As the first of Ramazan approaches, city restaurants have announced Iftar and Sehri packages to draw in customers.
The consumers, too, are looking forward to going out for Sehr and Iftar.
Muhammad Zaka, an exporter from Model Town, told The Express Tribune, “I love going out for Sehri.” He says he goes to various eateries for the early morning meal throughout Ramazan.
Nasira Farhan, a student, says she enjoys the discount deals and special offers offered by restaurants that stay open late into the night. “With Ramazan falling during the summer break, I will get an opportunity to enjoy it with my family.”
The Iftar packages on offer are between Rs700 to Rs1,700 while Sehr package range between Rs250 to Rs900.
Among fast food outlets, Hardees is offering a Rs1,200 package – three burgers, fries and drinks – available from Iftar till Sehr. KFC will offer two chicken pieces/zinger and a drink for Rs250 as Sehri, from 1am till Fajr. For Iftar the fried chicken chain will have a Rs1,000 deal with food enough for four people (eight chicken pieces, a 1.5 litre softdrink bottle and four dinner rolls).
Pizza Hut, however, will not offering a Sehri deal. For Iftar, the per head cost will be Rs690 (for an eight-inch pizza with salad and drink).
Nando’s, Freddy’s and Café Zouk have Iftar-cum-dinner packages priced at Rs525, Rs1,682 and Rs1,199.
Salt and Pepper has a Rs600 Sehri deal and a Rs1,032 Iftar deal. Park Plaza will charge Rs578 and Rs1,150 for Sehr and Iftar.
Among hotels, Pearl Continental will offering Iftar at Bukhara for Rs1,199 and for Rs1,250 at Marco Polo. Avari Hotel has a Rs1,144 Sehri buffet and a Rs1,566 Iftar buffet.
The Fort Road Food Street, which opened for business on January 21, has put up hoardings all across the city, advertising its Sehar and Iftar-cum-dinner timings. There are no special offers or packages.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 21st, 2012.