Al-Baik Karachi = Fake

http://karachi.metblogs.com/archives/images/2007/03/albaik-thumb.gifIts about time we put all those speculations about whether if, the new Al-Baik restaurant in North Nazimabad is the original world famous Saudi chain or not, to rest. Sadly it is not as the original Saudi Arabian owners have recently published a legal notice in a local newspaper clarifying the mess.

I had the fortune / misfortune to have visited the outlet a few weeks back, could not say that it was anything to write home about. They were charging somewhere close to KFC prices with not much of a difference in quality. Personally I won’t quite as much miss this restaurant even if the fake owners are forced to close up shop or switch name after having been served with a legal notice.

Correct me if I am wrong, but was it not a few years back that Al-Baik had opened up shop somewhere near Nihari Inn at Boat Basin which soon had to close up shop probably being unable to wad through the competition on boat basin strip, it could be the same group that chose to resurface at a new location in hope of sneaking past any formal franchise agreements with the original chain and trying to cash in on the popular name. Any idea who is behind all this?

Story & Image Credit: Adnan Siddiqui

18 Comments so far

  1. Raja Islam (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 10:32 pm

    So sad to hear that.
    Thankx Adnan Siddiqui for saving my money :)


  2. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 10:45 pm

    Aray yar albaik ko chooro, Zahid ki nihari khao aur mauh urraao!


  3. Tamed~. (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 10:46 pm

    Aray yar albaik ko chooro, Zahid ki nihari khao aur mauh urraao!


  4. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

    How come somebody can use a frenchise name ?
    If you guys will say that its possible in Pak. then I would wonder if McDonald and KFC are also real frenchise or just the fake one either.
    This public notice also seems to be fake one, otherwise how come it would be in urdu :)


  5. newb3e (unregistered) on March 29th, 2007 @ 11:34 pm

    dint our mayor and governor/shipping minister opend it?


  6. pkhan (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 12:23 am

    Weather its fake franchise or not if the food is good no problem?They will survive as long as they have not used the logo and not stole there receipe.Jiyaaaaaaaa Karachi,,no one sees the CD/DVD being copied?because thats almost in every body intrest?right, How much hypocracy is in our country?


  7. Bulla (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 12:24 am

    I always knew they were fake, something just didn’t seem right about them.
    Anyhow, why is it that Al-Baik markets itself as Al-Baik (starting with an A) but the email address that they’ve given starts with an E (info@elbaik)??? I smell something fishy!!!


  8. Sufi (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 3:58 am

    Disappointing.

    Glad the real guys spoke up.


  9. Adnan Sheikh (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 5:18 am

    This Notice is fake.. their website is http://www.broast-albaik.com


  10. MB (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 8:13 am

    Adnan tumari jannat to confirm hogai ab
    Lets be evil now …..

    lolzz
    kia baat hai….. great one TM and especially ADNAN

    My request to AB is to kick on good a** of this local AB shit and take them to court.


  11. udass (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 9:56 am

    well with all the other thoughts there is one other:

    the actual owner of this brand and the ppl who openend this franchise here in pakistan might got a PHADDDA in between them and thats why they are saying “hammaree koyee branch nahin”

    what so ever, the end point is that they are serving ppl, who are very much keen to have at least one meal there, so they can say “arey aap abhee tak nahin gaye, hum to pichley haftey ho bhee aye”


  12. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on March 30th, 2007 @ 10:35 am

    The notice is very much self explanatory.

    If anyone care to read it


  13. Fahim (unregistered) on March 31st, 2007 @ 6:57 pm

    I am in saudia and i have confirmed on phone from albaik jeddah branch that albaik in karachi is fake. They are using logo and name illegally. So dont waste your money on a fake brand.


  14. Saad Durrani (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:05 am

    Adnan, you are 100% right. There was a fake AlBaik at Boat Basin sometime in 2003/04. Secondly, Saudis are very different people to work with and thats why there are 2 different website.

    The notice is in Urdu; so everyone can read it and be aware of it as Urdu is the primary language.


  15. Saad Durrani (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 2:10 am

    Adnan, you are 100% right. There was a fake AlBaik at Boat Basin sometime in 2003/04. Secondly, Saudis are very different people to work with and thats why there are 2 different website.

    The notice is in Urdu; so everyone can read it and be aware of it as Urdu is the primary language.


  16. pkhan (unregistered) on April 2nd, 2007 @ 11:47 pm

    who cares if its fake or not the food there is good?


  17. RS (unregistered) on April 7th, 2007 @ 2:08 pm

    The domain elbaik.com resolves to an IP (205.178.189.131) that shows a location somewhere in US (Virginia) (www.ip2location.com)! Does this mean the notice is fake? I would think so…

    Similarly the site http://www.broast-albaik.com appears to be hosted in Egypt (196.204.9.66)… :S


  18. ALBAIKINFO (unregistered) on April 8th, 2007 @ 12:15 am

    Dear RS:

    The domain names albaik.com and elbaik.com are both owned by the genuine ALBAIK of Saudi Arabia. The address you are talking about in Virginia is where the international registration of the site was done.
    For your information, the genuine ALBAIK has been in business serving the good people of Pakistan residing in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia since 1974. ALBAIK was registered as a trademark internationally in 1986. As a matter of fact we have some wonderful Pakistani team members working as part of our team since 25 years and who have reached leading positions in our organization
    We have had the honor of serving millions of Hajjis for 8 years in Mina in Makkah Al Mukarramah.
    The true logos of ALBAIK are in red, yellow and white. There is NO BLUE whatsoever in it.
    For further inquiries, kindly contact me at:
    info@albaik.com.

    Sincerely,
    Wael Hammad
    ALBAIK Food Systems
    Jeddah, Saudi Arabia



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