Italian night at CIAO
The first thing you notice at CIAO, the Italian Restaurant at Sonargaon,
is the decor, lighting and the ambience which makes it alluring indeed
for a romantic night out, at the same time, an ideal place for a friendly
tete-a-tete or a business talk over dinner.
The service staff
at the entrance with a big welcoming smile is seen waiting to sit you
down to dine at one of those well-decorated tables. These tables somehow
remind oneself of a posh cookery.
goes by starters, main courses, salads and desserts.
The menu is flavoursome
for a first-timer's taste bud. The starter, old fashioned lentil/coriander
thick greenish soup along with sour dough bread with smoked tomato,
basil, garlic and olive oil, are simple delicious. Organic tomato tart
and minestrone soup with boloti beans and parsley aioli are considered
delicacies as well. Fresh from the oven- bread rolls and butter accompanies
The main course
of grilled chicken, which was served with olive salad, with an attractive
dressing and a delightfully cooked spicy duck on a bed of crushed beans
and apple was scrumptious indeed. However, the chef says prawn fettuccine
with grilled eggplant, chilli, basil and a saffron emulsion are more
traditionally enchanting. The pizza, smoked beef with avocado, feta,
red pepper, and sun-dried tomatoes and herbs, was superb.
Dessert was a highlight
for sure. Ranging from tiramisu (coffee drenched sponge cake with marscapone
cream cheese and cocoa), Italian style crème brulée up
to black forest cake served with whipped cream, the mouth watering flavoured
cocktail strips of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice-cream with
chocolate syrup icing cannot be ignored for sure.
The restaurant is
a bit costly but some traditional Italian food connoisseurs would probably
find value for their money. However at the end of the day, it does seem
a bit hard on the wallet. The bottom line--CIAO displays authentic Italian
cuisine and with its new menu it is a better eatery and will definitely
add flavour to Dhaka's improving food business.
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teeth for the whole family. Mediplus is available in three new and attractive
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now the most popular outfit among Bangladeshi ladies. It is very easy
to bring variation in the outfit. Just add a few stitches or a little
block print, tie-dye or spray. These are the add-ons that give the dress
a stylish touch. However lets not forget another important frill that
can make the outfit smart. It is the neck design we are talking about.
A perfect neck design
can definitely change the look. Most of the tailors have their own sample
books for it, which may not always be exquisite. Not everyone can make
his or her own designs. They need the help of a sample book. Recently
a very interesting move has been made by some individual. Her name is
Selina Akter. She prepared a book, which is full of hundreds of neck
designs. The book is named Top Neck Design. It also has some drawings
of stitch designs that can be used for both in kameez and panjabi. Before
you go to your tailor all you have to do is flip through the book.
The book would cost
you Tk120. It is available in all the newspaper stalls at New Market,
Najrana colours at Gausia market, Reader's corner at Nilkhet, Alvi Enterprise
at Mirpur-1, and Udyon Mahilangon at Rampura or you can call Selina
Akhter at 018466078/018151815 for further information on the book.
true taste of Asia BY
Ingredients: Sweet potato 1/2 Kg, sugar 100 gms, ghee 150 gms, green
cardamom powder 1 Tsp. boiled almonds 50 gms. (Soaked in hot water)
Method: Boil the Sweet Potatoes in pressure cooker for about 10 mins.
In a Kadhai add ghee, then add mashed sweet potaoes & stir for 10
mins. on a slow flame. Then after 10 mins. add sugar. Keep on stirring
for 5 mins. Halwa is Ready. Transfer it in a bowl & garnish with
green Cardamom powder & chopped almonds.
Potato Cuntlets with Tamarind Chutney
Ingredients: Singara - Flour 1 Cup, boiled smashed potatoes 1/2 kg,
green Chillies 2 to 3 finely chopped, salt to taste, coriander leaves,
white Pepper Powder 1 Tsp.
Method: In a bowl add all these ingredients & mix well. Make into
round balls. Shallow fry until olden colour. Serve it with tamarind
chutney. Soak a Tamarind in lukewarm water for about 30 mins. Then force
through a strainer. Now in a same pan add this tamarind water. When
the boil comes add 200 gms sugar or Jaggerry & stir well for about
30 mins or till it become thick.
Ingredients: Sabhudana 1/2 Kg, green chillies 2 to 3 finely chopped,
curry leaves 4, green coriander leaves for garnishing, peanuts 1tsp.
mustard seeds 1 Tsp. lemon 1, salt to taste, oil 1Tbsp, black pepper
powder 1 Tsp.
Method: Wash Sabhudana. In a kadhai add oil then add mustard seeds.
When it begins to crackle add curry leaves, green chillies & peanuts
then add Sabhudana. Stir well then add salt & Lemon Juice, Black
Pepper Powder. Garnish with green coriander. Serve Hot
Cutlet with Coconut Chutney
Ingredients: Sabhudana 1/2 Kg, curry leaves 4, green chillies 3 to 4
finely chopped, coriander leaves for garnish, peanuts 50 gms. (Powder),
lemon juice 1, black pepper powder 1 Tsp. Salt to taste, oil for frying,
potatoes 4 big size (boiled & mashed).
Method: Wash Sabudana
and soak in water for one hour. Drain for one hour. In a bowl add sabudana
and add all the ingredients. Make dough. Make small balls from the dough.
For Chutney (Coconut):
(Ingredients) green chillies 6 7, coconut 1, green coriander 1/2 bunch,
cumin seed 1 Tsp. Lemon juice 2, add salt to taste
In a mixer add chopped coconut and all the other ingredients. Transfer
it in a bowl.
In a small pan add 1 tsp oil & then add 1 tsp mustard seeds, when
mustard seeds began to crackle add 2 to 3 curry leaves, then garnish
this tadka over chutney.
you have small children at your home? If yes, then keep your eyes
wide open to check if their playthings are in a safe condition to
prevent harm and injuries. Toys are something that we treasure for
the rest of our lives; some of us still have our first Barbie doll
or the first black, sleek toy car that our parents gave us on one
of our birthdays. If you are a parent, then before making a purchase
of a toy for your child, see if they are safe enough.
When you buy a
toy, avoid the tiny ones; toys should be big enough so that your child
can't put them inside their mouths. When your child matures a little,
say when he/she reaches 4 years of age and above then try presenting
playthings, which are small in size.
Read the "for
age…and above" statement before buying a game for your child;
always remember to buy toys that are appropriate for your child's
age and level of understanding.
Do not buy toys
accompanied by long cords; there is always a chance that your child
might strangle himself with it.
Do not buy heavy
toys for your child. If a toy is heavier than the child is, then there
is the risk that if the toy falls on the child, he will be hurt.
When you give
your child a stuffed toy or a doll to play with, make sure tails are
firmly stitched, seams of stuffed animals are strengthened, and paint
is not peeling. Stuffed animals should also be free of buttons, yarn,
ribbons, and anything else your child could detach and put in his
mouth. If you buy a doll, make sure that its hair is not loose and
long enough to allow your child to separate and put inside his mouth.
Toys are for fun
therefore, make sure that your child doesn't injure himself/herself
with the toys you bought. Let them safely play with the playthings
that are not only safe but also appropriate for their age, size and
Have you ever
tried the lip-smacking phuchkas sold at Mughal Serai? If not, then
check out the place as soon as you can. The hot phuchkas sold at this
little shop will tantalize your olfactory senses for sure.
If you ever visit
the place during the evening, you will be amazed to see the crowd
of people that gather in front of their glass-covered cart. Long rows
of cars that come from different parts of the city collect in front
of Mughal Serai with phuchka-lovers sitting inside. But then you can
also sit inside the small shop or on the footpath. Those who bring
their cars along with them, they delight in the spicy phuchkas inside
their cars. Lots of people even stand in front of the magic cart that
prepares and enjoy this savory food item. Each plate of phuchka will
cost you Tk.20.
Mughal Serai is
located right beside Kumudini, Gulshan Avenue. So, if you ever feel
like crunching some crispy, well-seasoned phuchkas with a tangy solution
of tamarind, just stop by this place. We assure you that you won't
be disappointed. To tell the truth, you will go back home thinking
what makes a simple food like a plate of phuchka taste so terrific…