I have been to Ginsoy a few times in the last couple of years. I make it a point to visit them at least once whenever I am in Karachi (which isn’t as often as I’d like, sadly).
I used to go to the one on Kh-e-Shahbaz but tried the one near Sindhi Muslim this time. It was festive season (Sept 14 2016), so we had to wait for almost an hour to be seated. We were served welcome drinks in the waiting area, and patiently updated every now and then.
We were a party of eight adults and one toddler. We ordered Spicy Garlic Chicken Wings and Tom Yang Gai Soup. Wings were generously bathed in a delicious sauce, and were much loved. Soup grows on you – so it took a couple of spoonfuls to finally enjoy the taste. Complementary prawn crackers kept on coming, as the toddler was having a little too much fun with them.
For mains, we ordered Spicy Schezwan Beef, Ginsoy Special Chicken, Spicy Garlic Prawns, Crispy Beijing Chicken, Vegetable Fried Rice and Vegetable Chowmein. Everything was delicious and had a spice kick – esp the Beef Schezwan. That’s not for the mild taste buds. Beijing Chicken was crispy, rice and noodles were fresh and worked well with all curries. The server forgot prawns, which only worked for us as three family size mains with a side of family size rice and noodles were more than enough for all of us. We even got some packed for breakfast next day.
As it was Mother India’s birthday, we got Belgian Chocolate and Ferrero Rocher cake slices from Gloria Jeans next door. Not only did Ginsoy allow food from outside, they helped us serve and surprise the birthday girl at 12 midnight as well. Brownie points for being so accommodating!
I always find the service at Ginsoy polite, attentive and amicable. Everyone has a smile on, and is ready to help with food suggestions and what might work well with what.
For all this food, plus two large bottles of water and three soft drinks, we were billed Rs.5700! Its unheard of – I later joked with Mr. N that I’d pay that much for a Döner from an Imbiss in Köln!
Overall, I really enjoyed the food and ambiance. They have a distinct taste (somewhat a desi tadka), which makes their food stand apart. I’d be happy to go back if I can squeeze in the time before I leave for Germany next week.
Highly recommended if you are visiting Karachi; if you live here, you lucky thing!
Until next food adventure – happy eating!!
CC Rating: 4.5/5