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The Dhaka Food Diaries - PANINI RESTAURANT BANANI
I love food. I love to get out too. But it’s true that maybe I don’t get the chance to get out that often because of time constraints (mainly). However, what little time I get to spend outside with friends and family should be Quality Time. This is why it’s so frustrating when I end up spending an evening eating out at a lousy or mismanaged or unnecessarily overpriced place. I am willing to pay good value for good experience and quality food. However, I personally feel very ripped off if I get crappy food at high prices and the eating-out experience is sometimes further degraded by poorly managed support stuff. I also get turned off by lousy décor and poor ambiance.
This is why I decided to write this blog. Basically I will try to update this blog continually as I experience different eateries in Dhaka. My personal review will be based on what I experience and what I eat and what I see. The reviews will be accompanied by crappy mobile phone photos taken by me! I will include locations, addresses and contact numbers of the places I visit for your truly! So that you can glide from one eatery to the next with utter decadence and ease!
I will rate the eateries on (1) Quality of Food (2) Ambiance/décor and (3) Price and based on these three, I shall provide an overall score.
PANINI RESTAURANT (Location: House #30, Road 19/A, Banani Model Town, Dhaka, Bangladesh 01726-925181 - JUST TAKE THE ROAD ADJACENT TO WARID/AIRTEL FROM KAMAL At
(1) Quality of Food: 3.5/5
(2) Ambiance/décor: 4.5/5
(3) Price: 3/5
(4) Overall: 3.7/5
I visited Panini recently (in March 2013). Prior to visiting, I saw a lot of billboards of Panini on the streets and so I was interested to see what this place was all about. Overall, I would say that it was an interesting experience, well worth the 1500 BDT paid for 2 persons, and I was particularly impressed with the Décor and ambiance of the place. However, the pricing is a bit steep but I guess it’s normal for eating at Banani/Gulshan area. The food was interesting and different and generally quite tasty. Definitely worth a visit or two for the awesome décor and the interestingly different food.
Now a bit of breakdown provided below:
Price: We ordered a Meat Lovers’ Panini (BDT 600) and a Mixed Seafood Paella (BDT 700) and a coke (probably BDT 80? Can’t quite remember but it was unduly expensive I remember). Prices were a bit high. A proper meal for two would cost from around 1500 BDT to 2500 BDT. Prices of beverages were quite high as well.
FOOD: The food was tasty and different. I particularly liked the Meat Lovers Panini because of the smoky taste of the sausages used. The Mixed Sea Food Panini was boring actually, bland tasting and not interesting. The Paninis were quite dry, lacking savory mayonnaise or sauce. The lack of adequate amount of cheese was a HUGE disappointment for me. I make sausage/meat sandwiches at home all the time and I really pile on the mozzarella or cheddar. The Panini hardly had any cheese in it. I was also disappointed with the quantity of the potato wedges provided. I mean come on! The bottom line is that I’m paying 600 bucks for an oversized sandwich and you can’t give me a good helping of wedges with it? I was definitely not impressed with the quantity. However, on the bright side, the wedges were tasty. The dips provided with the dishes were not very good and very forgettable, to be honest.
Ambiance/Décor: The most outstanding thing about “Panini” is the Ambiance/Décor! The architect or interior decorator, whoever he/she is, hats off to that person! Really great interior, kinda gothic and European in look and feel! Great usage of wallpaper combinations and furniture. If for nothing else, I would come back to Panini just to enjoy the décor one more time!
Next up I shall be reviewing a new restaurant named "Cilantro" which recently opened up at Dhanmondi. Cilantro has a truly amazing interior décor and ambiance, possibly unmatched by any other in Dhaka and indeed Bangladesh! A true labor of love for sure!