So Ramzan in Pakistan starts from tomorrow. And once again all the eateries have out done themselves trying to get the fasters (and the pretend fasters) to try out their Iftar menus. Since my last blog about the Iftar deals was much appreciated, I decided to make a new one this year, just for you (if you happen to live in Karachi that is). This list will be updated all through Ramzan. If I have missed out on a place, help a sister (ha!) out and mention it in the comments and I’ll put it up. To make things interesting, lets keep a count. How many of the places mentioned on the list will you guys visit, or at least want to?
Fika/ Fika on the roof. The first Iftar deal that I came across was from Fika. Since I have been there and tried out the food, I must say I am really looking forward to their iftar menu. Also keeping up with the spirit of Ramzan, Fika will be donating Rs. 100/- from every bill to Edhi Foundation.
Verdict: Definitely try!
Lals Patisserie (update)
So I have always had a good experience at Lals. Their desserts are divine, and the quiche I had recently is something I have been craving a lot. For Ramzan, Lals is offering two special menus, one for their Shahbaz outlet and the other one in Dolmen. And to be very honest, the menus look very tempting! I am definitely going to Lals!
Review: So I stopped by Lals on Saturday for Iftaar. All you foodies looking for a break from the usual samosa pakoras should definitely check it out. The iftaar platter has a generous serving of freshly baked croissants, and pita bread, margherita pizza, fatayars, and, oh wait, read the menu given below. I love the chocolated covered dates ( I am not really a dates person, but had to try these). The flat bread pizza was crunchy and light, leaving plenty of room for the main course. I ordered the Lasagna, which was delish, making Lals my favorite place for it in Karachi. Friends ordered the Ramzan special Marrakesh Chicken and rice, which have been introduced to the menu especially for this month. According to them, the rice were a little low of the seasoning side, but the garlic yogurt gave it the necessary punch.
Verdict: definitely try!
So this Mexican themed restaurant just opened up in Karachi and I have been looking forward to trying it out. You should too if you are curious what Ramzan in Mexico looks like. Here is their deal. Burger Lab
I wasn’t always a fan of Domino’s. This one time I ordered a pizza from them and what I got was a monstrosity dripping with barbeque sauce. yikes! I vowed never to have it again, until one poor day at work when I had no cash and was starving. Fishing through my purse I manage to collect 200 bucks and for that much the only thing available was a small domino’s pizza. I ordered the Italiano feast, which has now become my favorite, and since then I am a Domino’s convert. Have had it numerous times, and it hasn’t disappointed me yet. I was unable to find their facebook page, this I got from their Twitter. Order through their website and get 50% off! Pizza hut
I don’t know the people who go to Pizza Hut anymore, but if you are one of them, here are their deals for you. Also why? I tried giving them another chance last month, and oh boy wanted to kick myself for that. I doubt if they would miraculously improve in Ramzan. Anyway, here are their deals
Mr. Burger has always been love! Their juicy chicken deluxe burgers and classic Mr. burger with cheese are the reason I have weight issues. Recently however with numerous outlets closing down, their quality has seen a little dip. But with the opening of their new outlet at Rahat, I am hoping things are getting better again! This is their Ramzan deal!
I went to New York Coffee just a few days back and while the Cafe Latte I ordered was served lukewarm at best, it had plenty of potential to be really good. I might stop by for food sometime. Their iftaar deal gets you a free entree on every order. Johnny Rockets
While the food is alright, the shakes at Johnny Rockets are yum! And with the new branch opening next to Naheed, very near my workplace, I just might stop by for one. Their iftaar deal offers you a buy 1 get 1 free meal. So take a date along. you know Kajoor!
Review: Johnny Rockets yesterday with a friend. It was awesome. From service to food quality and value for money, everything was spot on.We got complimentary drinks which was a polite gesture from the staff.Our order was:
The Spicy Houston – Meal The original – Meal 1/2 Rings & 1/2 Fries, Strawberry and chocolate shake All this was only Rs.1411. All in all, their buy 1 get 1 free deal is an absolute hit. Highly recommended for everyone!
Verdict: Go ahead!
California Pizza is what Pizza Hut used to be, during its good time. The pizzas are not only good, they are affordable too, and their pastas and lasagnas are cheesy delicious! Do check out their deal.
Had food at Cosmopolitan twice. The first time I stopped by for the newly launched breakfast menu, that was average. I am a sucker for French Toast, but the one I had there left me disappointed. Their Fererro Rocher Pancakes however. were absolutely divine. But given that they had newly set up by then, I forgave them and had food again, and second time I had a great experience. So if you are wondering whether you should stop by Cosmopolitan for Iftar, I say you should!
I have yet to meet a person who turned down the offer to have fries at OPTP, unless they were on a diet (been there) There fish is really good, and burgers decent. I am not sure about the drumsticks though, and this is precisely what they are offering for Ramzan, a bucket full of chicken legs. I am not a chicken leg person, so skipping out on this. Bella Vita
My hunt for the perfect chocolate chip cookie is over. Bella Vita has successfully taken over and is reigning supreme (though I can totally have the one at espresso too). Stop by for iftaar and have a big crunchy gooey chocolate chip cookie. Pan’ris
Chairman Mao (new)
My most recent visit to Chairman Mao was very …. saucy, because everything we ordered was dripping with ketchup. Maybe they had too much on their hands, or maybe their recipe book needs some edits, whatever the reason, I am probably avoiding them for now. Their iftaar deal Rs. 400 + tax. If you have a thing for Ketchupy food, order away!
So I really have been wanting to go to Rosati, but for some reason or another, I couldn’t. Maybe I’ll try out their iftaar deal, which is an All you can eat for PKR 1259 + Tax! Menu includes iftar items, soups, salads, Italian, Mexican, Chinese, BBQ, Desserts, Cold beverages, fresh fruits & more. Ginsoy
Mash n Bangers (new)
There was a time when Mash n Bangers was open for delivery at my workplace with charging a ridiculous amount of delivery fee. And we ordered Mash n Bangers (the name of a dish) quite a lot. WIth mashed potatoes and sausages, it was clearly a dish sent down from above. And then came the deliver charges. I haven’t tried in in quite a while, so you will be trying this Ramzan deal at your own risk.
Gourmet Burger Company GBC (New)
Another one of the places I haven’t tried yet. They are offering a number of deals, for which you can visit their Facebook page. I wanted to share this particular one, because well, MASHROOMS!
If you haven’t heard of this place before. let me clarify that this isn’t the minty chocolate heaven you thought of. It is a restaurant in Bahadurabad. Been there once, for lunch with sister and her kids. The place was empty. That should give you more than enough fodder to decide whether you want to try them out or not. PS. I wouldn’t.
Iftar at Verde will start from 10th Ramzan that is Sunday. It is for Rs. 1,199/- plus tax – per head.
Nawab Darbar (new)
The entire Do Darya belt has now converted into a food street, with popular eateries like Charcoal and Kolachi, hogging all the limelight. Amongst them (with good social media skills) is Nawab Darbar. I personally haven’t been there, but this visual looks pretty tempting. Stop by if there is no room at Kolachi. Plus they give you a discount if you reserve a table a day in advance.
The New York Pizza (new)
Your ‘amma ke haath ka bana’ pizza, that you pay for. Not a fan. Here is their deal.
Hob Nob Cafe (New)
So I don’t understand why you guys would want to go out and eat samosa pakoras again, and pay for it too. I mean don;t you eat the same stuff at home? I prefer the homemade ones anyway! So Hob Nob has made quite a name for themselves with their cakes and brownies. Also every time there is a birthday at work, we hop off to the nearest Hob Nob to get a cake. Anything else is considered an insult. Since I haven’t tried out their savories I can’t tell you if this deal is worth your time and money. But again, why would you go out to have samosa pakoras?
Since Subway was perhaps the only thing I could eat during my lunch break without being terrified of the calories, I have developed quite a liking for it, all the bees coming out of it and all. I am definitely having this deal. Koffie Chalet
Student Biryani (new)
Who hasn’t heard their parents, or grand parents go on about how the owner of this place started from a tiny kiosk in saddar. With numerous branches all over the city, this biryani joint now serves fast food as well. If you are a normal living breathing Karachite, your love for biryani can never be lessened, and while their taste has deteriorated over the years, an average biryani is better than no biryani! PS, why the lunch box?
Eatfit is the one place I would order from daily, only if they didnt charge so much for delivery!. Their food not only is the perfect thing for weight watchers (yes I watch what I eat for a little time) and even have the number of calories mentioned on them. So you can really think about what you are about to consume. (no really) Their healthy Ramzan menu is:
I have yet to meet a bigger fan of BBQ Tonight than my sister. Sure their garlic nan is fantastic and the food is pretty decent, but stopping by every time you plan on eating out?? eeep no! Their Ramzan offer: Rajdhani Delights
So every time my family decides to go to Rajdhani, something goes wrong. One time a relative broke their arm, on another occasion it was closed because a new management was taking over. and recently our car broke down on the way forcing us to settle for a kebab paratha place near by. Therefore I am really looking forward to this deal! Dunkin Donuts
If you are out of strength, or perhaps money, you can easily slip in through to your nearest Dunkin Donut and enjoy this deal. Their omwiches are yum! but have enough calories to last you a week! The Bologna sandwich is good too and I love Apple n Spice donuts. Koel Cafe
I have had the good fortune of visiting Koel Café twice and on both occasions, I was pretty happy with my food. Their pizzas are very crunchy and light, so you can stuff your face without feeling queasy, plus their refreshing cold drinks are perfect for the hell that Karachi has recently become. You can enjoy their specially designed Ramadan platter for a price of Rs. 899/- exclusive of tax)
I hope the food is better than it looks in this picture.
The one time I stopped by Capsicum, I promised myself no more. The only good thing about this place is the decor, oh and their overly friendly staff who is ever so apologetic about food coming late, which was something I saw happening to everyone around my table. Go if you absolutely must.
Verdict: Skip it.
Never have been a fan of 14th Street. Whenever I ordered from them, I specified that my pizza should be mild with no jalapenos and guess what I would find when they delivered? Yay! Jalapenos. TGI Fridays
Someone needs to tell Red Emperor, deal posts have a bit more info that this. So I am copying their status here for you guys. ‘Order Any Of Our Platters For 2 Or 4 And Delight Yourself With Unlimited Chinese Fried Rice and Chicken Hakka Noodles For Absolutely Free! Also, Free Special Lemon Mint Drink For Refreshment!” Pizzo
So with a pizza wala opening up shop at every gali and mohalla ka nukaar, the competition is getting tough. Not to be left behind, the nukkar ka pizza shops also have introduced their Ramzan Special deals. Haven’t tried Pizza Max, before, though I am sure it would be better than Pizza hut.
My pizza is better than yours! How? It’s a graduate! from Pizza University. I personally have eaten here and it was pretty good. So if you happen to be in this neighborhood you can totally stop by. You’re getting one for free what more do you want! Also someone should tell these poor dears to put their logos on their artwork.
Pizza & Pasta Co
The only time I tried some was when I had gone to watch The Hobbit at Cinepax. That too I sampled from my friend’s order. It was meh.
Club Genova (new)
Sorry guys, for this one, you are on your own. Haven’t tried it as yet so don’t know how the food will be.
Another place I haven’t been to. Also they have an extra z in their name, so that made me judge them a teensy bit. But who cares about grammar if the food is good. I once had a ‘Mashroom’ Burger from a local place only because I saw someone eating it on the table next to mine and it looked killer delicious. It was. Wimpy’s
There was a time, when only a handful of places had the home delivery option. And Kaybees was one of them. That was also the time when their food was actually good. Their club sandwich for instance had real chunks of chicken and was something I occasionally craved for. Now, well a few bits do poke out from the mayo laden pieces of bread, as for the fried chicken, it is as tasteless as it is pink. I don’t want pink chicken, eep!
The Burger Factory
Lal Qila (new)
There was a time when the food at Lal Qila was actually good. The crowd at the Jumbo prawns section meant you had to sneak a piece or two from mum’s plate because no way could you get some on your own. The barbeque too was good and the white chicken handi absolutely yum. Fast forward last month, we went there again for my dad’s birthday. Awful. No line at the prawns. white chicken reeked. and barbeque was average. I don’t think I am planning to return there anytime soon.
Iftaar review: Went to Lal Qila with 6 Fiends on Tuesday and had worst experience, their service has got pathetic
and the food served was cold. They have minus few signature dishes.
Verdict – Skip it.
If you are a shop till you drop kinda person, you must be spending a great deal of your time at Dolmen Mall. And when the call to prayer is heard, you decide why not go up to the food court and have some. I have a list of places offering Ramzan special deals at Dolmen. However be warned; since I have survived an iftaar at Dolmen, here is what you need to know. Find a seat an hour and a half before Magreb! Trust me on this. The food outlets charge a crazy amount of money for a small bottle of water (since the shaitan in them knows it’s what you need after a long fast), So make sure the deal you buy includes a water bottle.
While in normal days, my mum loves their dossa, I don’t know if they maintain their quality during Ramzan. Also this deal fails to impress me. Why would I go out to eat roll, channa chat and pakoray fruit chat. That is what I get at home! Why pay to get the same? Chachajee
So maybe you have decided not to fill your body with crap after a long day of fasting. Good for you. While there may not be many choices for you, You can try food from Solen Istanbul. So I have been going through the Facebook pages of a lot of restaurants and cafes for the sake of this list, and realized that most don’t even have a decent social media presence. I mean why? Anyway, a few people have been kind enough to share details of some of these food places with me, so I’ll do the same for you all! However since the deals posted below aren’t being taken from their official page, I cannot guarantee their authenticity.
First, they have a page, but it hasn’t been updated in forever? Why people? Need social media? Contact me! Their Ramzan deal includes an Iftar Deal for Rs 699 + tax and Sehri 35 % off on anything you order from 11 pm till 2am.
Rangoli, Arena – Iftar tried and tested
Up until the last time I visited Rangoli, they served pretty decent food. I don’t know how it is now. Their iftaar deal starts from Rs. 1099/-
Update: A review from someone who tried Rangoli. Maybe It’s better to skip it this year? Karim Ali: I tried Rangoli for Iftar on Saturday. We were 4 friends and had the worst experience. AC was not working properly, food was tasteless, malai boti and kabab were not properly cooked and it costed us Rs.7500 for 4 people. To add to it, just when the iftar started, the staff gave us the bill and insisted we pay as early as possible. That was very embarrassing for everyone I believe.The only good thing was getting a bowling coupon at the end of the deal.Never ever going to Rangoli again!’
Verdict – Skip it.
Almost everybody has at least once stopped by Roasters for iftaar. About time they got active on social media, not that they would ever change their soundtrack to something from this century, sigh. Their Iftar deal is for Rs. 1340/-.
If you have the strength to drive out that far, Charcoal has an exciting Iftaar offer for you starting from Rs. 1,195 + tax.
This I got from their page. please make sense out of this if you can. Also do try their Makhani handi and pulao. Iftar+buffet ‘dinner @ Kolachi ( spirit of Karachi) Adults = PKR-1490 plus tax ,Childrens (4-8yrs)=PKR-890 plus tax’