Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Kutumbari - nice but deterred by exorbitant price!

Yesterday Erfan, one of my colleagues shared with me a link to a page of Prothom Alo where a cosy restaurant named Kutumbari situated in front of Lalmatia Women's College was introduced and its Bar-B-Q item was highlighted. With a little googling, Erfan discovered that this restaurant had their own website! Since the college is at stone's throw from our office, he was curious to know the location. I had an opportunity to go there with some of other colleagues before. We together with Bikas, another of my colleagures decided to give that restaurant and its Bar-B-Q item a try.

We went there at about 5:30 pm. The ambience was obviously pleasant. But the sight of couples sitting unabashedly too close served an irritating distraction ;) I figured out that this place must be a hotspot for the couples. The women's college is at stone's throw. Romeos loiter around. He and she get together and pass pleasant time here. Another amusing sight was that a long coconut tree pierced the construction of the restaurant. The developers did not cut it and I thought it was a wise decision in a sense that it provided the customers with an amusing sight.

Then came the question of food. We ordered beef Bar-B-Q, naan and soft drinks. What vexed me most was exorbitant price compared to the quality of food. The naan that cost 25 taka was at best 15 taka in any ordinary restaurant. Nonetheless, it was providing an ambience that is absent in ordinary restaurants and that desired ambience came with a price indirectly. Justified.

The food was of mediocre quality, nothing sort of exceptionally pleasant gustatory experience. We hurried and finished soon and left the place with an ambivalence as to whether this place was worth visiting again.