Platinum Terrace-open sky garden restaurant with a distinction
Published Date : 1 December, 2010
-A Monitor Report
Dhaka : In this concrete jungle of Dhaka City, where a little piece of greenery is hard to find, from high above the sky, through the view of a bird's eye, if you may, you can search and find a piece of Eden, almost hidden near the area of Banani. Then you will definitely know that is Platinum Terrace- the roof top restaurant of the Platinum Suites, smart boutique hotel.
Mohammad Ali, Head of Sales and Corporate Affairs of Platinum Suites, and a very well known face in the hospitality industry in Bangladesh invited us to pay a visit to this one of a kind open sky eatery. Thinking of an option to utilise the open space on the terrace of the hotel building, came this unique idea of creating a garden, a place for dining and having fun in the dull evenings for Dhaka dwellers as well as the guests coming from outside.
Platinum Terrace was launched in 2009, since then the restaurant has been dominating the kingdom of open sky banquet. Others may follow but sure to fall as they are the pioneer and it will be tough to beat them in terms of food quality and cordial service that they provide. Unlike other similar kind of attempts, Platinum Terrace is much more decent place to bring your family and kids and have a wonderful time together. Keeping limited items on the menu, mainly grilled and tandoori dishes, the management intends to emphasis on presenting you a really fun time.
It's a whole different story on the Fridays on this terrace. Live music, karaoke, dances; - a bunch of cool elements brings down a fiesta on the floor. Folks from all steps of life come here to dine, including the in-house guests. But it has been noticed that the place has become a regular spot for a good hang out for the people from corporate world, who come here to spend quality 'after hours'.
'I took the first initiative to bring out the middle class and the upper middle class people of Dhaka out of the four walls of their house and introduce a lively time in the evenings,' says Ali, 'It was not easy, I had to make the offer known to them by different mediums, arrange special discount and once they are all set in the mood, I can now relax and watch them having fun'.
It was a week-day when we took a visit to the place. A slow Ravindra Sangeet was playing in the air. We took a corner table. There is a garden like atmosphere around the place. Nice, tall, green plants separated us from viewing outside world (which we wanted to ignore anyway). Carpeted floor with artificial grass mat is also noticeable. As the time passed by, the mood of the music changed. This is for taking care of everybody's taste.
We are going to come out with events on special days of the year like Bijoy Dibosh and Christmas etc. Ali explained his further plans with the place. Sheltech (Platinum Suites is a project of Sheltech, -a prominent developer in the country) has a plan of introducing 'budget hotels' for the first time.' Candles in the chimney on the tables were the source of light which made the place dreamier and out of the world. While relishing the food on the table, his face was looking brighter with excitement. It was a pleasure to have dinner with a visionary person on the most popular terrace of the city of Dhaka.