Munch munch.

A couple of months ago, I wrote an article for Herald regarding the best take out places in Karachi. While they published an edited version of it, I thought I’d post it up here for the starving young/old ones. Happy Eating!

Quick Meal
Located next to Hotel Faran on Shahrah-e-Faisal (opposite Nursery Market), Quick Meal is a blessing in disguise for the offices located on the busy avenue, along with too-lazy-to-cook families in the adjacent PECHS area. Quick Meal offers a wide variety of dishes, including Chinese food and an assortment of various burgers (highly recommended!). With dirt cheap prices and an efficient delivery system, Quick Meal caters to those of us who do not want to dish out over Rs. 200 for inedible food served at fast food outlets in the area.

Phone Number: 021-4381450, 021-4383527

Jeddah Foods
To judge the increasing number of eateries at Boat Basin is a Herculean task, which is why Jeddah Foods gets extra points for the quality of the food served. Located near Mottaís supermarket, their menu is packed with greasy, filling food, which is required occasionally to lift the spirits. Must try items on their menu include their shawarmas and the kachoris. With affordable prices and a delivery service (found rarely at Boat Basin), Jeddah Foods is the place to hit when one must drown their sorrows in oil after flunking an exam or botching a presentation.

Phone Number: 021-5865144

Khairabad CafÈ

A rudimentary cafÈ located on the corner of I.I. Chundrigar Road. They serve a large menu from parathas for those rushing to work with a rumbling stomach to delicious spicy daal and tikkas for those with large appetites. The prices are extremely cheap and the food has never given this scribe a bad stomach, a problem with many food vendors in this city. The most appealing factor of Khairabad cafÈ is its quick delivery services, if they say ten minutes; itíll be there in five. Not only that, their delivery men are familiar with every building on the busy road, so if one has newly joined an organization, they wonít have to spend precious time explaining the location of the office.

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Hot n Spicy
Located at Khadda Market (also known popularly as Daltonís), this cafÈ has risen in popularity over the past few years. Having started off with a menu comprising mainly of kebab rolls and a large variety of French fries with different sauces, they now serve everything from Chinese food to barbequed fare to their classic kebab rolls. Reasonably priced, Hot n Spicy caters to everyone, from businessmen to starving students on a tight budget. Theyíve recently started a delivery service, so munch away!

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Students Biryani

This age old restaurant started off by serving mainly to the students of the nearby convent schools, and has now expanded to a large operation. Their spicy biryani will cause even biryani haters to convert to avid biryani fans. Again, the place is affordable and also offers delivery services.

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This American franchise has done well amongst the health conscious in Karachi. With delicious sandwiches that take away all hunger pangs (guaranteed, or you can sue this scribe), Subway is a blessing in disguise. With branches at Zamzama, I.I. Chundrigar Road, Shahrah-e-Faisal and KDA, a 6 inch sub will never be far from you. The prices are a bit expensive, but the food is worth each cent. Recommended items on the menu include the Chicken Fajita and the Tuna subs.

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Royal Ice Cream and Milkshakes

One cannot write about food and not cater to the sweet taste buds. Located at the corner opposite the SMCHS roundabout, this place has the best milkshakes in Karachi. Their ice cream will make you forget about every Swiss Ice Cream youíve had, and their milkshakes makes one think that this is truly how heaven will feel like. The praise may seem like a gross exaggeration, but one HAS to try their desserts before making a negative judgment. With the summers in full swing, Royal Ice Cream and Milkshakes is the place to hit when one must quench their thirst and forget (even if its momentarily) about the heat. Recommended items include their strawberry and mango milkshakes, along with their chocolate ice cream. Unfortunately, they donít have a delivery system, but one can do a take away or sip em in the comfort of the car.

1 Comment so far

  1. Arsalaan Haleem (unregistered) on July 31st, 2005 @ 12:46 pm

    Huma it is really nice of you to include their phone numbers as well.

    I did read that particular issue of Herald and I don’t remember seeing the phone numbers, or may be I may have missed them.

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