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new pan asian place

Posted last April 25, 2011, 5:42 am in Food report article

Dhaka is full of new restaurants. Seems like a new generation of people have come back here and decided to go into the food business. Good for the rest of us ;)

Just went to this new place called The 8, hidden in gulshan 1, behind the siemens building (Road 2, I think). It's wierd, because I've never heard of it, nor is there a big sign or anything, or any marketing. From the outside it just looks like an old house. Seems like the owners never bothered to let anyone know they had a restaurant.

Going in, first off, the place has it's own parking, which was nice, as I was driving, and parking on the road is just a pain. There was masses of bamboo trees everywhere, and a lot of other greenery, which was another positive sign as far as I was concerned.

Pan Asian food, which seemed ambitious, and the menu had some quirks in it, like the dish called Mary had a Little Lamb. Service was pretty good, and the place looked nice. Kind of buddhist looking. In fact there was a giant buddha head in a corner room.

I thought it would be expensive, but it wasn't too bad actually. The imported beef was like 1600, and it sounded damn good, but I didn't want to have that for lunch. I had sate for appetizers and it was amazing peanut sauce. The waiter told me that the Chef was actually Malaysian, and then went off on a detailed description of how Sate is actually Malaysian originally and not Thai. It was kind of funny actually.

Then I had the beef rendang, which was excellent. Very authentic, which makes sense, and around 600 tk, which is pretty reasonable considering that they served me actual chunks of meat. My friend took the set menu, which was ridiculously priced at 500 tk, and pretty much gave her a 7 course meal. Soup, two apps, rice, veggies and chicken. And desert. It was like a tasting menu pretty much.

After a whole lot of 500 tk buffets, it was nice to go somewhere and be served, and also to get an original menu of sorts. I'd say worth checking out.