Incorporation of Persian-Arabic elements and the usage of beef distinguish Bangladeshi cuisine from the Bengali cuisine of India. Rice, various kinds of lentil, and fish are the common ingredients of the meals served in the city. Beef forms an integral component of Bangladeshi cuisine, whose presence is more pronounced during feasts and banquets.
A popular dish in the city is beef kebab. Other variants of beef popular in the city include biryani, tehari, haleem and others. During Ziafat of Sylhet/Comilla or the Dawat of Dhaka, serving of a spicy beef dish is mandatory. Dhaka's past as the capital of Bengali empires had a profound influence on its cuisine, which is chiefly prepared using fried rice and a lot of meat.
Mughlai porota, bakorkhani, torkari, alu bhaji, luchi, and khichuri are the popular delicacies in Dhaka. In the city, tourists can also savour Chinese, Indian, Thai, Vietnamese, Greek and Mexican delicacies, among others. In the city, curries are complemented with Bangladeshi bread, including luchi, naan, tondul rooti and parota.
Popular sweets and desserts served in the city are chômchôm tangail, kalo jam, golap Jam, roshogolla, kheer, firni, jilapi, shondesh, and shujir halua. Borhani is a favourite beverage served after meals. A popular spicy snack in the city is fuchka. International fast food chains like Pizza Hut, and KFC also operate in the city.
In the city, tourists can eat at restaurants, cafés, kebab corners and bakeries. At the European and French bakeries in the city, there are pastries, cakes, cookies, meat patties, meat rolls, pies and other dishes.
Old and Central Dhaka are the hub of restaurants offering traditional Bangladeshi cuisine, while trendy and up-scale restaurants are clustered in the Gulshan and Banani areas. Dhanmondi also contains many restaurants selling international delicacies and kebabs.