Review: ChatterBox

Today I finally got to drop into “Pie in the Sky’s” coffee shop called ChatterBox which Kirna had covered a few months back – Cafe Chatterbox. Was I in for a treat, simply loved the setting being very casual and the deserts were mouthwatering as I am told, since I personally had a Baguette Sandwich with Caramelized Onions, the Baguette was a tad-bit too carmelly (if there is a word explaining that) but I simply loved it. I am all praise about the interior as it reflects a very casual and relaxing setting, designed by architect Moyena A Niazi, a job well done.

Would recommend it highly to anyone wanting to enjoy a massive variety of good desert selection. Pie In the Sky makes a good variety of cakes and those are also available to feast your taste buds. Thumbs up for Chatterbox

20 Comments so far

  1. Ali Chishti (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 3:44 am

    guys before going to this chatterbox cafe’ kind think for a momment why waste hundred of rupees on all this when one * a student or any other group * could enjoy equally in company at a local dhaba?
    think, when we come out of pizza hut spending hundred of rupees on pizza and as soon as we come out we see beggers begging for food? what do you feel ? anything ? I am not asking you to support begger , I am asking you not to support such a system which divides –


  2. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 4:05 am

    Ali – have you wondered that going to these shops and eating out is actually promoting the job market. Every industry relies on people to spend money, otherwise if all Pakistanis convert to YOUR form of distribution of wealth, everyone including you will be begging on the streets.

    I continue to stand by my previous stand on beggary, I refuse to support this TRADE with giving them cash for purchasing drugs (and in turn promoting the “Samad Bond” addiction that these young boys on the street use). Instead I feed them on a weekly basis, tell me what do you do for the poor folks.

    Honestly the way you are concerned for the poor I would advise you not to waste money for internet hours and spend that valuable cash on the poor OR is that too much to ask from YOU. Surprisingly you continue to negatively criticize but miserably fail to do your part.


  3. Ali Chishti (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 4:19 am

    Dr.Sahab,
    sacrifices has to be made..
    b) i was trying to contact you via email about my contibutions and how you can contribute but even on your website – your email addy comes back or has problems ..
    c) don’t worry about my internet hours where I only blog during night –


  4. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 4:21 am

    One last comment, how can you honestly criticize us Pakistanis while you yourself live a comfortable life in “England”, you of all people should not preach the meaning of poverty when sadly you have chosen to desert your homeland. IRONICAL ain’t it


  5. Faisal (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 4:42 am

    @teeth maestro

    Mmmmm……that baguette sandwich with the caremelized onions sounds delicious. Next time I’m in Karachi, must try it. Have always loved the baked goods from Pie in the Sky.

    @Comrade Chisti

    Besides exploring the gastronomical pleasures available at the likes of Sakura, Cafe Flo and Cafe Lazeez (Islamabad), I also take great delight in enjoying a plate of keema fry and garam, garam naan from the local dhaba. I hope that earns me a teensy tiny bit of redemption in your eyes.


  6. A Critic (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 4:45 am

    BUSTED BUSTED – wow what an unpatriotic SOB full of HOT-AIR and little to prove.

    Chill it Ali you have been finally caught with your pants down. Living in England and then pointing a finger at us who choose to live in Pakistan facing all the hardships the country has in store while you chicken-hot-tail it to England – seriously you have balls to scream for the poor folks who you probably have never met and neither have any feelings for apart from mere words.


  7. Faisal (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 4:49 am

    Wow!

    Does he really live in England?

    Oxford’s English Dictionairy
    Defenition of “Hypocrite” : Ali Chishti


  8. SWA (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 6:21 am

    This is very ridiculous! I am pretty sure that the Chatterbox Cafe has also been opened by a Pakistani as well as the Dhaba. So its just a matter of taste. Most Pakistanis are not uncharitable, and they care about the poor beggars stepping out of a Pizza Hut (which by the way is also a franchise being operated by Pakistanis at the helm). This Gandhi’ish movement of eat super local and deride capitalism is very out of place and out of its time at the moment. Its the age of globalization and our entrepreneurs should try and bring the Dhaba taste to upmarket restaurants instead of criticizing anybody who goes and visits a Pizza Hut claiming to be holier-than-thou.


  9. PPH (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 6:37 am

    You all people take the arguments at personal level, its not good at all, just discuss the arguments w/o pointing fingers. Using words like SoB is pathetic. Faisal and Critic please be cautious. You do not have any rights to abuse others.


  10. PPH (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 6:38 am

    Chishti , if you think that people are not doing any favor to poor and themselves then please post what they can do to help. I am your friend and I want to know your point of view, just go ahead and write it here, I would listen to you and would try to learn some positives from that. See its very difficult for any one to ackonowledge others point of view and the way you are trying is of no help.

    I was the first one who called himself here communist and I am also against the distribution of wealth in such a disturbing way but you just could not blame all rich. You know at war of Tabook , Abu Bakr brought all of his home
    stuff while Usman who was a really rich merchant brought only 50% of his assets and Muhammad PBUH never said any thing against Usman so its not against the Islamic values to have a cool life style. But if you sacrifice all then certainly there is a more reward.


  11. PPH (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 6:42 am

    For me if we just could make education and medical free , its enough. I just could not stand any one of dying because he can’t visit a doctor. I believe that at the day of qayamah , Allah would ask me for sure when the people were dying of hunger, when people were killing their families because they were afraid they could not feed them what you were doing and believe me I am very scared of this question. I know for sure that this question is coming , does any one think that Allah would let us go w/o answering this question and if any of us answers in Yes then he is fooling around. Now when we are sure that we could not avoid this question we go to next level how can we prepare ourselves to tackle this question better ?? First of all we should make sure that we could take care of people in our surroundings. See I do not want to praise myself but just for the sake of an example and for positive discussion, let me tell you some things.

    Last year when earth quake came, we pursuade our CEO to donate some money for reliefs and my company gave 25,000 $ and agreed to match 100% of employees donation and we were only 4 Pakistanis there out of 1500 employees. The Silicon Valley raised two million dollars for earthquake relief fund. I did not do any thing special, I did not go

    my out of way, we just wrote an application and send it to our CEO. Some times your small input can bring big out puts. I have heard/read on some authors’ blogs that they raised around 7.5K $ and they even published their pic while donating money and my only one email generated 7.5K $ but I am not taking any credit because that was not any

    special of me and I did not have to do any thing except coordination with my coworkers and write an email. Big team of volunteers collected money in Pakistan and they did much more hard work than me to get that money and ‘Critic’ please do not make us feel bad by saying that we are abroad so we have no rights to say any thing for Pakistan. We

    work hard here and we have not abondoned Pakistan. Its as much as ours as its of people living there. So many times I behaved better because I did not want people to say “Pakistanis are BS’

    When I was in Pakistan long time ago, I used to pay school fees of kids of our ‘masi’ out of my own pocket(though my all money was earned by illegal ways :-( ). My chachi is a part of NGO and they run schools and I used to contribute in that. I am also a part of team that is helping Pakistanis to get post grad dmissions/scholarships in Europe and North America and believe me that we have helped 100s of students at personal level from application prodcedure to funding to picking up from air port to housing arrangements.

    Vist this site http://www.thecitizensfoundation.org and here you could pay the tuition fee of a student on annual and/or monthly basis, you could send money via pay pal, they have provided so many ways to send money. Go there and take the responsibility of a kid; its only 144 $ per kid per year, You could set it as recurring for a year. Just not

    only take the responsibility of a kid ,pursuade others to do the same. I have met people who told me very clearly that its very difficult for them to support a kid so I asked them okay its not an issue but could they get one or two from their families to do that and believe the result has been great. If you can’t do then find a person who

    could do and you would get your points. I have seen so many people who has promised that if they have 2 kids then they would support 4 kids. Living abroad gives us this option. 4 kids for 600 $ per year and my phone/internet bill is around 1000$ for a year. If people wants to go out to pizza hut then its good as long as they could contribute

    towards education of a kid. We just could put forward request and let them decide but the way you are trying, its not getting us any thing but letting people to take aim against us communists. We all have to answer Allah and I assure you as long as you are trying to raise awareness, you are good but bhai thora pyar say ….

    Chisti my friend , please stop those heated words. I started to come here in Jan and I was the first one who started critizing here on people attitude and I took so much abusing but I never went on persoanl level. People here could call me crap or sick but they could not say that I ever bit blew the belt.

    Chisthi, I am not a pious man by any standard , I do not pray Jummah nor do I pray Eid prayers. I eat what I could get , I drink what ever is offered. I play poker and I put bets on cricket matches but I believe in humanity and Pakistan is my identity. What you would call me ‘Hypocrite’ ?? I might be a hypocrite but I do not cheat people , even if I try to cheat Allah then I know its useless so I am cool with that.Chill friend and let me know if you have any other ideas which I could implement. I would appreciate that.


  12. PPH (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 6:56 am

    Sorry guys , I had to break my message in several small packets. It always said that its been held for moderation and I know later the author would say it did not get any comment from me. Dr Sahib , did you get by the way any comment for moderation ???


  13. Inspirex (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 9:48 am

    I went to chatterbox a few weeks ago one fine saturday mornin. Almost 8:30 ish. They were waiting for deliveries. And i walked out after a coffee.
    I love espresso though.


  14. huma (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 9:53 am

    TM – what are the prices like?


  15. Teeth Maestro (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 2:11 pm

    PPH – I did not get a comment moderation email but checking the server saw that a set of your comments were being held back as you had used the word ‘Poker’ ;)

    I fully agree with your view – and think all your recommendations are all worth evaluating. I too have been Ali Chishti, requesting him to approach the issue with constructive criticism and stress that he continues to guide us but with maybe a better selection of words.

    I personally am the author who donated the money generated to TCF – the reason for taking a picture was no popularity stunt but to show our ONLINE supporters that we are no-scam and have actually made this contribution. I was against the picture but the overall opinion of 25+ volunteers on the team was to ensure proof that the handover did take place, as we came across with a few scam sites and we needed to separate ourselves from the rotten bunch. I commend your efforts.

    Huma – the prices range from 150-300 – not too steep but worth it – at least in my opinion


  16. Illusionfs (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 2:20 pm

    Its not very appropriate to bring out the same irrelevant topic in reply of every topic.

    Ali: Every country has a devide. You think America/England dont? I have seen people in London spending 1000s of pounds worth of stuff and then entering the Underground station *on Oxford Circus* and seeing a guy with a jar in his hand and a poster saying “Please Drop your Change here”. He is always there.. Its about the choices he made in life. Theres a lot of oppurtunity available for everyone in this country, it is true that the oppurtunities for us, the blessed lot, are far more greater than poorer people but this thing exists all over the world, except for I think those Scandinavian Countries who have the Best Welfare Systems in the world.

    And I dont know why many people like assuming things here on this blog. Like I enjoy going to a dhabaa *its right in front of my house* as well as eating at places which charge higher than the usual, but they do provide good envirnment *if not the best of customer service*

    Anyways, Chatterbox is on my list of places to try out.


  17. Poo Poo Head (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 7:50 pm

    Dr Sahib, could you please publish list of prohibited words ??? This would save us lot of time. P*ker is such an innocent word :( I cant believe ….


  18. Ali Chishti (unregistered) on March 19th, 2006 @ 7:58 pm

    I think there(s) a huge misconception, that I am ‘dictating’ my views and forcing my friends and comrades here my views . Obviously, this is a huge misunderstanding ; all I am doing is giving you guys a different view of topics which are being posted on this website while giving you guys a different perspective .

    @ critic & faisal,
    The Rushdie (s) of Metroblogging , kindly show me a message where I had even tried to conceal my identity and whereabouts & I had never said that ‘I am an angel & everyone else a devil’ . Yes, I am in United Kingdom & I’m a activist, solicitor & a political worker, working and rendering my services to trade unions around the world from England to Pakistan.

    Liberal Economics of the new world order, is still based in the third world where Pakistan & other countries are still an institutionalised set of economies, controlled by the effective IMF debt structure and thier politics controlled by Washington. So i beleive the white man has now perfected his system of colonialism by proxy & we are helping them. People like Shaukat Aziz ( basically a agent of United States ) are involved in the process of selling everything this nation has and introducing a Market economy.
    More will come in time since I had to dash for work – wasay, still going to Chatterbox Cafe’ is a bad idea ( sometimes , I wonder Chatterbox Owners paid some contributions to Metroblog since people here are defending this cafe more then themselves )
    Cheers


  19. SWA (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 3:55 am

    ^^ maybe you should try and poke your head out of the doubt stricken underworld you live in at times. People cant even appreciate something without getting the label that they were payed to do it. Exactly what I hate about super conservative minded Islamists like you. Mistrust of everything.


  20. eatinfood (unregistered) on March 20th, 2006 @ 10:49 pm

    chatterbox is brilliant. go check it out.



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