Sunday, December 9, 2012

Karachi Broast, Clifton

بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَـنِ الرَّحِيمِ

 To date, the English dictionary does not contain the word "broast".
This name for the local culinary dish seems to be solely a Pakistani invention, coined to identify this quintessential deep-fried chicken that has been served in the region since the past 3 decades.

Located in the area opposite Bilawal house (just before Jade Garden and Usmania Restaurant), eating at this Clifton outlet of Karachi Broast brings back childhood memories. 
I sat right here a little over 2 decades ago, eating chicken broast; enjoying the crispy, oily, fried 'skin' part of it the most! 
As kids, we'd peel off the crispy covering of the broast and devour it first, before the inner flesh cooled down enough for us to be able break it off with our fingers.

Since then, the outlet has improved a lot, although there was a time during the late 1990's when it was decidedly bigger than it is now.

Eww...not all aspects of the surroundings are nice, though. 
This Karachi Broast outlet unfortunately overlooks a mini-lake of leaked sewage and strewn plastic-bag-infested dump of trash.
No kidding, this enormous civil-engineering-fail has been around for years now!

The outdoor seating arrangement is quite decent, although the view that it imparts of the sewage - not quite so.

The logo of KB on the wall.
The owners obviously seem to have invested in the inner decor.

The indoor furniture is wooden, as are some of the fittings. I like! :)

The wall on one side is made of brick.

 Quarter Broast costs Rs 175
Wonder what a "Flying Saucer" is?

Now, sandwiches, burgers and Chinese food are also available at Karachi Broast. We have never tried them, though.  We come here just to enjoy the vintage taste of classic Chicken Broast!

Karahi and BBQ items are also available, at market rates.

These dips/sauces accompany one serving of Quarter Broast. Rather generous, eh?
I love the garlic dip (I turn into my 10-year-old self when I have this dip - the girl who'd ask for an extra serving of it whenever she had her broast here, over 20 years ago). :)

Leg piece of Quarter Broast.
A generous helping of French Fries and half a bun accompany it.
Whenever we have had broast here, it has been served piping hot, right out of the fryer!


Plain Fries for the kiddies, for Rs 90. Portion size was really good. 

 All in all, a "finger-lickin' good" meal, which is also easy on the pocket (though not on the arteries - please have broast infrequently, especially if you are over 40!).

 Verdict: Few do broast like Karachi Broast! It still tastes the same as it did decades ago. Some old habits really do die hard. Visit Karachi Broast if you want to be transported back to the late 1980's while devouring the steaming hot, extremely tender chicken crusted by its own skin fried to a crisp!