Thursday, March 31, 2016

Best Daal Chawal in Karachi

Daal Chawal is pretty common for lunch in Karachi. However finding the best daal chawal in Karachi may be a bit challenging.

I recently experienced Daal Frio opposite Uni Plaza (Adj to Techno City), close to I I Chundrigar Road, Karachi. Excellent food and generous serving with tasty Achar and Kachumber. Here are some pictures:

Best Daal Chawal

An interesting part of this experience was the cleanliness. In small eateries, cleanliness is usually an issue, not at Daal Frio as it is a family run business and owners are present all the time to ensure quality, quantity and cleanliness.

 Additionally, they serve superb mint-rolls, samosas and cutlets. I loved their mint-rolls and Samosas.

That's how they promote their business:

"Daal Chawal". Not just Daal Chawal but the whole sensory experience along with the accompaniments. Daal Chawal with a tarka of hot "Desi Ghee" that begins to melt after landing on the plate spreading its yellow amber liquid and drenching the rice. "Mix achaar", the one that makes you smack your tongue and lick your fingers. Kachumbur tossed up with lemon. So Stop dreaming and come to reality and walk in to our restaurant or order for take away or delivery @ 021 3 263 0000"

Friday, February 21, 2014

Papua New Guinea’s Best Food in Port Moresby – Vegetarian and Halal

Papua New Guinea is generally known as PNG. Recently I was asked by my organization to visit Port Moresby to conduct a 5-day training workshop for newly established and the only Women Chamber in Papua New Guinea. The chamber is known as PNGWCCI.

As most frequent travelers use Google, TripAdvisor and Lonely Planet to checkout happenings and things to do in a city, I did the same. I also used facebook to look for Pakistani and Muslim community in Port Moresby and was lucky to find Dr Faisal Qureshi who is a dental surgeon working in Port Moresby.

As a Muslim, I was also looking for restaurants serving Halal Food, or Indian styled restaurants that serve vegetarian curries. The Google search helped me as far as finding an Indian restaurant in a posh hotel in Wigani, about 20 minutes from downtown Port Moresby. I was advised against use of taxies. Taxi drivers here are known to be either drunk or involved in criminal activities. The only possibility to travel in the city is by renting a car through Avis or Hertz and the cost is around $200/day (even if you need a car for couple of hours).

My biggest concern was food. On the first day of my arrival I spoke to my facebook friend who offered me dinner. Name of the restaurant was Tasty Bite and was just across Crowne Plaza Hotel. I was surprised to see the number of customers in that family-run Indian restaurant. I went there every evening for my dinner and became friends with Ameen and Shabana who own this place.

Address is:
Tasty Bite, ANG House, Shop #5, Hunter Street, Port Moresby
Phone: +675 321 2222 – Email:

In addition to Indian, Pakistani and Bangladeshi minority in Port Moresby, restaurant serves Australians, New Zealanders and other foreigners. They are also open for lunch during working days. Dinner is served from 6:30pm-9pm. Best time to find a nice table is as early as 7pm. I advise to book your table by making a phone call.

They can prepare food from very spicy to mild. I loved their mixed vegetables with cottage cheese, beef kebabas (Halal) and Dal. I was told that they will soon start sourcing Halal Chicken to serve Muslim Community in Port Moresby.

So if you are looking for Best Food in Port Moresby which is Vegetarian and Halal also, try Tasty Bite, you will not be disappointed.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

FoodPanda Brings The Largest Variety of Food Online

What is for Lunch today, is this a question that is raised in your office about fifteen minutes before lunch-time?  Well, in my office this used to be a routine, five days a week question. The reason is simple, people have changed their habits. Most office staff does not bring a lunchbox from home.

Craving for food becomes intense around mid-day and still busy at work, most do not realize that it's time for lunch – and "What is for lunch today" question arises.

In our office, we have solved the issue. Thanks to – a single platform for ordering food online from a variety of restaurants. Chinese, fast-food, desi, you name it.

It's so happened that I was looking at facebook page that has over 300,000 fans and realized that almost every popular restaurant is available there. I asked my colleagues to try with Four simple steps:
  • 1     Go to
  • 2.       Select your area for food delivery
  • 3.       Select your restaurant
  • 4.       Order your food

First reaction from my colleagues was "we are not sure if this actually works!" – But the very next day, there was a strike in Karachi. All shops were closed; there was no chance of getting food from the next-door restaurant. Screaming for food started as usual – I again said, "let's try" – No choice, colleagues agreed to order via this site.

Everyone wanted Chinese, so a selection of Chinese was ordered. Website also provided the total cost of the order. Approximate time for delivery was 30 minutes. Since it was an unusual situation in the city, delivery took 15 minutes more, and our order was delivered in about 45 minutes.

Hot meal, properly packed, with disposable spoons and forks, we hit the dining table and enjoyed our meal.

FoodPanda is certainly added a revolution in the restaurant industry. For Foodies, it provides choices that are otherwise impossible to consider while ordering food. In my office, everyone with a smartphone now has FoodPanda application.

        Did you try – of not, do it soon and enjoy the    experience, a unique experience of ordering food right from your computer or smartphone – there are exciting deals available almost everyday!