Friday, October 8, 2010

Student Biryani, Badar Commercial Area, Phase 5, Defence

Cafe Student serving delicious Chicken Biryani started a long, long time ago, as any Karachiite knows, and eventually their biryani came to be known as Student Biryani. Today, it is a thriving business that has many outlets in the city. 

This outlet recently opened in Defence phase 5, on 13th street in Badar Commercial area, between Daily Dubai Restaurant and the KFC on main 26th street.

The outlet is double-storied and offers a play area for children. 

The style of the menus reminds one of KFC.

There are many deals on offer for different family sizes.

I must admit this new outlet is spacious and probably worth the investment in the long run.

This is the downstairs reception area.

As I said, this outlet is huge and very family-friendly. This is the spacious upper floor.

The prices are fairly economical.

Kids's meals come with the usual toys.

We ordered these two deals: Deal 1 and Deal 2.

Parents can dine in peace because of the presence of a play area on the upper floor that entertains the young ones.

Take a look at the a la carte menu to check out the variety of food on offer

Deal 1 was for Rs 180: quarter fried chicken (2 pieces), French fries, dinner roll and a Coke.

Finger Fish for Rs 110 for the children. I have tried this more than once, and I must say that for a Biryani outlet, they sure make superb finger fish!

Chicken nuggets (6 pieces) with some fries for the children - Rs 140.
As good in quality as those found at the franchise with the golden arches. ;)

Deal 2, priced at Rs 240, included one regular plate of Student Chicken Biryani, raita, and...

....One (beef) Shami Kabab, one piece of fried chicken, and a Coke.

Daal Gosht - Rs 50.
Yup, for a biryani outlet, they offer lots of other great-tasting stuff at very economical prices.

Beef Nihari - Rs 80, and a chapati/roti in the background.

Plain Zarda (sweetened rice) for Rs 40

Verdict: Do I even need to say it? The biryani is awesome! And this, coming from someone who is not a particular fan of biryani, despite it being one of the most popular items in our local cuisine (judging from how it is an imperative part of the menu at every wedding). 

Student Biryani was always here to stay, but now it is wearing its crown with a bit more dash and zing! :)

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!