Kallu is king!
Stray away from the confines of a fancy menu, eye pleasing décor and cosy environment. Only then you will be able to savour the spiciest kababs from Kallu Kabab Ghar. Located within the deep underbelly of Mirpur Bihari Camp, the taste of its kabab will undoubtedly surprise you. Enter the road beside Mirpur Sector 11 bus stop and you will reach this al fresco marvel within a few hundred yards.
I do not know when Kallu Kabab Ghar started making their wonders but what I do remember is nibbling away on the killer combo of luchi and beef chaap at least 20 years ago. I can personally vouch that the taste has not deteriorated a bit even after all these years.
The establishment has two divisions. One is for the regular sheek kabab, chicken chap and beef chap. Another one is for khiri kabab, gurda kabab and brain masala. Each of the items will cost around Tk 80-120. Each luchi will cost 2 Taka. The food orders will have to be separate. The bills will be separate too.
Each of the food items are spicier in comparison to what we get in the fancy cafes and restaurants. They are nothing like you have ever experienced before, this I can guarantee.
I personally recommend the beef chap over its chicken counterpart. Gurda kabab is a must because not only will it make your tastebuds drool, you will never know that is was accompanied by sliced potatoes, further spiced up with a mouth-watering gravy of tangy coriander leaves.
The potatoes are also available with khiri kabab.
The only downside of eating here is the crazy hustle and bustle of the Bihari camp. And if you are a bit too concerned with the cleanliness of the place, I suggest you get the food to take away. The food hygiene has been good enough for thousands of loyal customers from all walks of life for decades. That should not be a problem.
Living in Dhaka and not trying out the meaty delights of Kallu Kabab Ghar is a sin. There are hundreds of marvels like this one all around the city, still undiscovered by the mass. This is a good place to start from.
Photo: LS Archive/Sazzad Ibne Sayed