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 loved one, eating options in the country seem to multiply every year. Here’s a guide to choose your next spot for the much-awaited Valentine’s Day dinner date.
If magic is what you are looking out for this Valentine’s, head out to this eatery which is as beautiful as the bird it is named after. The aesthetics of the place double the magical dose, making you and your better half have a mystical experience.
• Tel: 02135309745
• Operation hours: 11am - 12am
If there is one place where love is in the air, it is none other than Asia Live nestled in Avari Towers. While you munch alongside the serene poolside view with a breath of fresh air rising from the green gardens below, a fine informal dining experience is offered here.
• Tel: 02135660100
• Operation hours: 7am - 7pm
The Pancake Lounge
If this special day you two decide to kick-start your day treating yourself, then head out to The Pancake Lounge where your breakfast/brunch feast is going to be taken care of.
• 95 B-2 MM Alam Road, Gulberg 3
• Tel: 04235749467
• Operation hours: 7:00 - 01:00
A traditional setting is what you seek? If so, Peeru’s Café has a platform set out for you with all things rustic and warm. As a fresh breeze blows, pure love will exude as you dine amidst live performances while enjoying a rich cultural ambience.
• Plot 1, Green Acres Main Road
• Tel: 0300-8422200, 0300-8432626, 042-35322290-93
• Operation hours: 16:00 - 00:00
Ever wished to time-travel to the 60s while celebrating Valentine’s in the 21st century? Steer your cars’ wheels to 1969 where the bright hues and a retro theme with clippings of newspapers serving as mats and wall pastings, you and your significant other will experience a dining experience like no other.
• Garden Avenue, Shakarparian National Park 44000
• Tel: 03315551969
• Operation hours: Open 24 hours
The federal capital experienced facelifts bringing back the past to be lived and thrived till the present day in the form of Saidpur Village which has a number of restaurants for the two of you where you can eat traditional cuisines to your heart’s content while love spills and wraps you in its breeze as you absorb the surroundings.
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…
This divine treat goes back 4,000 years when it wasn’t an ‘edible’ treat, but was consumed as a ‘bitter’ beverage. Evidence of chocolate has been found in present-day Mexico dating back to 1,900 BC. The Mesoamericans were the first ones to cultivate cacao plants found in the tropical rainforests of Central America. They roasted and ground the cacao beans into a paste mixed with water, vanilla, honey, chilli peppers which resulted in a creamy chocolate drink. This treat was reserved for the royals in Mayan culture, presented to nobles, priests, warriors and rulers only for holy occasions. The cacao beans were used as currency by the Aztecs to be traded with the Mayans around the 1500s. In the 16th century the Spanish conqueror, Hernán Cortés returned home with chocolate instead of gold and silver. It were the Spanish who made the drink sweet by adding cane sugar to it, but it was still a luxury afforded by the elites. The Spanish kept the savoury secret for almost a century but when Spanish King Philip III’s daughter wed French King Louis XIII in 1615, the recipe landed in France. And the magic of this treat spread far and wide, still served to the royal classes. It was the Dutch chemist, Coenraad Johannes van Houten who invented the cocoa press that restructured the making of chocolate. This very press would squeeze the fatty cocoa butter from roasted cacao beans which left a dry cake behind that would be crushed into fine powder which was mixed into liquids and other ingredients moulding it into solid, edible chocolate. Now we all know who to thank for this otherworldly treat!