Taste of Bangladesh, Manuka – budget perfect for large groups

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Whether you’d like to dine in or posh up some take-away, Taste of Bangladesh is perfect for large groups.

Shafique is great! He will work with you to get exactly what you need.

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A $1 per head party charge covers cakeage and corkage for any drink – alcoholic or soft – if you are dining in.

Up to 75 can fit comfortably, and while that will inevitably be quite noisy, the carpet and soft furnishings all help.

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A good $18 pp menu for a large group on a tight budget is:

Entree: Pappadoms & Onion Bhaji (Crispy onion fritter with tamarind and mint yogurt) (one per person)

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Mains: Chicken Dum Murgh, Fish Bengali, Palak Paneer (one of each per four people)

Spinach and Cheese Naan, Plain Naan, Basmati Rice (one of each per two people)

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Dessert: BYO  or order Gulab Jaman (one per person)

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If you’d like to order in for lunch, just want the onion bhaji, curries and breads delivered and plan to use your own rice cooker..

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salads…

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…and desserts…

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….talk to Shafique about the $71 Take-away Family dinner pack for 4 with a few ‘swap arounds’.

One pack is enough for 8 people if you ask for the two entrees to both be onion bhaji.

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Bellucis’s Manuka lunch special- an update on the salads

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The $20 weekday lunch special at Bellucis in Manuka is as good as ever.

The two salads on offer as light and fresh, perfect with the glass of wine that’s included.

25% off for Canberra Entertainment Book Holders

INSALATA DI SALMONE – beetroot cured salmon w/ watercress, shaved baby fennel, baby carrots, pickled golden beetroots & chard

INSALATA DI POLLO – poached chicken, baby cos, asparagus, grilled marinated peppers, ‘san daniele’ prosciutto & caraway aioli

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Little Brother Red Hill – back again already!

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I’m not sure why, but I just love the raisin toast at Little Brother Red Hill. On another cold and rainy day, it was just perfect for my brunch.

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My fellow diners chose the Sweet potato and beetroot fritter with poached eggs, wilted spinach and horseradish cream $19 which was a lovely dish.

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But a big part of why I enjoy heading to Little Brother (besides the great view) is the lovely, warm service!

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Highly approachable and accommodating, Little Brother also takes bookings and gives Canberra Entertainment Book holders a 25% discount.

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A wonderful Bangladeshi Cuisine Cooking Circle Canberra at Taste of Bangladesh, Manuka

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Last Saturday Shafique and Farhana hosted Cooking Circles Canberra to an amazing introduction to Bangladeshi cuisine at their Manuka restaurant, Taste of Bangladesh.

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They lead thirty of us through the delicate flavours of Chicken Dum Biriyani, fragrant with spices of Cumin, Star Anise, Chilli, Cinnamon, Cardamom, Clove and Mace…

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…along with ginger and garlic, ghee, fried  onions.

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The spices were ground and mixed with yogurt to marinate the chicken which was then cooked..

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…before being layed with the separately cooked rice for the final cooking, that allows the flavours to penetrate layers.

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While the Dum Biriyani was cooking, Shafique showed us how to prepare the wonderfully delicious classic – Gulab Jaman.

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His shortcut method is to mix a dough using milk powder and baker’s flour (softened with cream) which is rolled into balls…

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….and cooked in oil before being added to a sugar (and cinnamon stick) syrup.

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Farhana told us about the traditional (lengthy) method used in Bangladesh to prepare this dessert, using paneer. When a new baby is born into a family, the new parents send this special sweet to friends and neighbours.

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While we were waiting for the Dum Biriyani, Shafique also showed us an Eggplant Pakora (Beguni) entree.

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He first thinly sliced the eggplant…

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…then mixed it with spices – chilli, mace and garam marsala…

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…and then chickpea flour and water to coat it in batter before frying it.

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We were all so eager to enjoy this delicacy that no-one captured any photos whatsoever!

As the meal deliciously came together we chatted and enjoyed mango lassis and glasses of wine…

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…but when the Dum Biriyani was served, perfectly matched with yogurt raita, the flavours were wonderful to savour!

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And the Gulab Jaman was a perfect end to a excellent meal, with fine company and much pleasure for all the senses, discovering another lesser known world cuisine!

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Little Brother, Red Hill Lookout – perfect for a weekend coffee @littlebrotherredhill

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Little Brother has the most gorgeous position, overlooking Canberra’s hills and valleys.

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It really is worth booking a table by the window to make the most of the great views.

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But if you miss out, it’s still cute and cosy anywhere.

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The brunch and lunch menus are great and if you have the Canberra Entertainment Book you can also have a 25% discount.

But if it’s too early for a glass of wine and lunch, or you just looking for a light brekkie or a coffee then it’s hard to beat the morish, thick slices of raisin toast, just $5 for two huge slices.

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Available all day, it’s the perfect comfort food in cold or cloudy weather.

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Road testing the Thali Lunch at Taste of Bangladesh, Manuka just $13

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So pleased that Taste of Bangladesh are doing Thalis at lunch again!!

Monday to Friday 12-2pm, they are offering what must be the best value lunch in Manuka.

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$13 buys a large serve of rice, large pillowy naan, poppadom and three curries – a vegetable kadhi and two others that change each week.

This week it was a delicous butter chiken and beef vindaloo…so good!!

And if you fancy a glass of wine or best togo with yor Thali, just take it along, there’s no corkage charge!


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1 On One Expresso, Forrest/Barton @1ononeexpresso

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1 On One Expresso is new to the Department of Finance Building,  at 1 Canberra Ave, Forrest (Barton side).

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It has an attractive decor….

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….and interesting lunch menu with salads including a delicious haloumi fritters $17

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..as well as a quinoa salad $16 (not quite as good).

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Sandwiches ready to go are $8.50 and wine by the glass starts at $7.

Breakfast is avaialbe until 12 Noon, but a couple of the brekkie rolls are avaiallbe all day:

BACON AND EGG ROLL tomato or house bbq sauce $7

DELUXE BACON AND EGG ROLL rosti, smashed avo, cheese, house bbq sauce $10

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