The motivation behind this post is the email from Mr. ‘A’ who wants to visit Pakistan mainly to introduce his teenage son to their cultural and culinary roots. In order to facilitate them, I started jotting my favorite eateries around and soon realized that the wish list is actually endless! What else one can expect from a city which has no match when it comes to ethnic and cultural diversity.
|Javed's Nihari in Karachi is probably the best nihari in the World!|
Zameer Ansari’s BBQ: Gaining Popularity
Friends who live around Bahadarubad talks highly about this BBQ outlet and my recent experiences conform to that. If you are poised to have traditional tikka delicacies and looking for taste and quality both then this place is highly recommended.My favorites are Chicken Malai Boti and Fried Beef Kabab with Paratha.
|Having spicy biryani with a Latvian friend at Student's Biryani|
Although I cannot have Biryani other than the one cooked by my mother, Student’s Biryani is highly recommended to those who would like to have an orientation of Sub-Continent's flagship food. Their Gulshan-e-Iqbal outlet is conveniently located in the city center with fast food style seating arrangement in addition to the one located around Saddar. Raita and salad go inevitably with the rice while I would not bother looking at the rest of the menu. Post shopping lunch, or late lunch, is perfect for Biryani while a jori of kheer is almost essential to mitigate the spice effect.
Sea View: Eateries near the Beach
Hanifia: Where East and West Meet
Yadgar Fish: The Local Seafood
|Damthal is one the popular Halwa Poori outlets in Karachi|
If somebody has informed you that Karachites wake up late in the ‘afternoon’ on weekends and holidays then you may like to have a visit to Karachi’s most characteristic neighborhood; Federal B. Area. There, Dhamtal – basically a sweet-mart located near Ayesha Manzil intersection – sells the traditional breakfast like anything, and that too right after the sunrise. Disciplined queues – which reach to its peak around afternoon – also hint that the nation is not that disorderly after all! Roadside tables are there to serve ‘true connoisseurs’ flocking from near and far, however, most of the sales come from take-away. While placing your order, don’t forget to ask for a pao or two of delicious halwa. Chola, aalo ki tarkari, and achaar are always included in the price of poori while you need to pay separately for the desert.
Everyday, and especially around weekends, hundreds of thousands of Karachites attend wedding related gatherings in those omnipresent and overly-decorated wedding halls.