A taste of Hello Dhaka
Hello Dhaka is a journey of the senses, one that sets out from a serious indulgence to meet joyous high camp to bring to your plates the ultimate luxury of comfort food. Occupying a space that is big enough for a typical family-style restaurant in Dhaka, this diner is located in the midst of crowded inlets going into commercial spaces and convenience stores, a true hive of activity in the heart of Gulshan 1. The location serves as the perfect metaphor: it is to let you know that the world outside may roar on and take you up in raging storms but here, at Hello Dhaka, a steaming thali and a cup of warm tea will always be there to tide you over.
Speaking of steaming thalis, of course we'll walk you through it! Picture a set of smooth-steel bowls, every single one filled to the brim with South-Asian delicacies. Make a thrilling beginning with rotis, tearing it into bite-size pieces to pair with spicy chili relishes, cooling raitas or sour pickles, whatever you are in the mood for. Help yourself by feeding the meat-lover in you with pleasures of hariyali chicken kebabs, chicken tikkas grilled golden or stuffed with cheese. Say yes to more gluttony with dhal, tangy chutneys of tomatoes and creamy mashed potatoes and bid adieu to your morning worries with this perfect afternoon lunch only at Hello Dhaka.
This restaurant makes sure you do not underestimate the quality of fine seafood. Whether prepared deshi, Southeast Asian or European, they are all treated with the same respect and the same recipe of spices guaranteeing a feast of epic proportions. If you're willing to try anything for that ideal, Instagram-able shot, order the jumbo-sized prawns at Hello Dhaka. Served mightily on a hot, black grill and fried to the sweet spot of crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside, these prawns come fresh off the docks every morning and impress every time.
For those who wish to satiate their patriotic love for everything Bangladeshi, order their signature fish-head curry. Packed with bags of flavour, eggplants and okras, this bowl is deshi heaven on a plate. If swooping noodles is your guilty pleasure, go on and choose their crispy seafood noodles, al dente at every bite and a burst of flavour in every spoonful.
More Bangali food to choose from are curries of amaranth leaves and spinach, delightfully decorated atop betel leaves. An assortment of bhortas, a quintessential staple of Bangla food, the Chittagonian pride, mezbani beef, so tender it melts in your mouth, and polao so good it reminds you of home are just some from the array of Bangali, Malaysian, Singaporean and European foods to entice your palate here at Hello Dhaka.
No feast is complete without something sweet and this is where Hello Dhaka truly wins hearts and claims souls. For one, a mountain of ice-cream is sandwiched between two wafer-thin, crispy pieces of filo pastry, soaked in honey and enriched with pistachios, the baklava at Hello Dhaka is simply sublime. If you're a fan of this Greek classic, Hello Dhaka's interpretation of it is worth ignoring the calories for!
Another favourite is the tiramisu cake layered with cream cheese and dusted with pure coffee. Leave your taste buds dancing with this one as you gorge on every spoonful of decadent chocolate, sinning blissfully and not caring even a bit about it!
Quaff down your blues with milk teas or coffee or whatever soda's fizz the weather demands and your Pan Asian feast has been met with a bittersweet end.
Marketing the tagline of "simple yet gorgeous," owner Zubair Kabir encapsulates the ethos of his passion project best, "Hello Dhaka is all about plating simple, home-style food from the hills and rivers of Bengal or from your mothers' kitchens, for that matter, and giving it a certain pizzazz, that extra oomph in presentation to make eating Bengali food a gastronomical experience, one that affects all of the senses and not just your taste buds. Here, we serve you simple food with a unique take on panache."
And, so, for a simply gorgeous dine-out deserving of Michelin stars, drop by Hello Dhaka any day of the week; its doors are always open to take you in and make sure you are taken care of.
For home delivery: 01922-211333
Address: 60/D, Road:131,Gulshan-1, Dhaka-1212