Did you notice that most of your weekend plans begin with and end on where you want to eat? If there is one thing that Karachiites are good at, it’s eating out! With such an eclectic mix of food places in the city, one can never really run out of options. However, if you want to break away from the routine of eating at your regular restaurants, then here are some of the things you can try out this weekend:
- The Beach
Contrary to popular belief, the beach is great for a lot more than just boring family picnics or drinking/smoking up with friends. When you have an entire day planned at the beach but blue bottles lie lined up on the shore like soul-sucking zombies, there is only one thing to do; EAT! There are so many interesting ways to enjoy food at the beach. Try this for example, take marinated goat legs to the beach. Wrap them nice and tight in foil, dig a deep hole in the sand and layer it with stones and burning hot coals. Place the foiled goat leg in the hole, cover it up with stones and sand and wait for it to slowly cook. Dig out the cooked legs and enjoy with raita salaaaad!
- Go Fishing
I have always been fascinated with the idea of hunting. Call me romantic, but the thrill of adventure mixed with unknown dangers and the glorious moment of victory when one finally hunts down their prey, has had me intrigued since I was a child. I guess that’s why I enjoy fishing so much. You should try fishing in Karachi too! You can rent a boat from Kemari early Sunday morning. The boat comes with fishing equipment and a kitchen, so you can catch your fish and eat it too while enjoying a serene boat-ride in the ocean!
- Chill at a mall
Karachi’s malls don’t hold a candle against international malls, but Dolmen Mall Clifton definitely comes close. Walking around the mall, peeking into shops and spending hours admiring clothes and accessories never gets old for a girl. But if it isn’t a girls’ night out, then try Air Hockey at Sinbad. You can order your meal at the food court and play a game or two while your meal gets prepared! The best part about Air Hockey? The worse you are at the game, the more enjoyable it becomes! (Warning: the game may cause abdominal cramps and swollen throat glands due to uncontrollable laughter and incessant screaming.)
- Try the new Cafe
Since you know you are going to make your plans around food, why don’t you try the newest cafe that opened up in Defence. Which one? It doesn’t matter, there are bound to be at least five new cafes that you haven’t tried yet.
- Also try the older ones
If you want to enjoy a quiet, delicious meal with your partner, your best bet would be to visit one of the nicer restaurants in Karachi. Pompei, Pantry, Rowtisserie, and Cafe Flo are some of my favorites and I’ve heard good reviews about The East End too. Here you can enjoy a hearty meal with some semblance of peace and quiet, and go back to work on Monday bathed in the afterglow of the decadent meal you enjoyed the night before!
- Burns Road’s Food Fest
If there aren’t enough weddings this month and you’re craving some traditional Pakistani food, then Burns Road is the place to be. It’s cramped for space and you can never find a place to park, but that just adds to the whole experience of eating there! Make it an adventure; park the car far away from your destination, walk down the road and eat at the restaurant instead of inside your car! It feels great, you’ll see.
- Then there’s always Pizza
When all else fails, order Pizza! I’ve had great experience with Dominos and Broadway and I can always count on them to deliver hot and cheesy pizzas on time! And what can be better than a hot pizza with a delicious movie?
So this weekend make plans to try something new and share your experiences!