Take a look around Cambridgeshire’s new Bangladeshi restaurant – serving authentic cuisine with a modern twist

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Located just outside the city centre, the eatery offers a vibrant café experience for customers during the day and a luxury fine-dining experience by night

The newly opened restaurant is offering something different for its customers in Cambridge (Image: Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant)

Lovers of South Asian food are in for a real treat, as Cambridge’s latest Bangladeshi restaurant is finally here. Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant on Hills Road opened its doors earlier this month and it’s bringing a fusion of great-tasting flavours all the way from the East right to customers’ tables.

The word ‘Golpo’ translated from Bengali refers to ‘story’ or ‘tale’ and is commonly used in Bangladeshi literature and culture where it’s associated with the rich tradition of storytelling. So it’s no surprise that the idea for opening the restaurant first came about after five friends from Cambridge took a culinary journey around Bangladesh, sampling its mouth-watering food and drink.

Locals who come into the restaurant can see photographs the group took while in Bangladesh hanging from the walls. Each image captures either the region’s busy streets, beaches or neighbourhoods, encouraging customers to indulge in a similar journey as they taste the venue’s authentic dishes which transport their tastebuds to the heart of Bangladesh.

With brightly coloured walls, ambient lighting and wooden accents as well as leafy decor, Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant offers culinary enthusiasts a welcoming atmosphere to indulge in a rich cup of tea or coffee and tasty small plates during the daytime hours, before transforming into a fine-dining venue in the evening. Both vegetarian and vegan options are available for customers with dietary requirements, and the eatery operates a fully stocked non-alcoholic bar too.

The team at Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant during its grand opening (Image: Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant)

From ‘hunter’ buffalo wings to rara kadhai keema paratha, muglai premium lamp chops, korma curry and carrot halwa with cheesecake – there’s something to satisfy everyone’s flavour palette. And that’s not all – as a special opening offer, customers can take advantage of 20% off all food including while eating in or ordering for pick-up or delivery from the restaurant until Monday, September 18, 2023.

Ziaur Choudhery, co-owner of Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant says: “Many of the Indian restaurants in the UK are owned by the Bangladeshi community and a group of us who have been living in Cambridge for around 15-20 years had been thinking about opening a restaurant which is bit more authentic to the Bengal region for a long time. We not only wanted to capture the culture and taste of our country but of places like Kolkotta and West Bengal in India too and bring everything a bit closer to home.

“That’s how Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant was born. We’ve put the original taste of Bangladesh on a modern plate and bought it up to date in our own way, so you still have its true flavour but with a more modern ambience to enjoy it in.”

A blend of traditional and modern dining

The eatery serves a selection of both vegetarian and non-veg dishes made fresh to order (Image: Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant)

Although Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant specialises in offering locals the true taste of Bangladesh, its menu also takes inspiration from North Indian and Chinese Cuisine. Diners can dig into Punjabi-style butter chicken and pilau rice, jhalfrezi – a delicacy which was popular during the colonial period, and even mixed vegetable Manchurian with noodles.

Diners who are following a plant-based diet can select from options such as mixed vegetable momos served with garlic and herbs for lunch, or a vegetarian Bento box featuring popadoms, home slaw, dal bora, market paneer methi curry, rice and flat naan. Since mixtures of dishes are normally presented on a stainless steel palette in Bangladesh, the Bento box modernises this tradition for customers who are going out for a meal in today’s multi-cultural world.

Some of the more authentic Bengali dishes to choose from which will be served with a modern twist include bongo beef tak-a-tin – aged beef short ribs with red onions and smoked spice which the restaurant’s kitchen team slow cooks to perfection over four to five hours. There’s also Muglai premium lamb chops and dak bangla murgi roast (spice roasted free range chicken) on the board of specials.

Ziaur says: “When you go out to eat in India or Bangladesh you don’t just go out for Indian or Bangladeshi food, some of the most popular cuisine served in restaurants there is oriental so we wanted to incorporate Indo-Chinese food into our restaurant as well. At the same time, we still want to be accommodating to our customers who favour traditional options so we have lots of comfort food favourites on our menu like butter chicken and vegetable biryani.”

Tasty drinks and desserts

Customers can choose from exotic and refreshing fruity flavours when it comes to the restaurant’s drinks menu (Image: Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant)

All of the restaurant’s menu items are made from the finest and locally sourced ingredients, including its meat, coffee and fruit juices. The restaurant’s executive chef, Abdul Hussain, who is from Bangladesh has experience working in popular restaurants all over the world, and has personally trained the kitchen team at Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant to a high standard.

Diners with a sweet tooth will also be pleased to know that all of Golpo’s cakes and pastries are made exclusively for the restaurant by its dedicated pastry chef. Food lovers can indulge in a selection of specially curated deserts with fusion Bangladeshi and Western flavours, including the floating malai tiramisu, mango and cardamom brûlée and the spiced chocolate and cumin brick.

In-line with traditional Bangladeshi customs and modern takes on alcohol-free drinking, the restaurant has opened its own sober bar too. Combining non-alcoholic spirits from popular brands such as Azanti, Lyers and Myth with fresh fruits and spices, diners can enjoy a range of refreshing mocktails with their meal.

How to order

Inside Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant on Hills Road (Image: Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant)

Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant is located at 36-38 Hills Rd, Cambridge, CB2 1LA. The restaurant is open every Tuesday to Sunday from 12pm to 2.30pm for lunch and from 5.30pm until 10pm for dinner.

The restaurant also offers a collection service via its website and local delivery through Deliveroo and Uber Eats for a three-mile radius. Due to its pledge to promote sustainability, Golpo only uses recyclable and eco-friendly cardboard packaging and paper bags for its pick-up and delivery services.

To see the full lunch and dinner menus at Golpo Bengal Café & Restaurant or to make a reservation, click here.