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“Hard to find Bengali restaurants in Sydney - this one is worth trying!”
Review of Bottola Restaurant

Bottola Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 25 Restaurants in Lakemba
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

Besides a few restaurants in Rockdale, and the hipster rendition called Bang Street Food in Surry Hills, I haven't seen a whole lot of Bangladeshi restaurants in Sydney. So I found it pretty exciting to be dining at Bottola Restaurant, situated at the end of Haldon Street, Lakemba's main drag.

With simple furnishings, and television screens giving diners a visual taste of Bangladesh, this restaurant purports to offer the kind of home-cooked meals that will appeal to Bengali people. Back in the 2011 census, Bengali people were the suburb's largest population group (13.4%) of the 32.4% of residents born outside of Australia.

We're here to try Haleem ($8), which is basically a thick, spicy lentil soup. It's made from wheat, rice, meat (lamb usually) and lentils, and spiced with fresh ginger, cardamom, chilli, cumin, garlic, and turmeric to give it its distinctive yellowish hue. The thick soup is freshened up with coriander leaves, crisp fried onions and lime wedges, with green chilli slices passes separately for those who like extra heat. We eat it scooped onto crisp wedges of layered Paratha ($3) bread and it feels both fresh and filling; so I can see why it's particularly popular during Ramadan.

We end our meal with small pots of Firni ($2.50), a Bengali rice pudding that's dotted with dried fruit and nuts. This small introduction to authentic Bengali cuisine has piqued my interest... next time I'll tackle Lamb Brains Marsala ($12).

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Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Love coming every time,enjoy the Bengali flavour.everyone is friendly.my favourite would be fish curry with vegetables

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Reviewed 15 March 2016

A Stomach's Trip for Bengali Cuisine

Welcome to Bottola, the quintessential Bengali breakfasty menu is here - gorgeous chheka porota (pastry bread), labra (mixed vegetable) and egg. Be it surviving a hangover or a marathon movie night on Friday or Saturday nights...starting at 12 noon on weekends and 4pm on weekdays, previously what was Fuska House of Lakemba is NOW Bottola. It's a shrine of good Bangla food with home made authenticity, serving this amazing breakfast menu at 12 bucks then plus plus. Every other place serves porota-shobji combo breakfast but no one does it like Bottola.

If their lovely décor doesn't welcome you then this will – and every Bengali knows how emotional it get's to enjoy good deshi food while watching a good deshi drama/tele-film. Bottola caters to this rightly as you can enjoy these programmes on TV all the time.
The main reason for the fantastic taste of their food is their head chef Zia, who steers, lures and finally serves mouthwatering recipes. Zia is not just stuck with the brekky menu but pours his heart's content while preparing equally delectable Haleem, beef tripe, brain masala, chicken liver and giblet, boti kabab, rice-bhorta (mashed vegetables)-fish curry and exceptional hari kabab...'mouthwatering' is the last term I want to use for hari kabab...the taste is beyond amazing. Don't forget to sip on their hot cuppa milk tea, it is devilishly delicious.
Their warm customer service stands out and their dishes are essentially Foodgasmic! And this has been proverbial for the trio – Ahsanul Fakhru Shourav, Arifa Ferdous Lina and Emamul Hossain Meelan – these three named and co-own this restaurant Bottola (under the shades of Benian tree), inspired by similar place names in Jahangir Nagar University and East West University campuses in Bangladesh. And as the name has a spiritual appeal with plenty of Bengali emotions fused, they do not want to compromise with the taste, so beware! Don't miss their Chaa [tea]. They have home delivery if you like in and around Lakemba, City of Canterbury. So if you are hungry just dial 0449-791-334...this is the 000 when Hunger Strikes!

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2  Thank Faizul K
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