Restaurant Review #4: Cafe Flo

cafe-flo.jpgCafe Flo located within the premises of Alliance Francaise can easily be ranked as the best restaurant in Karachi, with exceptional service and amazing food it is the best place for a very elegant dinner be it a romantic outing, business meeting or even a casual dinner it truly is the best choice in Karachi hands down. Cafe Flo is owned by Sonia Jehan’s mother Florence and they have done wonders to bring this place to life.

I can be considered as a regular visitor of Flo and generally have a set course, starting with soup either on the Chef’s Recommendation or even a choice of Cream of Chicken can be a brilliant starter. Moving on to the main course can vary so If it happens to be a weekend they then serve a mouthwatering BBQ Undercut which are thin slices of medium-well cooked beef served with a mixture of mustard sauce and olive oil, it also comes with their trademark slices of baked potatoes, an alternative on a weekday has often been Chicken Mushroom. Preferable desert is the scrumptious crepes served with a a healthy trimming of warm chocolate which often leaves many sweet tooths satisfied. The appetizers of baked bread and veggies served before the meal are delicious and often left begging for refills, which the management quickly replenishes.

As I mentioned the service is par excellence and generally prompt service, its also customary for the maitre d’ to visit the table and asks for feedback, and with my experience the feedback is taken very seriously with improvements on the following visit. The dinner will surely set you back a good 700-800 per person (main course 400-500).

Comparing Okra and Flo, I personally feel Flo is better, for one there ample space at Flo for a walk in dinner while at Okra due to limited cramped spaces you can almost never walk in and find a table and often have to call a good day in advance to ensure availability. The other most important factor is Okra tends to present a smaller size of serving then Flo, so for the approximate same price one still feel a little hungry after a dinner at Okra which can be a little important for a food critique like me. But then style is part of the attitude

Overall Rating is 5 out of 5
Reservations: 587-7498

25 Comments so far

  1. yo yo (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:33 am

    Teeth…wasn’t the last evaluation out of 10?
    Also do you have reserve beforehand to go to CAFE FLO?


  2. Abbas (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 3:41 am

    The chicken n mushroom crepe in the starters is epic as well. Def my fave restaurant.


  3. anon_khi (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 9:40 am

    The best steaks in town. My fav also.


  4. Anathema (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 11:30 am

    Being French their crepes are indeed the most authentic, be it sweet or salty.

    I prefer Okra for the less creamy flavour, and the open bright orange space is slightly a put off for Flo.

    But food wise they are good. their red snapper or sole or even teh prawns are absoplutely delectable (thought I prefer prawns from Okra). i have found help[ings at Okra to be bigger but Flo is filling cuz its heavier and more rich.

    overall yes. i would make Okra and Flo brilliant spots. At both places, they dont stop you from taking your booze if you want. Which is an added advantage. the service at Flo though: they are very slow and tend to mess up at times. Been there thrice or four times and I have been disappointed with the service. Everytime the lady management: be it Florence or her assistants have to come and apologize for the service.

    Flavour and succulence wise their food is delectable. What one must enjoy the most is the open air seating in dim light. That is truly an experience.

    Nice review.


  5. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 11:47 am

    How do you pronounce ? Flow or Flew or Flu or F-Lo


  6. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 11:50 am

    My comment has been held up for moderation in Pepsi Twisted Thread. Has policy been changed ??


  7. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 12:08 pm

    @YO YO – You generally don’t have to reserve I have never been turned away if I just casually walk-in and have been seated withing 15-20 minutes if there has been a rush, but I prefer to just call even if I am driving there so that it gives them a heads-up

    @ANATHEMA – I agree with your analysis but its already tough to get a place in the crowded OKRA place, I have tried and always failed, that too me is a big turn off, but then again they serve great food to be packed rock solid.

    @PPH – re-check your comments, as the CMS has a very elaborate anti-spam system looking for profanity and URL’s — that is the ONLY reason a comment can get trashed otherwise its posted on KMB, IF the authors delete posts its ONLY possible after it appears on the page anything before that is the ANTI-SPAM filter cutting away and NOT US.


  8. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 12:12 pm

    Thanks Dr Sahib. Though I dont feel like calling dentists as doctors but after all they are doctors :-). Could you also please tell how do you pronounce the restuarant


  9. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 12:26 pm

    Sorry for this comment [just wanna let you know dr sahib that I never any bad words.I wonder why people think that my comments are disgusting. I tested which word was in appropriate in my comment and I found it was “s h o e s” . So any comment which has “s h o e s” in it would be held for moderation.I guess it has been mistakenly added to restricted words. Night


  10. Anathema (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 1:01 pm

    i guess the fact that Okra is difficult to get into makes it all the more enchanting for me :P. yes. i normally make my reservations at okra at least two meals in advance.

    any other place i can go to anytime. hehe. a waiting time of about 20 mins is not bad. we have about as much at espresso sometimes!


  11. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 1:05 pm

    PPH ;) – cool

    as far as the pronunciation goes – repeat after me

    FFF LLL OOO WWW

    FF LL OO WW

    F L O W –

    FLO

    I hope you get the drift, if not then continue repeating it three times a day for seven days ;) (here my dental prescription talents come in)


  12. Edward (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 5:13 pm

    Cafe Flo is bland to the extent that our asian taste buds could do with some form of spice etc. The ingredients none-the-less are fresh. I am surprised that so many people have something good to say for it. Yes, the service is exceptional, the ingredients may be great but at the end of the day… the food is practically tasteless. I think a lot of that restaurant being successful in the manner in which it is… is simply because it has developed a snob value around it. Its a good thing to drop in conversation that the soup at Flo was just marvelous last night. How about doing the same for Usmania and you know what I am talking about!!!


  13. K.A. (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 6:48 pm

    I think we all are quite capable of differentiating between good taste and the ‘snob talk’ as Edward puts it. Had it been just snob talk then ny cafe would have been a success story. Cafe Flo serves tasty food.


  14. danny (unregistered) on September 13th, 2006 @ 11:51 pm

    @Anathema, you mentioned you can bring your own booze but do they serve any if you request them? (be it in chai ki piyalis or otherwise)


  15. wasiq (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 3:47 am

    Not an “elite” here in karachi,thankGod for that….
    Empty resturant with empty tables(decorated)interesting way to advertize ?


  16. party~boy (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 9:59 am

    hey guys….just saw this site….great discussion here…from MN-usa….originally from karachi,pk….i have heard great things about pak’s development…tell me if there are any dance clubs in karachi 2 partaayyyy….or wats the most fun activity or place to visit in your city…m sure all of u are fun lovin ppl…

    ttyl….till than have a wonderful fun day..!!!!
    btw…name is Ali


  17. laydeebird (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 12:10 pm

    my husband and i went to Cafe Flo a few months ago. Instead of what should have been a romantic evening, we got into an unfortunate argument and remained upset and oddly quiet throughout the dinner. The staff must’ve noticed this.

    I have heard of restaurants where they try and overcharge clients, especially if they seem too distressed or are too busy making out, either extreme. I never thought Cafe Flo would’ve been the kind of restaurant to do this, given its “supposed” stature, but sadly it was. They never thought that in our distress we’d notice the extra amounts charged to our bill, but thankfully we had enough wits about us to check the bill before paying.

    It was an altogther sad experience and I was so disappointed that they’d try to do that (they didnt even apologize or try to tell us that it was a mistake, instead just looked smug). Anyway point being, i’m not too impressed by either their food or their service and would definitely not consider going there again.


  18. Anathema (unregistered) on September 14th, 2006 @ 3:32 pm

    @ Edward: everyone ahs their own preferences to flavour. Some like it mild and buttery, others like it spicy. If you are up to some mild flavoured exquisite food, only then should one consider Okra or Flo. Usmania and Flo are brilliant in their own right.

    @ Danny: i dont think ive c ome across any restaurant in Karachi which serves booze on their bill. You have to arrange for it yourself. But I may be misinformed. I havent come across any restauarant.

    and this talk about “elite” is plain bias. Everyone can go there. How do you define “elite” anyway? anyone who prefers mediterranean or french cuisine is “burger” or so called “elite’. tsk sk. i dont think so. i certainly do not agree about the “Elite” part.


  19. shobz (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:21 am

    it seems that you love eating out doc.:D

    Why do we have to care about the status of these places? boy is that lame or what.


  20. party~boy (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:29 am

    hey guys…. wow… there are so many good things in dis world beside eating or where to eat or how to eat or wat to eat…
    and you can discuss all these issues in great depth… but tell me one thing plz…
    are there any dance clubs(party clubs) in kar or not….?

    ;)
    laita


  21. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 12:58 am

    Party Boy – it seems you are desperate for an answer to that question considering the numerous comments around this blog. To answer your question sadly there are no offical dance clubs but private parties organized by indivduals take care of that urge if one needs it, or one could hang out at Fez Night at Sindh Club for a decent dance scene. Though I am not a Party Freak to best answer your question but maybe someone around here can shed a light on this issue at a later time


  22. ANOTHER LOSER (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 2:01 am

    Hey non elites! whatever happened to the eveready fishy chip n joint? how come their sister shows are still running here and only they got away…..


  23. Umer Zaman (unregistered) on September 15th, 2006 @ 7:32 pm

    Amazing place… thats all i can say =D


  24. SPIN DOCTORS (unregistered) on September 16th, 2006 @ 3:14 am

    pure luck my friend(@ ANOTHER LOSER) OR the *wussy* sponsor! had nothing to do with the fact that i preferred chicken…..i suggest you go and watch the movie “Beyond Boarders” or wait till Spykids 10 is released…..!lol


  25. wasiq (unregistered) on September 17th, 2006 @ 2:39 am

    Poulegu Inglese mon ami…this is not a chat room(military) its a poor guys Blog have mercy on him and us too…



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