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Earlier this week I asked some friends to meet me at the newly opened DIY eatery, located in F7 above Ginyaki, so as to try it. The ambiance and interior was quite appealing and I was excited to try the food but sadly wasn’t equally impressed. What we ordered: Fettuccine Alfredo: One would think what can go wrong in a basic fettuccine but i guess I’ll have to give up finding a place which serves authentic fettuccine. The fettuccine tasted so bland I thought they had actually forgotten to season it altogether! And who puts tomatoes in fettuccine?! Why? Sigh. Chicken Satay skewers: Satay sauce (Indonesian) is usually peanut flavored sweet and tangy sauce served with grilled chicken cubes in skewers. At DIY the chicken skewers were smothered with clumpy creamy white sauce with peanuts in it. Not what I was expecting and average at best. Beef burger with mushroom sauce: This burger, served with fries, was the saving grace of our order. It tasted good as the bun was fresh, and the beef patti and sauce were also well seasoned. Final thoughts: I can only hope they raise their food standards to match the ambiance, because I hate seeing […]
White mushroom sauce steak
Tried the new ‘White Mushroom Sauce Steak’ at @bunburryclub — Here’s The Verdict: The steak was served with green broccoli, onion, steak, live melting cheese & white mushroom sauce, with crispy-hot French fries. The entree typically costs Rs. 960 with tax, and there are 150 calories in each bite.(Approx, not sure)🤭 Here are the top observations: 👉1. “Tastes exactly like Mushroom Cheesesteak.” If you like the classic chicken steak, then this is for you. Many Cheesesteak fans in my social circle said that this newly opened eatery called Bunburry Club nailed the flavors, which seems more consistent of a steak than their burgers (according to my taste survey). 👉2. “Better than I expected.” Many people who tried the steak from different places noted, that it was better than I expected from this newly opened restaurant like Bunburry Club. “The key is expectation: If you seek a bizarre, satisfyingly manufactured continental food, you’ll be delighted.” (Trust me!) . 👉3. “Very Cheesy.” In the heart of capital (Islamabad), it’s very difficult to find the good variety of cheesy dishes. And I just got surprised that how this eatery maintained their quantity of cheese and the quality of ingredients which were used in […]
Shakespeare’s Lounge Review
With the plethora of themed restaurants and book cafes popping up in Islamabad, Shakespeare’s lounge sets itself apart in more ways than one. In addition to paying homage to the greatest writer in the English language, Shakespeare’s Lounge provides a great dining experience as well. My experience with most themed cafes has been that though the interior and ambiance is a pleasure for the eyes, they fall short on providing the same satisfaction to the taste buds. However, this restaurant not only focused on their Edwardian era and Shakespeare-esque decoration but have also maintained their focus on the fact that all things aside, they are basically a food establishment. As a self-proclaimed Bibliophile, this café was on the top of my list. Though it is in an extremely busy area of F-7 and on the 2nd floor of a plaza no less, the café still gives off the vibe of a quaint little European café in the countryside. This effect may be due to the use of the pastel color palette, the floral china pots and cups, the natural light through the windows, and the faux candelabra style chandeliers. Overall the effect is quite wholesome and serene. Coming to the […]
Nihari coma at Chattha’s!
Ever woken up with an extreme urge to break fast with nihari? That’s me on most days *facepalm”. Thankfully my best friend never disappoints (I sometimes think food is why we’re friends – lulz). So we were on our way to the gym one morning and somehow found ourselves at Chattha’s in F-10/2, doing the exact opposite of burning calories. It was a hot day and it made sense to order multiple drinks so we ordered fresh peach and mango juice as well as sweet lassi, ahem. Of course we ordered the beef nihari, and also some kastoori boti. The order was a bit too ambitious for two people but we dug right in. The fresh juice was really very refreshing, seasonal fruits are the best! Lassi at Chattha’s is always a treat, particularly in this heat. I found the nihari pretty reasonable, considering Islamabad has a dearth of good nihari options and Chattha’s is one of the names synonymous to desi breakfast. It’s slightly on the spicy side though, so I usually give up after a few bites but that’s just due to my personal low threshold for spices (and the fact that my mom cooks lethal nihari without […]
Here are some ‘best in town’ azaadi deals we have listed for you: BLT: Chicago Steak house: Doka Mocca: YOLO: Cravings: Tandoori: The emperors table OPTP: Gyro: Ranchers: Roasters: Bundoo khan: Petit Brugge: Wild Wings: The Red Door: Baauz: Table Talk: Salt and Pepper: Des Perdes:
‘Remanence’ of a good day.
Remanence is a newly opened bar and grill in Beverly centre blue area. I was invited to its launch but couldn’t go so I had to try this place. I ordered manzo salad for the starter, deux stuffed chicken for main course and Havana banana for desert. Manzo salad was quite refreshing as it had capsicum, olives, beef strips, onions and tomatoes topped with their signature salad sauce. Deux stuffed chicken was a platter with stuffed chicken which was crumbed and deep fried. It also had grilled chicken which was topped with mushroom and olive cream sauce served with veggies and your choice of mash, baked potatoes or fries. Everything on the plate tasted delicious, perfectly seasoned and sauce was actually creamy and yummy. Having the first bite of Havana banana made me go gaga about it. It was deep fried banana served with fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream. Very thing on the plate complemented each other, the tangy flavor from pine apples worked perfectly with sweet creamy flavor of ice cream and banana. Considering their quantity and price ratio will definitely go again. Rating Food: 8/10 Service: 9/10 Quality and quantity: 8/10 Ambiance: 8/10
What we ordered: Akhri Pasta, Stuffed Chicken, Khoya Toast. Number of people: 2 Cost: Rs. 1135/- Akhri Pasta: It was white sauce pasta served with coated fried chicken fillet topped with their special red sauce and cheese. This dish looked and tasted similar to Parmesan Chicken. Stuffed Chicken: It was crispy deep fried chicken stuffed with cheese and spinach served with honey mustard sauce. Khoya Toast: A nice twist to french toast. It was deep fried bread rolls filled with khoya and were served with caramel sauce. *OUR THOUGHTS* We really liked the stuffed chicken but it would have tasted more delicious if it was seasoned a little more, loved the honey mustard sauce with it. The highlight for us was the khoya toast which tasted divine. We think that it’s quite an interesting as well as economical place to hangout with friends.
Asian Wok – This wok is worth the wait!
I waited 40 minutes to get a table at Asian Wok, and it wasn’t even a weekend! Partly owned by Monal, Asian Wok is understandably the hottest new place in town, located at the Beverly Centre in Islamabad. The place was brimming with people, booming with chatter and laughter and waiters were running around with everyone’s orders. When we were finally seated, fish crackers and mint margarita were on the house. In fact they began serving mint margarita while we were in queue and the refills kept coming till the end of our meal! We ordered the Hot ‘n Sour soup and fried wontons (not pictured here) as starters, both were delicious. To not see the usual reddish Hot ‘n Sour served elsewhere was a breath of fresh air. Onto the main course! We ordered the Chicken Chow mein, Kung Pao Chicken, Vegetable Fried Rice, Asian Wok Special Fish (not pictured here) and the Asian Wok Special Beef. The Chow mein was probably the most delicious I’ve had in Islamabad, not greasy at all, with plenty of vegetables and chicken in it. The Kung Pao Chicken was flavorful to a surprising degree, succulent chunks of chicken and appropriately spicy curry, […]
Mindanos – The Food Chapter
I had been meaning to go to Mindanos for quite a while, after reading good reviews on various platforms including Best in Town. I finally went last week with very high expectations. The space was nicely set up, with indoor seating as well as a few tables on a pretty balcony overlooking the busy supermarket. We chose to sit inside since it was warm outside, and explored and menu. My husband tried to order the Thai Green Curry and asked the server how they make it. Upon hearing “in Oyster sauce” (which was certainly an honest mistake) he changed his mind =D We ended up ordering Mozzarella sticks for starters, the Quatro so-so Chicken and the Balsamic Steak in beef. Here’s how it went down: The Mozzarella sticks were really very good; Golden fried, crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, filled with cheese and greens for some added crunch. Yum! The Quatro so-so Chicken, which was the chef’s home creation had a generous serving. The chicken was stuffed with cheese(s) and topped with mustard, sundried tomato and corn. Tangy and flavorful, I could see why the chef took pride in this. The rice that was served with […]
Petit Brugge- The new food sensation in town
Last week, I was invited to Petit Brugge for bloggers meet up.This place was on my list from the day of its opening. Petit brugge is an AUTHENTIC European cuisine with an impeccable experience of fine dining. Their Executive Chef Annick Jacqueline Goethals has an experience of working in Belgium’s renowned restaurants. Okay so coming to what we ordered, for starter we had their platter which included; potato cheese balls, tender chicken bites and prawns. Everything on that platter tasted as delicious as it looks in the picture.For main course I ordered grilled chicken with mushroom sauce well that’s not actually the dish name but to be honest I couldn’t pronounce half of their menu so yeah that the easy name for you all. The grilled chicken was soft, juicy and cooked to perfection. The mushroom sauce had been seasoned perfectly and something which I loved was the serving of sauce separately. Some of the other dishes which bloggers ordered were tenderloin steak with béarnaise sauce, Bavarois and spaghetti carbonara, which was also scrumptious according to them. For desert I ordered crème brulee and let me tell you it was the best crème brulee I had in Islamabad. I […]
Tiger Temple – For Thai Food Lovers
I’m a huge fan of Thai food, so much so that I make the mistake of trying it at almost every place that offers it, which is why I have had all kinds of experiences with Islamabad’s Thai food. For quite some time now, my friends had been recommending Tiger Temple to me and I’m glad I finally went there. It is a neat, bright space with a mostly white interior that gives it a clean, modern look. We ordered the Tom Yum Soup and Steamed Chicken Dumplings as starters. The clear soup was spicy as anticipated, not for the faint hearted but I enjoyed it. The dumplings were terrific, with peanuts that added a lovely crunch, served with soya dip. The Thai Green Curry was mild and flavorful, just the way I like it. None of the flavors, be it coconut milk or basil, overpowered the other, they were all balanced. The Beef with Oyster Sauce was alright, not bad but could have been better, the gravy was a bit dried up and the beef could have been juicier, though it tasted just fine. Shiitake mushrooms instead of the usual tinned ones were a pleasant surprise. […]
What It’s Like to Dine at District 6
District 6 initially introduced themselves to food lovers through food festivals. That is where I tried their crunchy, flavorful chicken tacos and thought I MUST head over to their restaurant in F-6 to try some other stuff on their menu. The 3-storeyed café is beautifully designed to draw plenty of natural light through massive windows and an open vertical corridor between the floors. A huge, chic chandelier hangs, making the place look like a high-end fashion label store. We ordered three entrees: Comfort Chicken, Stuffed Tenderloin and the Mongolian Noodles. It took some wait for the food to finally arrive, but how tempting it looked was worth the wait! Comfort Chicken: This really was true to its name; warm, cheesy, comforting pasta with creamy mushroom sauce, grated Parmesan and fresh oregano. The spice levels were really mild so if you don’t enjoy non-spicy food this might not be your dish, but if you love cheese, go for it! Stuffed Tenderloin: I had ordered this with very high expectations. The plating was gorgeous. Steak slices stuffed with spinach and mushrooms was laid out on a bed of rosemary potatoes and drizzled with pepper sauce. The taste didn’t match all the way up […]
BLT – a pleasant surprise
Hello beautiful people! I hope you guys are having a great week. Yesterday I went to BLT (beef.lettuce.tomato) which is in F-7/3 besides Gloria jeans. I loved their interior and ambiance. It’s just so great to see that restaurants are actually now paying attention to good ambiance. What we ordered Okay so I had heard a lot of good reviews about their potato crusted chicken so without wasting any time I opted for it but my friend was confused about what to order so she asked the manager what their specialty is and he recommended the chef’s special ‘Porma Hot Chicken’. Potato crusted chicken: This was chicken filled with spinach and coated with potato which was then deep fried. It was served with creamy mushroom sauce, veggies and your choice of side order from baked, mashed potato or fries. It tasted delicious and the hype about this dish was right. Porma hot chicken: It’s fried chicken with coating of breadcrumbs and is served with pepperoni and cheese topping. It was just perfectly spicy. Also loved this dish although we were scared to order this as sometimes the chef specials are a bit overrated in my experience. Service All the dishes were served hot and within 15 minutes (plus […]
The Smokey Cauldron casts a spell!
When The Smokey Cauldron first opened, I conveniently assumed the food there would be average since the main attraction would be the café’s theme. Then I started reading great reviews about the place and its food, and thought I’d take my Potterhead nieces there. The moment we walked in we were greeted by a couple of super friendly staff members. As my nieces hopped from one table to another because they couldn’t decide which part of the café they wanted to settle in, the staff was not only patient but played along. We finally settled down in one corner and ordered the Dobby’s Delight burger in chicken, the Carne Asada steak, and a chicken steak that wasn’t on the menu yet but the owner generously offered to have made for my niece who wanted something non-spicy. Once we had placed the order, the kids got lost in the themed details around them. The staff brought hats, Hogwarts gowns and wands for my nieces and their joy knew no bounds! With the props, the kids inspected every nook and corner of the café and took pictures. The owner, Haider, was extremely friendly and forthcoming and made sure we had a […]
Beating the heat with Matka Kulfi!
I had been eyeing this new place in my neighborhood for a while now, called Keranche (pronounced Keranchee), and only when I saw a bunch of mixed yet extreme reviews about their “matka kuklfi” did I decide to give it a try. I went with a friend and we ordered one matka kulfi to be brought to our car. There is seating available outdoors but it was warm and we preferred having it in the car. We waited anxiously to see whether it was really as good as some reviews said, or too sweet as others suggested, or way too small and yet other reviewers complained. I have to say, when we first saw the matka (cutest little matka I’ve seen), it did appear to be a bit small to share with another person. We still thought we’d have it and later decide if we wanted to order more. The kulfi was rich and creamy, pretty tasty, and topped with chopped pistachios and almonds that enhanced texture and flavor. Once we started eating, we realized there was more in the matka than met the eye, initially the size looks deceiving but once you start having it there’s enough in there […]
An Iftar with a stunning view
Every Ramadan I make it a point to have at least one iftar up in the hills, because who minds an Iftar with a stunning view?! Between Monal and the Tree House, I almost always pick the Tree House because unlike Monal, it’s not as crowded. Also you can order almost anything off Monal’s menu there as well. So it’s a no brainer, really. My husband and I drove up to Pir Sohawa for Iftar this past weekend, without making a reservation. Though the number of cars going up was ridiculous, we knew we would find a spot at the Tree House. And we did. We were seated on the balcony, overlooking a fantastic view, which made sure the time till Iftar flew by. The Iftar buffet was laid out first. In addition to the usual chaats, pakoras and samosas (which I didn’t try), it included prawn tempura, drumsticks and sesame fried chicken cubes, all of which tasted great. Mint lemonade was served at the table, whereas hot and cold teas were available at a self-service counter. I kept the iftar very light and waited for them to serve dinner after the prayer break. I have a couple of favorite […]
Iftar at Wild Wings
I’m a huge fan of wings, but probably would never have picked Wild Wings as an iftar option (pakoras and wings didn’t add up in my head) had it not been for a friend who was visiting from out of town and reaallllly wanted to have their wings. We went there for iftar and BOY was I surprised! First at how crowded it was (I hadn’t made a reservation thinking, being a sports bar, it’s probably not going to be the first choice of too many for iftar), and then at how good the iftar platter was! The iftar platter included pakoras, a club sandwich (or half a burger), 2 samosas, 2 prawns tempura (or chicken tenders), 2 spring rolls, a slice of flat bread and a dip beautifully served on a wooden board, a bowl of fruit chaat and channa chaat each and a little brownie with icecream as dessert. Iftar drinks were on the house. All this was very generous for 2 persons, considering the iftar deal also came with one main course of your choice. We picked the Louisiana Chicken Pasta. We also ordered a few types of wings because, well, we […]
Street Burger’s Iftar à la carte
I don’t support lavish iftar buffets, so in search of a place offering food a la carte, we picked our favorite Street Burger located at Beverly Center in Islamabad. It’s a fairly small space, but it’s clean and nicely done. Like always, I had a very pleasant experience there. First off, with our order for a meal, a complimentary iftar platter was on the house! The platter included chicken strips and onion rings, pakoras, a bowl of fruit salad and a mint margarita which was perfectly refreshing in this heat. For main course, I had a wide range of beef and chicken burgers and sandwiches to choose from. I ordered their signature item, the Street Burger and it definitely did not disappoint. I was given the option of a black or white bun; I opted for white. The burger was delectable to say the least, its beef patty was juicy and melt-in-the-mouth succulent, the bun was soft and fresh. It came with a generous serving of fresh, crisp fries. The entire meal cost me around Rs 775 plus tax, which is terrific for the amount of food including the complimentary iftar. I think Street Burger flips amazing burgers, […]
Iftar deals for under Rs. 500!
We’re in the last stretch of Ramadan and you’re feeling pretty broke because of all the Ramadan buffets you have been trying at various restaurants! You desperately need some light-on-the-pocket options for your next Iftar hang-out with friends or family, and we understand, so here’s a few you can pick from: McDonald’s From iftar till suhoor, you can get a burger, fries, drumstick and drink for as low as Rs 475… wait what? That’s including tax by the way! To McDonalds for Iftars and Suhoors, friends! Hardee’s The Iftar offer at Hardees includes a burger, fries and a drink for just Rs. 450. Anytime between iftar and suhoor. And if you’re 3, it’s Rs. 433 per person. If that’s not a good deal, I don’t know what is! OPTP It gets even better! OPTP has a deal for two persons, including any 2 chicken burgers, jumbo fries and 2 drinks for an unbelievable Rs 590! (That’s Rs 295 per head!!!) If you don’t want to share that with anyone, we won’t judge! KFC If you’re a fried chicken fan, you ought to know that KFC currently has a deal for 4 persons worth Rs. 1695 (That’s Rs. 425 per person!). […]
Islamabad’s First Ramadan Night Bazaar
The first Ramadan Night Bazaar took place in the capital this weekend, in collaboration with 7Up. Late night Ramadan shopping usually does not start before the last 10 days of the month, so this event provided an earlier opportunity for people that wanted to sample good food, maybe find an outfit for Eid and generally have a good time! The Bazaar was held at the Pakistan National Council of the Arts (PNCA) in Islamabad. The venue was a beautifully lit up with a canopy of string lights in the middle with couches spread out underneath for people who wanted to sit and enjoy the festivity. Stalls included fashion (clothing, jewelry, shoes), health, charity, arts and craft and most importantly, FOOD! We sampled from various food stalls to find out which place was serving the yummiest food. There was a range of food outlets serving their specialties, including (but not limited to) good old Papasallis, Baau’z café, District 6, New Yorker’s Pizza, Street Burger and Tomatino’s Pizza. Dessert was mostly being offered by popular home-based businesses including Buff Bakes, Wild Flour, Frosted and Matcha Made In Heaven. What was interesting was that the Embassies of Iran, Turkey and Tajikistan had set […]
Review: Iftar at Ginyaki
The BestInTown team went to Ginyaki for Iftar yesterday. We deliberately picked a place that wasn’t offering a buffet, because we wanted to enjoy one good main course of our choice as opposed to sampling over a dozen dishes at the risk of liking none too much. Ginyaki has managed to maintain their food quality thus far so we unanimously agreed to meet there for Iftar. We reached by 6:45 pm as instructed, and the place was already filled and buzzing with anticipation. The dozen or so of us struggled to make conversation over the background of very loud chatter. I kept thinking that the sound proofing at Ginyaki definitely could have been better. We were served with the Iftar platters and our orders for the main course were noted. In addition to the usual fruit bowl, dahi phulki, sandwiches and pakoras, the platters had some really interesting snacks, for instance prawn toast, an unusual spring roll, chiilli stuffed chicken strips and vegetable tempura. The stuffed chicken strips in particular were delicious! A bite-sized brownie was a perfect finish to this platter. Everything tasted great. There was a long pause after everyone had finished the platter till food was served, the […]
7 “BestInTown” must-have Iftars
Let’s face it – most of us spend our days in Ramadan browsing pictures of delectable food and daydreaming of iftar! With new eateries popping up in Islamabad so often, it is becoming difficult to pick a place to eat at while making sure it won’t disappoint. Here are some of BestInTown’s recommendations for Iftar in Islamabad this Ramadan: Disclaimer: This list is in no particular order, and only includes buffet-style iftar/dinner options, which means there are plenty of other terrific options in town. You can mention your favorite ones in the comments below! Cost per head: PKR 1450 + GST Seating: Indoor and Patio A recent addition to Islamabad’s food scene, BBQ Bazaar has made its way to this list for the many good reviews it has been getting from customers. If you’re looking for a satisfying Pakistani iftar/dinner, this might be the place for you. With over 10 iftar items and 13 main course items including BBQ, curries and fish and rice, iftar/dinner at BBQ Bazaar is scrumptious and good value for money. Cost per head: PKR 2150 + GST Seating: Indoor, Patio and Rooftop Tuscany has been a local favorite for quite a while now. The […]
A warm, cozy little place on the first floor in the old F-7 Gol Market, EAT is an absolutely perfect comfort food spot. More than occasionally, I have found myself ending up there for late dinner in my PJs, which never feels odd given the homely vibe there. The interior is simple, the theme tropical, with the roof and pillars adorned with artificial greenery and bamboo. Large windows comprise two sides of the space, overlooking the Gol Market and its bustle if you’re there during shopping hours. The furniture is a mix of comfortable couches and not-as-comfortable chairs. EAT has an open kitchen, so customers can see their meals being prepared. The menu at EAT includes Chinese, Thai and Continental main courses. I happen to have tried both from their Chinese and Thai categories, and easily concluded that they are not experts when it comes to Thai food. So if you are a big fan of Thai soups or curries, you might end up disappointed. The Tom Yum lacked flavor, the Green Curry tasted anything but authentic. On the other hand, the Sesame Glazed Crispy Beef or Beef in Oyster sauce were on point every time, whether in a bowl or […]
Ginyaki seems to be the favorite new eatery of Islamabad, constantly getting rave reviews from customers. Not without good reason too. The first three times I visited the place was in a short span of a month! However, not all experiences were equally great, which calls for some effort to ensure consistent quality. Located on Bhittai road which has recently become a hub of new restaurants, Ginyaki has a brightly lit, squeaky clean interior with white furniture, an illuminated glass-like wall along one length and a bright, catchy mural along the other length. The vibe is modern and classy. The restaurant offers Chinese, Japanese and Korean food. There is a variety of soups and appetizers to choose from. The main entrée is part of a bowl, for which you are given three choices: Economy Bowl (one main + one side), Deluxe Bowl (one main + one side + one add-on) and Chop Suey Bowl. Mains include a variety of chicken, beef and seafood choices. Sides include the usual Egg Fried Rice, Vegetable Chow Mein, or a combination of both Over my few visits there, I enjoyed most of their food, with the exception of the Thai items on the menu, […]
District 6 introduced themselves to food lovers, before and upon opening their eatery, through food festivals. That is where I tried their crunchy, flavorful chicken tacos and thought I MUST head over to their restaurant in F-6 to try some other stuff on their menu. So recently I did. As soon as you walk towards the place, you realize that their description of it, “a modern eatery”, is quite apt. The 3-storeyed café is beautifully designed to draw plenty of natural light through massive windows and an open vertical corridor between the first and second floors where a huge, chic chandelier hangs, making the place look like a high-end fashion label store. The furniture is a mix of elegant chairs, bar stools with a high top table and comfortable sofas. The place is bright and very classy. The staff is extra friendly; each one smiling at us as we passed them from the moment we entered the cafe to when we were seated. My friend and I got very excited to order, were explained the specials by a waiter and quickly dismissed them (mistake!) to try what we had already decided we would, even before we got there. We wanted […]
Located on Bhittai Road, along with a bunch of other restaurants, Wild Wings is Islamabad’s only sports bar and grill. As soon as you enter the restaurant its very sport-centric interior hits you, for instance the various football team names and jerseys on the walls, multiple TV screens all across the restaurant, a foosball table and a cricket kit in addition to other memorabilia. I happened to have visited on a night when they were screening a live football match so it was really crowded and loud, packed with avid football fans. But then a sports bar is no place to go to if you’re looking for a quiet meal. Wild Wings has an extensive menu including a variety of appetizers, salads, wraps, flatbreads, burgers, steaks, shakes and desserts, so it’s a challenge to pick and choose. But I was more inclined to try the different types of wings I had heard the most about. You can choose between traditional or boneless wings, breaded and naked wings, and pick from seventeen available flavors. You can also opt for varying levels of hotness ranging from sweet and tangy, mild, wild and suicide, the last being insanely spicy, definitely not for the […]
If you’re looking for great Afghani food in Islamabad, look no further. Kabul Restaurant in Jinnah Super Market F-7 has held thousands captive for years, with its mouth watering tikkas, kebabs and Kabuli Pulao. They’ve got everything going right for them, the food quality and taste, the location, the affordable prices. All of that keeps bringing customers back. Kabul in fact happens to be a favorite with tourists and visitors to the city as well, because of the food’s suitability for all kinds of palates. I personally am quite a carnivore so whenever I’m in the mood to have meat, Kabul is my go-to place. My family has had a set menu for years, which comprises of beef tikkas and beef kababs, both of which are served on skewers, and Kabuli pulao, which is served with a beef and lentil gravy. The experience of course isn’t complete without a couple of Afghani whole wheat naans. These things have literally never let us down, the tikkas and kababs are always piping hot, tikka skewers with pieces of fat and kebabs with grilled tomatoes, all of which breakdown into an explosion of flavor in the mouth especially when you first dunk them […]
Located in Islamabad’s Serena Hotel, Wild Rice is most likely one of the best Asian restaurants in town. It has been my favorite place to go to on special occasions, most recently my anniversary. Serena’s overall interior is drop-dead gorgeous, really designed to make guests feel like royalty. Among its different restaurants, Wild Rice is the most elegantly decorated, with a very high ceiling, classy vintage furniture, perfect warm lighting and an extremely beautiful view of the outside patio and garden including fountains. All of this makes it the perfect spot to book for special occasions and even business lunches. Wild Rice has an extensive menu comprising of Thai, Indonesian, Japanese and Chinese specialties. Over the few times I have visited, I happen to have tried something or the other from each cuisine, and was never disappointed. Whether it’s the Pad Thai, Green Curry or Tom Yum (Thai), the Nasi Goreng (Indonesian), the Miso soup, Teriyaki or Sushi (Japanese), or the Szechuan beef or Kung Pao chicken (Chinese), everything tastes authentic and delicious! Top marks for presentation as well. Prices are on the stepper side but the overall experience is definitely worth it!
I have yet to meet anyone who has something terrible to say about Chaaye Khana. Particularly their original F-6 branch (some people have had customer service concerns at the F-11 branch). I have been to Chaaye Khana at all possible times, after an early morning hike, for brunch, lunch, in the afternoon all the way to late evenings, and it’s always crowded, for good reason too! Few other places can match Chaaye Khana’s warm, welcoming ambiance, and food that has managed to maintain the same quality standard over the years. The generous use of dark wood, chocolate brown hues and brick facades makes the interior very cozy and comfortable. Many people spend many a day slouched on one of their sofas working away on their laptops, reading books or holding meetings while sipping tea and munching on snacks. I may have easily tried over half of the items on their menu simply because of how frequently I visit, and nothing really disappoints. It may not all be 5-star, but it’s good enough to keep you coming back for more. From the very large selection of teas, the Chaaye Khana special is one of my favorites, served with condensed cardamom flavored […]
Beef Lettuce Tomato
BLT (Beef-Lettuce-Tomato) is an interesting new addition to the Islamabad food scene. It’s located in F-7/3 next to Sattar Bukhsh and Gloria Jeans. BLT has a modern, bright interior with lean, minimalistic furniture that allows you to stay just as long as it takes to finish your meal! The café overlooks a courtyard and greenery which makes for a great view. I ordered the multigrain sandwich with grilled chicken and was satisfied with my meal, though did not think it was extraordinary. The bread seemed to be baked in-house, which gets brownie points. The sandwich was served with fries and coleslaw, both tasted fresh. What stood out in my experience though was the efficiency. BLT prepared and served my meal within 15 minutes of placing the order. Though not my favorite grilled chicken sandwich in town, I’d definitely give BLT another chance and probably try something else from their menu next time, because it’s a pretty little place with promise!
Wild Thyme – Hunza Cuisine
The addition of this Hunza cuisine restaurant to the local food scenario is a breath of fresh air. Nestled in the quiet Shaheen market in E-7 Islamabad and the first of its kind, Wild Thyme offers a wide range of authentic Hunza cuisine. I was drawn to Wild Thyme because of the mouth-watering images of food posted on their Facebook page, along with delightful write-ups and details of ingredients. It made for a great choice for dinner with my brother visiting from Canada, to whom I’m always eager to show the growing culinary scene in Islamabad. Wild Thyme has some outdoor seating and a predominantly wooden interior, with elements of Hunza culture sparingly used here and there, to give a rustic, comfortable feel. For appetizer we ordered the Hunza vegetable spring rolls. The rolls themselves were pretty standard; pastry stuffed with carrots, cabbage and capsicum, but the delicious walnut yogurt sauce drizzled on top made them stand out. For mains we ordered the Hoi Garma (Spinach Ravioli) and the Guuh tsay Qarqamutz (Apricot Chicken). The hand-made ravioli stuffed with mildly seasoned wilted spinach and quroot (goat-milk cheese) were melting in the mouth, whereas the ground walnuts added a rustic nutty […]
Burning Brownie is my favorite go-to hangout spot whether it is for a quick coffee, work, a meeting or a meal. This café has really got its stuff right, whether it’s their salads, sandwiches or desserts, everything on their limited menu is perfectly delicious. The warehouse-ish interior of both their cafes, the one in F11 and that in Blue Area, is very chic and modern. The ambience is energetic, making it a favorite place for young people to work out of or just hang out. My favorite item on their menu is the Green and Healthy salad, a delightful mix of greens, juicy Granny Smith apples, sundried tomatoes, grapes, chicken cubes, walnuts, pine nuts and grated parmesan. The tangy vinaigrette dressing, the composition of which is a mystery to me, is just perfect! The only other salad is the Noodles and Beef Salad, which is also great, and you can order a combination of both salads as another option. Since I go there so often I’ve tried almost every sandwich on their menu, the grilled cheese, the grilled vegetarian, the grilled chicken/beef, all are served with a portion of salad and air roasted potatoes, and all are delectable. Dessert at […]
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