Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Dunkin' Donuts, Clifton

This outlet is located in Clifton near Schon Circle.

It was this deal that caught our attention. And, admittedly, we realized that we had never visited any Dunkin' Donuts outlet (!), so it was high time we tried it out, especially with two children aged 4 and 2.

I really liked the spacious ambience. It combined cafe style seating with a la carte restaurant dining. The perfect combination for a place that attracts all: families, executives, couples and the elderly. Notice the flat-screen television that is a part of all eateries nowadays.

This section offers a more "restaurant style" dining experience.

Did you happen to notice the lights? They are shaped like doughnuts. What a classy idea!

There is self-service.

Needs no caption! Except perhaps......drool. :)

Children get really excited in front of this doughnut display; sort of like "Alice" in her "Wonderland".

Cinnamon Roll, two Chocolate Doughnuts and Cappuccino. This fare cost us a modest Rs 250. We ate our fill of dessert for the night, satisfied. Everything was great in taste and quality!

For a place with such a great ambience, the food is not pricey at all - well, that is, if it is compared to the other, more "cramped" eateries in the city's so-called "posh" locales, which charge an arm and a leg for a few imported artichokes and baby corns that they throw in with their steaks! At least, here, you have the option to sit and dine in such a way that your conversation is kept private and the adjoining dining table is not within arm's reach.

Verdict: I don't know why I never went to Dunkin' Donuts before with my children! I guess that means we will be going there again, insha'Allah. :) It is also a good place to take a friend visiting from out of town, for a quiet mid-morning coffee, dessert and chat.

Daal Chawal Express, Clifton

Update: this eatery has closed down and no longer exists at this location.

DC Express is located right behind Nando's in Clifton, and opposite Dunkin' Donuts

Self service

Daal Chawal is offered with vegetable bhujia/bhaji, Tandoori Chicken, and Beef Mince/Qeema.

Daal Chawal was for Rs 70 and the Shami Kabab cost an additional Rs 25.

Verdict: Very tasty! Also, easy on the wallet. Good, old-fashioned desi food.

Pizza Hut, Zamzama

The Pizza Hut outlet on main Zamzama has been doing roaring business since its inception, especially since the one we grew up frequenting near Boat Basin, Clifton, closed down some time ago.

There was a time when this "Pizza in a Sandwich" deal was on. We decided to try it out and it was a hit with the children!

The picturesque menu.
Pizza Hut has added a variety of appetizers and snack-type items to its menu since the last couple of years e.g. fried Mozzarella Sticks and other finger food.
They have, in other words, sprawled out beyond just pizzas, and this menu expansion has been quite a success, despite the somewhat steep prices.

Flat-screen TV's are the norm inside restaurants nowadays.The outlet at Zamzama has a family-friendly atmosphere, and is spread out on a grand total of four floors! This is the ground floor.
The top floor can be reserved for children's parties, as it includes a small play area in its center.

The Salad Bar.
Fresh, seasonal fruit and iceberg lettuce is always part of this salad bar. The different components available to build your salad offer a healthier option for those who come to Pizza Hut but do not want to eat pizza. 

Salad piled up high. Each visit to the salad bar costs Rs 235

Sandwich-style Pizza, or Pizza-style Sandwich, with crisp potato wedges and dip - Rs 199 plus tax.
Please note: this deal is no longer available.

Beef Lasagna Florentine served with a piece of Garlic Bread - priced at Rs 285

Fettuccine Alfredo - in other words, flat noodles with chicken julienne in white sauce, also served with a piece of Garlic Bread, priced at Rs 285. 
For the full list of their pastas, please click here.

Mexican Chicken Sandwich - Rs 275
This was a mildly-spiced sandwich that was huge! Quantity enough for two people, in my opinion. It is served with "potato wedges", a classic Pizza Hut snack.
For a list of all the sandwiches on their menu, please click here.

Verdict: I know that its weird for a review about Pizza Hut to not include any pizzas, but that is because we have been having pizza here since more than a decade now, so we kind of take the pizzas for granted and assume that everyone will know about them already. Also, we have been exploring other things on their menu, of late.

For prices and flavors of their different pizzas, please check out their online menu. Our personal favorite pizza flavors are Chicken Tikka and Super Supreme. We have tried the recent addition, Shawarma Pizza, but didn't find it anything to rave about.

Pizaa Hut is an age old favorite of most families. No doubt about that.

Phone number of Pizza Hut is 021-111-241-241 (Karachi UAN).