Trying out new tastes around the city has become a trend among food lovers in Bangladesh. So, despite the fact that hundreds of new restaurants open on a regular basis, demand remains stable. As a result, foreign restaurant chains and several local food chains have grown in popularity over the past decade. Many local fast food shops have begun to shift from single locations to franchise models. Hence, it should come as no surprise that one of the fastest-growing sectors in Bangladesh is the restaurant and fast-food sectors.
Although many fast food chains are currently available in Bangladesh, some are ahead of the competition with promising quality, rapid expansion, and immense popularity among foodies. In this article, we will discuss the top fast food chains in Bangladesh and let you know about their operations.
Top Fast Food Chains
In this section, we will look into the international and local fast-food chains currently operating in Bangladesh.
Burger King is renowned for its high-quality, delicious, and affordable food. To date, it has been the second-largest fast-food franchise on Earth. For more than 50 years, the brand has been defined by its dedication to premium ingredients, signature recipes, and family-friendly dining experiences, being the original home of the Whopper.
A Burger King outlet opened its doors in Bangladesh on December 9th, 2016. Tiffinbox Ltd., a subsidiary of Bangla Trac Group, has signed a long-term agreement with Burger King to launch and expand the brand’s presence in Bangladesh. This move is being made in an effort to break into the quick-service restaurant (QSR) industry. People in Bangladesh have been able to appreciate the authentic flavor of the Whopper and other great-tasting items on the Burger King menu ever since the restaurant first opened its doors in the country. The company consistently provides customers with exceptional food and an exceptional overall experience. Currently, there are eight Burger King locations in Dhaka city: Banani, Gulshan 2, Basundhara, Jamuna Future Park, Dhanmondi, Balaka, Uttara, and Mirpur 2. They can be found in all of these locations and more.
Pizza Hut is a restaurant chain with its headquarters in the United States that operates locations all over the world and serves not only pizza but also a wide variety of other foods. In Wichita, Kansas, two college students, Frank and Dan Carney opened their first pizza restaurant in 1958. Thus, they laid the groundwork for the world’s largest and most successful pizza chain. Pizza Hut is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, which owns and operates more than 13,200 restaurants and delivery locations across the globe.
Pizza Hut in Bangladesh has been working on expanding its customer base and making its pizzas more accessible to them through the introduction of new products and the opening of new stores in various regions of the country. Pizza Hut began operations in Bangladesh in 2003 and has since opened eight dine-in locations and eight take-out locations to serve its loyal customers. Whether you’re in the mood for something sweet or savory, you’ll find something on the menu to suit your taste. Friendships and naturalness are just some of the attributes that make the Pizza Hut brand experience more than just pizza.
KFC, which stands for “Kentucky Fried Chicken,” is an American fast-food restaurant chain that is the second-largest in the world in terms of sales, after McDonald’s. The chain is a subsidiary of Yum! Brands, is a restaurant company that also holds the Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, and WingStreet chains. They are currently present at over 25,000 locations in over 145 countries. The main thing that KFC sells is pressure-fried chicken pieces with bones that are seasoned with Colonel Harland Sanders’ “Original Recipe,” which is made up of 11 herbs and spices. The catchphrases “It’s Finger-Lickin’ Good!” and “Nobody does chicken like KFC” have become synonymous with KFC.
When KFC Kentucky Fried Chicken made its way to the country in 2006, it brought with it all of its savory glory. Soon after that, people flocked to the store’s flagship location in Dhaka’s Gulshan 1. KFC currently has 24 outlets in six Bangladeshi cities, including Dhaka, Savar, Chattogram, Cox’s Bazaar, Sylhet, Bogura, and Khulna.
Transcom Foods Limited, a subsidiary of Bangladesh’s most successful business group, is in charge of running KFC in that country. Additionally, it also operates as the Pizza Hut franchisee in Bangladesh.
An increasing number of Bangladeshis are turning to Best Fried Chicken for their fast food needs. Currently, BFC has stores in Dhaka’s most important neighborhoods, including Dhanmondi, Uttara, Gulshan, Banani, Baily Road, Eskaton, Banasree, Mirpur, and Khilgaon. This initiative was launched in 2002 under the leadership of renowned industrialist Anisur Rahman Sinha, Chairman of Opex & Sinha Group. Growing demand for fast food necessitated the creation of BFC, a fast-food chain that provides quality, hygienic food at a reasonable price.
Because of the high quality, its market share has increased significantly. The fast-food chain has quickly grown popular with its customers and has already opened 17 locations. The juiciest, freshest chicken is sourced by the owners themselves at their expanding farm facility in Rangpur, where they also have their own trained staff working under their strict supervision.
When it comes to pizza in Bangladesh, Domino’s is the newest foreign player. This international chain, which began operations on March 15th, now has outlets in Dhaka’s busiest areas, including Dhanmondi, Uttara, Banani, Mirpur, Mohammadpur, and Khilgaon. Domino’s Pizza, Inc., better known as Domino’s, is an American multinational pizza restaurant chain founded in 1960 and headquartered in New York City. In 2021, the world’s largest pizza chain had a global network of 18,848 locations. In terms of pizza delivery, Domino’s does it better than any other company. Domino’s has pioneered numerous innovations in the pizza and delivery industries as an early adopter of the efficient delivery of made-to-order pizzas.
To expand into Bangladesh, Domino’s Pizza formed a partnership with India’s largest food service company, Jubilant FoodWorks Limited (JFL), and Golden Harvest QSR Limited. Besides their outlets, they have implemented their delivery system as well in Dhaka city. This has enabled people to order their favorite pizzas from around the world, as well as pizzas created specifically for the local palate here.
CP Five Star
CP Five Star Chicken entered further into the country with CP Five Star Chicken. Originated in Thailand and owned by Charoen Pokphand Foods (CP Foods), this brand has been a huge success since it first appeared on the market in the year 2010. The Thai street style and fried chicken preparation techniques, with an eye for local flavors, helped the franchise grow at an astonishing rate.
The brand quickly became popular, especially among college students in this country, thanks to its low prices. But this fried chicken brand didn’t start up overnight. Its parent company, CP Foods, has been in business in Bangladesh since 1996 and has a big share of the market in feed, agribusiness, and chicken farming, among other things. With over 250 locations in Dhaka, Chattogram, and Sylhet in 2016, it’s no wonder that the ‘Five Star’ brand of fried chicken is so popular.
Khana’s, a popular Bangladeshi fast-food chain, got its start as a food cart and went on to pioneer the Food Court Concept. It is now a hyped brand in Bangladesh’s fast food and restaurant sector because of the maintained quality of food and its availability all over the city. The founders of this restaurant chain started this business with the name “Ande Khana.” They did so out of a passion for food and with the intention of selling it at reasonable prices. Ande Khana, which translates to “Economy Refreshment,” was also their tagline. It was decided that eggs would be used in the preparation of every dish in the kitchen.
They began by converting a van into a food cart for testing purposes in the Mirpur 10 area. Currently, Khanas has 3 classic stores with more than 1000 sq ft of area and seven flagship stores with 2000 sq ft of area. They can be found at Wari, Khilgaon, Uttara, Mirpur, Dhanmondi, Bailey Road, Shyamoli, etc. Moreover, they have plans to expand internationally by 2025.
“Chillox”, also known as “Chillox Burgers”, is a chain of burger fast-food restaurants in Bangladesh. Chillox started its journey on February 14th, 2016. When you think of juicy burgers, Chillox is probably the first name that comes to mind. Chillox is a modern burger joint that serves one of the best burgers available in Bangladesh. Starting from a simple food cart in front of BRAC University, to five different big outlets, Chillox has never compromised on the quality of their burgers. In fact, the variety and taste have improved a lot. Chillox ensures that all the outlets must meet strict requirements to make sure that all the burgers are the same in size, taste, weight, and quality.
Chillox began as a takeaway service and later expanded as a restaurant. A good deal of interest in their food was generated among youth during their starting days. The top executives of the company then studied demand and sales data and determined new locations for their business. At this point in time, they can be found in Dhanmondi, Banani, Uttara, Mohakhali, and Nasirabad (Chittagong). The latest addition to their outlets is their subsidiary “Diggerrr,” which basically is a pizza brand.
Takeout is regarded as one of Bangladesh’s top burger restaurants. With a small, insufficient budget and a staff of only 6, they had a modest beginning. They began operations on June 8, 2014, in Dhanmondi’s Shimanto Square. At that time, all they had was a single tiny cart in a row of stalls that served a sizable crowd of people every day. Soon after gaining success, they opened their first branch in Dhanmondi and further branched out to locations in Banani, Uttara, Tejgaon, and Ramna. Takeout even made the decision to expand its success onto the global stage by opening a location in Colombo, Sri Lanka in October of 2017.
Due to its emphasis on quality, service, and preservation, takeout stands out from other food options. Their own researchers and developers use a secret formula to make their products stand out in terms of taste and appearance. But despite the fact that they are known for their burgers, they also offer a wide range of premium burgers and a variety of sides, such as fries and shakes. There is a tagline for them: “Burgers, Fries, and Shakes.”
With its flagship store in Mohammadpur, Tasty Treat began its journey in 2014. With the motto of “Food You’ll Love To Share”, Tasty Treat not only hopes to bring amazing food at an affordable price but also wants to share and spread happiness with others. Currently, Tasty Treat has more than 200 outlets all over the country, including Dhaka, Narsingdi, Narayanganj, Comilla, Sylhet, Chittagong, and Mymensingh.
Tasty Treat wants to expand its brand value and presence by bringing in more products for the consumer. It has a plan of expansion to all major cities in Bangladesh. Tasty Treat is known for its delicious cakes, pastries, bakery, savory, and fast food items with a range of more than 150+ items. Besides, Tasty Treat provides customized cakes for different occasions like birthdays, anniversaries, marriage ceremonies, parties, and get together.
Thus we have reached the bottom line of this discussion. Hope you have found out your favorite food joints in our list and enjoyed the interesting facts about them. This is a vital industry that contributes significantly to the country’s thriving economy. We believe it will have more to contribute in the near future, both locally and globally.