Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Nihari Inn, Boat Basin, Clifton

Doing good business since many years on the Boat Basin strip in Clifton is a moderately-priced restaurant called Nihari Inn.

On the night we paid it a visit, it had rained heavily, so the outer baithak's of tukhts and gao takya's that have become a landmark of this strip of eateries, had been wound up, with tents erected in their place, as is obvious from the picture above.

The restaurant has an open air terrace upstairs.

The menu is reasonably priced and offers all variety of typical, popular desi food.

As you can see, the economic rates of the restaurant food combined with sustained good quality gives Nihari Inn  an edge above its overpriced counterparts tucked away in remote corners of Defence.

This below was their single serving of sumptuous Mutton Kunna priced at Rs 170:

And this was a single serving of plain Beef Nihari, priced at Rs 160:

 More shots of the succulent Kunna and Nihari. The meat in both was extremely tender!

The serving size was huge. We had to get the leftover packed to take back home.

Fluffy, hot naans were the best accompaniment to the meat curries:

This Kulfi in a clay pot priced at Rs 30, on the other hand, was a complete disaster. Avoid it! :)

The kheer was great in taste.

All in all, dining at Nihari Inn is a pleasurable experience, because of the good quality of the food combined with economical rates. 

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.