what do you do for lunch?

I want to know what you guys do for lunch? Specially those who work. Not everyone has the perky job where you get free lunch. So what about the rest? Do you bring something from home? Do you go out to a resturant/dhabba/rehri-wala and devour that Zinger-burger/chicken-biryani/haleem? Or do you just go hungry and have a heavy dinner at home? Or what?

26 Comments so far

  1. Saba (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 1:01 pm

    When at university, I usually eat at either of the following:

    1. Time Out at The Forum: nice food, great coffee(I’ve tried most of their menu and now I know whats best)

    2. Hot n Spicy

    3. Indus Foods or Chatkharey (Khadda Market) – good and inexpensive food.

    4. McDonalds at Park Towers


  2. Zag (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 1:19 pm

    Well, i am one of those who get the free lunch….


  3. MJ Fanatic (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 1:52 pm

    Well if you ask me, I mostly don’t eat anything except for some beverages (mostly dew or pepsi). I usually go home famished and have a splendid dinner to replenish myself.
    Sometimes my boss tends to be munificent and orders something for us or brings a lunch box from home.


  4. huma (unregistered) on September 15th, 2005 @ 8:29 pm

    I’ll eat from the office canteen which serves a variety of stuff, or will order from Subway. Being a vegetarian limits your choices quite a bit :(


  5. Anathema (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 2:53 am

    student’s biryani from opposite pizza hut. chicken tikka from united coffee house (behind NBP building), pizza hut when we all want to gang up for a nice bite or when craving for yummy desserts becomes unbearable (ps i never go to pipzza hut for pizza!) zinger when the deals are good. and just brought in a microwave to work so that when food at home is scrumptious, it may be shared at work. our building also has a local dhaba named “enterprise” which serves the best pulao biryanni on earth. their food is light too.


  6. misha (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 12:24 pm

    Used to go to Timeout at the Forum quite a bit, but the quality of food has been on the decline this year.

    Alternatively, there’s always Mcdonalds Seaview (more for the fresh air than the food, to be honest), or KFC Seaview, if they should have a good deal on.

    If all else fails, there’s always the petrol pump store at Do Talwaar. Students are like goats, honestly. We’ll eat almost anything and survive. :)


  7. atique (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 5:47 pm

    CAndi biscuits and a cup of tea. at times lasania here is islamabad. Other times kfc pizza hut or nay other good place where i can get ‘food’.


  8. Imtiaz (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 7:09 pm

    generally time out…cos i work at the forum…..
    yes…im a workaholic….
    but sometimes…. a minor devaition…..


  9. Saroosh (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 9:06 pm

    Nutri bar or energy drink


  10. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 11:06 pm

    I work in a PR agency where our boss deducts Rs 500/- from everyones salary and contributes a matching amount from her/firm’s pocket and from this amount we get to eat a variety of food bought from outside. This way the food thing is taken care off and doesn’t become a everyday hassle.


  11. Sarwar (unregistered) on September 16th, 2005 @ 11:54 pm

    Can anyone tell me where is Students Biryani? I left Karachi years ago and cannot seem to place it. What is the closest major intersection?

    Thanks.


  12. Anathema (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 2:26 am

    cafe students has expanded its network all over karachi. there is one shop catering to ii chudrigar right at teh parameters of last year’s bomb victim Sindh Islamia, the lae housing pizza hut

    the real/main cafe students’ resides in saddar, behind Taj Medical Complex and Rainbow Centre. Coming from MA Jnnah road, turn left to Sea Breeze – Empress Market Lane and go straight down The last lane before the road turning, turn left and go straight down to reach an isloated multi-storeyed “cafe” popularly known as Cafe Students. Its two streets behind KGS Saddar, behind the inter-city bus stop.

    there are other branches across the city I hear.


  13. Imtiaz (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 7:40 am

    interesting arsalaan….
    i think with 500 per head, we can et ourselves catered to!!!


  14. Anathema (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 12:25 pm

    wow! i end upspending Rs. 100 a day at lunch just for qorma, chappati, raita and drink!


  15. Imtiaz (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 2:15 pm

    hehe….anathema, we are talking about economy of scale here!!!

    arsalaasn office has about 15 ppl if im not wrong, mine has about 85-90…..imagine the kind of money we can put together…

    we can get one of those wedding catering companies to feed us everyday..:P


  16. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on September 17th, 2005 @ 7:52 pm

    Imtiaz is right that my office does have around 15 people but even with that it does cost around Rs 50 or so for each person everyday.


  17. Imtiaz (unregistered) on September 18th, 2005 @ 1:22 am

    arsalaan…i need the contact of ur caterer..:P


  18. huma (unregistered) on September 18th, 2005 @ 3:32 am

    a qorma, chapati, raita and coke cost WHAT?! you’re being ripped off! it would cost around 40 bucks at the office canteen.


  19. Zag (unregistered) on September 18th, 2005 @ 7:30 am

    Hmmm… Anathema, I am beginning to wonder what is the size of your qorma serving… must be huge :)


  20. Imtiaz (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 4:31 pm

    yeah….
    anathema…maybe u should ask for a downsized version!


  21. Anathema (unregistered) on September 20th, 2005 @ 8:22 pm

    oi swear but considering how all the cafes around the activity hub of chundrigar know they’re doing well, they charge as follows:

    Rs. 65 for one qorma plate. two can eat the shorba, but the meaty piece barely suffices one.

    Chappati: Rs. 5 (for two chappatis. two people eat about 4. so its Rs. 10)

    Raita: Rs. 5.

    Drink: Rs. 15 if u want a chilled bottle. and im talking about the returnable ones.

    There u have it. Rs. 95. if i add salad, round Rs. 100.

    but yes. the qorma is sufficient for two, yet we need to order a tikka to make up for the meat. so its a lot of leftover qorma shorba if one person eats alone.

    an yet my HR dept has a caterer who serves sabzi, chawal, salan/qorma and roti for Rs. 75. but thats only available to that floor.


  22. Sarwar (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 6:54 am

    Thanks for the directions to Students Biryani Anathema. Sorry for the late response.


  23. Imtiaz (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 11:18 am

    not good!!!
    my office was at chapal plaza….(near pizza hut IIC road) and the out door guys got great food…and im definitely sure it came for less than that!!

    btw..not a qorma fan….but u should try the tikka from sindh islamia or united coffee house..(united has great foood!!!)

    mis the cheap and great food now…….in clifton..:(


  24. Anathema (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 12:44 pm

    sick of tikka from sindh islamia and united. another point of unitd: i know three people who contracted lukeworms in the last two years, and they’re all united fanatics.

    my fav tikka yet is cafe yasmeen.

    youch! clifton expensive is


  25. Farhan (unregistered) on September 21st, 2005 @ 2:01 pm

    Sab se acha khana Ami ke hath ka khana , aab mujhe bhook lagi main gaya ghar khana khane


  26. shobz (unregistered) on September 28th, 2005 @ 4:26 pm

    tesco’s, somerfield’s, benjy’s food van, burger king veggie burger, local deli, mcdonalds fish burger etc etc



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