Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Revolving Restaurant, Caesar's Tower, Shahrah-e-Faisal


I had only heard of The Revolving Restaurant and seen it from my car window as I peered upwards sometimes whilst passing by Caesar's Tower on main Shahrah-e-Faisal. I'd spot a round shape atop the tall building adorned by glittering, multi-colored lights, and wonder if it really did rotate as its name implied.

Finally, on one of the last nights of Ramadan, after the culmination of taraweeh, we decided to give this famed restaurant a try.



The entrance to Caesars Tower boasts of its 'crowning glory', so to speak.



From the entrance to the Caesars Tower building, we were guided to one of several elevators that would take us to the rooftop restaurant.



We seemed to be the only customers, and after entering the restaurant, we were told that indeed, business during Ramadan was very low.


This winding staircase took us to the entrance of the restaurant. I liked how Allah's name was printed on the welcoming placard!



The restaurant is circular, working somewhat like a disk. The seats and tables were on the rotating part of this disk, whilst the glass windows and the central portion, where the food platters are kept, remained fixed. 



This is the central, circular room that remains fixed as you revolve. The food platters are placed along its circular periphery.



The soup counter - there were two kinds of soup: Chicken Corn and Cream of Chicken Soup


The view of Karachi from the windows. The restaurant completes one full circle in an hour and a half, so that your view keeps discreetly changing.





Like I said, we were the only ones dining that night, a rare and unusual occurrence that we actually ended up enjoying because of the added privacy.  



All in all, the decor and ambience was nice.



The salad bar was mediocre - average fare you'll find at any regular wedding or restaurant.


The desserts were disappointingly stale and shoddy. Most of the items, though probably enjoyable when fresh, were either stale or so broken-down in appearance (due to being taken haphazardly) that I did not feel inclined to have anything except the ice cream.
What was on offer: fresh cream pineapple cake, creme caramel or caramel pudding, chocolate cake, jelly, fruit trifle, fruit chaat, chocolate mousse, sheer khurma, strawberry cake, and strawberry ice cream (not pictured).  


The dinner menu, on the other hand, was much better in quality and taste. This was the Mutton Kunna.


Whole fried batair.



Vegetable Chow Mien. This was very well-made and tasty. 



Chinese Chicken Szechuan 



Chinese vegetable fried rice.


Prawn Tempura and Pasta in Creamy White Sauce were also part of the menu, and is visible on this plate. In the middle is the Dry Beef with Chillies that was also on offer in the chinese fare.


Other dishes that were there, pictures of which I could not snap but which I can just quote from memory, were: Soup, Mutton Biryani, Chicken Shashlik, Chicken Tikka Boti, seekh kabab, Arabic paratha, Naan, and spicy Lahori fried fish. 


Doodh patti chai to finish off. 

All in all, I liked the experience, even though some of the items on offer were obviously not freshly prepared. The price per head came to Rs 600- Rs 700. There were extra charges for our soft drinks and tea. Our children, aged 5 and 3, were not charged.


Note: Some people might feel slightly dizzy when the restaurant revolves. Even though, most of the time, you cannot feel the movement, there are some points in its cycle when the floor wobbles more, at which point you definitely feel your stomach become a wee bit queasy. :)

Our children loved the novel, unusual experience of dining high in the sky in a restaurant that moves, with a spectacular view that keeps changing, so families with children might definitely enjoy dining here. The experience and food is worth the money, in my opinion. The staff was very friendly and welcoming of children, a point you can gauge by the fact that my son accidentally broke a glass and they all laughed it off and refused to charge us for it despite our insistence! :) *phew* The waiters, on the contrary, were too busy playing catch with our children to mind their naughtiness!


The Revolving Restaurant of Karachi has its own updated website. You can visit it here.


6 comments:

  1. I recall hearing about this restaurant at least a decade ago when I was a kid, although we didn't go there. The Revolving Restaurant is probably an old "institution" of the culinary landscape of Karachi, predating, I think, the emergence of Copper Kettle and all the assorted cafes. It might not however remain in business for long if it continues to remain almost empty like it was on the day you guys visited!

    I guess it would make better business sense for this restaurant to charge less than what restaurants like Salt & Pepper Village and Lal Qila with better ambiance and a much greater fan following are charging. Especially since it is a buffet restaurant and is going to make a lot of food anyways, I think is more logical to charge 450 and have more people come to the restaurant than 700 and remain almost empty. Yes it has the revolving views but if prices are steep and the food is not fresh then people are not going to patronize the restaurant.

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  2. yup this is nice place for any kind of party ..:)

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  3. @Foodie: Yes I agree, although I think if this restaurant improves its marketing strategy, and makes it more aggressive, it can start increasing its customer base.
    @Anonymous: I agree! The open air sky deck outside the revolving part of the restaurant, especially, looked like a really nice place to host a party.

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  4. Foodie this restaurant is relatively new then the the one you have heard a decade ago that was the old revolving restaurant placed in shaheen complex I.I. Chandigarh road and the sorry news is both of them are closed now.

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  5. i from rahim yar khan , come to know from a friend ,listening were tempting but at try to reserve a dine , there was no one to attend my call ,this makes my heart to say

    ANGOOR KUCH KHATTAY HAIN

    Inspite of not there loooookz excelent

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  6. Any idea how many people can this place accommodate???

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