Road rage, flaring tempers and holier than thou stares are all on full throttle now that Ramazan has officially arrived, but the brighter side of course is mouth-watering Iftaris and waking up to the aroma of freshly-cooked Sehri. If you’re one of those that love to eat and try something new each time, there are plenty of places to avail Ramazan deals.
If you’re high maintenance and ready to dole out some cash, then Iftari at the Marriot or Serena is the place to go for good ambience and an assorted variety of buffet Iftari and dinner with a price ranging from Rs770 to Rs1,999 respectively. Those who want to enjoy a good view along with their food can scale the hills and head to Monal and Tree House, who are offering an Iftar dinner buffet for Rs949. All three offer a variety of local, Chinese and continental items in their buffets.
On the cheaper side, especially for students that want to hang out and still be able to enjoy good food, Table Talk offers an Iftar platter for Rs599, where as Café Paprika offers a hefty buffet for Rs999.
Fast food junkies are in luck as well, because Hardee’s is offering a Rs999 package for three people which includes three burgers, three drinks and two fries, while McDonald’s is offering a McChicken with six McNuggets, fries and a drink for Rs375 and a McCrispy with four McWings and a drink for Rs475. Curiously, for a fast food chain with a multi-patty beef burger as their signature dish, McDonald’s no beef options for Iftar.
Sports lovers’ favourite hangout, The 3rd Base, offers a Rs888 per person sitting with over 50 dishes to choose from, so if you’re tired of the whole buffet scene and prefer dining a la carte, it’s a good place to go to.
Pizza Hut has a less varied deal than last year’s all you can eat, opting instead for an all you can drink deal. For this Ramazan, they are offering one regular pizza and a salad bowl with unlimited drinks for Rs690.
Those interested in trying out good Italian food can try the recently opened Tuscany Courtyard, which is offering an Iftar-dinner buffet for Rs1,195.
If yummy spicy chicken with lemon sauce and a big slice of chocolate cake is your idea of a good Iftar, Nando’s it is, where three different Ramazan deals are on offer to cater to groups of four, six or eight, with an average per person price of roughly Rs525.
Young coffee lovers’ favourite hangout Gloria Jean’s is offering Ramazan deals for Sehri and Iftar, with the Sehri costing Rs645 and including a regular drink, two pancakes and an omelette and two Iftar deals starting at Rs949. A yummy Iftar platter at Nirvana Café costs Rs650, while Lime Tree at Kuch Khaas is offering an Iftar-dinner buffet for Rs695.
For those who want to stick to traditional Ramazan food, the best samosas and pakoras in town can be at the famous Bengali Samosay shop in F-6 and Siddiq Sweet House in Rana Market in F-7. For good, cheap desi food in your car amid the monsoon rains, New Stylish restaurant in I-8 offers juicy chicken tikkas for Rs120 per piece.
Want a break for the weekend? If you’re up for a long drive, Handi restaurant and Taj Mahal in Nathiagali offer freshly marinated spicy chicken you’ll never forget along with steaming hot rice topped with sweet carrots that are sure to make you come back for more. Just ask for their sajji or patakha chicken and you’re in for a treat. A whole roast would set you back Rs550 here. However, if all else fails, one can always rely on tried and tested homemade fruit chaat and dahi bhalla. *All prices quoted are exclusive of tax
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2012.