Fire & Ice at Cafe Koel

Image: Jamal AshiqainA new coffee house cum restaurant has opened up on 26th street named Cafe Koel, this is located in the same lane as Cafe Flo [new location off 26th street]. The cafe is owned an operated by NoorJehan Belgrami and presents a very casual setting. Food presentation is good but needs a little more finishing touch, the best part of Cafe Koel is the assortment of appetizers and drinks, some love the Imili drink but I simply could not resist the temptation to gulp down two ice cold glasses of a Koel specialty drink called Fire and Ice.

Fire and Ice is a cold, sweet and spicy drink, so many tingling taste buds but simply delicious and it barely costs a Rs. 100. Cafe Koel is not too expensive and may run a main course dish at roughly 450-500 per head [main course and drink]

I would recommend people to swing by and test it out, it has the knack of becoming a must-go to coffee house in Karachi, but we still await a little more finesse

44 Comments so far

  1. balma on April 19th, 2009 @ 8:21 am

    I am waiting for the humzaad now

  2. yahudi4 on April 19th, 2009 @ 10:49 am

    A news coffee house

    Iam sure its not what it sounds…

  3. kabirdas on April 19th, 2009 @ 1:51 pm

    " Fire and Ice is a cold, sweet and spicy drink"

    For a moment I thought it was perhaps a new name given to whisky on the rocks. Alas no such luck in KD’s life time :-)

  4. بستنی (wasiq) on April 19th, 2009 @ 8:03 pm

    @KD sarkar…..tusi gareeban nal makhol kardey ho….aay limopani ho way gaa….100 rupia main whisky….on the rocks….Ha ha…

  5. kabirdas on April 19th, 2009 @ 11:11 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sorry. In that case for ‘whisky’ please read ‘kuppie’. Kuppie on the rocks. Is that more realistic now ??

  6. بستنی (wasiq) on April 20th, 2009 @ 6:38 am

    @KD sarkar….on the 26th street….well at McDonald’s pepsi on the rocks is from Rs 50/- plus….maybe in tequila glasses…

    When the going gets tough
    The tough get going, tough, tough, huh, huh, huh
    When the going gets tough, the tough get ready

    Yeah, ooooh, du da do da

  7. kabirdas on April 20th, 2009 @ 10:25 am

    @ wasiq
    The shape and type of glasses don’t make any difference to KD. In fact he is against diluting the stuff with watter and ice also. He believes in direct transfusion of fire from bottle to the lips :-)

  8. بستنی (wasiq) on April 20th, 2009 @ 2:16 pm

    @KD sarkar….I have seen Madame Bilgrami the owner of this cafe.. on television….she is a wonderful artist and a social worker….and a very charming lady….I am sure she wont mind you having your drink from the bottle….but please don’t make it a habit….here.

    YAyyayaya Coco Jamboo yayyayai
    YAyyayaya Coco Jamboo yayyayai

    Put me up, put me down
    put my feet back on the ground
    put me up, take my heart
    and make me happy

  9. fasee on April 20th, 2009 @ 7:57 pm


    Oh tu janab NEAT peena pasand kertay hain…… I prefered to have my non alocholic chilled, with a frozen glass…but no ice.

    But I prefer my pepsi filled to the top with ice…love it fully almost freezing level

  10. fasee on April 20th, 2009 @ 7:58 pm


    Yaar can’t explain. How much I hate to see that whatever I type get evoporated due to some stupid random banning policy

    Infact I think its not even a policy..its chaos

  11. kabirdas on April 20th, 2009 @ 8:57 pm

    @ fasee

    I would like to drink neat and clean but the fear of ulcer deters me to do that. So I dilute it or should say polute it with some ice and touch of water.
    Here is an anecdote as opposed to a joke about it. Long time back in good old days we had a musical evening where booze was served lavishly to the guests and the muscians alike. When I tried to pour a drink to the tabalchi he declined to take the glass and took the bottle away from me. He then pinched his nose with his left thumb and index finger and took a mighty swig straight from the bottle. He then refused to return the bottle to me and kept it next to him for furthr use in the same manner whenever there was a commercial break. I will never forget the sight of his drinking whisky straight from the bottle keeping his nose pinched while he did that. Todat I don’t know why he pinched his nose while drinking like this.
    I must say he did play his tabla with great zest and gusto that evening. I am not sure how much his tabla playing was appreciated by others but KD went crazy about him and applauded him more than anyone else in that group of muscians. I don’t think it was because of the effect of the booze on him or on KD but some members of audience erraneously tended to think so:-)

    Fasee you may mix nonalcoholic drink with anything or do what you like with it. It will still be a bloody nonalcoholic drink. Wouldn’t it.

    Shortly I am going to seek Hazrat Balma’s fatwa on this issue of drinking. I feel:
    Where it is unlawful to think it should be lawful to drink.
    What are your views on this.

  12. kabirdas on April 20th, 2009 @ 9:06 pm

    @ fasee

    I wonder why no one censors what KD writes. May be they think he is just some Khabti which is not far from truth. Let him write whatever he wants to. You may consider writing under the name of Khabti instead of Fasee. See what happens in that case.

  13. بستنی (wasiq) on April 20th, 2009 @ 10:58 pm

    @fasee sab…..KD and Me are not experiencing any censorship or blocking here on KMB…..what is happening in the house and another story……so maybe its your cable/net service provider….or the browser problem….have you tried different options..? or different places…?

    @KD sarkar….He then pinched his nose with his left thumb and index finger and took a mighty swig straight from the bottle

    there can be many reasons for it but the two best I can think right now are:
    1.He was allergic to the smell
    2.He promised a lady most probably Mrs Tabelchi…never again in my life will I smell a booze….teri maa de kasam aaj tun agay mein iss haram shay nu sunghna we nahein….

  14. kabirdas on April 20th, 2009 @ 11:12 pm

    @ wasiq
    " there can be many reasons for it "

    One can’t possibly be allergic to smell of something. Or can one since smell also has molecules after all.

    I think the answer to this is that he pinched his nose while taking a swig for the same reason that we pinch the nose of a child while giving him medicine which he is reluctantat to take. I think if we can find the reason for pinching the nose of a child for giving him medicine we will know the answer to this question.

    As far his promise to his wife is concerned he could always quote her the famous lines of one of Omar Khyyam’s rubai:

    Indeed indeed repentence oft before
    I swore but was I sober when I swore

  15. بستنی (wasiq) on April 21st, 2009 @ 8:20 am

    @KD sarkar…One can’t possibly be allergic to smell of something. Or can one since smell also has molecules after all.

    then how would you explain sweet smells,bad smells and pungent smells…..and the french perfumes that kills..

    shaiKh saahab se rasm-o-raah na ki
    shukr hai zindagi tabaah na ki

    tujh ko dekhaa to ser-e-chashm hue
    tujh ko chaahaa to aur chaah na ki

    tere dast-e-sitam kaa ajz nahein
    dil hee kaafir thaa jis ne aah na ki

    thay shab-e-hijr kaam aur bahut
    ham ne fikr-e-dil-e-tabaah na ki

    kaun qaatil bachaa hai shahar main ‘Faiz’
    jis se yaaroon ne rasm-o-raah na kii

    (dedicated to a friend and mentor late Lt Gen lodhi..the knight of jackals)

  16. fasee on April 21st, 2009 @ 8:48 am

    @ KD & Wasiq.

    i doubt that he wud have sweared on his mothers in law’s head….coz usualy people swear on mother in law’s face or on her back to be precise…:)

  17. بستنی (wasiq) on April 21st, 2009 @ 8:56 am

    @fasee sab…Is that from the experience…because I said what I’ve heard….

  18. fasee on April 21st, 2009 @ 8:57 am

    @ KD & Wasiq.

    as for the censorship…you rightly called our MIS dept the cable walas…..even when i call them to complain i say…is mahina ka bhaara nai mila ga, nikal lo apni cable….ab tu becharay khud ko cable wlaa hi bolna lagay hain…:)

    @ KD.

    sir, fasee alwasy mention one thing to drinkers… pakistan, most of the time we drink coz we can afford to or are priviliged to drink…we dont drink coz of its likness or something.

    ask 100 drinkers the manners while you drink…what are the best starters, middle of the dinner and after dinner drinks..and they will look at you like some bafoon or something…..

    so bottm line is we drink ( pakistanis ) bczo mostly we get a "kick" out of doing somehting taboo…so its amind thingy.

    when i take on my bottel of non-alcoholic red wine or white wine, i get the similar mental stimuli…..

    as they say ( its all in the mind )…..:D:D:D:D a days i am not even drinking coke, juices, wine…doctors have just allowed green tea or tea ( i hate regualr tea)…even coffe is banned……so i am seriously thinking of have a "takhalus" mr fasee tayib from now on…:D:D

  19. بستنی (wasiq) on April 21st, 2009 @ 1:55 pm

    @KD sarkar…..sir, fasee alwasy
    that is Always….don’t get any funny ideas…lol!

    vasl kii shab thii to kis darjaa subak guzarii hai
    hijr kii shab hai to kyaa saKht garaa.N guzarii hai

    [vasl=union; darjaa=grade; subak=delicate]
    [hijr=separation; shab=night; garaa.N=heavy]

  20. kabirdas on April 21st, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

    @ wasiq

    Sir, being a Punjabi (through no fault of my own) agar jaan ki aaman paon to arz karon: Subak means ‘fast’ and not ‘delicate’. Otherwise you are an Ahel-e-zuban presumably. So:

    Jo chahay aap ka krishma saz karay :-)

  21. بستنی (wasiq) on April 21st, 2009 @ 2:42 pm

    @KD sarkar…..sir don’t be so humble….you are absolutely right….and it also makes sense in the verse……I am not editing…..only pasting from this poetry site….
    haven’t you missed "chashm ay" in the one you quote…

    nisaar mai.n terii galiyo.n ke ae watan, ki jahaa.N
    chalii hai rasm ki koii na sar uThaa ke chale
    jo koii chaahanewaalaa tawaaf ko nikale
    nazar churaa ke chale, jism-o-jaa.N bachaa ke chale

  22. fasee on April 21st, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

    @ wasiq.

    sir thanks for cleraing that you were copy pasting…otehrwsie i was under impression i was chattign with faiz, faraz and perveen shakir simultanelausly…:)

  23. kabirdas on April 21st, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

    @ wasiq

    1. I sometime act humble to show how great I am :-)

    2. I have been out of touch with Urdu poetry for a very long time. I missed out ‘husane’. I think it is:

    Jo chahay aap ka husane kirishma saz karay

    It sounds better now. Correct me if I am wrong. I don’t think it is ‘chashmy’ anywhere in this particular misra.

  24. kabirdas on April 21st, 2009 @ 6:26 pm

    @ fasee
    " thanks for cleraing that you were copy pasting…"

    And KD thought Wasiq was in love and this was his own poetry :-) If his poetry is borrowed I wonder what would be the status of his love :-)

  25. kabirdas on April 21st, 2009 @ 10:22 pm

    @ Wasiq
    " then how would you explain sweet smells,bad smells and pungent smells…..and the french perfumes that kills.."

    As I said earlier there are molecules of smell. One is very likely to be allergic to smell as such. I did not explain quite well what I wantd to say. My fault.

    I am still not sure why some time we pinch the nose of children while giving them medicine. It is usually done when a child is reluctant to take the medicine. I don’t think their being allergic to the smell of the medicine is the reason. May be we do it so that they don’t smell the medicine the smell of which they don’t like or we do it to prevent them from choking while refusing to sallow it because of its taste.

  26. balma on April 22nd, 2009 @ 1:02 am

    I think the reflex action on having one’s nose pinched is to open their mouth. This is how you zaalim samaajs force kids to swallow medicine. Next time mix medicine with Mashroob-e-mashriq, and I dont mean brandy :-)

  27. balma on April 22nd, 2009 @ 1:06 am

    And, these days medicine is much better tasting.

    When I was kid, we had this her-beemari-kaa-illaj mikture (mixture) available at the govt dispensary. Pait kaa dard: mixture, gallay kaa dard: same mixture, khaansi: same mixture….
    Now if you had gllay kaa dard, and you took the mixture, sometimes it cured gallay kaa dard, but caused stomach upset.
    Long live that government dispensary….at least their medicine had the placebo affect!

  28. بستنی (wasiq) on April 22nd, 2009 @ 8:56 am

    @KD sarkar….If a child does not accept the smell or the taste of anything being administered through the mouth(orally) he/she automatically throws it out…vomit….just to gain time I believe…that way the medicine goes deep down before the child could smell it…after all it may get worse for a child when the bad taste and bad smell combine….

  29. fasee on April 22nd, 2009 @ 12:07 pm

    @ All.

    as per my limited knowledge of medicine & human anotomy….its a general habit, we close the nose if we want anythign that we want a person to drink , which he/she is not inclined to drink.

    it closes the nasal air duct, and poor person has no option left but to open the mouth for breath….and down goes the karwa kaseela mixture.

  30. kabirdas on April 22nd, 2009 @ 12:48 pm

    @ fasee

    Your explanation sounds right and makes sense.

    What doesn’t make sense to me is why this idiot tabalchi who was drinking whisky so lovingly from the bottle pinched his nose each time he took a swig. May be he did that to make a quick job of it since he had little time to go through the hassle of pouring it in the glass and mixing it with ice etc while the other muscians were waiting for him to get on with his tabla playing. Now I understand his possible reason for drinking like that.

  31. fasee on April 24th, 2009 @ 9:04 am

    @ KD.

    "Your explanation sounds right and makes sense"

    i would throw a grand party…these occasions dont come too often…:)

  32. kabirdas on April 24th, 2009 @ 2:17 pm

    @ Fasee

    " these occasions dont come too often"

    And do you know what could be the possible reason for that. It is not often that you talk ——–. Well I wont say it. I will let you guess it!

    I regret I will not be able to come to your ‘grand’ party, if you ever thought of inviting me, knowing the kind of drinks you are likely to serve:-)

  33. بستنی (wasiq) on April 24th, 2009 @ 4:00 pm

    @fasee sab….sir I have a feeling that KD is not happy with you or may be he is worried that he and Mrs would be(forced to) moving to your town…..soon…is that it?

    I would be very glad to join your celebration because I know you would be serving samosa’s and green tea only….lol

  34. kabirdas on April 24th, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    @ wasiq
    " I know you would be serving samosa’s and green tea only…."

    If that is the case I don’t mind attending Fasee’s ‘grand’ party. Green tea, black tea, coke, fruit juices or rooh afza etc are all acceptable to KD. These drinks KD karwa ghoont bhar kar pee lata hay.
    What he finds sickening and give him the creepy feelings are drinks which go by the name of beer and wines etc without any alcohol content in them. Any such alcohol free drink is an insult to to the real stuff and to KD.

  35. بستنی (wasiq) on April 25th, 2009 @ 12:16 am

    @KD sarkar…..Any such alcohol free drink is an insult to to the real stuff and to KD.

    sir I feel exactly the same….why imitate when you can’t intimate..?

    If that is the case I don’t mind attending Fasee’s ‘grand’ party

    now I have even greater reason to celebrate than fasee sab…..infact I have six reasons just for today….
    1.changed KD’s mind
    2.had my comment deleted by Mr lakhani
    3.pillion riding ban reimposed
    4.survived a mouse trap…
    5.saved a life
    6.pepsi introduced a new bottle…1.25L price Rs50/- only(jumbo 2.25…Rs 75/- still)

    usually I celebrate my triumphs alone….but now I think it would be better if I share my tandoori chicken with Mr lakhani….we share the same likes and dislikes….sheema jee and comments…..
    (I wonder what is the policy of MB for zero comment bloggers…)

  36. kabirdas on April 25th, 2009 @ 2:18 pm

    @ Wasiq

    And KD has only one reason to celebrate today. After a long time he read some good comments posted by wasiq without those copy and paste shers:-)

  37. Raheel Lakhani (raheel07) on April 25th, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    @wasiq, I thought you were vegetarian but then I guess you are a hardcore carnivorous =p

  38. بستنی (wasiq) on April 26th, 2009 @ 9:08 pm

    @Raheel lakhany…arey kahan sir…papa used to be the real thing….iam sure your grandmother or an aunt knew him….I am only the shourbay ka shourba(gravy of the gravy)…..fired and retired the roaster as well….she lost all teeths…..and was trying to convince me to eat dal chawal…..
    Btw, i was very serious about sharing my tandoori chicken with you….you can have the wings as well…
    friends for life….cheers!

  39. fasee on April 28th, 2009 @ 12:29 pm

    @ wasiq & KD.

    sirs, too bad the party got delayed due to my ban and my flu bout…..but i will compensate by thorwing a rooh-e-afza late night bash.

    but for you i can arrange some kasmiri tea and kastoori doodh, or share my rabri wala doodh that i really enjoy.

    it could have been my non alcoholic red wine, but guess it wud result in wasting some good money and bad wine on you…so on second guess i would keep it to my self…..sir wasiq ke liye nestle ka orange juice will suffice….heard it is prepared from 100 % oranges……by the way…nestle have red grapes juice aswell…..wasiq technically it wud be also called a non alcoholice grape drink….but not a wine….question is…is it allowed in islam…??? some luavies get me confused over even drinking red grapes netle juice…pls help

  40. kabirdas on April 28th, 2009 @ 2:57 pm

    @ Fasee
    Sir. earlier on Wasiq made me laugh and cry by mentioning drinking orange juice by the sea side at sunset. And now by mentioning all these drinks you want me to throw up. Why, in the name of heavens why you two are doing this to KD.
    Are you two sadist or what?
    I think I will stay in Islamabd and drink my usual to watch the SUN RISE above the mountain tops and then bid it farewell with few sun downers when it goes down behind the mountains:-)

  41. kabirdas on April 28th, 2009 @ 3:00 pm

    @ Fasee
    " question is…is it allowed in islam…??? "

    Take it from me. Anything which makes you feel good is Haram in Islam.

  42. fasee on April 28th, 2009 @ 3:16 pm

    @ KD.

    "Are you two sadist or what?"

    if you mean being involved into fetishes BDSM or SM…..then i jsut discuss these ideas with my friends…..and drop them by just to look of horror in there eyes… …the answer to your question is…… not sadist…..but not form my own free will…:(:(

    ab please dont ask me what BDSM or SM stand for…..wasiq wud surly dazzle you on the topic…( no wonder his parodsan keeps a revolver under the pillow and a pepper spray in her hand bag )….:D:D

  43. kabirdas on April 28th, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

    @ Fasee

    Have often heard Wasiq talking about his ‘padoson’. Wonder if he is in love with her or he does that in pursuance of the edict ‘Love thy heighbour’.

  44. بستنی (wasiq) on April 29th, 2009 @ 2:04 am

    @fasee sab….question is…is it allowed in islam…???

    I wont comment on this…but I want you to look at the shape of a bottle of vinegar….here… tells a whole lot more about how confused as a nation we are and conscious about it at the same time….not to mention the look you get when you buy two bottles of vinegar instead of one at your local corner shop….

    @KD sarkar…what’s love got to do with it got to do…. what’s love but a second hand emotion….lol

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