Sweetness Overflow!

SQuoted from an olden Herald issue:

Despite its location in the heart of Islamabad’s commercial zone, the Blue Area, Shahida Ahmed’s Tiramisu manages to be cosy and intimate. Shrouded in greenery, the restaurant is immune to the chaos of traffic just a few dozen feet away. The noise fails to penetrate the atmosphere or punctuate the conversations of Tiramisu’s many diners. After gaining a reputation as one of the capital city’s premier caterers, Shahida recently opened the doors to her eatery. The decision to set up shop was a natural offshoot of her love of good food. Of course, Shahida’s delectable dishes have long been enjoyed at the banquet tables of Islamabad’s elite. But now indulgence has become more egalitarian. One no longer has to be a society aunty or a power uncle in order to pamper one’s taste buds. (ROFL ~ author)

daSh of sWeetness

These days I’m totally addicted to Tiramisu’s sweet delicacies …. do try ’em out!

ps: its in same vicinity as Cave restaurant.

pps: Is it just me or the bakery is really built on pavement … illegal construction ~_^

Details on the Bakery & Restaurant courtesy Taaza Nan.

picture courtesy: Me ;)

22 Comments so far

  1. Monazza Talha (montaleast13) on January 15th, 2009 @ 9:17 am

    Sooooo its a bakery! I kept passing by, seeing it and thinking its a new eat-out place. :-D Thanks for setting my records straight Asma. And thanks for the lovely (read yummy) pictures. The goodies look absolutely scrumptious.


  2. crazymonkey on January 15th, 2009 @ 10:11 am

    The pie looks very well made. Is it an apple pie? I hope Tiramisu serves ‘khubz’ which people here in Pakistan call ‘Pita Bread’.

  3. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on January 15th, 2009 @ 1:19 pm

    Ohh monazza its a bakery as well as an eatery … havent eaten inside ever though ;)

  4. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on January 15th, 2009 @ 1:23 pm

    crazy monkey: its apple pie … as for khubz I dont think they’ll have that. There used to be a lebanese restaurant in F-8 markaz I guess they had all that stuff =)

  5. crazymonkey on January 15th, 2009 @ 2:13 pm

    Yup, I heard the lebanese restaurant is still there and khubz are available too, but people have been telling me that it’s in F-10. It would be more accessible if it is in F-8.

  6. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on January 15th, 2009 @ 3:47 pm

    till 1.5 yrs back it was in F8 markaz :s

  7. wkhang on January 15th, 2009 @ 6:16 pm

    looks very crispy and tasty : p
    will try some day,
    how much for a dozen ?


  8. crazymonkey on January 15th, 2009 @ 6:19 pm

    A dozen?! wkhang sahib, you must have a very large shikam.

  9. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on January 15th, 2009 @ 6:47 pm

    LOL exactly what I thought … OK it looks huge but its actually just two-three piece pie … and costs around 120 RS I think .. dont remember exactly ..

  10. wkhang on January 15th, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

    oho Yarr, I always think for other as well, Akelay tu seb Jetay han GEO seb kay sath : p…..

  11. kabirdas on January 15th, 2009 @ 11:15 pm

    @ asmamirza

    It is ok to have (not pine)apple pie at Tiramisu. You can have an apple pie at many places. I would like to know if Tiramisu also makes and sells Tiramisu. I mean genuine Italian style Tiramisu soaked in brandy or liqueur. If so I will start saving from tomorrow to buy one:-)

  12. A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza) on January 15th, 2009 @ 11:34 pm


    Can’t say about brandy but the tiramisu special sounds near to actual tiramisu thing =)

    Try that out … or probably their steaks ;)

  13. riaz on January 16th, 2009 @ 6:17 am

    did some one say ‘khubz’? come here to australia and all u will eat is ‘khubz’ khubz and khubz. so much that u will never again ask for it.just like me. :)
    PS: yes, u can find khubz in F10 markaz. there is a shop at the corner of main traffic light.

  14. crazymonkey on January 16th, 2009 @ 8:52 am

    @ riaz, I really miss the khubzies I used to have in Dubai. They’re great, especially the large type. You can roll ’em up to make a ‘pooni’ (a term used for shawarma), or you can just eat it with your salan/shorba. Khubz should be more popular in Islamabad for bachelors because they don’t have the time (and patience) to make roti, and the tandoor roti isn’t quite healthy.

  15. Fahim Akhter (fahimakhter) on January 16th, 2009 @ 11:27 am

    Now, don’t like anyone bloody dare recommend me Tiramisu ( I thought it was dinga pissu that first time I heard it )and after that short commercial break let me tell you about a big old friend of mine who loves to eat and his birthday.

    It was like 11pm or something after a really nice meal at Umer Khyaam a pretty cool Irani restaurant which I totally recommend, and some *** recommended we go to Tiramisu. So we did, we ordered like some mudd cakes which were like delicious like really cool so we had a couple in the end like they cost us around 600 bucks a piece like are you KIDDIN ME!

    Like, ok its pretty neat and everything but I get almost the same thing an gillato ( dare devil ) for like 20% of the price.

    Frankly I think its just a cheesy lil coffee shop rippin me off!

  16. crazymonkey on January 16th, 2009 @ 11:36 am


    People usually see the prices on the menu first before ordering something. It would be good if you did the same. If they don’t have a menu, you can ask them how much it costs. It would help you evaluate which item is expensive and which is not. The prices are usually written on the right of the menu page. Going through this ritual might actually save you from embarrassment. Go ahead, give it a try!

  17. kabirdas on January 16th, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    @ A for [pine]Apple (asmamirza)

    Sorry, sounding ‘near to actual tiramisu thing’ is not good enough for me. I am looking for the real stuff ie tiramisu laced with brandy like the one I had in Italy and not an Islamised version of it. And Irish coffee like the one I drank in Ireland (again not the Islamised version of it) to go with it will be an icing on the cake :-)

  18. kabirdas on January 16th, 2009 @ 2:52 pm

    @ crazymonkey on January 16th, 2009

    Good advice. We are generally shy to look at the right side of the page lest the waiter, standing close by (and he perhaps does that to prevent us from looking at the right page too closely), thinks we are not rich enough for his joint. I always closely look at the right side of the page first wearing my dark glasses and then removing my glasses to the left side rather casually as if prices are of no concern to me. That is why I never leave home without my dark glasses even though I may leave without my credit card and cell when planning to eat at some fancy place:-)

  19. crazymonkey on January 16th, 2009 @ 3:01 pm


    Even if they do serve the real stuff, it would have a handsome price tag. Besides, you’re in Pakistan, so eat Pakistani. The brandy laced tiramisu would taste good only in Italy, if you know what I mean :)

  20. kabirdas on January 16th, 2009 @ 7:14 pm

    @ crazymonkey on January 16th, 2009

    Sorry, for the slight disagreement with you. If the stuff is real I wouldn’t look at the right side of the menu page. I will make sure I leave home with all the money in my piggy bank. If run short I will ask them for a discount in return for praising their tiramisu to high heaven in IMB and thus get them some such customers like my good friend wkhang who seems to have a phenomenal appetite (refer to wkhang on January 15th, 2009)and matching amount of dough in his back pocket. If nothing worked what can they do to me. Throw me out of their establishment?? So what? It wouldn’t be the first time that I would have been thrown out of an eatery for similar reasons!! And then by the way they will think twice before they decide to throw out a respectable looking, well dressed accent free English speaking gentleman just for not having enough money in his piggy bank to pay for a tiramisu which he loved so much and couldn’t resist the temptation. What do you say to all this, sir??
    Yes, indeed I am in Pakistan. It isn’t a bad dream which I wish it was. But then my dear sir haven’t you heard the famous saying: When in this world do as the romans do:-)
    I am sure brandy laced tiramisu would taste better where there is dearth of brandy and not where it is found in abundence. It is logical isn’t it??

  21. kabirdas on January 16th, 2009 @ 7:24 pm

    @ wkhang on January 15th, 2009

    Sir, good to know you. If and when you decide to go for tiramisu, the real stuff, think of me and take me along as well. " Akalay na jana". I would love to GEO with someone like you with a golden heart who thinks of others as well particularly when having good food.

  22. wkhang on January 16th, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    Mr. Kabir,

    Thanks for calling me golden heart, I just try to do things in a right way thats it, : ) any way I promise whenever I stop by in Pak, you will be the first perosn that I will call you to C you and others of this circle.

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