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    LaL Qila: Mughlai Ambiance !

    by ShoebKadri Updated Feb 23, 2010

    A resturant showcasing the grandeur of Pakistan's legendary past. Lal Qila offers a dining experince laced with the courtesy of the Mughlai Era. The perfect place for aficionados of authentic Mughlai, Tandori, Live Bar-B-Que and traditional Pakistani Cuisine.

    LaL Qila - inside LaL Qila Resturant
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  • China Town: Sexual Harassment

    by traveller200976 Written Aug 31, 2009

    Ambience is awful.

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    We tried to send this email to China Town, Karachi, but their email address doesn’t work!





    Dear Sir/Madam,


    We’re very old customers of your restaurant.


    Yesterday a lady from our family visited the China Town by herself to enjoy your Iftar Buffet. Some of the waiters were misbehaving toward her.


    1) There was one individual who came to ask her how many people she’s come with. He was taking head count on paper.


    2) Another bad mannered waiter was a very dark guy standing right next to the door of the dining room; he was the darkest there, so you should be able to know whom she’s referring to.

    These stupid individuals were passing remarks at her. Please fire them both.


    …We hope you build a good environment there.

    Best regards,
    A

    Favorite Dish: None

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    lal qila restaurant: enjoy the mogul prince's dinner

    by sah2009 Written Aug 3, 2009

    a traditional Mogul style eatery. Former president General Musharraf was fond to visit...$ 6 per person as much as you can eat (Buffet)

    Favorite Dish: bar b. Q ...particularly Behari kebabs...they are delicious to be checked (Open from 8pm till 2 am)

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    POMPEI Restaurant (Zam Zama): Gorgeous Euro-French-Italian Fusion

    by JessH Updated Apr 7, 2009

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    Zamzama is where much of Karachi's trendier restaurants are located.
    This is said to be one of the city's nicest Italian restaurants.
    The available selection of dishes is quite nice, as you can choose from very authentic Italian or from more modern fusions with other European influences. The set-up is "bistro style" and offers a nice extensive menu of home-made fresh pastas and pizzas, delectable appetizers and unusual desserts.

    The ambience of the restaurant isn't what I would call "Italian": it's very small (only about 10-12 tables) with a high ceiling and ochre walls, wooden furniture and sparkling-white table cloths. Some may find it cramped, I found it cosy albeit a little dark.

    The serving staff are very knowledgeable and are happy to recommend certain dishes and variations to you.

    Favorite Dish: I had the stuffed giant mushrooms to start-off with, followed by a lovely mushroom risotto. Portions were alright and pricing was good. John enjoyed a large crispy-thin pizza, which he happily munched on and didn't even let me try a piece! It must have been excellent then... haha! My friend had the fresh Ravioli in a light tomato & pesto sauce and really enjoyed them.

    The Cappuccinos that we ordered for dessert weren't exceptionally good. A bit too strong and "over-the-top", but the caffeine did its job... we'd been awake for over 30 hours by the time we finished dinner, so any kind of coffee would have to do!

    Overall a very good experience for our first evening in Karachi, and I would definitely dine here again.

    (I apologize for the dark pictures... the night-setting on my old camera really wasn't that great as you can tell!)

    Business Card of Pompei Rest., Karachi Interior of Pompei Restaurant (Karachi) Stuffed mushrooms at John & I at dinner in Waiters in
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    gazebbo: local chat and snacks

    by waqaspai Written Jul 30, 2008

    gazebo was situated at khadda market, near deltons -

    but i think it has moved to saba avenue.

    If you come on kh-e-shamsheer towards the sea , turn left on saba avenue,
    and just a few meters, you can find gazebbo on the right - just next to electronic outlet / store.

    The previous one was at khadda market - take a dip down the khadda market , reach the far end , and then start to drive upwards -
    gazebo was right on the left hand side when you start to ride up the ramp.

    guess its too late now for this , but any how

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  • The Revolving Restaurant: Enjoy The Scienic View Of Karachi While Dinning

    by bhattha Written May 19, 2007

    The Revolving Restaurant is the first and only one of its kind in Pakistan. The unique modern interior gives you peace of mind when you enter the Revolving Restaurant. The most attractive feature of the Revolving Restaurant is the scenic view of Karachi which creates magic and you are bound to imagine “THE WORLD DOES ACTUALLY REVOLVE AROUND YOU”

    Revolving Restaurant offer Hi Tea and Buffet Dinner. They also have an A’la carte restaurant on 16th floor “The City View Restaurant” where you can enjoy more than 200 dishes in open air environment. Come and experience a unique way of dining at Caesars tower where you will find 2 Restaurants of different style at one address.

    Favorite Dish: Live Prawn Tampura, Whole Fish, Live Fish Pomfret, Fried Batair, Deserts

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    Cafe Coffee Day: Indian Coffee in Pakistan!

    by Fudge Written May 7, 2007

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    Been all over India and liking the Cafe CofeeDay bistros far more than the more upbeat fancy and more expensive cafes, I was pleasantly surprised to see CCD in the heart of Zamzamah, in Karachi.

    we loved the interior of the cafe and it was such a hot day that i plonked myself in the nice cool air conditioned seat and didnt even bother to go upstairs to check out the decor.

    Done in CCD style, the drinks were excellent.

    Favorite Dish: Go more for desserts and chilled coffees or hot drinks rather than the food.

    Anything on the chocolate menu is recommended!

    Eunice from Singapore keeping me company at CCD
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    Cafe Flo: Excellent epicurious satisfaction !

    by s_odyssey Written Apr 17, 2007

    The owner ''Florence'' is a sweetheart and will make u feel welcome quite fast ! The restaurant is filled with Parisian posters...

    Favorite Dish: Amazing foie gras, tasty escargots, huge gambas, salmon tartare and on and on.

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    Traditinal Pakistani Food: The A, B, C and D of dishes...

    by JessH Updated Feb 7, 2007

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    In comparison with most other Asian countries, a vegetarian or non-meat eater might find it very difficult to find some nice dishes to enjoy. I am a great believer in the philosophy of "when in Rome..." but Karachi was a bit of a challenge for me in that department!

    Whereas in Thailand and India I had no problems finding a bounty of authentic vegetarian or fish-dishes, the same cannot be said for Pakistan... these guys love their meat! (mostly chicken, lamb & beef. Once again keep in mind that this is a Muslim country so you won't find pork anywhere.)
    But it wasn't only me that was finding it a bit difficult to find some nice dishes; most of my travel-companions had converted to vegetarianism for the duration of our trip, simply to cut-down on the risk of acquiring some kind of nasty stomach bug.
    Naturally, I very much enjoyed some good vegetable biryanis and nice yoghurt & mint sauce to go along with it, but there really wasn't much to choose from otherwise.

    Many of the traditional dishes are similar or even the same as in India (especially Northern India) but Pakistani food tends to be more dry with less sauces and oil.
    This is mostly barbequed food with the most popular dishes including Chicken Tikka, Kebabs, lamb chops, etc. Most dishes are either eaten with rice, or with the famous Chapati bread (thin, whole wheat flour) or Paratha bread (chapatti with ghee = clarified butter).
    The trend for quick traditional foods has resulted in the production of ready-made spice mixtures for masala, etc. that are also available in most Western countries... this industry originated in Karachi.

    Favorite Dish: My favourite dishes are:
    A: Aalloo Gobi: potatoe and cauliflower patties (good appetizer).
    B: Biryani (with vegetables).
    C: Chapati bread.
    D: Dal (lentils).

    At my friend's wedding, the father of the bride was kind enough to order some vegetarian alternatives for us, including Dal (lentils), vegetable biryani (again...) and strangely enough, hash browns (I didn't realize these were Pakistani cusine? Haha!)

    Here are some guidelines on eating with Pakistani Muslims:
    1) If you are seated on the floor, make sure that the soles of your feet (with or without shoes/socks) do not point towards anyone directly.

    2) If cutlery is not provided, you eat with your hands - your right hand, to be precise! Now, I know that this can be tricky for "unskilled" Westerners - basically, the simplest & least messy way is to take small pieces of bread & to wrap your rice, meat, fish, etc. into small parcles.

    So, even if you might have issues with finding some authentic & meat-free cuisine, try some of the few available dishes and you won't regret it ;-)

    Veggie Biryani with mint & yoghurt sauce (Karachi) Good old Chapati with vegetable curry (Karachi)
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    LATTETUDE Cafe & Restaurant: Stylish Coffee haunt in Zam Zama area

    by JessH Updated Feb 7, 2007

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    On our 2nd day in Karachi we returned to the Zamzama area for some window-shopping and to find ourselves some lunch. This is the area of town where you can find some of Karachi's trendier and "hip" restaurants and bistros.

    Lattetude looked inviting enough & the clever name was intriguing so we decided to try it. This is a very small & cosy place with only about 6-7 tables & a small niche with a sofa.
    There is only space for about 30 patrons & when we arrived at around 02:00pm there were happy coffee-sippers at about half of the tables. The interior is warm and inviting, with predominantly red-orange accents and dark wooden furniture along with some futuristic-looking air purifiers (smoking is allowed inside). The atmosphere is generally welcoming, relaxed and very "pseudo European".

    Favorite Dish: This isn't a complete restaurant, rather a coffee shop that also serves some nice snacks and tempting desserts. We ordered a plate of onion rings & mozzarella sticks (Rs 195) to share. My friend enjoyed a grilled chicken sandwich (Rs 265) with roast pumpkin. The menu also featured such classics as calamari rings, chicken wings and tuna salad.

    The coffees are very nice (they better be with such a name!) and the desserts looked good enough to indulge & forget that such a thing as calories even exist.

    Prices were reasonable for most dishes and beverages, and I would definitely recommend Lattetude for anyone seeking a good cup of coffee, a quite refuge from the busy city streets and some nice food.

    Opening Hours:
    12:00 midday until approx. midnight...


    Click on this link for a review from Pakistan's newspaper: http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/jan2006-weekly/nos-15-01-2006/instep.htm#4

    Cosy sofa corner in Lattetude, Karachi My friends at Lattetude, Karachi (Zamzama) Lattetude in Karachi (from website)
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    OKRA, the Grill: A Bistro

    by besal Written Jan 10, 2007

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    Feel of a small bistro, OKRA is the hottest restaurant in Karachi. All the in-crowd, and few others are its customers, requiring a reservation well in advance. OKRA serves both French and other European dishes, catering to everyone’s need. Quite overpriced, but an experience in itself. Didn’t like the cramped setting, then no one else minds.

    Favorite Dish: Something I can understand....steak

    Small and Quint
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    LalQila: Good food in a nice environment

    by pakistanibrain Written Nov 29, 2006

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    LalQila is one of the most popular restaurants in Karachi and rightly so. You enter the restaurant through a huge traditional wooden door to go inside the Qila (which is the Urdu word for castle). The decoration inside is also done accordingly and you really have some sort of castle feeling. It is a large open area with (artificial) large red bricks around it. (Lal is the Urdu word for red).

    In the middle of that open area you will find the food. Since it is a buffet you would obviously help yourself, but the drinks are served by the waiters (and charged seperately).

    All in all a really nice place to eat out, but a very busy one too because of it's popularity. So it makes sense to pre-book your table or go there at a not-so-busy time (we went there at 7 PM).

    Favorite Dish: Tikka, Biryani and basically everything they have

    The Mango Milkshake is also definitely worth trying.

    My friend and I at LalQila restaurant in Karachi
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  • Sajjad Restaurant: Don't Miss the King Kulfa after chicken karahi

    by sarwarghouri Updated Jul 23, 2006

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    I live in Karachi and whenever i want to dinner with friends or with family I always prefer Sajjad Resturant. There are many good resturants on super higway near subzi Mandi but i like Sajjad Resturant. The atomosphere is good and peace ful. Resturant is very clean and have option to sit at candle lights dinner area or normal lights. The rates are reasonable and staff is fast. You can get mineral water if u want. The dishes are delicious and almost all type of pakistani and chinnesse dishes are available. BARBQ dishes, hot and cold drinks and sweet dishes also available on your order.
    They will give u complete list with rates of all dishes and you can choice what u want to eat and know what you have to pay before eating. No cheating and extra charges. The taste is good of every dish. Prefered only for dinners. Sitting is very comportable as shown in pics.
    There is good entertainment for kids and they can enjoy mini play land free.

    Favorite Dish: Chicken karahi, Reshmi kabab, mutton chanp In BarBQ dish and King kulfa.

    Comfortable sitting at Sajjad Resturant Mini Play land for kids at Sajjad Resturant
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    Street Vendor: Roasted Corn on the Cob

    by besal Written Apr 3, 2006

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    In most western countries, the format to eat corn/maize is boiled. However in Pakistan you can also roast them on open flame/coal and have an alternate to boiled corn.

    You will find these street vendors in all public places (zoo, beaches, outside monuments, even in your neighborhood, etc)...and it’s cheap. Rs. 5/- (USD 0.08) for one corn.

    The corn is roasted on coal and served hot, and if you are upto it, put some chili powder with lemon juice for a spicy/zingy taste.

    Its a cheap and fast. Ask for corn with soft kernels only.

    Favorite Dish: Only Roasted Corn

    Street vendor roasting on coal end product A family treat
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    Area 51: Bowl and Dine

    by pakistanibrain Written Mar 6, 2006

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    Area 51 is a restaurant cum bowling alley. This makes it a really nice place to spend an evening with some friends or family, as you can have a nice dinner there after wich you can burn your calories and have some fun with a bowl.

    Favorite Dish: The Chicken sandwich was good, but overall I liked all dishes from the buffet there.

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