Al Baik in Karachi

I got a chance to visit the much talked about Al Baik outlet in North Nazimabad last night.

It seemed like KFC replica, only cheaper, and seafood on their menu. The chicken tasted a little different as well. And their Zinger equivalent was also not bad. Why am I comparing everything with KFC? Well, because it was so much like KFC. I just couldn’t help it.

We happened to talk to someone who claimed to be owner/partner of the resturant and he said that was the genuine Al Baik franchise and more outlets will open soon in other parts of the city. When asked if the menu was same as that in Arabian countries, he said they changed the menu according to local taste.

It wasn’t a bad experience. Al Baik has the potential to compete with KFC on all grounds. It would be nice to see more outlets of the fast food chain.

34 Comments so far

  1. Keep Walking! (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 5:11 pm

    Another chain is coming up.. Al-Maik to compete with McDonalds… kidding..


  2. Hasan Mubarak (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 9:48 pm

    Al-Baik has been long present in Lahore. Not sure of its originality though…


  3. unaiza nasim (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 11:29 pm

    I loved the sea food there. those fried prawns were too good.So was the mex. Though mex is small and filled with K&N chiken chunks (they taste exactlly the same) but the white sauce (Tahina) has teh genuine taste.
    The good thing is the prices are low, comparatively.


  4. zafar (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 11:51 pm

    i dont like


  5. Al Hajj Bundu khan (unregistered) on March 13th, 2007 @ 11:52 pm

    Al Baik is comparitavley much much better then kfc. The Mex as pointed out by Unaiza is excellent, so it the prawns with the arabian rice.

    Much cheap and more delicious the kfc.

    Poor Zinger now being replace the modern ZUPPER


  6. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 1:27 am

    Well I tried it, and personally will prefer KFC instead. I also remembered that Al-Baik did open a few years back at Boat Basin (it was next to nehari inn) but it crashed and burned then.

    Al-Baik if it wants to survive desperately needs to lower prices, situated next to Nando’s heck that a stiff competition block on one end and KFC a little down the road. So for a first time its ok, but second time i might prefer KFC instead


  7. glaxzy (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 10:02 am

    @ Umar

    How about the prices as compared to KFC?


  8. glaxzy (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 10:14 am

    @ Umar

    How about the prices as compared to KFC?


  9. ny (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 12:36 pm

    Where is this Al-Baik located in nazimabad?


  10. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 3:20 pm

    @NY near Pizza Hut, Nandos and Faisal Bank…


  11. GI Joe (unregistered) on March 14th, 2007 @ 9:07 pm

    Even though I havent tried the al baik outlet in Karachi, I have seen how hugely popular it is in Saudi Arabia. By ‘hugely’ I mean queue lengths going in hundreds. Literally. KFC on the other hand seems like a small thela-wala.

    Al Baik has the potential to beat KFC in Karachi as well. It all depends on the management.


  12. Mona (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 1:23 pm

    Hmm wish it had opened back in Jan… remember seeing its add whenever I went past that place….

    Meh! I can’t wait to be in Karachi again! Miss it HEAPS! :(


  13. AlBaikInfo (unregistered) on March 15th, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

    Dear All:

    Unfortunately, all the Baiks ur talking about in Karachi and Lahore are fake Baiks. It has nothing to do with the REAL Al Baik of Saudi Arabia.

    If you have any inquiries, please feel free to contact us at info@elbaik.com in Jeddah.

    Wael Hammad
    Customer Srevice QA Officer
    Al Baik Food Systems
    Jeddah – Saudi Arabia


  14. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 12:44 am

    wow! thats really disappointing news…


  15. d0ct0r (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 12:47 am

    @Wael Hammad would Al Baik take legal action against this fake eatery using your name? would your company
    be interested in introducing the real thing in local pakistani market?


  16. AlBaikInfo (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 10:31 pm

    Dear Doctor:

    Thank you for your inquiry and comments.
    Al Baik is absolutely adamant about protecting its trademarks and name, and we are taking all necessary actions to safeguard them.
    Serving the Pakistan market is an honor to Al Baik. We are in the process of developing all required systems to take us to Pakistan in the near future insha’Allah.
    If you have any further inquiries, kindly contact us directly to the above shown e mail address.
    Sincerely,
    Wael Hammad
    Customer Service QA Officer
    Al Baik Food Systems
    Jeddah – Saudi Arabia


  17. Ali Shabbir (unregistered) on March 16th, 2007 @ 11:27 pm

    I live in Jeddah and was vacationing in KHI only a few weeks ago and it was certainly a moment of jubilation for me when I saw the print ad for *drum roll please* Al-Baik in Karachi! It was opening day and I knew I had to be there and check out for myself if it was the real deal or not. So my cousins and I arrived at the location in Nazimabad to witness a long line outside the main doors. Huge speakers set up near the doors were blaring out Hindi songs that are still echoing in my head. I’m sure people were entertained enough with the antics of the security personnel and the single guys trying to get inside.

    We contemplated eating at Nando’s just then, but I had come on a mission so it had to be Al-Baik. We finally did get inside the place and waited for our turn at the counter. And waited, and waited and… you guessed it: WAITED! I said to hell with this and left.

    Is it authentic? Doesn’t seem like it from the bluish logo of Al-Baik on on the menu and shopping bags. I mean, surely the company would’ve had no trouble printing the red and yellow colors on afore mentioned items. Anyway, me’s back in Jeddah and enjoyin’ the taste of the real thing… Al-Baik rules!


  18. AlBaikInfo (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 12:56 am

    Dear All,
    We have decided to act and use the force of law against the local Al-Baik opened here at karachi. However to to judicial crisis going on this act is postponed indefinably. Of course until our lawyers start to work again and courts become actively functional. Court proceeding will inshallah be held now on 24 of March 2007.
    However we unfortunately have no plans to open our outlet here in north nazimabad. A programme is under pipeline to open one of our genuine outlets near Burns Roads

    Sincerely,
    Wael Hammad
    Customer Srevice QA Officer
    Al Baik Food Systems
    Jeddah – Saudi Arabia


  19. Umar (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 1:00 am

    What The Fuc*.
    You guys are planning to close al.bai . Fuc you then
    Even though they are not(Who says you are a genuine person) real but still they are offering quality food

    As the song of Zeest is dedicated to you.. (in eng)

    BC sutta, mujhe sutta na mila.
    BC sutta, sutta na mila.
    BC sutta, mujhe sutta na mila.
    BC sutta, sutta na mila.

    BC MC, BC MC BC MC.
    BC MC, BC MC BC MC.
    BC MC, BC MC BC MC.
    BC MC, BC MC BC MC.
    \


  20. faisal (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 2:16 am

    there is no such website as elbaik.com
    so i guess
    Wael Hammad
    Customer Srevice QA Officer
    Al Baik Food Systems
    Jeddah – Saudi Arabia

    is a FAKE


  21. Red_Munk!! (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 6:03 am

    Haha. God bless our country & us Asians disrespect for copyright/intilectual(sp?) property rights!.
    As long as the food is decent/good, who cares about the brands authenticity right?

    + i can recall on 4 seperate ocasions when they have opened a “Wimpys” in different parts of town + lets not forget the honurable folks at pizza experts, who conned people for a good two years by not changing the sign/menu’s at Park Towers. Only when one saw the Bill/receipt that you noticed the words “Pizza Experts”.
    If only they had put a little effort in the product, oh well, there is always hope for Al Baik Or whoever opens the first, Authentic ‘BARGER KING’ resteraunt! :P


  22. Poo Poo head (unregistered) on March 17th, 2007 @ 8:17 am

    God bless Indians. My company is showing all matches in each buildings on big TV and by the way no one thinks that it will hit productivity and mind it the match timings for us are 730am-330pm so it hits almost whole day.


  23. AlBaikInfo (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

    WARNING:

    There is a message posted March 17 at 12:56 AM here on this site. This message was NOT posted by Al Baik.


  24. brain drain (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 5:53 pm

    hey dude…
    I checked dat stupid baik in nazimabad….der food stinks man…shit….if u dint have ur teeth on da baik i know..then u know nothin….u dunno wat ur missin man….mmmmm….i miss der garlic sauce and dat spicy chicken.
    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooow


  25. ALI S. (unregistered) on March 18th, 2007 @ 9:27 pm

    I had my sister who lives in Jeddah call the al-baik office there. Its true people
    > its a fake baik here in karachi :(
    I think its time we should demand they change their sign to read: AL-FAKE
    They are so stupid i cant believe that…how can i trust their food if they lie about the name!!!!


  26. Ahmed (unregistered) on March 20th, 2007 @ 11:12 am

    Our city nazim perhaps has stakes in al-faik. God save us fom these people!! Mr. Wael Hammad, the one opened in Karachi is an egyptian Broast Al-Baik?? Whats the web site of genuine al-baik of Saudia?
    Al-Faik food sucks as I never saw anyone serving cold broast. Perhaps its the new menu on these days!!!!


  27. AlBaikInfo (unregistered) on March 21st, 2007 @ 5:22 pm

    Dear Ahmad:

    Thank you for your inquiry. To date, Al Baik has not posted a website for the simple reason that we do not seek advertisement. All our marketing budgets and efforts have targetted the real benefit of the people where we serve – ie. society. Hence you will find plenty of articles on the net based on word-of-mouth discussing our corporate social responsibility programs. Kindly type Al Baik on your Google search engine and you will find many articles concerning Clean up the World, Young Scientist, No Smoking, and many other programs.
    Unfortunately, you will find many infringements to AlBaik trademarks popping up illegally in many countries such as Syria, Iran, India, and Egypt, etc. and Al Baik is determined to put an end to these illegal acts.

    Sincerely,

    Wael Hammad


  28. shad0w (unregistered) on March 24th, 2007 @ 8:35 pm

    Al-Baik in Karachi is a total scam!!… it’s fake to the point that it doesnt prepare it’s own food stuff.. take the nuggets for example they’re K&N Nuggets, the mex has K&N Oriental Chunks in it, the fries are McCann Fries!!… if u dont believe me go and try it!!… Comlete RipOff!


  29. Jaad Syed (unregistered) on April 1st, 2007 @ 8:58 pm

    @ Umar

    Brother ! you are saying that about the local Albaik (Karachi one) cause you havent tasted the real one !!!

    I used to live in Jeddah ! and literally my mouth waters when i hear the name Al-Baik !!!

    Its the best chicken ever !!! You guys say it can be a KFC competitor, after you taste the Real Albaik !! you will say that KFC What !!!!

    Really in my 13 years in Jeddah !! I used to eat Albaik monthly or sometimes weekly !! But i ate KFC just once !! that also cause I wanted to see what broast other than Albaik taste like!!


  30. naughtymemon (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 12:13 am

    I don’t think very many of you would know but in reality AlBaik is taken from the Arabic word Labaik which is recited when one goes for Haj.

    There was a huge ruckus when Albaik was started but in the end got its way round because of it being owned by the Saudi Monarch.

    Besides Albaik, the muslims across have now started capitalising names of holy cities like Madina and Mecca and named their cola drinks after these cities.

    Are the mullahs complaining?


  31. fahimSid (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 3:08 am

    Hey Naughty Memon….

    Where in the world do u get this info from man….this is absolute nonesense!!!!
    There is no Saudi monarch…
    Al Baik is a Turkish title like “Sir” or “Baron” … pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase man verify ur info b4 u start bashing on something that all of us Muslims should be proud of!!!!!


  32. fahimSid (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 3:22 am

    Hey Naughty Memon….

    Where in the world do u get this info from man….this is absolute nonesense!!!!
    There is no Saudi monarch…
    Al Baik is a Turkish title like “Sir” or “Baron” … pleaaaaaaaaaaaaaaase man verify ur info b4 u start bashing on something that all of us Muslims should be proud of!!!!!


  33. mohummad rehan mianoor (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 4:19 pm

    Hello Mr Weal Hammad.
    THIS IS REHAN MIANOOR FROM KARACHI PAKISTAN.WE ARE INTRESTED IN OPENING THE BRANCH OVER HERE IN OUR COUNTRY.WE HAVE ALSO FAXED YOU REGARDING THE OPENING THE BRANCH.PLEASE LET US THE PROCEGER AND YOUR REQUIEMENTS FOR BEING YOUR DEALER.MY FAX NO IS 00-92-21-2745558 AND OTHER IS 00-92-21-5082281 AND MY CELL NO IS 00-92-321-8269933
    WILL WAIT FOR YOUR REPLY SOON
    THANKS AND REGRADS
    MOHUMMAD REHAN MIANOOR


  34. Ansar (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 4:36 pm

    Dear Wael,

    There is one shop here at Rawalpindi with name Al Baik. I think this is also fake. Can you please open an outlet in Rawalpindi/Islamabad.

    Ansar



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