Sightseeing and eating out in Islamabad are inevitable if you are visiting. It can never be all about your relatives even when you do go to visit them. There is food to be tried, places to be seen and the glory of nature that surrounds you in the capital. The entire time that I was there, I never once ate because I was hungry. I ate because, well, food.
I’m going to review a total of five places in a two-part blog series. The four places that I’ll talk about in this post are ones we tried in the famous Centaurus Mall after my legs almost gave away after hours of shopping. I’m not a very good shopper.
(Note: If you haven’t already noticed from the one above, the pictures aren’t too HD but deal with them.)
For starters my cousin and I ordered nachos from Taytos because her friends told her they were worth our taste palettes and money. They weren’t. I really don’t want to be mean, but there is no other word to describe them other than tasteless. Except maybe bland. The rest of their menu sounds very tempting but after trying their nachos, I don’t think I would try any of it.
They have a nice setting though so even though we didn’t sit there, I’ll still be nice and add that to my rating. The service wasn’t too bad either. If only they can work on their food.
I ordered a beef lasagne and blue lemonade from here. The lasagne was a bit cold but maybe that was because we went to pick it up late. It tasted good enough though and the drink was chilled and refreshing. Did I mention it was really hot that day?
The service was something else. We went to pick my cousin’s order up from another outlet before we got mine so she already had her food tray. The guy picked up my box of lasagne and drink and placed it on her tray instead of giving me a separate one. When we asked him why he put the food on another outlet’s tray, he leaned his head forward, tapped his forehead with his index finger and said, ‘ma’am, genius’.
If it isn’t obvious from the name, I’ll spell it out for you: it was a Chinese outlet. My cousin bought chicken chow mien with chicken dry chilli from here. It was actually pretty good, especially chicken dry chilli.
I really wasn’t in the mood for desi food, so props to my cousin because if it weren’t for him, I would have missed out big time. The setting is that of a bethak of sorts, with cane stools, charpoys and unfurnished wooden tables. Though we had food from other places as well, they allowed us to eat in their space which made me love them more.
The platter had parathey, palak paneer, green chicken, seekh kabab, (tikka?) boti, salad and raita and it was heavenly. We all ate more from the platter than our actual orders and eventually had to order more parathey. Even the kids loved it and that’s saying something because my nephew is not on very good terms with food. The service was quick and the staff was really friendly.
Next up: Chaye Khana
Have you been to any cool restaurants or eateries in Islamabad? Do share in the comments! And share this post with anyone who’s looking for advice on good food in the capital 😉
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