Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Halwa Puri Breakfast, Boat Basin, Clifton

Boat Basin has always been famous for the traditional halwa puri breakfast it offers on weekend mornings. Numerous eateries along the line that offer barbeque by night, open their doors early in the mornings on Saturdays and Sundays to offer rich but delicious delcacies to their customers.

Reportedly, the workers are up since 5 a.m to whisk up the breakfast items.

We arrived late, at 10:30 a.m, but breakfast was still going strong.

This is where we sat to dine; or rather, squatted.

School students and families were in abundance, especially groups of young teenaged lads.

Paratha, aloo bhaji and sooji (semolina) halwa. Obviously this kind of eating out is not for high-maintenance germophobes who can't 'get down and dirty' to rough it once in a while.:)

Omelette and puri's. Health-conscious salad-leaf nibblers, this breakfast is obviously not for you. ;)

Wash it down with hot doodh patti (strong, sweet tea brewed in milk).

Verdict: Dining alfresco in the cool morning breeze - a great option for an occasional family outing on weekend mornings! Try it some day.


  1. An apple a day keeps the doctor awayOctober 17, 2010 at 4:23 PM

    The problem with eating bahar ka halwa puri is that it is not always kind to one's stomach. Plus one might feels sleepy afterwards, which, I have been told, is because of the ’heeng’ that some places add to their food. But eaten once in a while, halwa puri should not be a problem. Certainly the place you reviewed affords great opportunities for an early morning family outing when the weather is cool.

  2. An Apple a day keeps the doctor awayOctober 17, 2010 at 4:42 PM

    Some traveling tips: If you happen to be visiting Lahore in future, and crave halwa puri, you should immediately head to this place famous for its halwa puri ( as well as samosas and I think even biryani) called "Capri" in the famous Liberty market. Afterwards, you can shop till you drop at the myriad shops in the Liberty Market. There is also a street there called dupatta street or something like that which sells all kinds of embroidered stuff ( perfect for gifts!) and which has many a women swooning. Once the shopping has been done, you can go to one of the eateries at the nearby M.M. Alam road ( similar to Karachi’s Zamzama) for some more food. I would strongly recommend the high tea at Freddy’s Café. The place is very lively and has excellent deserts, Pina Colada, and wide selection of both decent snack-like and more substantial food items on the buffet. If, alas, the buffet is over and it is dinner time, two dishes I would recommend are the stuffed chicken with cheese and the catch of the day. The portions at Freddy’s are hearty but if you have room for desert, Hot Fusion or Kitchen Cuisine, both in close proximity, have delicious sweet stuff. The orange mousse pastry at the latter is particularly awesome.

  3. Wow you make Lahore sound even more gastronomically exciting than Karachi! :) Which it probably always was and is. I guess both cities are each in a league of their own.
    I have heard positive reviews of Freddy's from others as well and yes, insha'Allah, if I ever go to Lahore I intend to visit it definitely.