My Top 3 Eat-outs in Islamabad
First of all, let me apologize for being out for so long. This would be my first post after a long hiatus from posting oo IMB.
We at IMB have been discussing what new topics to write about a for a while and one of the most favored topics was food and eating out. One of our readers suggested us to do a Top 3 list of eat-outs in Islamabad. One of the ideas we really liked, and we got around to writing our own mini-reviews for these restaurants. More recently Adnan Siddique, a new Islamabadi, suggested to us in a comment here to do a similar post. So here we go!
This picture on the right however is a platter of Mutton Biryani taken from Karachi Metroblogs, thanks guys.
So starting from number 3, here is my list.
My Number 3 restaurant in Islamabad would be Nadia’s Coffee Shop, Islamabad Marriott. Their food is really good and the variety especially on the buffet hi-tea is something to die for. One of it’s kind in Islamabad, the seating and ambiance (I hate this word, but heck) is really good with live music being played a yards away. The only reason it falls short of number 2 spot is because it’s not your typical monthly outing, and for a person like me I won’t even consider going there twice in a quarter. Although it is the right spot to close a deal or make a (business) proposal. So, Nadia will be my number three :)
On Number 2 comes Chinatown * located adjacent to the Rana Market F-7 and they serve some really good Chinese and Schezuan dishes. If you are in the mood for some spicy and rich Chinese, head on down to Chinatown for some wholesome grub. They serve a variety of soups, starters, appetizers, entrées, and main dishes that are really affordable at the same time quite palatable too. Sometimes on weekends them might fall short of parking space or seating, it is better to go there with a booking/reservation first. They take orders for take away and also for sit and eat one the phone which really ups their ratings with me since I am a lazy bum and usually have my cell handy. Just in case you don’t have their number, just call up the local directory service at 17 and ask them about Chinatown in Rana Market. Recommended dish: The Firepot.
Finally, the Number 1 restaurant in Islamabad for me is the Kabuli Restaurant also located in F-7 but on the main College Road, adjacent to Jinnah Super Market. I am a sucker for desi food, since I know I can always fix myself a sandwich here and there, and I really can’t take the pain of even thinking of making such delicious Afghan Peshawari food. This spot was also competed for by Savour Food’s of the Savour Pullaofame, but in thematic comparison to the number of items of the two restaurants Kabuli takes the cake. From Central Asian specialties to Pakistani favorites, this is the best bar-b-q in Islamabad bar none. The seating can be a little issue for some, as they are rarely any empty tables; the wait times are long on weekends and dinners. The food there is to die for especially the Chutnee and Achar they serve it with. If you are in Islamabad, and want something desi with a hot Naan Kabuli is the place to go. Recommended dishes: Mantu, and Kabuli Pullao (aka Brinj in Farsi).
Have a happy dining experience, with love, from Islamabad Metroblogs.
* Chinatown is undergoing renovation these days so it’s suggestible not to waste time planning on going there.