Dhaka residents have become more lavish in their food habits along with the upward mobility of the socio-economic condition in the city. There is a rising demand for more premium food and the most premium cuts of meat.
While we will not associate steaks with fine dining, it certainly does fall under the premium bracket.
A decade ago, places like Spitfire, Spaghetti Jazz, Don Giovanni's, and Steak House were the best steak places in the city.
However, over time, the competition has picked up a notch with more and more steak places popping up.
Today, we take a look at the best steak places in Dhaka and what separates them from the rest.
5. Woodhouse Grill (best Texas-style steaks)
This place has been the talk of the town in recent years - as far as steaks are concerned.
Located in Banani 11, they serve Texas-style steaks and you are bound to like them.
The steaks are offered with two sides and sauces of your choice but the ribeye steak is their most popular item.
It's a 300-gram steak and the local beef steak will cost you taka 1,385++ and the imported beef steak will cost you taka 2,300++.
We give this a solid 7.5 out of 10.
4. Steak Republic (steaks on a budget)
This is one of the newer places which has made its way into our list with its steaks at relatively cheaper prices.
Nothing will cost you over Tk2,000 and that is reasonable given the quality of food and the location - road 36, Gulshan 2 - involved.
The must-have item here is the "Surf and Turf" which includes a tenderloin steak and a lobster thermidor. The steak is tender and juicy with lots of butter while the lobster is soft and will melt in your mouth - a truly terrific combo.
You also get sauteed mushrooms and mashed potatoes as two sides and the entire thing costs Tk1,630++.
With everything considered, we give this an 8 out of 10.
3. Bistro E (an underrated gem)
While this may not be a steak house, the steaks they serve are some of the best and this is an absolute hidden gem.
Located in North Avenue, Gulshan 2, it is hard to miss this place, with its lights and posh decor.
While Bistro E has a wide range of Mediterranean dishes, we will focus on the Steak Frites that we ordered. It is a 300-gram sirloin that really packs a punch because of the tender and juicy meat with a hint of BBQ sauce. You get a side of fries and a salad.
Given the location, the price is expectedly high and this will cost you Tk2,250++.
However, given the food quality and overall ambience, we have to give this a high 8.5 out of 10.
2. Meat Theory (best Chicago-style steaks)
Another new steak house making a name for itself with its Chicago-style steaks.
These steaks are basically charred on the surface and cooked to your desired doneness.
The menu is similar to the one Woodhouse Grill offers with similar pricing, however, there are a few specialities like the Tom and Jerry steak, which is a 1,400-gram steak.
But the star of the show is the 300-gram rib steak, which is soft but rich in taste and texture.
What really sets this apart is the house special sauce which is made from beef broth.
This will cost you Tk 1,645, which is a reasonable price considering the big proportions of the sides - mashed potatoes and sauteed vegetables.
Located on road 140, Gulshan 1 we give this an excellent 9 out of 10.
1. The Pit Grill (the undisputed king)
They have been around for a while now and no one can stop them.
From ribs to dry-aged steak, The Pit Grill has it all and then some more.
Previously, they were in Dhanmondi and were regularly managing the more posh Gulshan-Banani crowd. In their new location in Kemal Ataturk Avenue, Banani, they are going as strong as ever.
The stars of the show here are the 45-day dry-aged beef steaks and the BBQ beef ribs.
Both are unparalleled in taste and flavours; you will not be left disappointed.
You will also want to try their sliders and burgers, which use the same steak beef and we believe that is the best in business.
Yes, this will cost you a premium, per head will be around Tk4,000 but that is the price you have to pay for the best of the best.
We wholeheartedly recommend The Pit Grill and give it a 9.5 out of 10.