The best Pakistani cuisine at local restaurants in Karachi


The To-Go restaurants in Karachi for Desi food are endless, but there are a few who have a meal fit to serve a royalty. We are talking about everything from the sizzling hot barbecue to the very best karahi, nihari and kulfi falooda. True Desi food would require you to venture away from the five-star atmosphere, something more like a noisy school cafeteria setup of basic plastic chairs and tables or if you choose to dine outside the sea breezes blowing in the evening are refreshing. Not to forget these restaurants are just as crowded and you might end up dining in your car, in fact the turnover is so huge that despite operating on a small scale freshness is guaranteed. BBQ Tonight, Kolachi, Abdul Ghaffar in Port Grand and Zameer Ansari in Ocean Mall however, will give you a more comfortable, classier ambience without any compromise on flavour.

Chicken Malai Boti

Most known for its fry kebab Waheed Kebab House is located off Burns Road in Karachi’s food street. These are cooked in butter instead of ghee and taste absolutely divine. From the wide variety of dishes served, their dhaga kebab and nihari are also very highly rated.

Seekh Kebab at Waheed Kebab House
Zameer Ansari-Bahadurabad branch

Even though karachites can never have enough of Sony Sweets mouth-watering Kulfi, Zameer Ansari’s deserts are just as rich in flavour. Their BBQ dhaga kebab, reshmi kebab and chicken malai boti with a freshly fried puri paratha that melts in your mouth are the top favourites.

Kolachi, located at Do Darya

The most competitive restaurants in Karachi would be the ones with a perfect view of the beautiful Arabian sea. One such example is Kolachi located at Do Darya with an open roof setting. The tastiest of the menu include fried fish, Sajji, Handi chicken, Hunza Kebab and Peshawari karahi.

Kolachi’s Special Kulfi

If you are a nihari lover and know your Nihari this dish is particularly delicious, generously garnished and spiced well on Tariq Roads Zahid Nihari, you can even get it tin-packed for takeaway. Biryani and qeema are also one of their few star dishes in the menu.

Zahid Nihari

BBQ tonight on Bilawal Chowrangi also has many fans. If you want to enjoy the weather, the roof top seating with a combination of their ever so delicious prawn masala, beef ribs, behari and seekh kabab will be a trip to heaven. They also have four floors for a comfortable and clean dining experience inside the restaurant.

BBQ Tonight-Roof top

Most of these restaurants in Karachi offer the basic Kheer, Kulfi falooda and shahi tukra. To end with an epic desi desert head to Dhorajee for gola ganda, peshawari ice cream or crunch kulfi in Saddar.

Gola Ganda


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