Street 1 Café: Thumbs up for coffee and breakfast

Published: January 23, 2013
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The steak came with a generous helping of fries and vegetables. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

The steak came with a generous helping of fries and vegetables. PHOTO: PUBLICITY

Saira Rasheed is a London School of Economics graduate, currently a sales and marketing professional in the luxury industry of London, who loves discovering hidden gems. The steak came with a generous helping of fries and vegetables. PHOTO: PUBLICITY
ISLAMABAD: 

Islamabad is definitely stepping up its game with restaurants, terrace cafes and shisha bars opening left, right and centre. However, they can’t all justify their high prices and dull food.

Twice during my trip to Islamabad this winter, I happened to stop over at Street 1 Café for lunch on one occasion and breakfast on the other. I have to mention, I am a huge caffeine addict and after having tried every other coffee house in London (not to mention my obsession with my Nespresso coffee machine), my taste buds have become accustomed to a good cappuccino or latte and Street 1 Café does the trick.

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Street 1 Café opened in 2011 in one of Islamabad’s chicest districts, Kohsar Market, which is quite the place to go for people watching (or to be seen). It took me by surprise as it not only attracts all kinds of Isloo-ites but the food, coffee and modern art deco ambience all rate high on the comment card.

The place was buzzing at lunch time. I decided to go for the Beef Onion Steak and a latte. If you are not too hungry, I would suggest skipping the appetiser and ordering a main course; the selection of (complimentary) bread gets you going till your food arrives. I have to admit that I usually go for chicken steaks whenever I am out in Islamabad and this was the first beef steak I tried, it was wonderful. It was juicy, succulent and cooked perfectly from medium to well done. The steak came with a generous helping of fries and vegetables. However, the steak would have been more enjoyable if it was a sizzler and they could work more on presentation.

Finally, the most important thing, my coffee was delicious (though it took ages to cool down!) accompanied by a biscotti; perfect to kill the winter chill that hit Islamabad this time.

My next visit to Street 1 Café was for breakfast. My friend had been raving on about the Chocolate Pancakes so I decided to order those and of course, a coffee. You should expect a very generous and chocolatey helping of pancakes stacked and filled with melted chocolate. The overdose of chocolate and the latte definitely got me buzzing for the rest of the day. I would also suggest trying their omelets.

Both my visits to Street 1 Café have been delightful. The staff is attentive and the rest rooms are well kept (a rare quality in restaurants these days!). If you prefer to get some time to yourself, mornings are usually the time to go. If you are looking for a more buzzing atmosphere you should try the evenings. The seating is very comfy and the outdoor setting is ideal for sunny days. This is a café I will be going to very often during my visits to Islamabad!

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Prices per head:

Breakfast: Rs350 to Rs500

Lunch/Dinner: Rs800 to Rs1000

The writer is a London School of Economics graduate, currently a sales and marketing professional in the luxury industry of London, who loves discovering hidden gems.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 24th, 2013.              

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Reader Comments (10)

  • doom
    Jan 24, 2013 - 2:20AM

    No to sizzlers! Why would you want that.Those things give off what I would describe as noxious fumes; it’s like eating in the kitchen sitting over the stove. The worst thing is one has to endure the toxicity even if someone nearby orders one.

    But I like Street 1 too. I call for all-day breakfast though.

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  • Jan 24, 2013 - 3:21AM

    Looks reasonable. Will surely visit when in the mighty city.Recommend

  • Ali Awan
    Jan 24, 2013 - 8:14AM

    Once I went to street 1 cafe at 8:00 in the morning for Coffee and it was still not opened. Whats the point serving breakfast if you are not even opened at 8:00.

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  • ocap
    Jan 24, 2013 - 3:41PM

    So the author reached a conclusion based on two meals? I had their lasagne and based on how it tasted, I would rate them somewhere between 2 and 2. But you don’t see me writing reviews based on a single meal.

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  • foodie from the other side..
    Jan 24, 2013 - 3:49PM

    I really want to try-out food in Pakistan.. they appear to be delectable, unfortounately being an Indian I can only dream of such moment. I am self proclaimed foodie and have tried regional food across my country (some of them were absolutely wonderful, others a big let down). Being a north Indian I guess Pakistani delicasies will be more suitable to my taste bud and would love to try them someday… keep it coming guys more restaurant and local food reviews..I don’t know about the elusive peace.. but one of these days i would love to just sneak in and have my gruub in lahore or other places around.. I might be get screwed later on one or other charges of sneaking in, but it will be totally worth it..

    One love, one platter..

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  • Khan Jr
    Jan 25, 2013 - 12:54AM

    The concept of sizzlers is very passe – 1970s? Though in local Chinese restaurants some still regard it as avant garde dish. It’s noxious fumes are offensive to other diners, besides more importantly steak or any piece of meat – whether roasted, grilled or fried – should never be served piping hot, it needs a few minutes to be left aside to allow its juices to settle down.
    A steak on a sizzling plate is a peculiarly strange choice for anyone holding out to be a food critic

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  • meme
    Jan 25, 2013 - 2:09AM

    and its coming from a person who recommended omelets.. wow

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  • asif
    Jan 25, 2013 - 9:29AM

    Steak and coffee ? Are you sure you are qualified to write about fine food ?

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  • Noreen
    Jan 25, 2013 - 3:06PM

    Unfortunately steak and wine wouldn’t work in Pakistan

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  • HBK
    Feb 11, 2013 - 9:56AM

    another promotional tactic :P

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