Eating Out in Karachi

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Karachi has everal fantastic upscale restaurants, which serve a huge variety of cuisines. Most of the upper-end restaurants are either located within one of the major hotels in the city (the Sheraton, the Pearl Continental and Avari Towers), or in the trendy shopping district of Zamzama in Defence.

Zamzama, is a place where much of Karachi's trendier restaurants, such as Okra , Cafe Aylanto, Gunsmoke, Pompeii, Baan Thai, Chatterbox and Aqua Lounge are located. Aqua Lounge is most popular for sea food and steaks and is highly recommended. More commercial (and less trendy) eateries include the Copper Kettle restaurant. Coffee-shops are aplenty, with the most trendy being Espresso (it has another/larger branch in Defence) at Espresso they also serve a good breakfast and yummy desserts. Latitute, Ciao and Costa are also popular for coffee, and new coffee places include "The Second Floor (T2F) ," The Avenue and Cafe Coffee Day.

Six most popular restaurants that give diners a chance to sample a variety of mostly Pakistani foods, buffet-style, are Lal Qila  , Floating Ship, Revolving Restaurant , Rangoli  inside Arena gaming arcade, Sky grill located inside Avari towers and The Village located at Sea View. Built in the style of a 17th-century Moghul fort, Lal Qila offers barbecue, biryani, and a local beef-based delicacy; haleem, in its open brick courtyard. Beware long lines during the peak evening dining hours. Revolving Restaurant offers a very nice view of Karachi, Floating Ship is a Buffet-style theme restaurant with thrilling experiences of Ocean turmoil such as Thunderstorm, Lighting, Shark attack, Kids theater with Fantasy world as depicted in Disney land. The Village is by the beach at Sea View (Clifton) and is very popular.

People with concerns about spiciness and hygiene of the food available, particularly those visiting from abroad, tend to find themselves at BBQ Tonight, which is one of Karachi's most popular restaurants. Spread over four stories of seating, including partly covered rooftop seating, the restaurant is almost completely packed, but the turnover is high, so reservations aren't required. It now serves lunch also. The rooftop at BBQ Tonight is recommended.

If anyone is looking for "chaat" (a local-fare of chickpeas mixed with other things) Chatkharay in Khadda Market (Defence) is good.

For those on a more restricted budget (while Pakistani restaurants do not sell alcohol, most upscale ones will serve bottles if customers bring them; nonetheless, a full meal for two can be as expensive as US$50-100 at the top eateries, but not if you choose carefully), tourists and visitors are advised to try Karachi's Boat Basin, a neighborhood consisting of a mile-long strip of open-air street food/restaurants. Favorites tend to include Karachi Broast, Mr Burger, Qasr-Al-Nakheel, and Tandoori Hut. Boat Basin is where almost all of Karachi's late-partying citizens, regardless of social or economic standing, wind up since food is often available until 5:00 or 6:00 a.m., if not 24 hours. Many remain in their cars and are served by waiters there. Local style breakfast (such as halwa puri) is also served at Boat-Basin from 6-7am onwards.

Visitors hoping to try more authentic cuisine are advised to try restaurants located in the "old city" region of Karachi, known as Saddar. Burns Road is, of course famous locally as the Delhi food district-the variety of Indian cuisine is wonderful. Restaurants such as Bundoo Khan's, Student's Biryani and Sabri Nihari are very popular. Be warned however: hygiene tends to be lax here unless at one the more high-end eateries and Burns Road and Boat Basin may not be suitable for everyone. Visitors should also try kulfi ice cream or peshawri ice cream available through out the city in various local ice cream parlours.

Be warned that restaurants NOT located in either the hotels and/or Zamzama will usually tend to only accept cash payments, and not take any form of debit or credit card. It is a good idea to always carry enough cash to tide on over (at most of these locations, Rs. 1000-2000 [US$20-35 approx.] will be more than sufficient on a per head basis).

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Chandni Restaurant

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type:Indian and Pakistani
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tel:111-505-505
address:Pearl Continental Hotel, Club Road

Rangoli

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Rangoli, an avalanche of colours, an oath to a culinary adventure, the very symbol of a warm welcome and a revolution in the world of delectable cuisines awaits you. Rangoli is located at Arena, an impressive architectural structure housing a variety of international standard games and attractions such as ice-skating, miniature golf, rock climbing, paintball and Brunswick bowling alleys.

At Rangoli, you'll step into a whirl of festive colours where more..

type:Indian and Pakistani
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tel:(92-21) 9924-5251/54, 9924-5264
address:Arena, FEC-01, Habib Ibrahim Rehmatullah Road, Main Karsaz
email:info@arena.net.pk

Papa John Pizza

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D.A. Degree College Ground, Khayaban-e-Rahat
Phase 6, D.H.A 
Karachi, Pakistan.
Tel: (92-213) 585-3374, 585-3087

type:International
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tel:(92-213) 585-3374, 585-3087
address:D.A. Degree College Ground, Khayaban-e-Rahat, Phase 6, D.H.A

Damascus Restaurant

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Damascus Restaurant founded in 1999 has been one of Karachi's favorites ever since. Serving a large variety of Authentic Arabian delights comprising of Shawarmas, Furrouge (Flame Grilled Chicken), Pizza (Crust-filled, & thin crust with optional toppings), Falafel, Pita Sandwiches, and now one of the world's finest beef or chicken Burgers. Located in Karachi's posh Clifton locality, Damascus Restaurant offers casual seating arrangement for gentlemen and another separate one for families, groups of friends, & couples to enjoy their meals or sheesha (dozens of fruity sheesha flavors more..

type:Middle East
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accessibility:Easy
tel:0300 824944 & 0301 824 9444
url:www.damascus.com.pk
address:Near KPT Underpass Clifton
PriceOfMenu:Moderate
email:info@damascus.com.pk

Telepizza

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type:Italian
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tel:35391782-3
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address:C9-C, 24th Commercial Street DHA II Karachi
email:telepizza.weebly@gmail.com

Roasters: Gourmet Coffee House

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A new restaurant has recently opened up in the ever-so congested Zamzama area, located on the first floor above Baan Thai. A tastefully decorated restaurant serves some delicious food, deserts and aromatic coffee. 

The menu is not catered for the Mind-Your-Manners eating style but more so in the line of Get-Down-Dirty style. Burgers, steaks and fries type of menu, awesome deserts and gourmet coffee. On my first visit I choose to enjoy a helping of Chilly Cheese Burger. This mouthful juicy burger beats all other burger joints in Karachi hands down, adios to the rude more..

type:European
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tel:(92-21) 530-2204, 530-2205
address:10-C, 2nd Commercial Lane, Zamzama Phase 5, D.H.A.

Cafe Flo

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Authentic French food.  Restaurant is part of Alliance Francaise.  Must try the steaks !  For more details click on the link.

type:French
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tel:(92-213) 587-7499, 583-0018
url:www.afkarachi.org
address:D-82/1, Block 4, Clifton

Okra

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  • Small but very popular restaurant in Defence Phase V area of the city.  Excellent food, but must book in advance as space is limited and demand is usually high, specially on weekends. 

type:Lunch
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tel:(92-21) 583-1350, 586-6616
address:12-C, 10th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A.

The Sports Bar

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At The Sports Bar, you won't find waitresses in orange shorts serving you beer... now, wait a minute, don't be disappointed. After all, this is Pakistan, right?

What you will find is an upscale sports bar theme which caters to refined tastes and those who appreciate an enjoyable atmosphere where they can hang out with friends, watch sports throughout the season, listen to live music, come to movie night, dance salsa, sing karaoke... and order some not-so-typical sports bar more..

type:European
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tel:(92-21) 530-4257/60
url:www.karachisnob.com
address:C-22, Suite No. 2, 26th Street, Tauheed Commercial Area, Phase 5, D.H.A.
email:aziznoorani@cyber.net.pk

Fujiyama

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Fujiyama

The first thing guests notice when arriving at the newly refurbished Fujiyama Japanese restaurant, perched on top of the Avari Towers iconic skyscraping hotel, (tallest building in Karachi) are the magnificent and breathtaking 360 degrees panoramic views of the city, now greatly enhanced by floor to ceiling windows which have recently been installed. This being just one of the impressive architectural features of the new Fujiyama.

Business Hours: LUNCH: 12pm-3:30pm | DINNER: 7:30pm-11:30pm
Take-Away Orders: Available
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type:Japanese
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tel:(92-21) 566-0100
address:Avari Towers Hotel, Fatima Jinnah Road
email:towers@avari.com

Fuchsia Restaurant

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Situated in Karachi's main upscale restaurant and shopping district, Fuchsia offers a new concept menu comprised of flavorful Modern Thai cuisine with an artistic twist. Meals begin with the Chef sending a special "Amuse Bouche" to the table, a traditional French-style appetizer, uniquely inspired and created daily. Dishes are served "tapas style", allowing for a variety of dishes to be enjoyed by all, while unlimited white rice is continuously brought to your table in a traditional Thai basket. The luxurious ambiance of crimson colored décor sets the mood for an exotic and more..

type:Thai
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tel:(92-21) 536-3944, 536-3948
address:E-23, 2nd Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A.
email:fuchsia@cyber.net.pk

China Town

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Chinese Food Alcate. contat 0334-3236101 for more detail. superb food, specially Soup, rice and much more call for detail

type:Chinese
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address:Clifton

Pizza Hut

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Clifton
QM Building, Plot# BC Khayaban-e-Roomi
Block 15, Clifton
Karachi, Pakistan.
UAN: 111-241-241

Gulshan-e-Iqbal
36-B, Hina Centre, Gulshan-e-Iqbal
Karachi, Pakistan.
UAN: 111-241-241

I.I Chundrigar Road
Mitha Chamber, I.I Chundrigar Road
Karachi, Pakistan.
UAN: 111-241-241

North Nazimabad
D-5, Block D, North Nazimabad
Karachi, Pakistan.
UAN: 111-241-241

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type:International
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tel:111-241-241
address:QM Building, Plot # BC Khayaban-e-Roomi, Block 15, Clifton

Tung Nan Restaurant

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Tung Nan
Tung Nan
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First of all we introduce ourselves as the famous “TUNG NAN” Chinese Restaurant which is being operated and giving fabulous services to our valuable clients since 1968 in PECHS Society, Karachi . The easy going modern ambiance and great tasting food makes our restaurants ideal places for social gatherings. The TUNG NAN is 120 seat fine dining restaurant in a cozy atmosphere located in the booming, and rapidly expanding, borough of Tariq Road, PECHS Society, Karachi. It is a perfect place to stop in for a bite to eat or for a business meeting and also have a broad more..

type:Chinese
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tel:(92-213) 4537816, 4537817
address:121-U, Block-2, P.E.C.H.S, Off Tariq Road, Near National Saving Centre, Karachi, Pakistan
PriceOfMenu:between Rs.200 to Rs.450
email:tung_nan@yahoo.com

Bar-B-Q Tonight

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Without a doubt, Karachi's most popular restaurant.  My own estimate is that it serves at least 2,500 - 3000 people every night !!  The restaurant is built over 3 storeys, with the rooftop being the ideal spot to enjoy your tikkas, kebabs, ribs and naans hot off the oven.  Food quality has remained consistently excellent for over 22 years and prices have always been very reasonable.  Word has spread far and wide and Karachiites descend enmasse to devour their delicacies every single night of the week.  TIP : go early, preferably before 8 p.m. to avoid the rush and get a more..

type:Local
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tel:+92 21 111 227 111
url:www.barbqtonight.com
address:Boating Basin in Clifton
PriceOfMenu:Rupees 350 ($6) per head

Lal Qila

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The name Lal Qila rekindles the chapter of a legancy full of fasinating interest. Lal Qila is where magnificence balnds with perfection and where the mystique of the past meets the magic of the present. A contemporary Restaurant, Lal Qila stands tall to reflect its own unique aura, while depicting the incessant determination of the Haji Omerson Family. Lal Qila combines the legendary splendor of the Mughals Era with the culinary articulateness of medern times. Decorated with real replicas of the Mughal Era

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type:Indian and Pakistani
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address:10/A, Main Shahrah-e-Faisal, M.A.C.H.S
tel:(92-213) 438-8363, 438-8364
email:lunch@lalqila.com
PriceOfMenu:on website
url:www.lalqila.com

Biryani Center

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The name says it all. Biryani center is the place if one likes to eat biryani. Situated in the heart of karachi's up-n-coming food street in Husainabad. This restuarant provides good food at reasonable price,but the ultra prices spices some time do effect savory of the food.The restaurant is opens until the wee hours. Their salad and raita is also very good.

type:Indian and Pakistani
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address:Husainabad, F.B.Area, karachi,74000
tel:92-21-4538999
PriceOfMenu:reasonably priced

Aqua Lounge

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Welcome to Aqua Lounge, where we take you through a sumptuous dining experience to make your occasion truly special.
Aqua Lounge opened its doors in 2003 with the aim of offering an unparalleled dining experience to its guests. Aqua Lounge has made a name for itself in seafood and yet diners have also now started to associate us with excellent steaks and chicken as well.
Our service revolves around our guests and we go to great lengths to ensure that they are made to feel comfortable and that their dining experience is one that they shall pleasantly more..

type:Seafood
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tel:(92-21) 537-6700, 537-6701
address:18-C, 1st Floor, 5th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Phase 5, D.H.A.
email:mamsa@yahoo.com

Asia Live Restaurant

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ASIA LIVE is an all day casual dining outlet overlooking the poolside and lush tropical gardens of the Avari Towers Hotel, dominated by a spacious open show kitchen with pungent Tandoor ovens and panoramic floor to ceiling windows which wash the entire area with natural light. The 200 seat capacity restaurant opens each day at 7.00am for ASIA LIVE BREAKFAST, featuring Continental and Asian breakfast favorites, followed by ASIA LIVE LUNCH offering freshly cooked Asian, European, and contemporary global favorites from it’s wide range of buffet dishes.
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tel: (92-21) 566-0100
address:Avari Towers Hotel, Fatima Jinnah Road
email:towers@avari.com

Mash n Bangers Free delivery 021-35248747 021-35248748

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Mash n Bangers started its operations in 1998;the idea was derived from a famous European breakfast 
Bangers (Small Sausages) and Mash (Mash Potatoes)
This trend has been a delicacy for over a decade and has been the best source of a well balanced and healtyh meal to begin your day with.Mash n Bangers is known to be one of the finest fast food Cafes in the city.
We have taken enormous strides towards providing top of the line fast food options to quality food lovers across the city.Mash n Bangers provides varying and delectable
menu items that constitutes just more..

type:Fast food
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tel:021-35248747 021-35248748
address:Shop # 1 Plot # 38 C Stadium Lane # 3 opp Yemek Restaurant
email:mshnbangers@cyber.net.pk
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