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…
Taken from the name of a region in Italy, the restaurant in Islamabad resembles its name perfectly. With an Italian inspired environment and interior, this restaurant provides flavoursome Italian, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine. The welcoming staff and satisfying food makes this restaurant a must visit place in Islamabad. Don’t forget to order the heavenly brownie skillet while you are there.
• F-6/3, Kohsar Market
• (051) 8445544/88/99
• Operation hours: 12pm – 12am
Taking Pakistani’s love for chaaye to the next level, this restaurant offers a variety of tea and other beverages which are accompanied by scrumptious breakfast, desserts, sandwiches and other tasty options. The relaxing and cosy ambience of this restaurant is a welcoming sight for everyone. Enjoy your hangouts, family gatherings and even business meetings (for which they have a conference room) over a flavourful menu and a rich cup of tea.
• Shop#11, Block B, United Bakery Plaza Supermarket, F-6 Markaz
• (051) 8312192/93
• Operation hours: 8am – 12am
Soi, another addition to Pan-Asian cuisine of Karachi, is the new spot for good Chinese food. With grey walls and a distressed wood interior, this tiny place offers a modern touch to one of the most popular cuisines in Pakistan. With a variety of appetizing dishes, this place offers a fusion of Burmese flavours blended into a Pan-Asian cuisine. Offering great portions in each plate, Soi’s food is going to leave you satisfied for a long time.
• 47-C, Main Khayaban-e-Seher, Phase 6, DHA
• (021) 35243515
• Operation hours: 1pm – 3pm (Lunch), 8pm – 12am (Dinner)
A modern Thai restaurant located in one of the most popular areas of Karachi, Fuchsia’s food is one of its kind. It serves authentic Thai food, cooked to perfection and offers a wide variety of Thai dishes. Its seafood dishes are some of the best in town; a balance of salt, spice and sweet is maintained in all the dishes. With a chic and fancy interior, Fuchsia has become a popular dine-out restaurant.
• E-23, 2nd Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, DHA
• (021) 35363944/8
• Operation hours: 12:30pm – 12:00am
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…
Just like our favourite barbecue dip, garlic mayo dip, and honey mustard dip, there is another Levantine and Egyptian popular dip called Hummus. Cooked by mashing chickpeas or any other beans and mixing it with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic, a delicious dip that is popular throughout the world is created. This dip has gone through many evolutions since its discovery in the 13th century in food books from Cairo. Hummus has been around for so long that its difficult to find out the real origin of it but the main ingredient of hummus, chickpeas, were grown extensively in Middle East and Mediterranean countries which led to the popularity of this item in the region. Hummus can be eaten with bread, mostly pita bread, it can be topped with ground beef, eggs, paprika or whatever you like, but it is mostly served with falafel.
Where to find?
Hummus is easily available at every grocery store and even its recipe is relatively simple but, for some really authentic and appetizing hummus, head out to these places:
*Simsim: Located in Dubai’s favourite beach spot, JBR, this place serves really good hummus topped with beef and pine nuts, along with fresh bread. A beach view and hummus, what more do you want?
*Alep: The best place to find Middle Eastern food in Montreal, Canada, Alep has a friendly staff who serves mouth-watering hummus, created by mixing Syrian, Armenian and Canadian flavours and spices.
* The Hummus & Pita Co: Bringing the contemporary side of hummus, this place in New York gives you the best you have ever had. From chocolate to cookie dough and even hummus with falafel, this place is bound to satisfy your taste buds.