While winter in Bangladesh means barbeque season, it is quite the opposite in the USA. Their summer comprises of beaches, barbeque, and baseball. After looking far and wide for a space that would not only give off a backyard B.B.Q vibe but also serve such food, I came across Carver’s.
Located at Road 68 of Gulshan 2, Carver’s is the very first Deli & Smokehouse of the country. From roasts, cured meat, Texan BBQ, to fresh salad, and hearty breakfast meals, they are serving a wide array of meaty dishes which will definitely give you the American feel.
As for the food, we had called in earlier for a separate arrangement of their best dishes and here’s what were on the platter-
Soup: Cream of Potato & Bacon Soup (Canadian Beef Bacon)
Salad: Roasted Beetroot & Feta Cheese Salad with Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing
Entrees: Braised BBQ Short Ribs, Sumac Grilled Maryland Chicken, Dill Pickle Potato Salad, Corn on the Cob with Lemon Chicken Salt, Garden Pea & Carrots in Garlic & Parsley Compound Butter
Dessert: Deep Fried Oreos with Vanilla Ice cream
Starting off with the soup, I was astonished as to how velvety the texture of the soup was, it was almost as if it was a condensed broth and not pureed potatoes because of how unbelievably silky the texture was. There were not bits of potatoes which I was very pleased with but instead, bits of Canadian bacon were used to garnish the soup. The taste was rich, creamy, and a little salty.
Next came the Roasted Beetroot & Feta Cheese Salad with Raspberry Poppyseed Dressing. At first bite, my taste-bud was overwhelmed by the sweetness of cherry tomatoes and tanginess of feta cheese. All the leafy greens were exceptionally fresh and I can bet that no other place in Dhaka can serve a salad as fresh and unique as theirs. However, *disclaimer* the feta might not be everyone’s cup of tea. Many of my friends found the salty taste to be a little too powerful to their liking.
The ribs had a charred skin slid off the bones the moment I bit into them. The entire taste was elevated when paired with the dill pickle potato salad. However, since I am not a fan of the fatness of the meat, the ribs did not win me over. The Sumac Grilled Chicken on the other hand was very juicy. It was surprising how a dry looking chicken gave off so much of flavour. Bang on seasoning! The Garden Peas and Corn on the Cob were both very simple in taste with light seasoning of compound butter and lemon chicken salt; great as sides but not something I would prefer ordering individually.
To finish off the meal, we were served with one of America’s favorite fair/festival food, Deep Fried Oreos (and of course, some simple vanilla icecream). Nothing can go wrong with this combination other than the HIGH CHOLESTROL risk that comes with it. But hey, if I die, I might as well go down as the person who died eating a delicious dessert.