Karachi's top 5 paratha roll joints

Published: October 22, 2015
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We explore the numerous food outlets in Karachi to bring you the top 5 places offering this delectable treat.

We explore the numerous food outlets in Karachi to bring you the top 5 places offering this delectable treat.

KARACHI: Imagine the warm and crispy paratha, the tender meat that melts in your mouth, the chutney oozing out as you tear off the paper wrapping and take a bite of your scrumptious roll… Mouthwatering, isn’t it?

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Tasty and convenient, paratha rolls have quickly gained popularity all over the country. However, no other city can match Karachi’s delectable rolls.

Over the last few years, numerous food outlets have opened up in the city offering this delight – but all of them can’t get it right. The right mix of meat, vegetables, chutney, and the crispness of the paratha is essential for a treat that will make your taste buds dance with joy.

Craving for one? Here, we have the top five paratha roll places in Karachi:

5. Milano – Pizza and Fast Food

Milano initially started off as a fast food outlet focusing on pizzas and burgers. Their rolls started gaining popularity as a side order and they expanded to meet customers’ demands. Now, they are one of the best roll places in the area.

PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MILANO

Their specialty is the chicken they use in their rolls – it’s really crispy. They do not offer any special ‘crispy chicken roll’ because all their rolls have crispy chicken stuffing. Their chutney isn’t famous, but the perfectly crisp chicken makes up for it.

We asked a customer, Umer Siddiqui, why he chose to eat at Milano: “The taste is different. It is crispy, just like a zinger burger. And honestly, it’s close to my house.”

After trying their rolls, we came to the conclusion that even though the chutney wasn’t so satisfying, the crispy chicken was a fresh variant to the generic rolls that we eat so often.

Price Range: Rs100 to Rs130

Best on their menu: Chicken Chutney roll, Chicken Bihari Garlic Mayo roll

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4. Sirf Meerath

Though relatively new to the roll scene, Sirf Meerath has quickly become a favourite for many. Their rolls rose to fame because they are bigger in size and are more filling compared to other outlets.

Apart from rolls, Sirf Meerath also offers other delicious dishes. PHOTO: FACEBOOK/SIRF MEERATH

For this reason, their prices are also higher. “Our rolls are famous for their size. Each roll is as big as an iPhone 6, maybe even 6 Plus. Our purpose is to fill the customers’ stomachs with satisfaction. The prices are high because at Sirf Meerath, even if you order one roll, you will be full. Guaranteed!” the owner Muhammad Kashif Khan tells us.

Their chutney is different because it’s spicy yet sweet. It completes the roll’s overall taste, perfectly. Khan refused to tell us their secret recipe when asked, saying, “Who tells their secret these days?”

One of the customers present there, Ahsan, says, “They are the biggest rolls in Karachi. The taste is unique and the quality is good. I don’t mind paying more for good quality.”

Price Range: Rs110 to Rs150

Best on their menu: Chicken Chutney roll and Reshmi Kebab roll

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3. Red Apple

Red Apple made its mark in the rolls market many years ago, and is still going strong. The variety of rolls available at Red Apple, including pizza rolls, exceeds its competitors’.

PHOTO: FACEBOOK/RED APPLE

As compared to generic rolls, the ‘special’ rolls retail for around Rs200, which we thought is a bit unreasonable.

Manager Muhammad Altaf addresses our concern by saying, “We don’t care about prices being high. Our quality is good, and only some of the special ones are for Rs200 – they sell a lot but mostly people prefer normal rolls. The prices change only once a year.”

He proudly adds, “We don’t mind people complaining, as only then we can improve. Safai pe no compromise. Come and check our open kitchen. Cleanliness is the number one priority. ‘Big’ people come and eat here too but I won’t take names.”

The taste of their food stays constant, it neither improves nor worsens, he adds.

“One reliable source delivers all the items required to make the delicious rolls to all our branches. As far as the secret recipe goes, next question please…,” he says when asked about the secret recipe.

Talking about the Red Apple chutney, which has two variants – podina raita and spicy imli – he cheekily says, “Our chutney is one of the best in Karachi. People usually buy chutneys separately as well. It’s unique because we have the same staff since 15 years. We don’t fire anyone.”

A customer, Hamza, gave us his review when asked why he chooses Red Apple over others: “The taste is better, the chutney is unique and by now, it has become a habit to eat from here.”

Price Range: Rs100 to Rs200

Best on their menu: Chicken Chutney roll and Malai Chicken roll

2. Mirchi 360°

A relatively new franchise, Mirchi 360° quickly gained popularity because of its quality, reasonable prices and warm service, making it one of the most visited roll corners in Defence Khadda Market.

PHOTO: FACEBOOK/MIRCHI360DEGREES

“Mirchi was opened up to compete against Hot n Spicy initially. All the workers from there came to Mirchi then,” Ashfaq, a waiter who has been working here since nine years, tells us.

The joint’s manager, Safeer Ahmed, says Mirchi has a pretty smooth system because it has a different supervisor for each department, which makes things more efficient.

They were also ready to give us a tour of their kitchen as they take pride in their hygiene policies.

“Everyone gets complaints and negative remarks. We did too. It was related to the chicken we were using but the issue was taken care of,” reveals Ahmed.

But what’s with the name Mirchi 360°?

“360 was the owner’s car number plate. Guess he liked it a little too much!” the manager says with a laugh.

About the secret recipe, he says, “Everything is almost the same as what every roll place offers. We just make it with a lot of love, that’s what makes us different.”

Nadeem, a customer placing an order for 60 rolls (and does this at least thrice a week) says he chooses Mirchi 360° because “the sauce and the taste is outstanding. I cannot afford bad service as my order is big. It’s for our office – we like treating our employees at work on and off.”

Price Range: Rs95 to Rs115

Best on their menu: Mirchi 360° Special and BBQ Sauce roll

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1. Hot n Spicy

The pioneer of paratha rolls, Hot n Spicy continues to be number one on the list because of the legacy it has established. People love it because the food is hygienic and fresh, and because of their trademark chutney that makes their rolls irresistible.

PHOTO: FACEBOOK/HOTNSPICY

Khalid Shah, manager of the joint’s Khadda Market branch, tells us that serving fresh food to customers is their number one priority.

Interestingly, he claims, Hot n Spicy is the only restaurant that gives customers an option of having ‘crispy chicken’ in their rolls – and it’s gaining popularity. “More than a thousand people come here every day, and this is just one branch,” he adds.

Much to their customers’ relief, Hot n Spicy has maintained its affordability in an unstable economy, and the manager says there are no plans of increasing prices in the future either.

“We just want everyone to come and eat. If I tell you our recipe or how it came about, nobody will come to us. Itnay saalon ki mehnat pe paani thori pherna hai kya,” says Shah with a smile on his face when asked about their secret recipe.

Customer responses:

“Because of the taste – it’s aik dum original.” – Mujtaba

“I’m coming here for the hundredth time, and it’s only for the chutney. I recommend people to come here and bring their families too.” – Bilal

Price Range: Rs100 to Rs150

Best on their menu: Chicken Crispy roll and Malai Garlic roll

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Reader Comments (34)

  • Mogambo
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:18PM

    I am already drooling……i wanna go to Karachi…..can Hot and Spicy please open a branch in UAE!!!Recommend

  • Ali Ahmad
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:20PM

    When someone calls Hot’nSpicy the pioneer of paratha rolls, you know they haven’t a clue about what they are talking about. That or their life is limited to a certain part of Karachi – they don’t know the city beyond the bridge.
    Ever heard of Silver Spoon ???????Recommend

  • Parvez
    Oct 22, 2015 - 2:23PM

    When you make a list of ‘ paratha rolls ‘ in Karachi and leave out Silver Spoon…..that’s simply not on.Recommend

  • Khush Huwa
    Oct 22, 2015 - 3:00PM

    @Mogambo It’s already in Dubai http://www.hotnspicy.aeRecommend

  • Shaikh
    Oct 22, 2015 - 3:14PM

    Hot n spicy claims they always serve fresh food but this is not true. Many times i have given home delivery order and received rolls with their parathas re fried oil sucked in them. Similar case i have experienced in their burgers. Refried burger patty. Recommend

  • Osama
    Oct 22, 2015 - 3:32PM

    Dubai Internet City. Al shaiba towers TECOM!!
    @Mogambo: Recommend

  • Qazi
    Oct 22, 2015 - 3:34PM

    Silver Spoon is the best not mentioned in this list.Recommend

  • Sohni
    Oct 22, 2015 - 3:40PM

    @Ali Ahmad:
    Yes!! Some one remembers. At the end of the road in Tariq Rd. Loved it!!Recommend

  • irfan farooqi
    Oct 22, 2015 - 4:51PM

    Where is silver spoon?? its roll are also good..Recommend

  • straightshooter
    Oct 22, 2015 - 5:15PM

    We used to have Kabab Roll as a daily feature at St Patrick’s School, long before it became an “it” thing. A lightly-oiled chapati with some delectable chutney, onion, coriander and meat in it.Recommend

  • Layman
    Oct 22, 2015 - 5:52PM

    How can you forget Eaton..they are the pioneers of Roll partha in Karachi..Recommend

  • Zubair
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:16PM

    @Mogambo:
    There is already a Hot’n’Spicy in Dubai. Mind you, it’s not the same chain but the rolls taste just like home.

    It’s in Tecom. Get off on the tecom metro station land side, walk in the direction of the JLT with Emirates Mall at your back and it’ll be at the corner. You can’t miss it and you can even see it from the metro before it pulls into the station from Nakheel towards Burjuman.Recommend

  • Babar
    Oct 22, 2015 - 6:35PM

    You Forget to add Nanak WarA roll Point Paratha Roll -_- Recommend

  • Zaid
    Oct 22, 2015 - 7:46PM

    looks Like you have never had any good rolls in your life … are you kidding me ? Hot n Spicy is worse then hot n Roll … Chicken Rolls filled with Cherbi is your number 1 joint ?Recommend

  • Abdullah
    Oct 22, 2015 - 8:47PM

    Where are Roll In and Eat On?Recommend

  • Osama Yaqoob
    Oct 22, 2015 - 9:13PM

    Nawab Roll!! North Nazimabad, how can you missed that Yummy One?Recommend

  • observer
    Oct 22, 2015 - 10:09PM

    @Ali Ahmed – those were MY thoughts exactly as I was reading this! Nothing could beat Silver Spoon but then again I was wondering if it still existed!Recommend

  • AFK
    Oct 22, 2015 - 10:16PM

    I’m very sorry to point out that your respective report of famous
    ” Kabab Rolls ” overlooked Silver Spoon of Allama Road in PECHS, this was the actual first fast food outlet that introduced kabab roll back in 1972: then the prise was 75 Paisa for a single chutney kabab roll. The joint is still most popular in that area with some old stall members.Recommend

  • MUHAMMAD KAUKAB SABAHUDDIN
    Oct 22, 2015 - 10:48PM

    Actually the pioneer of Paratha Roll in Karachi is Silver Spoon which started in 1972 which used to sell it at Rs 2.50. Paratha Roll is actually a Kolkata dish which was introduced in Karachi by Silver Spoon as Chicken Tikka was introduced by Bundu Khan which is basically a Meruth item. Now certain variations has been made by different vendors but Silver Spoon remains the pioneer.Recommend

  • Oct 22, 2015 - 11:12PM

    Paratha roll is something most liked by our youth today and Chicken Chutney Paratha Roll is its best form.But in my point of view MILANO PIZZA & FAST FOOD have best recipe of Chicken Chutney roll and specially chicken garlic mayo roll.i will just prefer milano chicken chutney roll and milano garlic mayo roll. and they have also low price just Rs120 which will be no burden on my pocketRecommend

  • MJ
    Oct 22, 2015 - 11:51PM

    Check out the Kati roll company in NY for those readers who are in the area.
    They will change your entire perspective about what a good Paratha roll is. I grew up in PECHS and was a regular at Silver spoon off of Tariq Rd. But Kati Roll has taken the art of Kabab rolls to an entirely different level. Search for them on the internet and look at their awesome variety.Recommend

  • Oct 23, 2015 - 1:02PM

    Writers needs to do more research as content is not well researched for instance stating hot n spicy to be the pioneer of the rolls or Partha rolls. Red apple was way before than hot n spicyRecommend

  • Chip
    Oct 23, 2015 - 6:27PM

    Fried bread of paratha roll is not very healthy though. Chipotle’s burrito’s delicious and a more heartier and wholesome option for those not into greasy food. Recommend

  • Aam Admi Bechara
    Oct 23, 2015 - 9:18PM

    @Ali Ahmad: Silver Spoon in Tariq Road are also called among the pioneersRecommend

  • Karachiette
    Oct 24, 2015 - 2:16AM

    missing out Crescent Roll Corner bahadurabad and Silver Spoon in Karachi’s top 5 paratha roll “joints”..and Hot n Spicy mentioned as no.1 and pioneer in paratha roll?? so many things wrong with this article..guess the writer from the other side of the bridge should concentrate more on “best high priced burgers with no taste” articleRecommend

  • Nada
    Oct 24, 2015 - 6:08AM

    @Mogambo:
    They have one, I’ve ordered from there before a couple of years agoRecommend

  • ahsan
    Oct 24, 2015 - 9:33AM

    Hot n spicy started business in 2002-3 i guess. Before that it was all silver spoon, a-one snacks, eaton and red apple. But you cam say that after hot n spicy the demand of chicken roll wemt to the peak! Another roll joint named hot n papper left behind in this article. Its located in dha phase 4 and have some awesome rolls. A must try. Btw hot n spicy in dubai is owned by a-one snacks of karachi Recommend

  • Khawar
    Oct 24, 2015 - 12:16PM

    And wat about Nawab rolls and BBQ? The taste and quality of nawab’s is the bestRecommend

  • Ashraf Ghani
    Oct 24, 2015 - 2:24PM

    The daughter of Silver Spoon owner is a dentist. Good family.Recommend

  • Shayan
    Oct 24, 2015 - 3:46PM

    The pioneer are SILVER SPOON although the quality is not the same but people know it that they have been serving kabab rolls since early 80s may be even earlierRecommend

  • Hina
    Oct 24, 2015 - 4:54PM

    I think you have forget A-one snacks because they are the pioneer in chutney rolls. How do you choose these restaurants what is the criteria?? Recommend

  • Bilal Siddiqi
    Oct 24, 2015 - 11:36PM

    No EATON??? Recommend

  • DShikoh
    Oct 25, 2015 - 1:48AM

    Rizwan Kabab house roll is missing Recommend

  • Chola Karachi
    Feb 13, 2016 - 2:33PM

    has anyone tasted CHALO KARACHI keema and kabab rolls…..yummy!!!!Recommend

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