60 years of food

Here is a nice article on history of food in Karachi. The part I liked the most was how the trend of eating out picked up in the 80s and names like student’ biryani emerged and it has come to the extent that eating out is now considered a major form of entertainment in Karachi

10 Comments so far

  1. Ahmed (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 7:04 pm

    Excellent article. Growing up we would go out to eat a lot and we still do. As a Karachite it is built into your system to enjoy ‘bahir ka khana’. It is also the most common form of entertainment that there is. It has become a very large part of our culture with hundreds of different flavors, dishes and tastes out there. Eating out is still one of my favourite to-do things in Karachi.


  2. S M Nabeel Dibaji (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 10:57 pm

    NIce article,
    but a common practice of most of the famous food chains is that they often fail to maintain the food quality after getting famous..


  3. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 16th, 2007 @ 11:10 pm


    Patel Para is said to be the one place where karhai was served

    Unfortunately not anymore. They user to serve one of the best karhai in Karachi.

    I think in past, waheed Kabab was more popular than Student Biryani. Infact it’s still popular. Also Waheed Kabab has maintained its quality while places like Student Biryani and Hanif Biryani at Pakistan chowk are not good anymore.

    speaking of dhabays, Those who didn’t taste chai and paratha at cafe piyala could try it back. Imtiaz, I hope you would have tried it by now. :-)


  4. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 1:09 am

    Yaaaarrrrr, waheed hotel kay fry kabab .. hhmmmmm. kiya zabardast hotay hain.

    I hate you all guys.


  5. KhiTorPit (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 1:13 am

    @Umar, If I’ll come back it woud be bcoz of you.

    Jab daikho khanay peenay ki baatain kartay rehtay ho, aur dil jalatay ho.


  6. nida (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 2:59 am

    salam all..
    where is waheed hotel??plz tell.. thanks


  7. Visitor (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 5:55 am

    On my recent visit to Karachi, it seemed like eating out was the biggest and only form of entertainment that most people enjoyed.

    Any theories?


  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 10:51 am

    nida,at burns road.


  9. amin polani (unregistered) on August 17th, 2007 @ 3:02 pm

    guys have any one tried Malik ki nehari it is the most famous nehari place on Burns road.


  10. Jamal Shamsi (unregistered) on August 18th, 2007 @ 2:27 pm

    Waheed Ka fry Kabab and The Malik Nihari – Both places are on Burns road, – Land Mark – Habib Bank branch on the street corner.

    Waheed fry kabab, Malik ki nehari still taste the same as it was in the 80s when i was at DJ College. – Even the taste of Students Biryani ( Beef wali) has not changed.

    Never heard of Haneef when i was studying the area.

    – mutton karahi is still served at New Afridi, the only thing you need to tell them is prepare it the conventional family way in cooker to ‘Galao-fy’ as children & ladies find it hard to eat if not enuff gala hoya.-

    Any one have idea of DOSA outlet other then Bahadurabad in Karachi -?? please update for pure vegetarian food if anyone of you know, Thanx



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