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PF Chang’s meets Lahore

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PF Chang’s is a Pan Asian restaurant chain that many Pakistanis are fond of because of the chain having multiple branches in UAE, a place where so much of the population is Pakistani. So naturally, when the restaurant finally opened in Lahore, we went crazy for it. I being one of the Pakistani’s who has been to the Dubai branch countless times decided to go and check it out and see whether it meets my expectations and the international standards in comparison to the Dubai branch.

My first attempt at finding a table was unsuccessful thanks to the long line that spread out to MM Alam Road. My second attempt a few days later was successful. For a day (November 1st) when everyone was scared to leave their houses and most of the roads were blocked, I did not expect such a big turnout. Nonetheless, I got a table in a few seconds, something that takes about 20 minutes in Dubai or any restaurant in Lahore for that matter. The huge building and seating capacity can be thanked for that.

The décor was perfect but the lighting was a lot brighter than a typical PF Chang’s which has a dark vibe to the environment and the atmosphere of the restaurant was excellent apart from the typical aunties screaming , “Ye PF Chang kya cheez hai,” “ye halal hai ke nai?,” The service was remarkably good and when I say this, I’m comparing it to Dubai, where you can’t get your food in under 30 minutes at least. Despite the place being busy, I was served my order in under 10 minutes.

PF Chang’s is famous for two things: the horses installed in the main entrance and the divine Dynamite Shrimp. For starters, I ordered the Chang’s Spicy Chicken Noodle Soup Bowl and Dynamite Shrimp. The soup was delicious and fulfilling and exactly like the one I have been having in Dubai for years now. A mishap occurred when the soup was spilled by one of my companions. The staff was super nice and friendly about it and offered us a replacement.

The Shrimp although nearly as good as the one in Dubai, did not have the same quality of shrimp. The quantity was less than what I was expecting which resulted in me ordering two more servings for us. In some PF Chang’s in other places in the world they offer larger servings. What seemed a bit weird to me was that the next two servings were larger in quantity than the first one and had the exact same taste and quality as the Dubai ones.

For my main course, I ordered the Kung Pao Chicken with white rice which again was excellent apart from the quality of the meat which in my opinion was the only downside.

I also ordered 8 pieces of California Rolls as a sushi main course which I have no complaints against. The taste was great and the fish was of amazing quality.

For dessert, I ordered something I had never had before: The Great Wall of Chocolate or in another word ‘heaven’.
Six rich layers of frosted chocolate cake with semi-sweet chocolate chips is just what everyone needs in life.

Overall the food was great, the atmosphere, the décor, the staff everything is up to standard. But on a side note, there was a certain hygiene issue involving one of the drinking glasses smelling of egg and one of my knives being dirty.

On a scale of 1-5, I give it a 4 star rating.

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Tao: A Pan Asian Restaurant in Karachi – Review

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Pan Asian cuisine has always been known for its blend of complex flavors, and at Tao, you can experience it all as there is something for everyone.

However, it falls into neither the ‘mind-blowing’ nor ‘terrible’ categories, and is a space where different people with different tastes can find something they like. Unlikely to be anyone’s favorite restaurant, it is equally unlikely to a hated spot. Tao is pleasant, inoffensive and safely middle of the road. While many restaurants are polarizing, Tao’s perfect averageness actually makes it universally acceptable.

Combining elegance and a refined ambiance, Tao achieves a rare zen-like balance evoking a sophisticated vibe. The soft lighting and unique cool interiors are both comforting and calming.

The space has been utilized very well with a variety of seating options, accommodating a cozy dinner for two, a meal with a large group of friends or perhaps a live sushi bar where you can sit on stools as your sushi is prepared right in front of you. But it is the splash of a fountain that you notice almost immediately as you enter Tao which allows for a soothing and relaxed atmosphere.

The menu has an extensive array of modern Asian cuisine with a variety that comprises the full spectrum of flavors ensuring that there is something for everyone. With wide ranging choices from soups, starters, salads, and sushi the main courses start on the sixth page of the menu. By keeping a Pan Asian theme, the restaurant is able to serve an assortment of dishes ranging from Japanese to Thai to Chinese. Most of this is traditional fare injected with subtle continental influences.

It would have been nice to be served a bread basket or some kind of amuse-bouche before the meal. Anything to nibble on while customers wait, even something as simple as green tea would be appreciated. It is subtle little touches like that make dining out special, and the absence of this detail is felt strongly.

Covered in a rich, sweet glaze, the ‘Salmon Teriyaki’ might have been interesting if it was not overcooked. Salmon should have a silken texture and melt in your mouth, this was dry and rough to the extent that the excellent teriyaki sauce could not save it.

Recommended by the server, the ‘Crispy Beef’ was very good. Richly flavored and juicy despite being thin cut it had a serious kick and was satisfying.

‘Spicy Crispy Vegetables’ was a personal favorite with its play on textures and unique tangy sauce. Deliciously crisp on the outside and soft and tender inside, it was deceptively simple definitely a dish one worth returning.

‘Pad Thai’ is an iconic and popular Thai dish and mandatory to fully experience the cuisine. Chewy rice noodles with bean sprouts tofu create an interesting blend of flavors without one note overpowering the others. The earthiness of the noodles was lovely, but it could have used a touch of lime.

The drinks may have been the best part of the meal. Instead of leaving it as an afterthought, the drinks seem to be specifically designed to complement all the dishes well. The ‘mint ginger lemonade’ was refreshing (because of the mint) and exciting (because of the ginger). If you are in the mood for something fruitier, the strawberry lemonade is also excellent.

The overall food at Tao is not that mind-blowing neither a disaster, you get everything sitting under a single roof.

Rating: 4/5

Food: 3 | Ambiance: 4.5 | Service: 5 | Value for money: 3.5

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Restaurant Review: The Patio

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When ‘The Patio’ first opened, it appeared to be a transformed house with the porch and side yard turned into a lovely alfresco dining experience. This homey feeling along with the inclusion of fresh ingredients and impeccable service generated word of mouth for this unassuming restaurant. Since then, The Patio has grown into a favorite, constantly reinventing itself, and its latest menu showcases a kitchen that continues to evolve.

Located in the same lane as Koel and Cafe Flo in Clifton Block 4, Karachi, The Patio is good for walk ins, with reservations only necessary for special occasions (such as Mother’s Day, Eid).

The latest renovations have transformed the formerly casual joint into a modern space with good lighting, minimalist interiors and fun art. The atmosphere is low key and informal, making it a go-to spot to relax with friends and family.

The menu is well thought out overall, but especially remarkable is the tapas section. Patio’s tapas menu goes beyond the average appetizer and includes rarities like ‘Honey Crunch Lotus Stem’ and ‘Paneer Calamari’, as well as the more conventional ‘Wasabi Prawns’ and ‘Soy Glazed Chicken’. Those so inclined can make a meal of these bite size morsels by creating a platter of their favorite four tapas.

The stuffed mushrooms are new on the menu and the presentation is lovely, but they are bland and the texture leaves a lot to be desired.

We’ve always thought of laksa as the ideal winter dish, but The Patio’s version is so good, it can be enjoyed in any weather. Creamy, full flavored broth with just the right amount of spice and coconut flavor is the winning base for prawns, noodles, bean sprouts and crunchy peanuts.

In a land of meat lovers, it’s nearly impossible to find a vegetarian or pescatarian-friendly restaurant. The Patio fills that niche with assurance.

That is not to say that chicken and beef dishes are not delicious (a restaurant could hardly be expected to survive in Karachi without them), but the fresh take on vegetables and seafood is unique and appreciated.

The ‘Paneer and Mushroom Kuzhambu’ was anything but ordinary. The aromatic gravy was piquant, yet delicate in flavor with just enough texture to make it interesting. Fluffy, tender steamed rice was the perfect accompaniment.

The ‘Patio Prawns’ come with a creamy sauce which is a touch overwhelming. Some spice would have balanced it well. The garlic rice with it also lacked a zing, and the garlic flavor could have been more pronounced.

It’s easy to be tempted by the dessert menu. Instead of the run of the mill molten chocolate cake and bread and butter pudding, The Patio shows innovation here as well. The ‘Peanut Butter Cup’ was a deep, rich and creamy peanut butter mouse in a dark chocolate cup that cut the sweetness.

Though the food is impressive, it is the impeccable service that drives us to visit the restaurant again and again.

Rating (4.25 out of 5):

Food: 4 | Ambiance: 4 | Service: 5 | Value for money: 4

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10 Karachi restaurants for a perfect romantic dinner

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Winter is also the wedding season. The newly married love birds are looking forward to a romantic date during this season. But whether it’s a special night out with a loved one, an anniversary or reminiscing the past in a place which oozes of love, creating a pleasant environment to enjoy your meal, you should read on about our list of top 10 restaurants in Karachi that are absolutely romantic!

1. MEWS

Relatively expensive and designed to appeal to affluent consumers, this place has a vintage vibe to it and offers food that is full of flavour! If anyone is health conscious, then it is the best place to be.

2. COCOCHAN

It’s an Asian restaurant, which can satisfy all your pan Asian cravings. It ultimately has the best sushi in town! Woohoo! An upscale and elegant place to make you feel high and mighty.

3. ROSATI BISTRO

When it’s said food is everything, food is love, Rosati Bistro is the place which speaks the language of love. It’s the high-class place that has mastered its dishes up to the point of perfection.

4. CAFE FLO

An authentic French cuisine in the city. A hot spot for all the celebrities. Another upscale restaurant which makes you feel like a million bucks.

5. CAFE KOEL

Unique and innovative, a place that rotates around art and makes art the base of its existence. Bringing you the best of nature through its scrumptious meals and beverages.

6. CAFE AYLANTO

Mediterranean cuisine with an upscale and respected atmosphere. It represents a spacious locale with the sleek contemporary decor.

7. POMPEI

Made up of simple wooden furniture and paneled walls with lots of paintings, the menu is simple and all ingredients are fresh and many are even imported from Dubai. Wow!

8. KOLACHI

Spirit of Karachi which is situated at a heartwarming view of Do Darya, the only food street of its own kind. This restaurant offers delicious food from Asian to Continental.

9. LALE-I RUMI

This is a Turkish restaurant within Pakistan, where you can provide your loved one a 2 in 1 experience, of taking them out of the country for a romantic date right around the corner.

10. AMBROSIA

This place offers one of the best ambiance in a restaurant. The food, the place, the environment with your loved one would make your night even better! Great place for a dinner date.

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Lahore Cafeteria

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Lahore is the city of die hard foodies. We love our food, we know our food, we are passionate about it and we do not compromise on its quality! In Lahore, it is difficult to break into and find footing in the restaurant business. That is the reason why Lahore Cafeteria caught our eye for doing so well in a city forever high on good food! A recent visit to the restaurant, located on Mall Road by our team brought some pleasant discoveries to light. Read on to find out what’s the reason behind the success story of Lahore Cafeteria (LC).

Entrepreneur Usman Qasim, co-owner of LC, has a degree in law from Hull University, UK. His partner and friend Rao Mazhar Ali Khan is a LUMS graduate.  They diversified into the food business after studying for completely different fields. LC is a darling place, nestled comfortably into one of the old buildings that the Mall is so famous for. Hence, upon entering the first thing you notice is the expanse of the restaurant and the old style construction with a beautiful floor. A spacious hall welcomes you and offers comfortable seating at tables which are not crowded together.

Buffet is an option which most LC regulars opt for, for a quick bite during lunch break. Aroma of fresh barbeque being prepared outside, fills up your senses as you try to decide what to eat and what to leave for next time. The buffet offers the traditional variety of salads, Pakistani cuisine items such as biryani, daal, saag, various types of Chicken, Chinese entrées and some not very fancy desserts, which are alright for those students and office going people who are short of time but still know where to find some delicious food.

The menu offers a large variety of dishes and you can find them all on the facebook page of Lahore Cafeteria, but from what we tried we highly recommend the saag and well the naans were to die for! They seemed to have been prepared with a dough kneaded in butter perhaps… we didn’t have time from munching and taking complete delight in the taste to ask what made the naans of LC so special but trust us, they were one of the best ones we have had in Lahore.

Barbeque was good and a must try. We also had a taste of their pizza, which tasted quite fresh but the Chicken with Cashew Nuts served with Egg Fried rice was something we can go back for again and again. If you are in the mood for a burger, you can try the LC Special Chicken burger and you won’t be disappointed.

The restaurant is open from 11 am to 10 pm Monday to Saturday and remains closed on Sundays which is the only sad part about LC. I mean what if we felt like nibbling on some yummy Chicken Seekh Kebabs on a Sunday night?

Now comes the most interesting part about LC: the prices will surprise you. For the kind of seating arrangement that they offer, where families with women and children feel completely comfortable and the kind of quality and variety of food that they serve, the place feels very economical and highly affordable. I think that, it is this competitive price range that has become the reason for the rapid rise in the popularity of this place and has given it its unique edge.  

They deliver all over Lahore and they are just a call away but we recommend that if you really want to taste the food it all its glory, you must at least once make the effort to get to the actual place. Here’s a link to their page where you can explore:

https://www.facebook.com/lahorecafeteriamall/

Keep eating healthy and yummy. Bon appétit!

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Lal Qila

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Lal Qila is a famous buffet restaurant located on main Shahrah-e-Faisal in Karachi. 
The whole structure has been designed as a fort and constructed with red bricks, hence the name.

For the current rates of buffet lunch, hi-tea and dinner, please visit http://lalqila.com/karachi/

The massive wooden entrance doors lead into the main reception area.

The compact seating area at the reception has been designed traditionally.

Once they get the go-ahead, the customers enter the main restaurant area, which is open-air. There is an indoor dining room and a play area for little children as well.

A fountain and waterfall on one side provide the pleasant sound of running water – a real bonus for the outdoor diners.

This red-brick building next to the entrance/exit houses the children’s play area and office. The play area is designed completely in wood as a small fort! Very nice idea. Children get excited by this immensely.

The washroom is very clean, but in dire need of some maintenance and repair.

There is a sitting area on an upstairs terrace as well, which these stairs lead to.
It is not open for lunch.

There is a central ‘square’ that houses the food area, where customers can help themselves to the food from large bronze/copper-colored pots.

Prawn Tempura. Freshly fried for diners.

The BBQ station is on one side.
It serves tikka and kababs in chicken and beef, barbecued live.

Chicken seekh kababs, Chicken Tikka, and Beef seekh kababs, in that order.

Clockwise from top right:

Fried Fish, Prawn Tempura, Chinese Egg Fried Rice, Chicken in Sweet and Sour Sauce, Beef in Black Pepper Sauce, and Vegetable Thin Mien. These are the items from the buffet which are really well cooked always and delicious.

Samandri Heera – boneless fried fish.

From left: Chicken Biryani, Aaloo Bhujia, Cholay and a tray for fresh Puris.

Khubani ka Meetha, Jelly Mousse, and Chickpea salad.

No traditional buffet at a Pakistani restaurant would be complete without this popular dessert: hot and tender Gulab Jamans floating in their oozy sweet syrup.

BBQ Kababs, Fried Rice and Black Pepper Beef.

Doesn’t the barbecued mince look delicious?

Hot n Sour Soup with chicken and shrimps.

A tall glass of sweet lassi for Rs 70 Titled as “Dil ki Thandak” on the menu, this is the best lassi one could have!

Lab-e-Shireen, Khubani ka meetha, and gulab jaman.

Verdict: We think the above photographs speak amply in favor of the quality and freshness of the food. Sorry if they made you drool on an empty stomach! Everything in the restaurant is clean mostly and the ambience is more than satisfactory, especially the quality of the food.

We would recommend going to Lal Qila for lunch instead of dinner, because at the latter time, the entire restaurant is extremely crowded, especially on weekends, and the platters empty very quickly (taking time to be replenished), especially the salad bar. There are long queues in front of the fried items. 

Kudos to Lal Qila for not just surviving, but thriving, in the local food-scape of Karachi.

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The Monal- Delicious food in the romance of the hills

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Located among the majestic Margalla Hills at Pir Sohawa, The Monal is a fine option which no one should miss when in Islamabad – the city of colours!

Over the past few years, people have experienced many changes in the food quality at some leading restaurants of the twin cities; but The Monal Restaurant in Islamabad never disappoints anyone.

Starting from the variety in their menu to the quick service of the staff, everything is consistent from day one. It appears that they have not only maintained their services but also achieved a name among the top restaurants of the twin cities.

Over the weekends it is always jam-packed with people. What amazes us most is that even on the busiest days, the restaurant manages to pull their services well.

Let’s talk about food now. Just like most restaurants the menu is very lengthy, including breakfast, lunch and dinner items, fast food, traditional dishes and drinks, sweet dishes etc.

All-Time Favourite

Mostly people’s all-time favourite is their quite popular Cheese Naan. It tastes great, you’ll never find such naan anywhere; the tender bread with the soft melted cheese excites your taste-buds leaving a creamy and salty effect which lasts for a while.

Services

The waiters always present everything in an organized and professional manner, from placing the cutlery on the table to clearing out dishes. During the three-course meal we had, they kept on asking everyone if they needed anything.

Three Course Meal

The three-course meal starts with a soup usually and there a variety of soups available in the menu.  Chicken Corn Soup specially is very delicious accompanied with fish crackers and garlic bread; the rich flavour of the soup is simply tantalizing. On a scale of ten we would give it a 9.

In the second course of the meal you can have anything like Chicken Boneless Handi, Chicken Seekh Kababs, Chicken Chops served with crispy hot French fries, Karhai etc. Theres handiis accompanied with Roghni Naan and Salad, the aroma of the handi is always tempting, the food is always well-cooked and the flavours are exciting. The Seekh Kababs are tender and delicious with the proper balance of spices. The scrumptious Chicken Chops, the chicken breast always perfectly cooked with a delicious and crispy coating. Overall their meal is beautifully prepared.

In the third course you can have any desert. The most ordered desert here is “Chocolate Cheese Brownie Cake”- a delicious combination of cheese and chocolate which makes this dessert irresistible. They serve it on a plate with a slice of brownie cake drizzled with chocolate syrup with a scoop of vanilla ice-cream, which makes this dessert heavenly. On our scale we would have rated it more than 10- it is a definite must to try.

Ambience and Interior

How can we forget to mention the beautiful interior and exterior of the restaurant? While having a meal, our surroundings matters the most. People always prefer to sit outside at the Monal and enjoy the beautiful view of Islamabad from the top of the Margalla Hills. The Monal offers a spectacular view of the entire city. The restaurant has seven terraces which provide an amazing view. These terraces have their own themes- there is a terrace for families, a general terrace, a balcony for those who want to find peace and privacy. The dining hall is paneled with a huge glass window so that the people who are sitting inside can also have a good view of the majestic hills.

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One of the best places to eat in Karachi- Kolachi

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This sea-facing restaurant in Clifton, Karachi, has been in the limelight since its inception due to many reasons. Firstly, their concept of the entire setup of having a restaurant on top of water was unique for this area being the first ever in the city. The atmosphere and ambience gives a fresh and romantic experience to the guests. They further won the hearts of the visitors with their phenomenal food offerings.

Apart from their famous as well as scrumptious paneer reshmi handi and chicken karahi, they have been praised for their exemplary customer service. This was additionally enhanced when they took an extraordinary step to prove how far they could go for the satisfaction of their customers.

According to customer reviews, if you are planning to visit Karachi, you should surely place Kolachi restaurant at the top in the list of tourist spots.

Let’s talk about Kolachi in a little more detail:

ENVIRONMENT

The best thing about this restaurant is its location and its magical environment, especially at the time of sunset and after. The sea view and chilly wind makes it a memorable dining experience. The sight and sound of sea waves is mesmerizing as one enjoys delicious food- almost like being on a cruise ship.

Food is not just to satisfy your appetite, it’s an experience that touches many other senses. It provides us a break from our dull robotic routine lives. This place hits good level of providing calm and quiet. When it comes to a family or friend’s recreational visit, it provides a thoroughly entertaining night out!

ATMOSPHERE:

Its atmosphere makes it one classy place. It makes one want to visit it multiple times. Interiors are obviously the first thing one sees and yes, they do create a positive image about the place. Lighting is a bit dim – probably not a good place for the photophilic.

MENU:

The menu has a huge range of dishes. Comprising of BBQ, Pakistani, Italian, French, Lebanese, Thai, Chinese, Seafood, Mocktails, Milkshakes and desserts!

THE FOOD:

Food is always served hot and fresh. The presentation of each and every dish is exceptionally well done and always cooked to perfection. The taste of every item is great. Their makhni handi and BBQ platter are the most consumed and famous dishes at Kolachi.

SERVICE:

The service is fast on week days and clumsy on weekends due to larger crowds coming in. Waiters are always well-mannered and friendly to the customers.

DAMAGE TO POCKET:

The only thing that will make you think twice before planning a visit at Kolachi is its overpriced menu. Tax inclusion takes the bill to a higher level catagorising it amongst the high end restaurants.

OVERALL EXPERIENCE:

Mouth-watering food with tempting presentation, average service and a perfect atmosphere makes it a good overall experience.

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Sakura – for Japanese food cravings

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Past the security checkpoints, the long hallways, and the crowded lobby of Pearl Continental Hotel sits one of the very few consistently good restaurants of Lahore and even Pakistan. While the meal surely won’t be economically priced, the brilliance of every dish plated, along with the accommodating and attending service, will all certify that the effort and cost are worth it.

Since its arrival on the Lahore restaurant, Sakura has added new dishes to the menu gradually but regularly. As a result, many great dishes are often missed out on when one is indulging in old favourites. With any luck, this review will throw a light on food goes unnoticed.

Salmon Sashimi

Sakura’s menu is not one that any diner should rush through. Relax and order a little bit at a time, savor each item. Start with a bowl of edamame, steamed and salted for a lighter start, or the garlic and chili prettified variety for a bolder introduction. The little known Sushi Canapés make for a fine taste as well; fresh crab or salmon sashimi atop a crispy base, with caviar garnish, an enticing preview of the smorgasbord of seafood that should assuredly follow. The Salmon Tetaki’s fresh flavours are a delicate mixture of soya sauce, ginger and spring onions and will further sharpens one’s appetite, while also gratifying the palate.

Crispy California Rolls

The Crispy California Roll is the most amicable and popular dish on the menu, a roll that is mainly good for those who are new to the cuisine. Simulated crab enclosed in rice, topped with crispy fried and crumbled tempura for a pleasing crunch, topped with a sweet and spicy dressing. For those braver, but also in the mood for somewhat with an almost dessert-like after taste, there’s the Dragon Roll; unagi (eel) with a sweet glaze, rolled in seaweed and rice, topped with fresh avocado, the feel of which pairs brilliantly with the succulence of the unagi.

Rainbow Roll

The rainbow roll is a dish that has a compound of flavours in a subtle way, while also viewing the varied array of seafood offered at Sakura; each single piece in the roll is topped with a different fish, salmon, tuna, red snapper, atop a roll filled with imitation crab and crunchy cucumber with a small blob of spicy Japanese mayonnaise. Each slice is different; take a moment to truly engross yourself into its components, before moving on.

Banana Tempura with Ice Cream

From the dessert menu, Sakura’s Extravagance Belgian Chocolate Fondant may well be the best in town, else known by names such as puddle cake, or lava cake. While definitely not Japanese fare, it’s a treat that should not be missed. If something tamer is more to your liking, the Banana Tempura with Ice Cream is light and satisfying.

While it is surely possible to eat a costlier meal, dinner at Sakura will run the not inconsiderable price of Rs. 2,000-2,500 per person and maybe even more. A lighter lunch is possible within the range of Rs. 1,500-1,800, which includes Sushi Bento; lunch sized platters of sushi, sashimi, or even rolls, served with Miso Soup, Steamed Edamame, Seasonal Salad, Sushi Canapé, and Chef’s Dessert.

Sakura can handle large parties, regardless of how jam-packed it is. It owns all of the seals of a great restaurant, and your dining experience will be further improved if you were to take the time out to discuss favourites and menu options with the servers and sushi chefs. It is a costly indulgence, but one of the rare few in this country where the price totally worth it.

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Tuscany Courtyard- A must experience

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Located on the famous MM Alam Road, which is fast becoming the go-to Food Street of Lahore, Tuscany Courtyard has now launched its branch in the city of foodies. After their huge success in Islamabad, it has now come to our city.

TC offers Italian cuisine. It has derived its name from the Italian village Tuscany which is known for producing olives. Having taken its inspiration from Italy, the décor is based around the Italian theme. Tuscany is known as the birthplace for the Italian Renaissance. The interior gives you a feel of old Italian architecture with all the painted walls and art pieces hanging around; and also has an outdoor sitting which we Lahoris so love!

“Simplicity is central to the Tuscan cuisine. Legumes, bread, cheese, vegetables, mushrooms and fresh fruit are used.” Again complementing the simplicity of the Italian theme.

Its hottest selling dish according to Mr Waqar Turab, the manager, is Polo Tuscan. It is chicken breast stuffed with spinach and coated with golden brown shredded potato, topped with Tuscan sauce and served with garlic rice. It costs Rs.1095 plus tax.

The restaurant is a family restaurant and is owned by two brothers, Faisal Khan and Khurram Khan. The restaurant is open from 12 noon to midnight all days except Fridays and Saturdays when it is open from1 pm to midnight.

The menu is priced for the upper middle to the upper class. The best dessert is chocolate fudge brownie skillet served in a sizzler skillet topped with hot chocolate fudge, almond crunch and sliced bananas with ice cream. The restaurant wants to introduce Sunday brunch & hi-tea in the near future. The chef Mr Zaryan Turab has received international training. He emerged as a winner in the Unilever worldwide competition held in Dubai in 2013.

Penne Arrabiata Pasta: Penne pasta with grilled chicken arrabiata sauce and olives was mildly spiced and not that saucy. However, if you are done with Alfredo Fettuccine and still want pasta, this should be your choice.

A few have to say that it’s over rated. The service and ambience is great but the food is of average quality. However, different people have different priorities. Some believe that the food at their Islamabd branch is better and some swear that the Lahore food tastes far better than the Islamabad restaurant. For some the ambience is important, for others the food and service. So, there is no rating for one particular thing. It is all taken collectively.

So visit soon with friends and family.