Far from the maddening crowd

If your office is located near I I Chundrigar Road (or Zia-uddin Ahmed road for that matter)and you are meeting friends for lunch on a working day, then choosing a place which offers quality food at a reasonable price, yet has a cosy ambiance where one can catch up on gossip, yet get back to office on time, can be a quite tricky.

An eatery like Elbow Room does the make the task easy. It is a small café tucked away on the lane adjacent to Faysal Bank on I I Chundrigar Road and is easy to miss if you take the wrong turn. Replete with flower beds under the windows on the brick wall and Victorian-style street lights, it also offers valet parking and WiFi. Stepping inside, the décor and ambiance were a pleasant change from the hum and drum of the nearby fast food joints. The café offers continental and Pakistani food items on the menu which can be viewed here.

10 Comments so far

  1. obiwankenobe on June 18th, 2008 @ 6:49 pm

    Daal Tarka Rs 110 , water Rs 40. Wow pretty expensive.

  2. Faisal.K (faisalk) on June 19th, 2008 @ 1:30 am

    nearly all the dishes are 400Rs and about…hardly what i would call reasonable?

  3. fullstop023 on June 19th, 2008 @ 9:06 am

    Just out of curiosity…how much money would one be making to be able to spend Rs. 200-400 on lunch every day?

  4. Technocat (rebashahid) on June 19th, 2008 @ 12:20 pm

    @ Faisal.K: Agreed the prices are not reasonable as compared to KFC/ Pizza Hut/ Cafe Students/ Khairabad/ Spicy Bite ( all located nearby) but the idea is do the math while comparing it with a commute to Zamzama/ DHA from I. I Chundgrigar road for lunch at a swanky cafe ( and that to when a person is required to eat and get back to the office on time).

    @fullstop023: IMHO Eating out everyday at a cafe (elite or otherwise) everyday kills the novelty of it, hence not recommended but if one is still hell bent on spending 200-400 everyday eating out, then multiply the lunch money with the number of working days, subtract the result from your earnings, if resulting amount is unsatisfactory – apply for a new job. (JK)

  5. jumanji on June 20th, 2008 @ 4:12 pm

    The place is on Talpur Road between Bank Al-Falah and State Bank of Pakistan and cannot be recommended for daily lunch.

  6. wasiq51 on June 20th, 2008 @ 6:19 pm

    I live in Switzerland where a soup at a nice restaurant will set you back, on average, 700 RS (Pakistani Rupees), so 400 RS for a nice lunch seems like heaven on earth.

  7. shoaib on June 21st, 2008 @ 3:58 am

    You are in Pakistan and not in Switzerland.
    Yes folks are right about the price and its exorbitantly high. Once in a month, not a bad choice but who would like to east many times in such a busy and lousy location.

    Thanks Technocat for useful information

  8. faylasuf on June 21st, 2008 @ 10:43 am

    hahaha full stop lets update the CVs and start applyin

    after all our very own ACG says, jis jis ko mouqa milay yahan say jaan bacha k bhago

  9. wasiq51 on June 21st, 2008 @ 12:42 pm


    please don’t try to tell me where I live — I know where I live and you do not. If it bothers you that I live in Europe, than you have another problem.

  10. fullstop023 on June 22nd, 2008 @ 12:52 am

    Food is becoming expensive everywhere. You can’t run from it.

    Thanks for the clarification. I remember, when I was living in Karachi, Rs. 50 used to be good enough to get you a decent lunch. But then its been a while.

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