, commonly known as “Sagufta Road”, has become a hub for food enthusiasts.

The notion of food courts hit off quite a long time back in our city, and it may be argued that people have not grown tired of it. Case in point: the food courts on Sagufta Road. The large crowds at these food courts are a testament to their popularity.

“Weekend evenings are rather packed,” said school teacher Senjuti Das who often comes here with her family, from Lalmatia, on Fridays. “They usually have live music during the weekends and on special occasions, which of course makes the experience even better.”

She said one of her favourites is Time Pass Cafe at the food court called Daruchini Food Village.

“I love their chicken chaap and luchi. And of course, no meal is complete without a glass of ice tea -- a perfect balance of tea and sugar with a citrus twist to give it a smooth finish,” she said smilingly.

“Can you believe the bill came up to around Tk 150!” she said. “The play-zone for kids is also an added advantage.”

Perhaps, one of the reasons food courts in general are popular is the diversity of cuisines they offers under one roof.

Park Foodiez, for example -- another food court on the same road -- has a plethora of eateries. From kebabs to momos or pizzas to muffins -- it will surely have something to satisfy a gourmand’s taste buds.

The food court also has an eatery called Ching’s Kitchen, which offers “flavours of Bandarban”.

However, many feel that eateries in the area should focus more on flavours and quality.

“The nachos or tortilla chips were not up to the mark. They weren’t crispy enough,” said Mirpur resident Waliul Hasib.

His friend Raihan Ahmed saw it differently. “I think the appeal of Sagufta Road is about enjoying decent food amid live music at reasonable prices -- there are many budget-friendly options here.”

Judging by the crowd and vibe, decent food and good times without breaking the bank -- that’s what this culinary hub at Mirpur promises.


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