Some of the grandest foods of our country are made best in Old Dhaka. Most of these are delicacies that are called upon during celebrations like weddings. Their history, the richness and the long and intricate cooking processes they go through make them extraordinary treats. Grand Nawab, which commenced around a year ago, is a brand specialising in such traditional items.
Generally speaking, most eateries situated in Old Dhaka which offer traditional cuisine do not have air conditioning. Grand Nawab is an exception, thus making the experience for guests more comfortable, particularly during summer.
The lanterns, perforated screens and the motifs – along with designs on the wall portraying Ahsan Manzil – attempt to bring in a 'Nawabi theme'. The graphics, however, do not adhere to any one particular subject; rather it displays historic monuments, like the Eiffel Tower, from different parts of the world. The menu is superbly simple; a single 'card' showing a small list of items.
No food is grander than kachchi biriyani. And Grand Nawab takes special care to provide its guests with the finest – boasting a rich assortment of spices and a long and careful cooking process. This is reflected in the juicy and tender mutton and the flavourful and aromatic spicy rice. Their chicken biriyani is also very popular. The tehari is impressive too, with just the right amount of oil used. Relish in one of these rice dishes with their delectable 'alu bokhara' chutney. Wash it down with thick and spicy borhani, or their 'badamer shorbot', named 'zaffrani shorbot'. In recent years, badamer shorbot has gained a lot of popularity. Zaffrani shorbot is an exquisite milk-based drink made from nuts featuring the richness of saffron. And for this season, they also have a special green mango drink, a refreshing drink that will not fail to enchant your taste buds. Finally, for a sweet ending, you can have their firni, jorda, or pudding.
The quantity served is quite generous. A plate of kachchi biriyani, or chicken biriyani, costs Tk 160. Add a jaali kebab, which is Tk 30. If you want to have a full meal – a rice dish, a drink and a dessert – the total bill will be less than Tk 500.
Address: 63/1 Kazi Alauddin Road, Nazira Bazaar; 13/1 Abul Hasnat Road (near Saat Rowza). Contact number: 01718360657. Facebook page: www.facebook.com/grandnawab. Food delivery options: KhaiDai.
By M H Haider
Photo courtesy: Grand Nawab