Karachi Foods at Sh-E-Faisal

Yet another one of the famous Burns Road food joints making their way out in the city, Karachi Foods has opened up an outlet on Main Sh-e-Faisal, just across from nursery. What sets them apart is that they’ve done it in style. The new place is beautifully decorated, with soft coloring, well placed lights, lots of airconditioners and paintings, they’ve tried (and succeeded to quite some extent) to follow in the footsteps of BarBQ Tonight. The seating arrangement is a bit crowded, but comfortableeven though they have wooden chairs.

On to the main product, the food. True to their roots, Karachi food still reserves its burns road taste here as well. The menu is a bit limited, with Biryani, Haleem, Karahi, Boneless handi, and daal chawwal for the vegetarians. But its heavenly and makes for a very good lunch for us poor souls working at Sh-e-Faisal.

An interesting aspect of this place, which i think differs from many other food joints in karachi, is the priority they give to you for serving. It’ll take them ages to take your order and to bring you the bill. They even forget cold drinks at times. But your food will almost always arrive on time and sufficiently warm too.

The only down side to this place is, that it gets crowded during lunch, being the only decent dine out place for us here. But well worth it.

10 Comments so far

  1. anon_again (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 5:03 pm

    The selection for vegans seems quite limited. Although this does not come as a surprise, but we have yet to become acquaited with all things vegan that have become a (culinary) art form in the west.

  2. Original-Faisal (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

    Very nice post mansoor.

    I must try this place next time i’m in Karachi which should be in a few weeks.

    I just hope the place is clean and all because last time I was in Karachi (May ’06), I ended up at the AKUH with choelera caused by gastroentitis.

  3. mansoor (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 8:33 pm

    faisal: no bad stomach here so far…. hopefully it’ll b ok. hope u have a good trip here

  4. mansoor (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

    faisal: no bad stomach here so far…. hopefully it’ll b ok. hope u have a good trip here

  5. Henna (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 8:50 pm

    Nice post-I like the inspiration even better!

  6. kidal (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 9:41 pm

    anon_again, there is a difference between vegan and vegetarian. I think you meant vegetarian. Vegans are more extreme. They not only abstain from meats, they also avoid anything of animal origin including milk, eggs, honey and other animal by-products. Interestingly, they also avoid pure silk, leather, fur, wool, etc.

  7. Sufi (unregistered) on January 5th, 2007 @ 10:52 pm

    Mansoor, please find out if they are serving Vegetable Haleem cos I heard they would sell that at nursery.

  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 12:33 pm

    Beside Burns Rd, there is another old food street in “HussainAbad”- F.B Area. One should try BBQ over there which I personally think is best after Burns Rd.

    If you re a sea food lover then must try old area Jamshed Rd. I am sorry I forgot the name but that resturant is very famous and one can guide you easily. The quality of food is superb and quantity of amount is lower than your expectations.

  9. MystaKool (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 5:16 pm

    Yep, here it is. The funniest thing is that they had the sign that said “Bohat Jald Shaandar Iftatah”. Who would have guessed this banner to be up there for about 2 whole months. But it did finally open soon after Eid-ul-Fitr.

    Adnan, you’re right about Hussainabad. Actually the Food Center and Karachi Haleem outlets are originally from Hussainabad. The same goes for Mazaidar Haleem. Burns Road has always had its significance for food admirers, despite the fact that it is not one of the cleanest vicinities of the city.

    Here are a few more places to check out, if you’re searching for good food anywhere, especially in the old town type areas:

    – Chicken Karhai – Bolan Restaurant, next to Food Center at Hussainabad; another is a restaurant which is labeled as Mutton House, at Burns Road

    – Barbeque – Meeruth Kabab House – Jamshed Road, near Gurumandir (former) roundabout

    – Malai Boti and Kebabs – Zameer Kabab House, Alamgir Road, near Bahadurabad (try these with the puri parathas available there, you’re gonna love them)

    Can’t think of any right now, but if I do, I’ll surely add them soon.

    Happy dining!

  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on January 6th, 2007 @ 7:39 pm

    AFAIK, the main branch of Mazedar Haleem is in Samanabad-FBArea not Hussainabad.

    For Karahai I would either recommend Al-Asif or DeSilva Town.

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