Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nursery Fish Point, Nursery, off main Shahrah-e-Faisal

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ 

Someone recently informed us about one of Karachi's well-kept culinary secrets:
a small, make-shift kiosk off main Shahrah-e-Faisal called Nursery Fish Point, that does delicious, fresh fried fish at affordable rates.

It is located in the side lane off main Shahrah-e-Faisal just in front of the prominent HBL (Habib Bank Limited) building that is almost directly opposite Hotel Faran, which is located right across from it on the other side of the main double road. Hard to miss.

A few street lights illuminate three stalls that discreetly start doing business soon after sundown every day, five days a week. 
The chicken soup selling stall is visible in the picture above.

And this is the main fish-selling stall that does good business. 
The third, Haleem stall (titled "Tasty Haleem") is visible to its right. 

Ad-hoc, make-shift roadside seating arrangements are present around these three kiosks. 
Very few vehicles pass along these dimly-lit lanes at night.

The masala-marinated boneless fish fillets are visible in the large tray above.
You can avail these fillets without masala too, if you want them mild in taste, by specifying this to the seller before they are fried. We opted for masala-less fish for our children.

One-fourth (quarter) kilogram of Finger Fish (a single plate) costs Rs 150

Both White Pomfret and Black Pomfret are available, priced at around Rs 600-700 per kilogram. One kilo yields 2-3 fish. 
They also have Mushka

The kiosk is boldly titled "Nursery Fish Point" in Urdu.

Chicken Soup with boiled egg topping - Rs 25
It is hard to believe that such a satisfying bowl of chicken soup can cost so less. Alhamdulillah! I preferred it without the boiled egg.

Single plate of Finger Fish (sans masala) (1/4 kg, or quarter kilogram) - Rs 150

Double plate of Finger Fish - Rs 300
You can see the masala sprinkled on top of the fillets.
The fish was fresh, tasty and really tender. 

Chapati's -Rs 10 each

Chicken Haleem, Rs 35

This was the best haleem I have had in a long time! It had the sticky-strand texture that is reminiscent of haleem's prepared on slow fires in days of yore, without the help of any modern-day short-cuts, such as blenders and food processors. 

Verdict: This is quintessential Karachi street-food dining at its best! Need more be said? Its winter! Go grab that piping hot soup, fish and haleem during the current breezy, chilly Karachi winter nights, before the sweltering summer sets in. :)

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Fatburger, Dolmen Mall, Clifton

It seems to me as if there is some strange unseen connection between the human "Y" chromosome and the big, juicy burger. 

This is because whenever a new burger joint hits K-Town, its more often than not the male members of one's family, in the age-range of 15-45, who start to itch and get impatient to give it a visit! :)

Even if it means standing in a long queue for an hour! *sigh*

Well, first it was Hardees, and now, it is Fatburger.

 This queue-less entrance of Fatburger was photographed after 11 p.m at night, which is the time to visit this outlet in Dolmen Mall Clifton, if  you want to get your order straight away.

There is another entrance at the other end of the outlet, from where wives, children and other companions of the ones standing in queue, enter the outlet to claim and occupy their tables. 

The outlet is done in red and yellow themes. It is open, spacious and well-lit. 

I am not a big fan of wall graffiti, though. 

Customers can leave their handwritten feedback/comments on the walls.
Err, too much like high school for me. :-|

The men at work at peak business hours (9 p.m to 11 p.m nowadays).

 The fatburgers under construction.

Customized tissue boxes on every table. 

The menu, sans the prices. You can view it more clearly online here.
Almost everything about Fatburger reminded us of Hardees. It was literally like déjà vu!

The patchwork roof is also done up in yellow and red themes. Lots of spotlights too.

"Hand-tossed" Chocolate milkshake - Rs 190

Nowadays, refills are free.
I can almost hear the boys and men (the "Y" chromosome readers of this blog) grinning with glee at this news. :P
A drink this size otherwise costs Rs 120 separately i.e. if you're not taking it with a deal.

Onion rings and "Fat" Fries.
These were piping hot. Crunchy and crisp, with steaming, tender cores.
That being said, I will reiterate that those at Hardees were better.

The Chicken Sandwich Fatburger - with a single grilled meat patty.

The Turkeyburger. Again, with a single patty. Umm, we are not big burger eaters.
To my pleasant surprise, this burger had whole wheat buns! This is the first time in my life that I've had a turkey burger, and also the first time I've had one with whole wheat buns.
I like!

I decided to have two add-ons with my burger. Cheddar cheese and an egg.
You can see the egg under the meat patty. I thought it was a little too well-done. The egg white should be white, not brown!

 The prices are the same as Hardees. A single patty meal with fries and drink will cut you back Rs 700, whereas one with double patty will hover somewhere around Rs 900.

As we left, the outlet had become considerably empty.

The desolate entrance.
Just 2 hours ago, there was barely any room to stand under this orifice! 

Verdict: Honestly? I think the food at Hardees (as well as that offered by the lesser-known, order-in local burger businesses such as Big Thick Burgerz and Gourmet Burger Company) is much better. 

The burgers were good, yeah, but nothing out of the ordinary. But then again, I am not a big fan of burgers any way. The men in my immediate family are, though. :)

I think the milkshake was rich and deliciously creamy, and I will probably go back to have that, if ever.

As always, loud, jarring music is a big turn-off for our family. We could see the many infants and toddlers in the restaurant getting bothered by the high level of noise. In addition to the din, all the waiters at the counter (and there are quite a few) sing out in chorus every single order, as soon as its ready. Interesting touch.

But someone in the management should train them not to call women with infants "aunty"! :P