by Amna Tanveer Khan
George Bernard Shaw quotes “There is no sincere love than the love of food” and we witness it in the happiness and joy it brings us all. It is our solace in times of distress and our happy pill on merry occasions, one thing that stays with us through the ups and downs of life.
Food is an integral part of what makes Pakistan, Pakistan. The citizens take pride in the diverse cuisines: packed with flavor and brimming with spices. This is obvious from various food streets and the rapidly expanding, fine-dining scene all over the country. But because of the increase in the number of eateries overall, the need for a unique selling point becomes essential and while a lot of places have tried and succeeded in achieving that, there are some diners which take it an extra step forward and use nature and the beautiful landscape already present, to establish and grow their restaurant.
Kolachi is a renowned eatery located at Do Darya, Karachi famous not only for the breathtaking view of the sea but also for the highly praised customer service and most importantly, the food. The menu is diverse, having a wide variety of options to choose from. If you are in the mood to have some sizzling spicy Karahi, while the sea breeze lightly blows, they have got you. And while you feast on the scrumptious Karahi, why not offer some of that sesame sprinkled naan to the gorgeous Siberian birds which often fly by. The restaurant covers a humongous space but more often than not, there is still a waiting time, pertaining to the popularity of the place. If you are on the lookout for a calming, peaceful experience of a dinner by the sea, this is your place. A pro tip: go a bit earlier than the usual dinner time to witness a stunning sunset and bask in the magical golden hour sun time.
Moving up to the city known for its bustling food street, Lahore is a food haven. A place that has recently become popular among tourists and locals alike is Cooco’s Den, which offers an exquisite view of the magnificent Badshahi Mosque. Be it day or night, the place is a lively spot because of the influx of tourists from all around. The food, although a bit on the pricier side, is still praised with the stretched-out view of the historical mosque making up for it.
As we move north, Monal in Islamabad has made a name for itself as that ‘IT’ spot among the famous eateries in the country. A god-gifted location that offers one of the most beautiful scenic views in the country, overlooking the city’s outstretched backdrop glittering with lights at night. The aerial view offered by the restaurant is nothing short of breath-taking and despite an overpriced menu, as claimed by some customers, people still flock to it in numbers, mainly because of the unmatched scenic view it has to offer. Sitting atop the foothills of the Himalayas, with the drive to the restaurant proves to be an added treat. The menu is diverse ranging from Italian to the Mediterranean to our very own Pakistani cuisine. Sunset at Monal is an experience that should be on the bucket list of anybody who is traveling to Islamabad because the scene is straight out of your favorite illustrative novel and you definitely want to be a part of it.