Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Secret Recipe, Khayaban-e-Shahbaz

Note: This franchise has closed down since this post was published. This restaurant no longer exists at this location.

Located on main Khayaban-e-Shahbaz in Defence Phase 6 is an outlet of the international Malaysian food franchise called Secret Recipe.



The interior is spacious and tastefully decorated in red and skin hues.


Here you can see the counter housing their baked goods, in particular the scrumptious cakes. Their cakes are huge in size and priced between RS 1400-Rs 2500 per cake. However, the size and quality of the cake makes the price worth it, especially since other local bakeries offer ordinary gourmet cakes at similar prices. The restaurant has three levels, including a basement.


The seating arrangement has both dining chairs and sofas/couches for the more cafe-style look.


Whenever we have gone to Secret Recipe, we have noticed that it has a family atmosphere, with the usual presence of youngsters/teenagers "chillaxing", in addition to groups of ladies and families with children.


The starter menu. Prices are in the same range as the other expensive restaurants in the vicinity.


Thai cuisine is also on offer in the main menu. You can see that one main a la carte entree costs between Rs 350-500.


We had gone for dessert. The desserts range from Rs 100-Rs 200 exclusive of tax; mainly cake slices of different kinds, including cheesecakes. It is difficult to pick which one to have!


A slice of the cake Chocolate Indulgence cost Rs 165. It was as good as it looks, believe me!


Hot Chocolate


Smarties and ice cream. Notice that the edge of the dessert spoon is inscribed with their name! Unique.


A huge slice of Chocolate Fudge Cake cost Rs 145. And I mean it when I say "huge"! One person can finish off this calorie-infested nemesis of their diet only if they are very hungry.

Verdict: It is a good restaurant with tasty food and high quality desserts. Portion size is satisfactory and the staff is polite and welcoming. Highly recommended for family or girls'/ladies' outings.

2 comments:

  1. why did they close ? :-s

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  2. I have no idea. I wish it hadn't. My husband works in the Islamic Banking industry and he told me that the business owners made a huge investment, foreseeing expansion to 6-7 outlets of this franchise within Karachi itself, and then closed down when they failed to break even with one outlet.
    I really liked Secret Recipe. I think if they make a comeback now, they will flourish, as the local gourmet food industry has really blossomed since the past year or so.

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