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Restaurant review

A taste of Arabian food

Although Dhaka now has a myriad range of cuisines, Arabian food is still relatively less common. But there's Arabian Grill & Platter as a saviour to satisfy your palate if you are craving Arabian cuisine.

As you walk into the restaurant, the waiter will provide you a refreshing welcome drink, an orange and lemon delicacy with small pieces of apple.

With the chef armed with years of experience working in Jeddah's Hilton, the eatery promises to serve authentic Arabian food.

Many of the dishes come in platters, of two people and more - enough to feed a whole family. A very common picture of Arabian dining that comes into our mind is of a large cluster of people sitting around a mammoth platter, with generous amount of rice topped with perhaps a whole lamb.

And at Arabian Grill & Platter, the contents and the portions of the platters are like that: huge amounts of rice and meat, complete with fresh onions, cucumbers, etc for garnishing.

Kabsa rice and Ruz Bukhari are popular rice dishes. Both feature long-grain basmati rice, but the latter dish is red in colour, comprising of tomato puree, garlic, onions, etc.   

The pickle that comes with the food will never fail to win over you. The magic is in the seasoning. The vinegar-soaked carrots and cucumber and other goodies will tease your taste buds to the limit.

For those who want a spicier treat, there's hariyali sauce. On the other hand, the smoky dakoos sauce, featuring tomato base, is also worth trying.

Among meat, you could try out the Arabian mutton mundi and the Chicken Al Faham. Mutton Mundi is one juicy, soft and tender meat that will keep you wanting for more. Meanwhile, Chicken Al Faham is another distinctive delicacy.

Try out the kulfi for dessert. They do not use water at all, and perhaps this is the reason why their kulfi is so rich. With pistachio and the subtle flavour of saffron, the kulfi is one of the best in town.

The flavours of Arabian cuisine are very different from what you usually have. And it is refreshingly different indeed. In order to try that, a visit to Arabian Grill & Platter is a must.

Address: RM Center (4th floor), 101 Gulshan Avenue, Dhaka. Contact number: 01731886688. Facebook page: Find 'Arabian Grill & Platter'. Business hours: 11am-11pm. Home delivery options: HungryNaki; Foodpanda; the eatery also offers free delivery up to a certain radius.

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