Dhaka’s culinary scene is getting more and more cosmopolitan, with waves of eateries opening up and popularising cuisines of various regions. Case in point: Ohana Diner which offers Hawaiian cuisine.
Having spent a few years in Hawaii, an experience she cherishes, chief executive Ayesha Hossain Shahnila put her passion and fond memories in this seafood-based diner.
As you walk into Ohana, you will quickly become aware of two things: how small and cosy the place is, and its passion for seafood and Hawaii.
Its oceanic theme is marked by adornments such as the fishing net covering the ceiling and seashells lying about. Meanwhile, things like ukulele and an Aloha signage on the wall set the ambience for Hawaiian treat.
One such treat is the delicious Loco Moco. A wholesome meal of sticky rice with beef patty, egg (sunny side up!) and vegetables on the side, the popular Hawaiian food looks really appetising.
Meanwhile, for seafood lovers, Ohana Diner is a treasure trove. From the spicy and flavoursome ‘Suicide Octopus’ to their scrumptious convergence of ‘Blue Mussels with Spaghetti’; or be it the classic fish and chips, or their mouth-watering preparation of fish such as pomfret and red snapper, Ohana won’t let you down let when it comes to seafood.
And that treasure trove also comes in a decent budget. Seafood is generally regarded as expensive. However, Ohana has managed to keep prices relatively reasonable.
Their generous ‘Seafood Platter 1’ for example, which not only boasts a whole lobster but also a range of other delicacies (calamari, rice, etc.) comes with a price tag of Tk 1755 (excluding service charge).
Shahnila also boasts of high hygiene standards, with strictly controlled supply chain and a live kitchen, as Ohana believes in delivering a wonderful experience, from food to service, for its guests.
As Syed Md Gias Uddin, executive partner and head chef, explains, “After all, Ohana in Hawaiian culture means family, but also an idea of strong bond and unity among people.”
Address: House 2/8/A, Road 3, Block A, Lalmatia. Business hours: 11AM-11 PM. Food delivery options: Shohoz Foods, HungryNaki, Foodpanda, Pathao. The eatery also delivers directly within the neighbourhood, free of charge. For more info, call 01880200570 or find ‘Ohana Diner’ on Facebook.
Photo courtesy: Ohana Diner