When it comes to food, Pakistanis love it and take it quite seriously. Whether it is simple eggs Benedict in breakfast, a family-friendly noon with delectable steak, or a full-scale daytime lunch with your buddies, eating options in the country seem to multiply every year. Here’s a guide to choose your next spot from the given variety of dishes, price ranges and varied timings…
This fine dining restaurant offers one of the best Italian cuisines in the country. Open for lunch, dinner and a brunch menu on Sundays, the in-house recipes, selection of imported meats and seafood, with their signature thin crust brick oven pizzas, Pompei is a neighbour to Karachi’s old Race Course. While one delves in the finesse of the prepared dishes, peek at the garden and if you are lucky, and if the clouds are merciful, experience rain while you dine. A truly memorable experience it will be.
• Tel: 02135214684
• Shapes Health Club Compound, Old Railway Club, 139 Mc Niel Road, Cantt, Karachi
In the streets of Karachi, there’s a doorway that peeks into the south of France – those who visit know it as Café Flo. Known for its French cuisine that has a Mediterranean touch to it, this eatery is as good an option for business meetings, as it is for friendly get-togethers and a meal out with a loved one. Try securing an outdoor seat during chilly days and nights to experience an unbeatable night out.
• Tel: 02135877499, 02135830018, 03323555362
• 26th Street, Karachi 75500
To experience street food fused with a mild contemporary touch, Khoka Khola awaits all the businessmen, lawyers and primary circles to allow the taste buds to be enchanted. With richness of the ingredients speaking through the spices of each bite munched, experience simplicity with diversity.
• Tel: 0518444929
• Beverly centre, Jinnah Avenue, Islamabad
• Operation hours: 12:00 - 23:45
Eat and read? Want the two simultaneously? Head out to Table Talk and experience an endless blend of it. Grab a few book buffs with you who can give you company while helping you sate your hunger cravings. Go on a journey both, food-wise and fictionally.
• Tel: 0512271927
• Shop#3, Kohsar, Market F-6/3, Islamabad
• Operation hours: 12-11pm
As George Bernard Shaw said, "There is no love sincerer than the love of food.”
Judging by the number of amazing cuisines out there, he was absolutely spot on. But ever wonder which are the tastiest of them all? MAG has cracked the curiosity and, every week, we will pick up a hot platter with foods which are worth travelling the world to gorge on. Feast your eyes and control your drooling, as here are the world's best foods…
A versatile dish that is open to tweaks, lasagne is a succulent Italian delicacy that also is a trademark of the country’s cuisine. Originating from the Greek tongue, ‘lasagnum’ – ancient baking dishes which were first used by the Greeks and then the Romans – is what this signature Italian dish takes its name from. The Italians changed the name to what we now know it as; the change marked the name of its contents, rather than the dish it was baked in. The thin layers of pasta layered with meat, tomato sauce and cheese are favourites of the young and old. With decades passing, the meat is not necessary, for some prefer seafood, poultry or vegetables. What makes this dish stand out is not how the contents are assembled, but the recipe that is followed and the freshness of the ingredients, especially the cheese that is used, is what really matters to make the taste of Italy more pronounced. For instance in the south of the country this dish hails from, mozzarella and ricotta are mostly fused together. Another secret ingredient is lasagne Verdi, a spinach-flavoured, green lasagne noodle.
Where to find?
Cosa Nostra: Take a plunge at this eatery in Lahore where you can experience Italian baked luxuries making your lunch/dinner worthwhile.
Pontini: When in Venice, head out to this very spot and allow the buttery soft noodles to melt in your mouth. You will not regret dining here.
La Motta's Italian Specialties: To experience ‘Bronx-style’ Italian-American dishes in Boston, try La Motta’s trademark lasagnes.