Friday, October 8, 2010

Mirchi, Badar Commercial Area, Phase 5, Defence

13th Street off Badar Commercial Area in Defence, Phase 5, Karachi, seems to be turning into a food street! 
Besides boasting of Daily Dubai Restaurant, Sirf Meeruth Kabab House, Student Biryani and now the vintage Bundoo Khan's, there are other smaller food outlets dotting this entire double road that runs between Saba Avenue and 26th Street, with the KFC of main 26th Street as a prominent landmark on one of its ends. One such outlet is Mirchi

One day I was in the mood for spicy chaat, like the typical Pakistani woman. :) So I decided to try out Mirchi that is a small outlet on the same street. 

The menu, as you can see, is similar to the famous Chatkharay in Khadda market. It has some South Indian items like Idli Sambhar and Dosa on offer as well. The prices are very economical. 

At times such as these, when I can eat from a variety of scrumptious desi goodies that are available readily - and now all the more so in air-conditioned outlets at the most throw-away of rates - that I really appreciate residing in my cosmopolitan hometown of Karachi! :)
Really, you do not get such culinary delights at every corner in other countries, especially in the West. Ask those Pakistani's who have emigrated abroad, and they'll tell you how much they miss the local chaat, bun kabab and gola gunda.

"Dahi Vada" is even spelled in South Indian style on the menu placard that was on the table. 

The decor is comfortable and is imbued with the color of chillies. And so the name Mirchi, I guess. 

I really liked the overall ambience, especially the use of indoor plants.

A mouth-watering shot of the wonderful Mix Chaat that I ordered. Price: Rs 90

And another shot, without the flash. I was literally salivating so much that it was hard to take the photograph before tucking in (especially since this was my iftar that day).

Aloo Bun Kabab - Rs 95

Pani puri - Rs 55

Chicken Shami Bun Kabab - Rs 125

French Fries for the children, priced at Rs 75. Everything else looked like it would be too spicy for them.
I must admit that the fries were prepared fresh and were piping hot; unlike other eateries that just re-fry stale fries before serving them.

Special Dahi Vada for Rs 95. The dahi baray were made of maash daal and were really tasty!

Fresh Lime to go with the Mix Chaat.

As I said before, in case you do not already know, Bundoo Khan's has opened right across the double road from Mirchi, and is doing roaring business already, even on weeknights!

Verdict: Everything tasted great! The staff was polite and cordial. The chaat was really yummy and its ingredients very fresh, especially the papri. If you are a female in Karachi who loves chaat and other similar savory delights, but want to eat them whilst sitting comfortably indoors, you must try Mirchi!


  1. You documented your experience wonderfully. Great job!

  2. An apple a day keeps the doctor awayOctober 17, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    For the setting and the cleanliness factor, prices are not bad at all. Gol gappas in particular look very nice.

  3. you are doing a great job...
    very helpful.

  4. Thank you, Anonymous, An Apple a Day, and Anonymous-2, for your feedback.

  5. Excellent review and detailed review, keep it up.

  6. This restaurant sucksssss cheap environment and local low category audience come over here and the kind of food they provide is yakkhhhh my ghar ki masi cooks more good than these people they r just making other people fool by mixing daal sew with chana chat which every theylay wala can provide they have not done any thing new so for me mirchi restaurant sucks in all manner and the cheap costume of the servants over here are so funny and the organizers really mind if people sit and chat for long hours in their restaurant........................ so people its a stupid place to go share waste of money time and leisure..........

    1. khud tu daal kha kar aya hai, and you wish for "high category audience"..
      kiya ye khula teezaad nai?? :P

  7. Thank you for the very informative review. I'd like to check it out sometime.

  8. thankyou for ur info but i dont like it at personal level.. becox the items is not to look good and yummy ... also costly at market level