Atlanta >Food & Dining > Panahar Bangladeshi Cuisine
3375 Buford Hwy NE Ste 1060, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3032933.842622 -84.327259
Lunch: Tue - Sun, 11:30am - 2:30pm; Mon, closed. Dinner: Tue - Sun, 5:30pm - 10:30pm; Mon, closed
Do not go here unless you have several hours to eat! – While the food is nice at this restaurant the wait is totally unacceptable. We made reservations so they knew we were coming and it still took 3 hours to get served and an hour to just get some soup. The owner always tries to do your ordering. He seems very frazzled and and is not able to delegate to his staff when there are busy times. Do not go here if you are not prepared to wait. The food is good but the lack of consideration for at least getting a basket of nan and some soup to the table for your 3 hour wait is inexcusable.
A Satisfying Lunch – I went to this restaurant for the lunch buffet and got there at about 2:05pm. The waiter immediately asked if it was 'to go', then pointed out what time it was and what time they closed. The restaurant closes at 2:30pm. I was turned off that that was how I was greeted when I walked through the door but I was hungry so I decided to stay. The lunch buffet was smaller than I thought it would be but I thought it was very flavorful. The tandoori chicken was especially delicious. The food didn't have the spice that I expected it to have so that was a little disappointing. The decor lacked imagination and was old fashioned but it didn't bother me since I was just going by myself for lunch. Also the lunch was reasonably priced at 9 bucks. I would go back to Panahar..maybe a little earlier for the lunch buffet.
So So – Five of us went for dinner. We were the first one to arrive. There were a lot of waiters in Black (!!) uniform. The waiter was eager to order the food himself!!! The appetizers were OK. The food was so so. The taste was bland and needed more OOMPH. They do not serve liquor or wine. You can take it with no "corking fee"
Overall: We do not intend to go back there again.
Worth a try but not really all that – This restaurant is small (about 14 tables) and the decor is simple. There were 4 wait staff rushing about inefficiently to serve everyone. The food smelled good, but it just didn't have that POW that I love about good Indian food. It was too much creamy-gravy and not enough spice. Maybe this is suitable for a non-Indian clientele. I didn't see one Indian family eating in the restaurant when I went... normally not a good sign in my opinion. Still, if you are new to Indian food, it may be worth a try. I thought it was "just ok" and I wouldn't make a point of going back.
Great food, wonderful service – From the moment you walk into Panahar, you are treated like a treasured guest. The waiters enthusiastically explain all items on the menu and make recommendations (which all proved to be excellent choices.) They do not offer alcohol for sale but you are welcome to BYOB which they will happily uncork (for free) and serve you. (A nice plus not having to pay $10 for a glass of wine like at so many other places.)
As I mentioned, the food was excellent. (I'm new to Bangladeshi & Indian food, so whether or not it was authentic, I can't say, but it was delicious.)
Prices are very reasonable -- my friend and I had appetizers, 2 main courses, an order of special rice and bread, and 2 desserts (one of which was on the house) all for $32!!!! I'll definitely be back soon.
Yummy but don't go if you have a deadline! – I really enjoy dining at this restaurant, however over the numerous times I've been the service is consistently sloooww! That may be a positive -- perhaps if it's a date night when you'd prefer to not be rushed -- but I've learned that if I go it'll be a minimum of an hour and a half before I'm out the door.
Average cusine presented with loads of useless information – First of all I would like to say that the place is not bad. Food is average to decent. Some dishes might be better. But I wouldn't go gaga over the editorial review. I really never liked any editorial reviews or ratings based on critiques being invited to taste their food. If you've invited a guest to your house wouldn't you keep your house tidy and clean, cook nice food? So if a food critique is invited to a restaurant, he/she will be treated with utmost care and the best quality food will be served. As a result a very positive review. But is it the case when you go to a restaurant on any given day? Food critiques should always go unannounced. Before writing a review let me state that I?m an Indian. I like to explore different cuisines. I have tried all sorts of regional cuisines in India and international cuisines here in US & UK.
I have read all the 57 reviews written so far. If you observe closely, users with Indian names didn't like it very much. But western reviewers have maximum praise for the owner. And it happened with me also. One reviewer raised this point. If you are from the Indian subcontinent you'll treated in a different way. We are used to this kind of "Hospitality". But if you happen to be a westerner then it might seem to be very polite overtly caring and genuinely inviting. After being received in such a way you might not like to complain about anything. Just ignore it. The hospitality makes the food taste better !! Yes it?s true. It's one of the inherent philosophies in the subcontinent. The owner was explaining me about the menu and there came some American guests. Drop everything !!! He ran towards them and offered them quick service. It happened twice during my stay.
Bottom line is food is average there. But if you are a westerner; because of the "Hospitality" you might like the food. Hence so many good reviews from westerners. But very few good reviews from Indians.
Good Food – We recently started our own quest: to find the best indian restaurant in Atlanta for us. This is our second one and it was good. The ambiance, the cleanliness, the bringing your own wine/beer. As appetizers we ordered some Halim (the grounded lentil soup with herbs and spices) and it was outstanding... the touch of lime was genius! and the Chicken Shingaara (deep fried chicken-potato dumpling) and they were very good and flavorful. As main dishes we ordered: Lamb/Shrimp/Chicken Biriyani (rice with all those goodies inside) with a side order of Raita (yogurt sauce with black pepper and tiny pieces of cucumber and carrots. This dish was superb. The rice was so flavorful! It was spicy, but in a perfect balance. The yogurt sauce on top of the rice gave it another layer of flavor and creaminess. I would recommend it .
The second dish was Shrimp Bhoona Maang-sho (shrimp in a sauce of onions, tomatoes, and bell peppers) and a side order of white rice with peas inside. I think I made a mistake with this dish... I was expecting it to be hot and spicy, but it was not. No spicy at all. When I asked the manager, he told me that it comes with 'zero' chile peppers, but that if I would have requested it with a "+1" then it would have been spicy, a "+2" would have been even hotter, etc. I found that the shrimp sauce needed a bit of salt, but maybe it was part of my disappointment with the no chile on it... I did not finish my dish (the portions are huge) and I am going to try to improve on the salt/spice to see how different it becomes.
The manager of the night (Mirza) was very gentle and kind... but beware, he is an excellent seller... if we let him we would have purchase food for 12 instead of two...
We would go back to this restaurant.
Food is OK, but.. – I visited this place after reading good reviews. My suggestion would be, if you are from any country in the Indian sub-continent this place is not for you. To be precise, you could probably cook better food yourself. Another thing I have noticed is you would be treated slightly differant from your fellow American customers. It is sad, but a fact.
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