Wild wild west meets wild wild Karachi

Gun Smoke is the latest addition to the numerous eateries opening up in Karachi. Located at Zamzama, the most promising location considering the potential market, this new hang out is quite interesting.

The interior reminds one of old cowboy movies, wild wild west, country songs, etc. The table mats carry a warning for the visitors saying ìrude waitersî and rightly so. The waiters ARE rude. Not too rude but it sortaí takes one by surprise when they throw the menu cards on the table! The whole setting is really different from what we get to see at the regular restaurants, no posh setting, abstract art work, sofas or delicate furniture. The floor is wooden, the place is crowded, there are wooden benches and tables, and even the main counter bears the look of a bar right out of ìthe Alamoî!
Coming to the real deal, the food! Itís actually quite good and not that heavy on the pocket either. The menu is not very different from those of its neighbouring eateries. You know, the usual burgers, pastas, etc but they taste really good. As for the rudeness of the waiters, donít be surprised if they decide to pick french fries from your table or speak in a mean tone (we got a ìdo you want anything else?î that sounded more like an order than a query!). The place was packed to capacity with people waiting outside for their turn. The waiters roam around in their cowboy suits and hats (the hats are really cool!) giving the whole place a very ìcasualî look.
Iíve heard the Lahore Gun Smoke is very popular, letís see how the Karachiites treat itÖ

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Forgive the poor picture quality. My pre-historic camera doesn’t like too much light :)

12 Comments so far

  1. mufta (unregistered) on April 24th, 2005 @ 9:12 am

    Hey Hafsa

    Just a quick question. Do you have a elder brother in ARMY?


  2. xtasy (unregistered) on April 24th, 2005 @ 7:03 pm

    i heard the lahore one started out well but kinda fizzled out


  3. ArsalaanHaleem (unregistered) on April 25th, 2005 @ 12:35 am

    I don’t get it? Why is it that every amateur Tom, Dick & Harry restauranteur wants to open his place at Zamzama.

    For god’s sake the place is already crowded, there isn’t a decent place to park. The main road is too narrow and above all you constantly have to watch out for all the cowboy and cowgirl drivers.

    I think the main reason for all previous eateries failed to stay in the black is that they failed to assess the market and the environment. As they say that when you fail to plan, you plan to fail.

    On a more optimistic note, lets hope that this restaurant stays put for quite sometime before fizziling out.


  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on April 25th, 2005 @ 5:16 am

    the rude waiters took me by surprise – I was waiting in line to get seated and a few other people popped the line – it really infuriated me and when the waiter started slamming the menu it pulled the plug I had almost blown up started a heated discussion with the owner and soon relized the game – the joke was on me – but i honestly feel rude waiters might lead to trouble. Good burgers but that can’t keep a restaurant afloat after the intial OHH-AHH. Fries are awesome should be so as its an OPTP franchise


  5. umar (unregistered) on April 26th, 2005 @ 2:37 am

    rude waiters… interesting!


  6. hafsa (unregistered) on April 26th, 2005 @ 11:18 am

    try them out umar! :p


  7. mohummed. (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 11:36 am

    I think its a good idea. They should also open their branch in North Nazimabad.


  8. Zag (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 12:23 pm

    How do I post on the Blog?


  9. ArsalaanHaleem (unregistered) on April 27th, 2005 @ 7:47 pm

    Zaq, you already did!


  10. Zag (unregistered) on April 28th, 2005 @ 1:23 pm

    Arsalaan: I didn’t meant comment, i meant blog…. on the main? Or is it restricted?


  11. huma (unregistered) on April 28th, 2005 @ 8:11 pm

    Its not restricted – you need to register at http://www.metroblogging.com :)


  12. Zag (unregistered) on April 29th, 2005 @ 12:11 pm

    Okay, thanks. Will do.



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