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Old December 21, 2010, 12:39 AM
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Default Mexican restaurant in Dhaka?

Are there good authentic ones? Prefer Tex-Mex over Baja-Mex.
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Old December 21, 2010, 12:56 AM
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El Toro is pretty good, but try not to compare with the ones you'd get in your part of the world.
The interior and the ambiance is also quiet good and if you planning to dine out with friends and family, it is recommendable.

* Address
o House 1A, Rd 138 Gulshan I
(the goli just beside Abacus/Samsonite store in gulshan 1.)
* Phone
o 885 2863
* Price
o mains starting Tk 160
* Hours
o 11.30am-10.30pm

Here is the lonely planet review:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/banglade...exican/el-toro

El Toro is unusual in Dhaka in as much as it is clean, cheerful, friendly and fun. The menu is typical international Mexican, with all the usual dishes. The service is efficient and friendly, and the waiters speak good English. The atmosphere of the restaurant is cheerful and light hearted; wooden tables, benches with cushions and a neon cactus on one of the walls. Prices are reasonable (service charge is added automatically), if I remember well a typical maincourse was about 250tk. Although they don't sell alcoholic drinks, they have some fine soft drinks and there is no problem turning up with your own beer/wine. Overall, although no Michelin stars, El Toro is one of the better international dining experiences in Dhaka!
http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowUserR...ity_Dhaka.html
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Old December 21, 2010, 03:46 AM
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El Toro is pretty good
Wait... this is the one that used to be near the petrol pump next to Alliance Francais? Or is my memory really corrupted...

Man, I seriously miss the thousands of Mexican restaurants in the southern states. There is **** all in London!
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Old December 21, 2010, 03:49 AM
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Best Mexican I've ever had was in Z-Tejas in Austin.
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Old December 21, 2010, 03:56 AM
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Wait... this is the one that used to be near the petrol pump next to Alliance Francais? Or is my memory really corrupted...

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same one, it relocated ages ago !!!!
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Old December 21, 2010, 10:14 AM
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Surprised to see Dr. Z going to BD from Sunny Diego and looking for Mexican cuisine. Do leave your feedback here once you've dined in one.
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Old December 21, 2010, 10:20 AM
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I recommend El Toro.

I think there is another one in Gulshan, next to the big BFC. I think it was called Mexican Chicas or just Chicas. I don't know if it's still there. I've never been so not sure about that one.
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Old December 21, 2010, 10:29 AM
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I think there is another one in Gulshan, next to the big BFC. I think it was called Mexican Chicas or just Chicas. I don't know if it's still there. I've never been so not sure about that one.
Mexicana chics. Crap.
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Old December 21, 2010, 10:33 AM
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Any non-traditional ethnic restaurants in Dhaka? Definitely planning to try the North Korean one. Any other suggestions? Burkina Fasso? Tuvalu? Suriname?
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Old December 21, 2010, 10:49 AM
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Any non-traditional ethnic restaurants in Dhaka? Definitely planning to try the North Korean one. Any other suggestions? Burkina Fasso? Tuvalu? Suriname?
Sura?

Nagasaki for authentic Japanese.
http://nagasakidhaka.web.fc2.com/index_en.html

Izumi (also Japanese) is a newer one. Again haven't been there so don't know if it's any good.
http://www.thedailystar.net/magazine.../lifestyle.htm

Le Saigon (Vietnamese) is meh. But you could give it a go.

And Golden Spoon for the best (authentic) Chinese in town. Well at least it used don't know if it still is.

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Old December 21, 2010, 10:51 AM
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mainland china,soi 71,samdado,aro koyekta ase...cant remember the names.oh,don gionvanni
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Old December 21, 2010, 11:02 AM
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I wouldn't call Vietnamese, Japanese or Italian as non-traditional ethnic. I've been to Don Giovanni and it is a very bad facsimile of Italian food. Is there good Pho in Dhaka? Good sashimi? What's SOI 71?
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Old December 21, 2010, 11:07 AM
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I wouldn't call Vietnamese, Japanese or Italian as non-traditional ethnic. I've been to Don Giovanni and it is a very bad facsimile of Italian food. Is there good Pho in Dhaka? Good sashimi? What's SOI 71?
Le Saigon is the only Vietnamese in town. Their Pho Bo and Pho Ga were quite good but the other dishes sucked. And it was overpriced as well. But it's worth a try. And that's about as ethnic you can expect to go in Dhaka.

As for Italian it has to be Bella Italia hands down.
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Old December 21, 2010, 11:08 AM
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It's amazing how the Google ads on this page are now showing all Mexican restaurants.
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Old December 21, 2010, 11:21 AM
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Any non-traditional ethnic restaurants in Dhaka? Definitely planning to try the North Korean one. Any other suggestions? Burkina Fasso? Tuvalu? Suriname?
Nagasaki in Uttara. So authentic that you gotta sit on the wooden floor on your legs, while being served by the Kimono wearing staff. Pricey. But the place is also a guest house for Japanese visitors to BD.

Izumi in Gulshan Rd 113. More fancy, more pricey. Both Nagasaki and Izumi serve fantastic Sashimi and Teriyaki. Samdado is good too, but for authenticity Nagasaki beats them all hands down.

Sura for Korean in Gulshan 2, but also pricey, they used to be reasonably pricey, but now they've really hiked up the prices. If you want authentic but cheaper, Korean Restaurant on Road 113 Gulshan is quite good. There's also Arirang House in Gulshan 2 Rd 51.

Grab a bottle of 2005 chilean merlot for Tk.950 (pm me and I'll direct you to where the finest selection can be had) and head to La Forchetta in Gulshan 2 (just north of the circle, beside the former Ninfa's building - Landmark tower) for Italian pizza and pastas, kicks Bella Italia's @ss twice over. Run by the Bella Italia/Little Italy chef's brother. They'll make you penne arabiatta even though their menu doesnt show it. Their Fettucine is divine (for Dhaka). Very kitschy italian decor and table cloth. You'd be fooled to think its 'khyat'.

Don Giovanni has reopened... in Gulshan Rd.121 I think. The sizzling steaks are still awesome! Pastas are a bit of a let down. Great ambience.

Cheungshing restaurant in Banani Rd. 7... very dodgy and grimy. But then its REAL chinatown food... Black Bean Sauce and Wok type Chinese... in Dhaka!

Soi71 is in Gulshan Rd.71... good thai food I hear. All these joints are BYOB, while Cheungshing and the Korean places serve mediocre Heineken.
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Old December 21, 2010, 11:39 AM
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There is also a Indonesian one in banani kamal attartuk avenue..Abc tower...restaurant name sky room...night time view from that restaurant is really good
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Old December 21, 2010, 12:09 PM
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ammark: Do you eat out every night or something? Damn ridiculous amount of info you've got...


Damn, I remember Sky Room from eons ago... like 1999 or so... was indeed a good view, IIRC.
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Old December 21, 2010, 12:22 PM
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ammark: Do you eat out every night or something? Damn ridiculous amount of info you've got....
Nope. I'm a cheap bastard who mooches off other people. But if I were to eat out every day I'd go to La Forchetta with a choice bottle of red coz they have great food thats reasonably cheap. Their four cheese thin crust pizza with black olives, olive oil and a tinge of balsamic vinegar is (sorry for sounding like a girl) an orgasmic delight. I've been to Nagasaki, it was really good. Never been to Izumi or Soi 71 but have heard about them from friends and coworkers quite a bit. (Coworkers and bosses love to eat out at pricey places for company dinners). Never been to Arirang either, but my sister's a fan. I've been to all the others on the odd occasion that someone else has paid for it.
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Old December 21, 2010, 06:38 PM
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Ammar - your gastronic predelictions make me think you are a man after my heart - a true kindred spirit. I see bromance. I'll definitely PM you about the wine.
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Old December 22, 2010, 10:10 AM
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u want non bengali chinese food,mainland china's good.but make sure u make reservations first if u go there for dinner on a thurday or friday,i had to wait for 45mins when i went there once without reservation
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Izumi in Gulshan Rd 113. More fancy, more pricey. Both Nagasaki and Izumi serve fantastic Sashimi and Teriyaki.
a friend told me that he knows someone who dined here with 3 other people (so 4 in total) and the total bill was Tk.30,000 (so USD 100+ per person).

Yea....I forgot to ask what that person does for living....
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a friend told me that he knows someone who dined here with 3 other people (so 4 in total) and the total bill was Tk.30,0000 (so USD 100+ per person).

Yea....I forgot to ask what that person does for living....
i think u mean 30,000 not 30,0000...300000 would mean USD 1000 per person..i dont think even radison is that pricey in BD
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Old December 23, 2010, 02:28 PM
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a friend told me that he knows someone who dined here with 3 other people (so 4 in total) and the total bill was Tk.30,0000 (so USD 100+ per person
Indeed, thats the impression I had it would be, but Tk.7500 to pay per head in Dhaka is insane. No wonder my coworkers wanted to try that place out off the company expense sheet so eagerly, when our outgoing South Asian head was visiting BD.

When I went to Nagasaki it was a group of 16 people, and the total bill was around Tk.54000, which comes to Tk.3500 per head. Half that of Izumi, but still pricey in my book.

p.s: Totally forgot. I'm invited for dinner at Izumi sometime very soon. $100 dinner - Score!

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Any non-traditional ethnic restaurants in Dhaka? Definitely planning to try the North Korean one.
Regarding Pyongyang Restaurant in Banani. I've heard quite a few stories about this place, and all of them are creepy. The waitresses are all ethnic Korean, very pretty, and very smartly attired in their black waistcoats, bows and pleated skirts. Apparently the restaurant is segmented into Karaoke rooms, that seat people there, and from one source, thats where I've heard the waitresses get dodgy.

From another source who also corroborated the 'dodgy suggestions and offers' from the waitresses, I was told that the prices of the items are RIDICULOUSLY expensive! Apparently it cost Tk.17,000 for 3 people.

And the last source (who went with his charming wife) had all good things to say about the waitresses and the karaoke rooms, except they were mortified when bits of the kimchi and little specks in the miso soup started scurrying about their plates and table by themselves.

However, I'm still curious to visit and see what the heck the joint is about since I've read that the place is also manned by red gooks from the North who keep an eye out for any of the staff planning to defect from the service of their Dear Leader. (You do know that this restaurant is a chain to fill the Great Leader's coffers from countries with whom they are 'friends' ~ http://www.slate.com/id/2247402 )
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Old December 24, 2010, 10:47 AM
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there's this lounge called deltaco,and apparently it serve mexica food.i am not sure about how good it is though
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