Bistro E, as the name suggests is a plush cafe and restaurant nestled in Bay’s Edgewater, specializes in European cuisines. These folks don’t serve food; they serve cuisine beautifully presented and unfailingly delicious in an unpretentious, elegant and relaxing location. Shamim Sharif, manager of Bistro E Said, “Our chef Abdullah Tareq is dedicated to quality at every level, offering a variety of plates sure to please any palette.
“We strive to pair an elegant and fun dine-in experience with a changing menu of classic modern fare made with the freshest and finest ingredients,” he added. The Clubroom at Bistro E is available for Bistro guests as a stylish, private venue customized for corporate and entertainment needs. I sampled everything from appetizers, to mains, to desserts and straight through sides.
For appetizers, Bruschetta and Arancini are the absolute winners. Bruschetta (BDT 400) is prepared of toasted baguette is topped with a tangy mix of ripe juicy tomatoes, pickled jalapenos and black olives, drizzled with olive oil. The delicious, crispy deep fried Sicilian balls Arancini (BDT 500) consists of mushroom risotto balls stuffed with cheddar, coated in panko crumbs, fried till golden and served with house special lime aioli.
Couscous Salad (BDT 750) is a perfect summer option. Warm succulent grilled skin on chicken thigh or feta is served on a bed of fresh seasonal greens, cucumber, tomatoes, tossed in house special harissa dressing and topped with roasted beetroot. For smaller appetites, one can opt for Signature Sliders (BDT 750). They are basically a duet of grilled, petite beef patties, on a bed of caramelized onions and tomato, topped with crisp lettuce & gherkin. Served with house special garlic aioli.
Among mains, the moist, tender Red Snapper (BDT 1300) is made of Red Snapper fillet grilled to perfection served with sautéed spinach, Bistro E’s signature Paris mashed potatoes and house special caper sauce. This flavourful hearty meal is light and healthy. Steak Frites (BDT 1750) is the French version of meat and potatoes where juicy, pan-seared steak with a butter sauce and deep-fried, skinny French fries are served. Here they use 300gms of Rib Eye or Sirloin grilled to the guest’s liking, served with hand cut chips and a side of fresh salad and signature mushroom sauce. This cuisine is crazy popular.
All the portions served are satisfying and reliably delicious. Go hungry because you cannot forego a sweet ending. There are always more than a few options. This scribe’s favorite is one of Chef Tareq’s Peanut Butter and Salted Caramel Parfait (BDT 325). The mouthwatering flavours like Chocolate Mousse (BDT 150), Strawberry Mousse (BDT 150) and Brownie Shot (BDT 150) tastes heavenly.
The casually upscale décor is tasteful. An unobtrusive staff delivers professional and impeccable service. Chill in the restaurant and take in your favorite sporting event on their large plasma TV. It’s a great spot for luncheons, business functions and other celebrations. Reservations are suggested for weekend nights. Drop by to know more.
Place - Bistro E, Bay’s Edgewater, North Avenue, Gulshan 2, Dhaka 1212
Opening Hours – Sat to Fri
8am to 11pm
Meal for Two – BDT 3000 (approx)