Summing up all the places that I ate at, with super quick reviews. The ones that I enjoyed and would 100% go back to again have their names in green. The criteria is not just the taste but also what I miss and don’t get here in Berlin. There are a few others that I am very likely to go back to as well, so…yea.

McDonald’s (Shahrah-e-Qaideen): You have to have German McDonald’s to appreciate Pakistani McDonald’s. Had the Spicy McCrispy, which was delicious. And then their signature ChocoCone, which was also great. Craving satisfied.

CC Rating: 4/5

Michilli (Dolmen Mall, Clifton): Ordered Mirchi Papri Chaat, and really liked it. Crispy and spicy (not flames out of nose spicy, just your usual spicy), with lots of options to choose from.

CC Rating: 3.5/5

OPTP (Dolmen Mall, Clifton): Ordered Masala Fries, and was meh. Cold and stale fries and rice are unforgivable in my world.

CC Rating: 2/5

Gloria Jeans (Dolmen Mall, Clifton): Ordered a Cafe Mocha and was alright. Nothing ground shattering. But I really liked their cafe; it has a small terrace where you can have coffee and watch the sun set.

CC Rating: 3/5

Coffee Wagera (Sharfabad): I did not know such cafes existed in Karachi, so this was a pleasant surprise. You can work or study in small groups as they have free WiFi for orders over a certain amount. Their coffee was alright, desserts average and Matkachino worth a shot.

CC Rating: 3.5/5

Pizza Hut (Tariq Road): Everything had closed, and they took us in. The food was okay. It was pizza. I am over pizza. I have pizza and dal chawal at similar frequency in Berlin, so that’s a pass for me when in Karachi.

CC Rating: 2.5/5

N’eco’s Cafe (Bukhari Commercial): My first visit, and a good one at that. I loved how fresh the food was and despite it being Pakistani cuisine (for most part), you don’t walk out feeling bursting at seams. And their coconut flour paratha is a game changer. More details here.

CC Rating: 4.5/5

Espresso (Tipu Sultan Road): I had nachos crusted chicken with potato and fruit salsa. The chicken was very average but the fruit salsa was delicious.

CC Rating: 2.5/5

Koel Cafe: I remember it being so romantic and unlike most of cafes in Karachi, so I went there with Mother India for her birthday lunch. Birthday girl’s Chicken and Prawns with Fiery Jalapeño Salsa was pretty good. My Kulcha Sandwich with blackened chicken was SO heavy (also, Kulcha is a flat bread, and not flaky paratha-like bread). Creme Brûlée was okay, and would order shikanjabeen without sugar if I would go again.

CC Rating: 3.5/5

Nando’s (SMCHS): It’s Nando’s. It’s heart. My taste buds may have moved on but I have so many memories here that I go back every time.

CC Rating: 4/5

Xander’s (Tipu Sultan Road): Another first. I had been to Xander’s Clifton many moons ago, and remember the food being good. Went again with a few friends, and the food was still great. If I have to have pizza in Karachi, I would have it at Xander’s. We had pepperoni pizza for the table as starters, and it was delicious. Chicken with wasabi and honey was interesting. Dessert…hmm.

CC Rating: 4/5

Rehmat-e-Shireen: If you like falooda, this is the place for you. If asking for a takeaway, mention that you’d like kulfi, noodles and milk all separately packed.

CC Rating: 3.5/5

Bar B Que Tonight (Dolmen Mall Clifton): We got a mix grill platter, which came with one naan. Got a paratha separately. It was good for three adults, and everything was delicious. I really liked the chicken tikka and elders enjoyed ribs the most. Naan was soft and paratha delicious.

CC Rating: 3.5/5

Hobnob: They have the BEST chocolate biscuits in Karachi – the one with hardened chocolate drop on top. I take some back with me as well to Germany always.

CC Rating: 4.5/5

E Street Mews Cafe: This was also a first for me. Came recommended, and certainly did not disappoint. We took a trio of fries, spaghetti bolognese and drinks. I liked fries (because you can’t not like fries, but I have certainly had better), and really enjoyed the spaghetti. It was saucy, rich and made to perfection. The place is very cute too – couldn’t imagine liking sky blue interiors but they did a good job with it.

CC Rating: 3.5/5

Tooso: Wanted halwa puri, and B&B opens at 12, so ended up at Tooso. Was okay.

CC Rating: 2.5/5

Cocochan (Dolmen Mall Clifton): When Asian food meets Karachi’s flavours. We ordered prawn on toast, crispy beef chilli and chowmein, and everything was delicious. Prawn on toast was served hot, noodles were spicy and saucy, and crispy beef didn’t taste like beef but was still delicious. Rice could have been fresh and not dry.

CC Rating: 4/5

Pak Juice Roll & FastFood Corner: Best beef boti paratha roll ever. And that green chutney…so so so good.

CC Rating: 4.5/5

And with that, my food escapades came to an end. Now it’s all about Piri’s, pancakes and pinot noir (I just came up with that because couldn’t come up with a drink that starts with P and isn’t Pina colada or Pakola).

If you have any recommendations for me to try out the next time I am in K-town, please drop them in comments. And thank you for reading!