Breakfast time! Chai Khana – review

I know, I know, it’s a bit late but here it is: a review of Chai Khana. As promised.

Breakfast being the most important meal of the day, it was integral that we go somewhere that offers a meal that actually makes us look forward to the day. I remember one time I went to Manto Gul Kitchen, (I think that was the name) near Shah Faisal Mosque and while the place was amazing, made like a typical dhaba and surrounded by a lot of greenery, the breakfast was far from impressive.


Back to Chai Khana, though. The one smart thing I did was go there without any expectations. The name may be desi but the place is far from it. It’s built like a cafe and is the perfect spot for breakfast, with dim lighting and sunlight streaming in from windows. The walls are covered with the paintings and murals, telling ignorant souls how important tea and coffee are for life.


After admiring the ambiance, we focused on the menu. There aren’t a lot of desi items there, so if that’s what you’re looking for, Chai Khana is not your place. However, there are a lot of other options to choose from which was great for me at least, since I wanted to try something new.

We ordered French toast with strawberry jam, pancakes with Nutella, omelette with ravioli and potato hash sideline, paratha (yeah that’s one desi item you can get) and garlic toast with mushrooms. And of course, tea.

The serving size was decent but the best part about the food was that it wasn’t too heavy. Sounds ironic, but it really wasn’t. Of course, with so much on the table, we were full to the brim but if there was one less item on the table, we would have been fine. The bread was soft, moist and fluffy, so were the pancakes.

Chai Khana

The best item though was the garlic toast with mushrooms. The toast was bathed in white sauce, topped with a generous amount of mushrooms and it was heavenly. The paratha and omelette weren’t bad but were largely ignored because of all the other items. If I had room for more food, I would have loved them too.


Service was excellent. The staff is friendly, quick and the food is served hot. I highly recommend Chai Khana to anyone visiting Islamabad. And if you have been there, share your experience in the comments!

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