The name sounds curious enough, doesn’t it? Chaap Shamlao is actually a “chaap” restaurant, and the first ever of its kind in multiple ways. Chaap Shamlao, a concern of Elate Group, is the only proper restaurant that focuses exclusively on chaap. The menu is extremely simple with a minimal number of items. There are some combo meals, incorporating one chaap, two jumbo luchi, one garden salad and one drink, either their signature lemonade or other soft drinks. You may also choose among the single items, be it chaap, gurda, brain fry, gila-kholija, etc.
“Chaap is surely a favourite and familiar food in Dhaka. So far we have eaten chaap mostly as street food. No matter how tasty it is, there is an adverse after-effect on our health. Our outlet on the other hand ensures proper hygiene and assures food safety in terms of quality and cleanliness, so that you can enjoy delectable chaap without worrying about hygiene issues,” informs Symon Imran Hyder, Chairperson, Elate Group. “Although our primary focus is chaap and beef chaap is the most popular form of chaap, we also have fish chaap,” Hyder said.
You might be wondering how they came up with such a jolly and interesting name. Hyder explains, “Apart from the food, chaap also means pressure in Bengali. In our everyday busy lives, we get ‘chaap’ (pressurised) from our office, university, street traffic and what not. We want to say that after all the ‘chaap’, at the end of the day you should come to our place try to handle our delicious chaap. Hence, Chaap Shamlao!”
The idea is that it is a great place to hang out with friends and family after a long day’s work, with great food and an environment for sharing and exchanging countless stories. The outlet therefore opens at 4PM and runs till 12AM. Looking around, the walls contain around fifty photographs that all have one thing in common: the central idea, which is that the character (s) is trying to handle pressure.
“The food takes a bit long to reach your table”, Hyder admits. “This is because we don’t give you food prepared from before. To ensure good taste and quality, we will cook only after you’ve ordered. And we won’t undercook or overcook even to the slightest extent by looking at the size of the queue.”
Chaap Shamlao surely has a lot of pressure to manage in the future. The restaurant has planned to open three more outlets, in Uttara, Dhanmondi and Gulshan. Also, it plans on introducing an exclusive tea, which will be named Ektu Chapaan, keeping up with the whole theme. “This tea will be served on one-time use clay pots,” Hyder informed.
Chaap Shamlao is located in House # 28, Road # 17/A, Block E, Banani. For more information, find Chaap Shamlao on Facebook or call 01835600500.