If you go to visit old Dhaka and looking for a place to have lunch where you can taste the food culture and heritage of the country, the first place you can go is the legendary Hajir Biryani. There is no advertisement, not even a sign board, but undoubtedly this is the best biryani shop in Bangladesh.
Started in 1939 by Haji Golam Hossain and now run by his grand son Haji Mohammed Shahed, this 70 years old restaurant makes the biryani in a very special way. Unlike others, they do not use butter in the biryani. Instead they use masterd oil. This shop is so famous that if you go to old Dhaka and tell any rickshaw-puller about the shop, they will bring you there. No need even any address.
There is always heavy demand in the restaurant from 7 am in the morning till 10 pm at night, but they only make a limited quantity of this food every day. Even there is not much place to sit inside the restaurant. There is no appetiser, no desert served with the dish, and this is the only dish they serve, but still this is the most famous place in old Dhaka for food. Now a days they have opened two branches of the restaurant at Motijheel and Gulshan area, where Biryani is served cooked and taken from here. But still you have to come in the old Dhaka if you want to feel and taste the original.
- Old Dhaka Branch: 70 Kazi Alauddin Road, Nazira Bazar.