on December 6, 2005
I was initially surprised when I went to Dhaka to find restaurants advertising that they served a variety of different cuisines. I was more used to deciding which cuisine I wanted to eat before choosing a restaurant, then finding one that specialized in this cuisine.Le Chalet falls into this ‘several choices’ category by advertising itself as a Thai and Indian restaurant and it certainly is. You are given a menu that is extensive but divides in half between Thai and Indian cuisine. It didn’t seem appropriate to mix cuisines so we decided on Indian.The restaurant occupies most of the ground floor of a small hotel in Gulshan. The whole building is modern and the restaurant from the street mirrors this impression, however, once you get inside you find that there are several other rooms which are cozy and not at all in the same ambience.We found the service to be friendly but slow, the food very tasty and well presented, and the price about average. The menu is extensive so I cannot make a judgment on all the dishes. The curries, rice dishes, vegetables and nan that we had were really enjoyable and we would go back for more of these, however, one of our party made the comment, next time we will try the Thai food. We had taken a bottle of wine and the restaurant happily served it without charge. We arrived early at around 8pm and were the only diners in the restaurant for nearly an hour. By the time we were leaving there were probably 15-20 other people there, so obviously this is a place to go to late.We had arranged to go on to an ice cream shop for dessert, so I didn’t even look at the dessert menu here. My knowledge of Thai and Indian desserts is limited, but I don’t find either cuisine big on interesting items. I’m sure nothing would have beaten the Belgian waffles and ice cream we had later that evening.
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