Project Hilsa, the largest restaurant of Bangladesh, has been trending on social media. On that note, we will discuss Project Hilsa, including its menu, location, transportation, and more.
What is Project Hilsa?
Project Hilsa was not known until late May. It became popular when someone posted a review on different food review groups on Facebook. Project Hilsa is an expensive high-end restaurant, which was launched on May 27. However, it is claimed to be a world-class restaurant by its founders.
Who Founded Project Hilsa and Its Location
Bangladesh’s renowned export-oriented garments company, ‘Ever Group’ built Project Hilsa restaurant in Shimuliya, Munshiganj. It is located 500 meters from Shimuliya Ghat, by the main road; hence, it is easy to find as you head towards the Padma River.
Design, Structure, and Area
From the outside, the restaurant looks like a whole Hilsa. Inside, it has a variety of different lighting systems and all the other modern facilities. Both the exterior and interior design aesthetics of this restaurant will keep you captivated. Although the restaurant looks beautiful during the day, its real beauty is revealed at night.
According to Prasanjit Roy, manager in charge of “Project Hilsa,” the restaurant covers an area of about 40,000 square feet. More than 300 people can sit and eat here together. There are more than 80 staff for customer service.
Project Hilsa Restaurant Menu
The most interesting thing about this restaurant is that you can eat fried Hilsa that comes directly from the Padma. Here you can buy Hilsa in kg, and your favorite fish will be fried or cooked by experienced chefs of Project Hilsa. Besides the Hilsa fish, many other popular Bengali and Indian dishes are available in this restaurant.
The restaurant serves almost all Hilsa dishes, and other dishes include Chinese and Indian food. Hilsa recipes include Padma bank Hilsa, Panikhola Hilsa, steamed Hilsa, mustard Hilsa, and fried Hilsa. Other foods include egg fry and Hilsa fishtail stuffing. The most interesting food there is Panikhola Hilsa, which was lost from our tradition.
The menu says that the restaurant has a total of 300 types of food, including 24 types of Hilsa fish recipes.
However, the price is significantly higher than other local restaurants in Mawa Ghat. For example, per KG, Hilsa is priced at Tk. 1800- Tk. 2000, which is around Tk. 1200 to Tk. 1400 in a local restaurant.
However, each customer will have to pay an extra 10% service charge and 15% VAT on top of the food price.
Food Price Comparison
Due to the high price of the locally available food, Project Hilsa already created some controversy. For example, the price of a piece of eggplant fry has been kept at Tk. 50, which is not more than Tk. 10-15 in a good quality restaurant. Further, the price for a bowl of ‘Daal’ or Lentil Soup is Tk. 100 there, which may cost Tk. 30-50 in any restaurant of the country.
Just one plate of white rice is priced at Tk. 100! A plate of khichuri is being taken there for Tk. 200.
However, considering its services and compared to other high-class resorts where you get a lot of facilities, the pricing strategy at Project Hilsa is not abnormal.
Apart from the large internal area, Project Hilsa also has a large area for free car parking facilities. Besides, there are also sports and recreation facilities for children. However, you can call them in advance and make a booking, and you don’t have to pay for it. However, the authority will wait a maximum of half an hour beyond your allotted time. Your booking will be canceled after half an hour has elapsed.
How Can You Go to Project Hilsa?
Whoever has a personal vehicle should not face any problem going there. But different public transport is also available to go to Project Hilsa. So, you can access different means of communication.
AC / non-AC bus goes from Jatrabari to Mawa Ghat, and the restaurant is located just a little before the Ghat. You can tell the bus conductor to drop you at the Hilsa restaurant.
The fare for the non-AC bus is Tk. 100-120 and AC bus Tk 150-160. Besides, there is a bus named Shadhin from Dhaka’s Mirpur 10, Farmgate, Shahbag. Apart from this, you can get all day buses named Ilish, Gangchil, BRTC AC Bus from Gulistan to Mawa.
However, if you go by bike or car, you will get there in 20-30 minutes while enjoying Mawa Expressway.
Hilsa Feast at Mawa Ghat
Mawa ferry ghat’s Hilsa has been in demand for centuries. Food lovers come here from different parts of the country to eat Hilsa. Therefore, to meet this huge demand, small and big hotels have been built on the banks of Mawa Ghat. There are also shops to sell seasonal fruits and other products. There is also a piecemeal fish market. In these fish markets various kinds of small and big fishes, including fresh Hilsa caught from Padma River are being sold. The demand for these fishes is also huge.
If you want to buy fresh fish from fishermen, you have to reach there very early in the morning. If you want to eat Hilsa at restaurants at Mawa Ghat, you have to bargain. If you go there with a group, you can buy the whole Hilsa and then ask to fry. If there are fewer people, you can buy and eat it as a piece.
Whether you want to eat fish at Project Hilsa or Mawa Ghat, you should check out the weather report before you go there as the Rainy season is approaching. To enjoy the real beauty of the Mawa expressway on a sunny day would be perfect.