Karachi's crawling with dining options as dozens of new restaurants open their doors to the city every year. As some new entrants serve some of the best the city has to offer, some old restaurants still continue to be our favourites. But how would you rank them if you were asked to list the top 10?
We took a little help from the world’s most efficient travel website -- TripAdvisor. TripAdvisor Popularity Index, which uses a proprietary algorithm to take into account travellers' thoughts, quantity, quality and recency of reviews, has ranked the following restaurants as Karachi’s top 10. View the list here:
With 695 reviews and a rating of 4.5, Kolachi is Karachi's top restaurant, according to TripAdvisor. Touted as the “true holy home of tikka” by one user and a "must visit place" by another, it has been rated as excellent by top contributors.
Located at Beach Avenue in DHA Phase 8, the restaurant which is always hosting large crowds offers predominantly Pakistani food along with Afghani and Middle-Eastern cuisine.
2. BBQ Tonight
Of course BBQ Tonight made it to the list at number two with 705 reviews. Also rated 4.5, it is lauded by users as the "pride of Karachi". Located in Clifton, Block 5, it is undoubtedly the most popular Pakistani restaurant with branches in Dubai, Singapore, Oman, Jeddah and Malaysia as well as across Pakistan.
Okra comes in at number 3 with a rating of 4.5 and 174 reviews. Only 5 days old, the most recent review praised Okra as a ‘must-try for all’. Most users have rated the places as excellent including a foodie who thinks Okra is “a potential Michelin eatery”. Located on 10th Commercial Lane, Zamzama, Okra offers Mediterranean cuisine.
“Sushi Authentic”, “always a favorite!”, “Best Japanese food in Pakistan”, with reviews like these Sakura ranks number 4 on the list. Located inside Pearl Contenental Hotel on Ziauddin Ahmed Road, Sakura offers perhaps the most loved Japanese food of the city.
5. Café Aylanto
Ranking at number 5 on the list is Café Aylanto. Nearly 100 out of the 139 reviews are very good for the eatery. Rated highest for atmosphere, the restaurant is also commended for its food. Located in Block 4, Clifton, Café Ayalnto offers Mediterranean and European food.
6. Suzie Wong
While some people like to argue the standard has deteriorated over the years, user reviews on TripAdvisor negate that entirely. With nearly all good reviews out of 71, Suzie Wong makes the list as number 6. Located inside Marriot Hotel on 9 Abdullah Haroon Road, Suzie Wong offers authentic Chinese and has been a favourite for decades.
7. Café Flo
The go to for French classics, this Bistro cum restaurant ranks number 7. Easily one of the most treasured eateries of Karachi, Café Flo was rated excellent by many users. Users applauded the café for persistently serving good food. Located in Block 4, Clifton, Café Flo serves French cuisine and has garnered many a dedicated patrons.
Just six years old, Xander’s makes the list at number 8. Almost always bustling, the café is a popular destination for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Majority of the 78 users who reviewed the cafe rated it very good for food and atmosphere.
Located on E-Street Block 4, Clifton, which boasts many other eateries, Xander’s serves European and contemporary food.
Falling at number 9 on the list is Dynasty. Lauded for good service and quality of food, it got most positive reviews from users. Located inside Avari Towers on Fatima Jinnah Road, Dynasty serves Chinese cuisine; to some extent adapted.
10. Arizona Grill
And finally, in at number 10 is Arizona Grill. Users praised the eatery for maintaining a standard in food quality. Located in Zamzama, the eatery is chiefly a steakhouse that has been a favorite for long time.