What do you do when you love eating healthy but also worry about eating out because it’s hard to find healthy food in Dhaka? Simple – you head to Shokudo101! Located on a quiet street in Banani, just off the famous Road 11, and offering a chance to dine whilst overlooking a park, this new restaurant is the perfect choice for the foodies who also worry about keeping fit!
We visited Shokudo101 on a calm Thursday afternoon for lunch, and were pleasantly surprised with what greeted us – and yes, I’m referring to the menu here. We started with the amazing “Beef Tataki”, a delight on the tastebuds. For those who are wondering what exactly this dish comprises of, we were served with thinly sliced premium beef slices lightly seared and torched, served with a homemade ponzu sauce. The beef was torched just the right amount, and I loved the boldness and the authenticity of the dish – not to mention the fact that it was the first time I enjoyed authentic Beef Tataki in Dhaka.
The next gorgeous dish we sampled was their appealing “Shrimp Tempura”. Now, I’m a big lover of presentation and this dish did not disappoint. The jumbo rock shrimp was coated with a perfect proportion of tempura batter and fried to perfection. I say “perfection” because that was what we received – a tasty morsel which gave out the perfect ‘crunch’ when I bit into it to reveal the moist and succulent flavor of the shrimp within. Tempura connoisseurs will know exactly what I’m talking about!
We then moved on to our mains and first up was the scrumptious and flavorsome “Chanko Nabo Ramen” – an excellent choice with an abundance of garden vegetables and mixed seafood. It was hard to pick a favorite amongst all the amazing dishes but, if I just simply HAD to pick one, then this would be it.
I loved everything about this dish. The best part about any ramen is the broth and this hearty fish broth was so flavorful, it made me a very happy bunny indeed! The tangy taste was just right – not too mild and not too overpowering. The ramen was cooked to perfection, absorbing the flavors of the broth.
But wait, there’s more.
I haven’t even gotten around to the seafood yet!
Lightly sauteed Jumbo prawns, soft calamari and the mild, sweet taste of the red snapper all came together to form the perfect combination. I am a big fan of authentic seafood and I’m often ticked off and disappointed when chefs overcook it with gusto, thereby losing all flavor and tendering it elastic and chewy. But the seafood in this Chanko Nabe Ramen bowl lived up to the expectations of the foodie inside me – cooked with precision, preserving the taste and flavors all throughout. And i loved the earthiness brought to the plate with the mushrooms!
Keeping to the theme of healthy eating, our next dish was a staple comfort food that everyone is familiar with – “Chicken Teriyaki”. This deserves a mention because it was quite different than what I was expecting – a whole chicken breast stuffed with spring onions and zucchini, rolled and gently stir fried, before immersing it into the piquant teriyaki sauce and served with steamed vegetables. The zucchini was what made the dish stand out, bringing an added flavor to the chicken, along with maintaining the requisite moistness. And I simply loved the sesame seed sprinkles!
We decided to end our meal with their signature “Seafood Salad”. I know you’re wondering whether I’ve made a mistake by choosing to end with the Salad, instead of starting with it – but if you haven’t given this a try yet, you should! I always prefer ending my meal with something sweet, but also tend to stay off the rich deserts during lunch (they make me go straight to sleep!), and that is why I decided to both indulge my sweet tooth and eat healthy by opting for this salad.
This dish wonderfully tied together fresh salmon, red snapper and tiger prawns with beetroot garnish, garden fresh vegetables and a gorgeously sweet fresh cherry sauce – a perfect end to a delicious and healthy meal! And the salmon roe was the further ‘cherry on the cake’!
The next time you’re looking for some gorgeous cuisine, but also want to eat healthy, make it to the amazing Shokudo101. This is foodie paradise for those of us who want the best of both worlds – to not have to compromise on delicious food whilst also keeping fit! Enjoy digging in!
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I was hosted as a guest at Shokudo101. However, as always, all opinions are entirely my own!