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Deshi Biryani -- second best Bengali in Jackson Heights

I always missed Grameen. It was a cut above all the other 74th Street restaurants and it wasn't open all that long before it went out of business and was replaced by a joint serving Indian Chinese chow. So I was thrilled to read Sietsema's column in the Village Voice last week and learn that it's now back to Bengali food again. I went there today with high hopes.

I delayed my visit till after sundown. It's Ramadan and it wouldn't be fair to the other patrons, standing around hungrily waiting for sunset, to watch me stuffing my face. The place was packed with families breaking their fast. The menu is mostly generic northern Indian, kormas and even chicken tikka masala, as well as the biryanis Sietsema praised. There are a few vegetarian Bengali dishes too. I ordered a goat rogan josh. Each dish is cooked to order so it took a while to arrive. It was a pleasant place to wait, what with the happy families eating, and the neat decor, which features walls paneled in light wood and straw matting. (same decor as Grameen) Now I know that people say it's best to let the sauce sit for a few hours to allow the spices to melt together, but the dishes must be partly prepped beforehand because the gravy had melded together to form an incredibly rich and savory accompaniment to the chunks of tender goat. It was soooo good!!

No, it's not as good as Spicy Mina's, and if you grew up in a Bengali family it doesn't begin to compare with your mom's cooking, but if you are around 74th street and want a good curry, this would be a very good choice. And at $10 including rice and salad it's a good deal cheaper than Mina's.

Deshi Biryani
75-18 37th Av
(718) 803-6232

Sietsema review in the Village Voice:
http://www1.villagevoice.com/nyclife/...

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  1. There had been Deshi Biryani before, a steam table type place with a more hole-in-the-wall decor, it now looks quite a bit more posh. And I recall it being cheaper than $10 for a filling enough meal, will have to try it again soon.

    1. A rogan josh properly cooked would normally take several hours - I dont know what this dish "cooked to order" would be, exactly. - not as good, most likely, as if it were pre-prepared. All of these meat stews are better reheated too.

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      1. re: jen kalb

        Jen,

        perhaps you missed the thread on which i ranted about the "cooked to order" thing with indian food, but let's not take poor brian s to task again for it. I am in agreement that "cooked to order" is not always what we want in indian food (cooked the day before and reheated is often what i want) but not sure that we can get brian s to agree with us.

        I'll link to the thread if i can find it.

        1. re: missmasala

          Thank you for that!

          I think as I said above that the sauce had been mostly made "beforehand because the gravy had melded together to form an incredibly rich and savory accompaniment" So it wasn't really "cooked to order" but it wasn't just scooped out of a steam table tray either.

          Oh, and I can't resist quoting something Jim Leff wrote about this restaurant before they switched to their present setup:

          "The problem with this place is the same as at all the other Bangladeshi restaurants in the area (which means just about all the restaurants in the area). They do a steam table without steam, where stuff sits all day at room temperature, and they nuke to rewarm. For various reasons, I don't feel this is the best way to do things."

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/35798...

          1. re: Brian S

            Jen,

            here's the thread with the "cooked to order" discussion.
            http://www.chowhound.com/topics/440038

            (okay, i don't actually know how to link to a thread, so you'll have to copy and paste that. sorry!)

            1. re: missmasala

              You linked it! The new board does the link automatically. I keep meaning to go back to Kababish but there are just so many other restaurants I want to try!

              1. re: missmasala

                Ha, I definitely missed it. Its probably dangerous to have stuff sitting around all day at room temperature, tho many times restuarants run through a dish and bring out more, so it may not be all day - the nuking would likely not heat it to a high enough temperature. Refrigeration would definitely be safer if they are not keeping the food hot. I mean, if its going to be nuked anyway (thats what we usually do we our leftovers and pre-prepared food.

                I seriously doubt if many restaurants in NY would make a biryani in that classic layered and baked way here - if so - it would be served to a party. probably, not put on a steam table. At good restaurants I have been to its more likely to be mixed up - almost like fried rice - with the nuts, onions, herbs, whole spices sauteed with the rice and then any curry layered in.

                1. re: missmasala

                  I took your advice and went to a steam table place, where the food is NOT cooked to order. I liked it a lot, but I liked Deshi more. Read the full story.
                  http://www.chowhound.com/topics/448517

                2. re: Brian S

                  I tend to come down on the long-cooked side of this continuing discussion, having cooked Indian food and observed the advantages of a night or two in the fridge.

                  But one "cooked to order" step that may be at work here is the addition of freshly fried spices - a tadka, baghaar, etc. A saag like the one Brian reports on below would benefit from long cooking but also from a shot of seasoned oil before serving. Same goes for many dals or meat or vegetable stews.

                  1. re: squid kun

                    totally agreed.

                    freshly fried spices like a tarka are great and might be the "cooked to order" difference. If so, great!

                3. re: missmasala

                  Ah, yes. The reason why I'm scared of many cooked to order desi dishes :)

                  When I make rogan gosht I start cooking it in the early afternoon to be ready for a LATE dinner (I've been doing loads of slow cooking now that I'm in London so I can read while it cooks. Haleem is my other weekly fall back.)

                  My favorite Bengali place has many of it's dishes in the stereotypical steam table arrangement with about 1/3 of the menu arriving cooked to order. Oh yeah, Deshi Biryani is pretty good. My introducer to all that is Bengali (and amiable ex GF) approved of their food and I tried some of their biryani which she brought for me. Pretty good stuff.

                  I like most of the Bengali fish dishes "cooked to order" and I think Mina does a good mustard fish (not exactly home cooked and the last time I went there I was REALLY REALLY REALLY disappointed in my meal so I dunno... Ghoroa feels so much more reliable sometimes... And she was the only one cooking too... I also find Mina's insultingly expensive for Jackson Heights at times) but there are a lot of things which I don't want cooked to order.

                  Totally unrelated, but does anyone have a nice recipe for a heart, liver and kidney curry?

                  1. re: JFores

                    > there are a lot of things which I don't want cooked to order.

                    Agreed! Mustard fish, sure. Rogan gosht, no way.

                    What else do you like at Deshi Biryani and Ghoroa?

                    1. re: squid kun

                      I haven't had anything besides a taste of biyani from there. With Ghoroa... oh wow I get so much... For a snack, the sikh kebabs are very very good (though totally not Bengali.) I like their heart, liver and kidney curry, the lamb chops are very tasty, I'll order the fish if I don't see it because like I said I prefer my fish cooked fresh, I really like the small river fish curry, the naan is very very good so it's always nice to pair with meats, the Bihari kebab is actually very very good, etc. There's a lot that I order there. I actually prefer the long fish when they have them over the tilapia. It's somewhat rare that they have those there (though I can find them in London with ease! One of the other good things about this city.) If you're there on I think Friday they make chicken pulao which is exactly what it says it is and is possibly the best thing I've ever had from a desi restaurant. That's the one thing on their menu which myself (and my Bengali companion) both felt could have come out of a home kitchen, that's how good it was. Oh, make sure you never get the Dhaka lassi. One of the only mistakes I've made since going there. Mmmm so much sugar that it's still solid and crunchy in liquefied yogurt.... not my favorite... Ghoroa's day to day specials (there aren't many) are usually REALLY excellent.

                      1. re: JFores

                        I went to Ghoroa on your recommendation a month ago and when I saw they had no food cooked to order, I left. Now I wish I had stayed. I don't know if I want to make the long return trip, though... 40 minutes from Manhattan.

                        Another thing about Ghoroa... when I went it was empty, while nearby Sagar Restaurant was doing great business.

                        1. re: Brian S

                          Sagor's excellent as well and some people regard it as being better. I like Sagor but I didn't go there too often because whenever I was over there I was usually with my ex GF and that restaurant is actually owned by one of her relatives. The food at Sagor is very good though. Ghoroa has a tendency to fill up tremendously at one or two times during the day, though. Definitely give Sagor a more detailed try then I have. I've had the fish there and I actually preferred the fish at Ghoroa.

              2. Stuffed paratha sounds good, too ... http://www.chow.com/digest/2294

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                Deshi Biryani
                75-18 37th Ave, Queens, NY 11372

                1. I went once a few days ago (take out) and ordered the Signature Dish the Kachi Biryani. I didn't know that this dish bakes for hours. It was awful. Tasteless over cooked rice and dry overcooked tasteless meat. It cames with a tiny salad also awful. I may return and order some appetizers which received good reviews (chicken lolly, dim aloo chop, tomato vara, begon varta and mughlai paratha). I'll also try the $5.95 lunch.

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                  1. re: Mike V

                    the vartas -- veggie side dishes -- are all really great. before they upscaled, they offered them in half-portions (for half price), which made it easy to make your own thali, but they seem to have stopped that practice. still, the greens, hte tomato one and the cabbage are all excellent. breads across the board are top notch.

                  2. I went back a few hours ago and ordered beef saag. I remember that dish from my 6th Street days as a gloppy beige curry with some canned spinach floating in it. What I got tonight could not have been more different. Big hunks of mutton (yes, mutton) sedately reclined on a bed of fresh spinach freshly cooked in mustard oil with different spices. (No curry powder here!) It was mind-blowing.

                    Thank you for traveling the long distance to eat here, said the woman who runs the front of the house, who reminds me a lot of Mina and who knows I come from Manhattan. It was worth it, I said, and meant it.

                    It looked a lot like this photo I found on the Internet, except that big cubes of mutton replaced the cheese. http://culinaryunderground.com/blog/w...

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                    1. re: Brian S

                      By "mutton," do you mean an adult sheep (2+ years old)? Asians (specially from the Subcontinent) seem to use the term loosely for goat, lamb or adult sheep. Adult sheep is difficult to find in US restaurants since it is feared as being too gamey. If Deshi is serving some bona fide old sheep, I am so there.

                      Where's the beef?

                      1. re: Joe MacBu

                        It's probably lamb.

                        I know old sheep is hard to find. At Keen's in Manhattan, people pay $42 for "mutton chops" which are really lamb.

                    2. I went to Deshi and I think it blows Mina away (since I think I haven't gone when she is actually cooking on the 4 separate occasions I've attempted. The appetizer, touted as the "most fun" on the menu was delectable. I had the mixed grill and the 5 different kinds of things were all delicious, different, fresh, and hot (the bright red shrimp being a bit off putting). The chicken vindaloo was probably the weakest of the three things we tried but it had a rich spicyness that my companion appreciated. I hope that others will try this gem (I had initially been scared off by the gross looking steam table that was previously in the same location). It has a nice atmosphere and the service was lovely- warm and hospitable. Run, don't walk to this JH gem!

                      1. I really enjoyed Deshi Biryani as well. As a non-Indian Manhattan person, I can't compare it to mom or even many other places in Queens. It is not the quickest sit in the world, but it is a pretty restaurant, and the food is head and shoulders above similar offerings in NYC. As for the cook to order issue which seems to occupy this page: this place does NOT look like the steam tables that occupy many of the other places in the area (and which are not real appetizing looking). Having said that, stewed meat has clearly been cooking well before any body sat down to order!

                        http://malemartha.blogspot.com/2008/0...

                         
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                        1. re: Ira.B

                          Any stewed Indian dish should be cooking well before anyone sits down. In fact, it would be best if it was made before the restaurant fully closed the night before.

                        2. I've eaten here about ten times and the food has always been stellar. I usually order from the Chef's Specials section of the menu... meat with fine, complex spicy sauces. Yesterday I had a kacchi biryani, and though I prefer the curries, this was all a biryani should be -- moist, flavorful, spicy, and almost too much meat -- huge goat chunks.

                          But the reason I'm bringing up this post again is to point out that if you finish your meal before 8, just cross the street to Carollo Bakery, sit down and enjoy one of the lovely $1.70 pastries. Last night I had a rum baba so rich they should have asked for ID before serving it.

                          Carollo Bakery
                          76-07 37th Ave

                          (718) 457-3700

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                          1. re: Brian S

                            The Rum Baba is the only pastry I order at Carollo and you can have it with two types of cream filling (regular & cannolli). It's a steal at $1.70. Plan to visit Deshi Biryani (finally) this week. I just looked at the online Menu. I plan to order either the Mango Curry Chicken or Sauteed Tilapia. I so like mangoes.

                            1. re: Mike V

                              I've never ordered either of those two things. They are the only two non-traditional dishes on that part of the menu, and I think there's a bigger risk they won't be good. But maybe they will be great!

                              The things I liked best were Rogan Josh and Saag. Both described above.

                              1. re: Brian S

                                I had a saag paneer which was great. Most of all enjoyed the aloo varta, with all the mustard oil. I loved Deshi!

                                1. re: apossibleworld

                                  since eating an all-vegetarian meal at deshi with someone of that persuasion, the aloo varta has become one of my favorites. really like to get a side order of the cabbage dish, which is nothing like the anemic stuff often given out gratis at 6th street joints -- again, mustard oil seems to be the key.

                              2. re: Mike V

                                For some reason whenever I go, the owner cautions me against the mango curry chicken. Maybe because I like the spicer side (although nothing there has much heat...even the vindaloo is mild by most standards). The fuska appetizer, the aloo chop, and the mixed grill are my favorites at Deshi.

                                1. re: ZestyZ

                                  Had the dim aloo chop at dinner the other night remembering that someone had recommended it, so thanks ZestyZ - that's one winner of a dish! A spicy potato mash around a hard boiled egg, then breaded and fried. Reminded me of arancini, with much of the same texture pleasure but, of course, very different taste profile. Super delicious.

                                  At the same meal, we had the halim (good), the achari with beef (quite liked the taste of pickled mango - ? I think that's what it was? - but otherwise found this dish just so-so), and the cabbage vaji (interesting, didn't totally love it - good, just not quite my to my taste, but I can imagine someone else loving it).

                                  I'm starting to develop an overall impression of DB that what they do well, they do fantastically well, but that the menu isn't even.

                            2. A month or so ago, I ate in at Deshi Biryani and had the goat biryani which I wasn't crazy about. Got delivery from them last night, though, and it was pretty darn good. Worth the extent of praise lately on Chowhound? I'm not sure. But pretty darn good. We had the alu gobi, goat bhuna (still not crazy about their goat), and the begon varta. All very tasty - surprisingly spicy - each delicious. Loved the mustard oil in the begon varta!

                              1. Red chilli powder is omnipresent in Indian food. It's also essential in Indian cooking. Today I trekked to Jackson Heights to buy my refill. I'll need it to make my signature fixture at the dining table - cracked wheat stew with zucchini, spinach and tomatoes - or to just fix omelette for breakfast.

                                Before I set off for Jackson Heights from Manhattan, I aspired to a decent lunch to coincide with my red chilli powder shopping. I turned to Chowhound expecting a few can't-go-wrong recommendations of Mexican and Thai eateries to pick from. I am aware, sadly, of the counterintuitively bad Indian food in the heavily South Asian Jackson Heights. I began and ended my search on this very post. Assured by a majority of the posters here, I headed to Deshi Biryani in Jackson Heights for lunch.

                                Since I believe weekday lunch specials are a great value, I ordered one of Deshi Biryani's $5.99 specials. It was goat curry with a side each of dal and sauteed cabbage along with rice and salad. I didn't leave a speck of unfinished food behind! The meat was tender, the gravy potent and the dal redolent of fresh coriander. The salad was a fesh salad not a fistful of only lettuce and that too wilted.

                                Ladies and gentleman of Chowhound I am happy to declare the $ 5.99 goat curry special at Deshi Biryani a peerless value. I am also happy to compose my very first Chowhound post. What will I bring to the ( dining ) table? I'll start with an infant list of best lunch values in New York City. I'll pinpoint the pick of the restaurant's specials. So what will be different about my list? The answer is in my handle. I'll talk only about substantial and quality lunches that are a great deal. This will rule out the cookie you can buy for under ten dollars at the Four Seasons. Don't believe me? Just look for posts under ' Cheap Eats '. Even though I'll often overlook the ambiance and sometimes live with the bad service, I'll never compromise on the freshness of the ingredients. So what does the list look like? It's still very short and quite limited to Manhattan. In no particular order;

                                Sliced Salmon with Vegetables and Spicy Bean Curd at Doyers Vietnamese Restaurant in Chinatown, Manhattan - $ 5.95

                                South Indian Vegetarian Thali at Saravaanas in Murray Hill, Manhattan - $ 9.50

                                Goat Curry Special at Deshi Biryani in Jackson Heights, Queens - $ 5.99

                                Lamb Harissa soup + Chicken Tagine with Couscous at Cafe Mogador in East Village, Manhattan - $ 8.50

                                Soup + Shrimp in Chili Sauce at Fuleen's Seafood in Chinatown, Manhattan - $ 5.00

                                Saag + Rajma + Dal with either Rice or Roti at Punjab Deli between 1st ave and Ave A on Houston Street, Manhattan - $ 5.00

                                This last one is available anytime of the day and not just for lunch.

                                One more thing. My list of ' substantial ' lunches will never include no goddamn Indian buffet. In fact if I could, I'd ban those damn Indian buffets all together. But before I do that I'll make their peddlers lunch out of their own all-you-can-eat trash for seven days straight as punishment.

                                I hope my fantasy of inflicting cruelty on my ' own people ' will clear any doubts of ethnic bias on my part. I am born and raised in India. In my ten years in America I have tasted food from all over the world. I am confident I now have a reasonably refined palate. So trust me when I say that Indian cuisine is one of the finest. Unfortunately it's also one of the most underrated. Two factors contribute to that dismal state - an abysmal lack of creativity on the part of owners and chefs, and a glaring omission of the prodigious repertoire of Indian cuisine.

                                So friends I'll also from time to time comment on foods Indian. And feel free to add to my list. Just avoid the nine dollar cookie at the Four Seasons!

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                                1. re: MostSalmonForYourRupee

                                  Excellent post and thanks. BTW, you could also give Spicy Mina's a try. It's literally a dice roll, but some of what you get is amazing. Also, try Ghoroa and Sagor on Hillside Ave for more excellent Bengali food. I like Deshi Biryani better than both in some ways, but Ghoroa has a place in my heart (I learned to eat with my hand in that place, have been a tea drinking fixture there, frequented it instead of Sagor because my ex-GF's cousins own Sagor which means we couldn't be seen in there, the fish is pretty good, etc.) The chicken pulao at Ghoroa is a solid delicious value if you want a specific day to hit it up. That whole stretch of Hillside around the 169th F stop is basically Bangladesh. In two years of eating at Ghoroa I had not once seen another non-South Asian eating inside (come in to use the bathroom is a different story) and the prices are actually lower than Deshi Biryani.

                                  1. re: JFores

                                    Thank you JFores. I actually have tried Spicy Mina's on yours and other Chowhounders' recommendations. A few months ago at Mina's I had fish kofta balls for lunch. It was fantastic! When they took their time to bring my order out, I knew it was going to be the real thing. And so it was! I haven't been back there though. I'd like to.

                                    Thanks for the other two Bengali food tips too. I'll make it there too someday.

                                  2. re: MostSalmonForYourRupee

                                    Great post. I am going to Punjab Deli today. Thank you for exposing the buffet situation. I have always felt that way too althought some of my friends eat that stuff, and I feel are insane in this regard. All I say to them is: "more orange grease today?" I am sure that orange grease could also be produced by some great food, but I am shooting for a mental picture to make a point, which you have made in spades.

                                    1. re: NYJewboy

                                      Thank you. When you go to the Punjab Deli try the roti instead of the white rice to go with your vegetables and legumes. Every non-Indian gets the rice. I am not sure why. Although rice goes well with Rajma.

                                    2. re: MostSalmonForYourRupee

                                      "...I am happy to declare the $ 5.99 goat curry special at Deshi Biryani a peerless value"

                                      I second that motion with regards to the fish special, same price. It was incredibly tender, fresh, succulent and filling, and would have been a bargain at $10.99. To say that it was above-average for a lunch special is actually low-balling the product; this was good food at any time or price.
                                      P.

                                      1. re: Polecat

                                        I've been to Deshi for lunch twice in the last week. The first time, I had the Ruhi Fish curry (on the lunch menu) and it's $8.99. All the other lunch specials are $5.99. The second lunch, I had the goat curry. Both dishes very good but of the two I preferred the fish curry.

                                        1. re: Mike V

                                          Indeed the fish curry is now $ 8.99. I am happy that the owner would rather raise the price to keep up with his cost of the special fish than unfreeze an inferior fish and serve it for the same price.

                                          Milan is the friendly owner of Deshi Biryani and I had a good chat with him. One of my ( and others' ) assumptions about operating a restaurant in an out of the way neighborhood like Jackson Heights is that the restaurant will save lots of money on rent. Well Milan told me that's not true. His current rent for example is $ 7,000 a month and he told me with confidence he can lease a similar place in Manhattan for no more than $ 9,000 a month. But he charges slightly less than ten bucks for a tandoori entree that he can easily sell for twenty dollars in Manhattan. Now you do the math.

                                          Milan also told me that his lunch specials hardly make him any money. I believe him. He hopes the $5.99 lunch specials will lure us back for more at dinner time and that we'll bring a platoon of heavy eating friends along. That's when he will have his monetary comeuppance!

                                          1. re: MostSalmonForYourRupee

                                            the owner -- who i've chatted with several times, but never exchanged names with (thank you for passing his on) -- always seems to be on hand, which is usually a good sign. i also applaud him for choosing to maintain quality rather than lowball other places in terms of price. besides which, i often end up ordering off the regular menu at lunchtime anyway and never regret spending a couple of extra dollars to do so.

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                                    3. The first and only time that I had eaten at Deshi Biryani before today, we basically ordered biryani. It was quite good, if a bit oily. I enjoyed the meal. However, today I took a group of Bengalis there and it was quite disappointing. I was embarassed that I didn't get them to hike down to Spicy Mina's. The near total lack of Bengali specialties (I didn't even notice last time) was pretty annoying. Also, the chicken wasn't that great. Added to this, the prices are quite high. Spicy Mina's is also far too expensive, but when I really sat down and noticed these factors all turned me off. Oh well. I still prefer Ghoroa overwhelmingly. Oh! The wedding that will be taking up the next 4 days of my life is catered 100% from Ghoroa! Mmmmm!

                                      1. We went to Deshi this past Sunday, and not sure we'd go back. Sorry to say, we found the biryani a bit boring.

                                        The chicken biryani was made with kalijira rice, which we had never eaten before. Yummy! It's a "non-glutinous 'baby basmati' rice" that is very soft. (Def going to buy some.) The chicken fell off the bone.

                                        But, truth be told, it was simply a boiled chicken on plain white rice, served with a hard boiled egg "for good luck." Kinda like a dish a mom makes for a kid who is getting over the flu.

                                        My kachi biryani (? - I hope that's right) was much more interesting. Basmati rice and amazingly tender goat meat mixed with raisins, saffron, coriander - who knows what else. It was very good, but surprisingly bland. I was expecting some heat. I had to ask for spicy sauce (which was weird but good.)

                                        Anyway, each dish was like $8 or $9, so you can't go wrong. We read the raves, so I suppose we were expecting something more interesting. We have no real knowledge of Bengali food, but we've had heartier and spicier biryanis elsewhere.

                                        Should I suspect we got the "gringo" versions of the dishes?

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                                        1. re: mickiet

                                          Nah, sounds accurate enough. Their chicken pulao is the only thing that I like. It's a really really good rendition of it (bit pricey though.) Otherwise their biriyanis are so-so. Bengalis aren't exactly biriyani masters and non-Sylheti or village Bengalis use very little spice so that would explain the spicing. Still, I like their chicken pulao and I'm very friendly with the staff so this worked out well when I had no internet for an entire summer (they've got wireless.)

                                          1. re: JFores

                                            i've also found their biryanis to be kind of lacking. i don't look for heat as such in this particuar dish, but the overall use of flavorings seems a bit timid. the veg dishes -- esp the cabbage vaji and the potato "side" are outstandingly spiced.

                                            1. re: david sprague

                                              I haven't been since August but I find the biryanis to be the worst thing on the menu there but many of their appetizers are top knotch. Their chicken tikka is very rich and delicious and I enjoy their sandwiches at lunchtime (hearty enough for leftovers). Their desserts are standouts (even though they don't make them in house).

                                          2. re: mickiet

                                            I tried the biryani once and wouldn't again. I always order (or would order, if I were in NY) from the "Chefs Specials" section... which sounds like generic Indian-American stuff, but it's great: bhuna, saag, rogan josh.

                                            1. re: Brian S

                                              I completely agree. The biryani is not worth ordering, but a lot of other stuff on the menu is. A year ago they had a totally amazing non-traditional gulab jamun with ice cream on the dessert menu too, which is definitely worth ordering if it's still there!

                                          3. After doing some research here on lunch specials I decided to check out Deshi. When I inquired about the lunch special, the lady who greeted me at the door told me there is none. This was around 2pm Wednesday so I asked my waitress if they ever have a lunch special. She said no. Another potential customer walked in while I was eating and asked the same thing but left after being told the same.

                                            I ordered the Kachi Biryani, which was disappointing. There was an oily wetness to the dish that was excessive and it contained very little goat/lamb. Just a couple shreds, along with 2-3 small chunks of bone that had little meat attached. There was a puck of carved potato on top, dyed bright orange using what seemed like a soak in colored but unflavored oil. It had a little bit of funk to it. If you've ever baked a potato that is just a little past it's prime, you know the funk I am talking about. It is not so noticeable in a spicy curry but this potato was plain and not baked with the rest of the dish. Spice wise the rice tasted pretty plain, though goat flavor did permeate the dish and the caramelized onions were done nicely.

                                            I've eaten many Biryanis over the years, mostly homemade and from various sources, though not Bangladeshi. I would have ordered the Ruhi Fish curry lunch special if it was available but it wasn't. I see others have said the Biryani here is a weak point even though the Kachi Biryani is listed on the menu a recommended dish. My waitress even told me it was a good choice. The word Biryani also has a prominent place in the name. If there is a next time, I will try another dish.