First of all, they are very friendly and accommodating. We were vacationing in Norfolk for our parents 40th anniversary and were running late but they stayed open quite late for us. The owner and his brother-in-law made sure we were taken care of and made us feel like we were visiting friends.
We started off with the limade which was an exact match for the sweet drink we had back in Bangladesh. Because we were a large group, they brought out the food family style. For appetizers we had chicken and beef aloo chops, which were light and crispy, possibly the best we we'd ever had! The salad was fresh and had a light tasty dressing. The jhall beef was good and the shahi chicken was outstanding. The vegetable mishali tasted very fresh and had a wonderful blend of vegetables and spices. The polao was nice, it was not too heavy and had a beautiful light fragrance. The goat biriyani was probably the best we've had outside of the in the US. It was not greasy or heavy, was seasoned perfectly and had a mouth watering aroma. It was very similar to a Hyderabad biriyani.
We were so full that we didn't have room for sweets, but the owner insisted we try it. We usually don't bother with sweets when we go out because very few people know how to make them well, let alone restaurants. Boy were we surprised. My mom is well known for making sweets, which is partly why were are spoiled and have such a high standard. One of the hardest things to make well is Roshogolla. It takes almost a magical hand to get the right softness and texture without having it fall apart or squeak against your teeth. Even my mom was impressed. The Firni was also true to form and delicious.
We really appreciated that this wasn't a typical south asian restaurant serving tandoori and chicken tikka. If you want a taste of real Bangladeshi cuisine, this is the place. The menu is simple enough to try everything on it, which you will want to do since everything we tried was amazing. The decor is modern yet simple with pictures of Bangladesh take by the owner's son.
Friendly, authentic, clean, great food. What more could you want?
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