Best restaurants in Dhaka

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    Al-Razzaque

    Wildly popular with the locals, and rightly so, Al-Razzaque does delicious curries, biryanis and Bangladeshi breakfasts, but the pièces de résistance here are the plate-sized flaky rotis, which are absolutely magnificent. No English menu, but some English spoken.

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    Dhaba

    Indian street food served in a clean, trendy, air-con restaurant. Everything here is delicious, but the chaat (spicy snacks, Tk 50 to Tk 70) are excellent value. Choose a couple of those, washed down with a fresh fruit juice and you won’t need a main course.

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    Holey Artisan Bakery

    After being ransacked by militants in mid-2016, this top-notch bakery rose like a phoenix in a new (albeit tiny) address within a shopping mall in early 2017. True to its earlier reputation, it continues to churn out the best baguettes, sourdoughs, brioches, croissants, bagels and ciabattas in town.

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    Taste of Lanka

    With smart decor and obliging staff, this upscale restaurant serves a mouth-watering range of authentic Sri Lankan dishes such as oven-baked pol roti (flatbread with grated coconut) served alongside sambol (spicy sauce), hoppers (rice cakes), Jaffna prawn curry, succulent crabs in chilli sauce and moju (eggplant curry).

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    Premium Sweets

    A Dhaka institution in its own right, this legendary store offers an amazing variety of traditional Bangladeshi sweetmeats, as well as a delicious mix of snacks and fast food. It has 14 showrooms scattered across the city, and – wait for it – three outlets in Canada. Bear in mind, though, that most sweets are sold by weight, not per piece.

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    Roll Xpress

    A very pleasant coffee shop in a quiet, refined courtyard. The coffee isn't super-cheap (around Tk 140), but it's good and you can get great light lunches of wraps and south Indian dhosas (rice pancakes), while you hang out with the cool kids from the nearby universities checking their social-media profiles.

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    Samdado

    Sushi is relatively new in Dhaka, but Samdado is one of the city's oldest Japanese restaurants. The dark wood and bamboo decor here lends an appropriate atmosphere to the freshly prepared sushi and sashimi. The menu also features plenty of noodle and teriyaki dishes, plus a smattering of Korean and Thai standards.

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    Bamboo Shoot

    Bamboo Shoot is Dhaka's most reliable outpost for authentic Chinese cuisine and well worth a splurge. It's in the same building as Agora supermarket – a useful landmark for helping rickshaw drivers navigate. Sing your heart out afterwards in one of the karaoke rooms.

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    Tarka

    A small but chic new Indian restaurant, with modern cream-and-black fittings and an offbeat line in menus made from laser-inscribed wood. Luckily, the food doesn't rely on gimmicks, but offers good quality Indian classics. Try the paneer (cheese) dishes – the cheese is made in-house.

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    Fakruddin

    It might sound like sticking our necks out, but we reckon this no-nonsense joint probably serves the best biryani in Dhaka, plateful by massive plateful. Or maybe it's not a gamble at all: this place is always packed by locals who know a good thing when they taste it. There's an English menu.

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    Star Kebab & Restaurant

    Part of the hugely popular Star Kebab chain, this is a hit with the local student population, and does ever-dependable and ever-affordable local nosh in a clean, bright and bustling environment. Portions are huge, and it's excellent for Bangladeshi breakfasts. Expect to share a table.

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    Spaghetti Jazz

    A stylish and intimate setting for probably the best pizza and pasta you’ll find anywhere in Bangladesh. The antipasti and fish and meat courses are also strongly recommended. The entrance is tucked away a bit – it's on the back road behind Gulshan II Circle.

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    Pan Tao

    Pan Tau has established itself as a trusted place for great Thai curries, a refined atmosphere and excellent service, all washed down with one of their mocktails. Be aware that the air-conditioning is frequently set to Antarctic.

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    Lucknow

    A new and popular Indian restaurant, specialising mainly in Mughal cuisine. Expect thick and buttery curry sauces, tender meat, and a procession of kebabs and freshly made, piping-hot naan bread.

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    Sura

    An expensive, but authentic and well-regarded Korean restaurant, which also branches out into sushi.

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    Haji Biryani

    An Old Dhaka institution, Haji only does one dish – mutton biryani – but does it exceedingly well. This place is tiny, so you’ll almost certainly have to share a table: squeeze in, sit down and just wait for your biryani to arrive.

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    Santoor

    Named after an Indian stringed instrument and billed as a ‘symphony of dining’, Santoor serves up mouth-watering Indian dishes. The tandoor kebabs are good, but the south Indian favourites such as dhosa (rice pancake), idli (lentil and rice cake), vada (fritters) and uttapam (thick crepe) are really the dishes that shouldn't be missed.

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    Gulshan Plaza Restaurant

    Proving Gulshan isn’t just about Western-friendly posh nosh, this no-frills local favourite knocks out tremendous mutton, chicken and beef curries as well as solid biryanis and delicious roast chicken. Also does excellent naan, roti, beef sheekh kebabs (grilled meat on skewers), dhal and even glasses of lassi (yoghurt drink). No English menu.

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    Dhaka Roti House

    A good central choice for kebabs. The beef sheekh kebab (grilled meat on a skewer) and the grilled chicken are sumptuous, and the rotis sure aren’t bad either. Also does biryani and a few curry dishes. No English sign or menu, but some English spoken. Take the lane down the side of the cinema and it’s the first restaurant on your right.

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    Star Hotel & Kebab

    One of the most popular of Dhaka’s Star Kebab chains, this one does a mutton leg roast to die for, plus the usual tasty biryanis and curries, and good dhal-and-roti breakfasts. The place is packed out at lunchtimes so you might need to share a table, but don't believe waiters who tell you that they don't have an English menu.