karachi eat 2019 – HTV https://htv.com.pk Thu, 14 May 2020 23:57:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Karachi Eat 2019: Day 2- More Food, More Reviews https://htv.com.pk/htv-eats/karachi-eat-2019-day-2-more-food-more-reviews Sat, 12 Jan 2019 17:11:26 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42358

Hi there, we probably crossed each other at KEF today (day 2). I say that with a lot of confidence, considering the fact that the place was bursting with visitors today. The lines at the ticket counters went on for miles. It took me a lucky twenty minutes to get a ticket but my unfortunate […]

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Hi there, we probably crossed each other at KEF today (day 2). I say that with a lot of confidence, considering the fact that the place was bursting with visitors today. The lines at the ticket counters went on for miles. It took me a lucky twenty minutes to get a ticket but my unfortunate friends waited in line for an hour and a half.

If you were also part of the unfortunate lot, it does not get better because every.single.stall had a line up. But enough cribbing, let’s get down to the reviews.

Steak and Grill by Khurram

I was told that the steak strips are the best thing at the festival. So that’s where I went first. Just as it was about to be my turn, we were told that they have run out of steak. What an absolute bummer. Not wanting to leave without trying anything, I ordered the pulled beef sub.

Price: RS 350

Thoughts: The beef was flavorsome, the chimichurri sauce was nice and spicy but my favorite part? Those plump, deliciously roasted cloves of garlic. Ahhh. Also this sub gave me company for the next 2 hours (find out why in a minute). So I have reserved a very special place in my heart for it.

Burger Bros

The longest line-up at the festival was definitely, hands-down, the one at burger bros. We wanted to try it yesterday, but couldn’t bring ourselves to wait for that long. Guess what? We ultimately had to get in a line three times longer, just out of sheer curiosity. One hour forty-five minutes later, we received our sliders. And during this time, the above mentioned sub gave me some really great company.

Price: RS 350 per slider (Flamin’ Chick and Level 1 Beef)

Thoughts: I would have given it rave reviews had I not been cranky and frustrated at the fact that I had to wait so long- the good light had disappeared which meant none of the other food items would get photographed well. Ugh. But everything considered, the flaming chicken burger was really good (SALT Dubai inspired, I assume). Crispy chicken with crispy lettuce and a soft bun- a winning dish. I was a little let down by the beef slider, surprisingly. I thought it would blow my mind, but it was not oozing with juices as I expected it to be- perhaps I should have tried the wagyu version instead.

The Pantry

While I waited in line for the burger, a team member trotted over to the Pantry and got Shrimp Tacos. Thank you, team member, I will never forget this favor.

Price: RS 350

Thoughts: The shrimps were hot, fresh and perfectly cooked. The salsa was spot-on, the taco was the perfect size. I couldn’t find fault with it. Definitely makes it to our favorites list.

Arabi

We had come across a blogger’s review on the mutabbaq at Arabi. I was intrigued. So we ordered one in beef.

Price:

Thoughts: We took a couple of bites. One of us enjoyed it, but let’s be honest, he’d eat anything and be nice about it. I thought it would make a great iftar option in Ramzan. But it was average at best. I would’ve liked it to be super crispy. It wasn’t.

Le Saint Honore Patisserie

We had the pleasure of meeting the pastry chef. She was kind enough to tell us all about her creations for the festival. The stall has been quite popular for their macarons but our eyes were drawn to the black forest cake. We ordered one black forest and one salted caramel chocolate tart.

Price: RS 350 each

Thoughts: The modern take on the black forest was absolutely refreshing. And absolutely delicious. The serving should have been more generous as it left us wanting (a lot) more. This should be on your list of things to try at the festival, especially if you have a sweet tooth. The salted caramel chocolate tart was as good as any salted caramel chocolate tart in the city.

We also got a lovely, deep-roasted coffee. An in-depth article will be posted on that very soon.

Health Act

A much needed respite from the constant indulgence we were participating in. We ordered the GOOJ, the flourless chocolate cake and two juices: Roots and wingman.

Price: RS 300 for the wingman and RS 200 for roots.

Thoughts: We were a reluctant to try wingman as we were told it contains Kale, but we were pleasantly surprised at the fact that it wasn’t bitter. Roots, as you can guess, was a combination of apple, beetroot and carrot- classically good. The GOOJ, however, was a great healthy option. The frosting was yum and the cake itself has a dense fudge-like quality. They use a healthy secret ingredient which you can coax out of the owner. I did. But I can’t tell you. Sorry.

Lush Crush

One last hurrah. We were headed out of the festival, unwilling to stand in the long queues AND because we had reached our tipping point- when we saw the twinkling lights at Lush Crush. I have a bit of a bias when it comes to the popsicle stall, for me they can do no wrong. They are not paying me, promise.

Price: RS 350 for 2

Thoughts: Strawberry and cream was my favorite at last year’s festival and of course, it was just as good this time too. We also got the loaded- LOADED- black forest pop. Nuts, dried cherries, chocolate- the works. I loved it a little less than the strawberry (okay, substantially less).

That’s it for Day 2! Did you guys read our reviews for Day 1? Check it out!

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Karachi Eat 2019: Day 1- The Highs And The Lows https://htv.com.pk/htv-eats/karachi-eat-2019-day-1 Fri, 11 Jan 2019 20:24:18 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42331

 The excitement has been real for this year’s Karachi Eat. The jury had set out to find the best there was to offer and also set a clause this year for eateries to add an exclusive item to their menu for the festival. What this ensured was that there was plenty of innovation and […]

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The excitement has been real for this year’s Karachi Eat. The jury had set out to find the best there was to offer and also set a clause this year for eateries to add an exclusive item to their menu for the festival. What this ensured was that there was plenty of innovation and competition to keep things exciting.

We got to Karachi Eat pretty early, at 4 p.m. and while there were quite a few stalls still setting up, we decided to get our food crawl started. Even if that meant desserts first!

The first stall we went to was:

  1. Caffé Praha

It’s one of the closest stalls to the entrance. And it was hard to resist the contrasting black of the ice cream against the clear blue sky. The product, called BlaCream, is a beautifully black soft serve in a chimney cone or cup. We chose the cup.

Price with the chimney cone: RS 350

Our thoughts: Highly instagrammable. Taste wise, it’s good but there’s nothing extraordinary about the ice cream. Also, keep in mind it stains your lips, teeth and tongue- temporarily.

  1. Hobnob

We wanted to try the cronut as soon as Hobnob announced that it was going to be on the menu.

Price: RS 200 per cronut

Our thoughts: It is DELICIOUS. It was the only thing from the festival I loved so much that I got 4 more to take home.

Read: Renovation and Redemption for Hobnob Bakery

  1. Lady Marmalade- Funnel Chicken

Have you seen how beautiful this is? It instantly reminded us of the donut burger from 2 guys 1 grll at last year’s festival and we placed the same level of expectations on it.

Price: RS 350

Our thoughts: We wanted it to be amazing, we really did. But it fell short. The sauce was fantastic, the chicken was good but the funnel cake itself was disappointing.

  1. Slamvich- The Hell Melt

I can’t believe we almost skipped this!

Price: RS 300

Our thoughts: Helllll-a good. My eyes widened and I did a little jump as I took my first bite. We had been looking for a place that was worth revisiting the second day and we found it. What’s more is that wherever we looked, there was someone complimenting the slamvich sandwiches. Go here! Thank us later.

  1. Sol

We had the Butterbeer and the Cubano.

Price: Butterbeer- RS 200

Cubano- RS 300

Our thoughts: We had mixed reviews when it came to the Butterbeer. One of us (ME, ME, ME) loved it, the rest wouldn’t have more than a sip. But it’s basically liquid butterscotch with soda- so why wouldn’t you try it?

The cubano took a while to be served but we waited because we really wanted to try it. The sandwich as a whole was alright, the mustard was a little overpowering but we were loving the addition of pickles. The major disappointment was the amount of meat. Sampling the meat separately, we LOVED it. However, there was nowhere near enough of it. So what do we want? MORE MEAT.

  1. Shrooms

The hunter beef bun has been trending on facebook for the last few days. We got them hot out of the oven at KEF.

Price: RS 100 per bun

Our thoughts: When we broke into the spicy sauce covered bun, the cheese stretched at least 6 inches, no joke. The tiny bun had plenty of flavorsome filling in it. The best part is that it’s the perfect size for festivals such as these, and you do not have to get more than one.

  1. Saniya’s Kitchen- Chili Lime Prawns

Price: RS 300

Our thoughts: We were so excited to try these. And we were so disappointed to have wasted 300 rupees on these. They were cold, and way too spicy. Our lips were tingling until we got another ice cream to cool our tongues with.

  1. Lal’s

We live for desserts and well, when Lal’s announced they’re coming up with an exclusive creation for Karachi Eat – we knew we had to give it a try! We’re talking about their ‘Gelato Taco Sundae’.

Price: RS 300

Our thoughts: The tiny treat left us wanting more with its rich and creamy gelato flavour in ‘chocolate brownie’ sprinkled with brownie crumbs on top. The taco too was crisp and fresh. Overall, a must try!

  1. Hot Bombz

They were such a hit at the last KEF that we knew we absolutely had to go there again. We ordered the hot stix.

Price: RS 250

Our thoughts: My very hard to please colleague LOVED them. If we weren’t so stuffed by the end of the night, we probably would have gone for a second serving of the hot sticks. Do give these a try, you won’t regret it.

  1. Kuiya

Kuiya introduced Long Chiray for their special menu item, it’s basically made from chickpea flour and has sweet and spicy toppings (as per your preference). We got the masala long chiray.

Price: RS 150

Our thoughts: We’ve loved their kuiya, and wish we had gotten that instead. Although the long chiray were an interesting addition to the menu, they weren’t as good as their signature item.

  1. No Lies Fries

Another stall with super long lines BUT also, super quick service. We ordered the pesto fries, the fried chicken poutine and the nug-nukes.

Price: 800 for three items

Our thoughts: The fried chicken poutine does not disappoint in the least. We were so happy that we decided to give this a chance. The pesto fries are also a great addition to the menu. Even though we’re purists and did not particularly rejoice the fact that they mixed the pesto in mayonnaise, but we understand the commercial purpose of doing so. HOWEVER, the nugnukes are nug-NOs. They were cold, chewy and bland- don’t get them. Stick to their fries; they’re hot, crispy, thick cut and tasty.

Bonus points: They were using environmentally friendly utensils. Other stalls need to take note of this!

  1. Om Nom Bros

The pictures looked absolutely drool worthy of the buenelos surprise. We got the sweet buenelos, filled with chocolate and served with a side of more chocolate.

Our thoughts: They are filled to the brim with chocolate sauce. It isn’t the best quality chocolate, you can tell by your first taste. And the bun seemed a little underdone, perhaps due to the thin consistency of the sauce. These looked great on social media, but looks can be deceiving. True in this case. We would not recommend it.

  1. Social Hub

Can the night ever end without a cuppa chai (in our case matka chai)? Um, nope!

Price: RS 100

Our Thoughts: So we tried their Matka Chai and we weren’t disappointed like we were with others (chotu chaiwala, we’re looking at you) because of excessive sweetness and watery consistency. This one did the job as the taste was balanced – more flavour, less shashka deal!

14. Red Volks

There was a long line for the hot rods at Red Volks.

Price: RS 200

Our thoughts: We did not love the Hot Rod, it’s basically a K&N hot dog dipped in batter and doritos/Cheetos and fried. But we did sample their pulled beef burger and it tasted great, so that’s where the magic’s at y’all.

 

What we’re looking forward to on Day 2:

Burger Bros

Jolly Rancher Candy Floss

The Chew Bar, Ribs

Another Slamvich

Rigo’s donut cone

From Burns Road With Love

Awesamosas Doritos Chaat

and so much more. Keep watching this space for more updates regarding Karachi Eat 2019!

Read: Everything  we’re looking forward to at KEF 2019

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Here’s All We’re Looking Forward To At Karachi Eat Festival 2019 https://htv.com.pk/taste/heres-all-were-looking-forward-to-at-karachi-eat-festival-2019 Wed, 02 Jan 2019 13:26:17 +0000 https://htv.com.pk/?p=42098

It’s that time of the year again! One of Karachi’s most anticipated food events, Karachi Eat is almost here and we’re excited for many reasons. First reason being the pleasant weather and second (no doubts there) there will be a lot of food to try. Like every year, new names in the business will be […]

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It’s that time of the year again! One of Karachi’s most anticipated food events, Karachi Eat is almost here and we’re excited for many reasons. First reason being the pleasant weather and second (no doubts there) there will be a lot of food to try. Like every year, new names in the business will be participating and will try to bring their A game for foodies. Another highlight of the event will be the ‘Star Entree’ Menu – a menu created exclusively for Karachi Eat Festival only and there will be around 90 dishes on this menu (would you believe that?) We’re definitely stoked!!! Here are some of the dishes we have our eyes on.

The Big Chip by I Scream Sandwiches

In the mood for ice cream sandwiches? Well, here’s something you can try at the event this year.

Taco Sundaes by Lals

Talk about ice cream desserts and you’ll find us somewhere lurking around to try one. Speaking of which, Lals has gotten us excited to try their Taco Sundaes this year with four unique flavours –  Red Velvet, Choco Strawberry, Caramel Apple and Chocolate Brownie. Cannot wait to try them!

Filled Donuts by Slice of Life

Are we sick of donuts yet? Not a chance!

The Hunter Beef Bun by Shrooms

If you love hunter beef, this one should definitely be on your list

The Smokin’ Chick Naan by Cloud Naan

Winters and naan cannot be separated and for this very divine union, this naan will be on our minds till we actually try it.

S’mores by Café Ujala

For the love of indulgent desserts and hello! the weather simply calls for it. Let’s just hope it lives up to the hype.

Prawn Biryani by Craving Spot

We can’t wait for the merger of two of the best worlds, sea food and biryani! Hoping it’s not a catastrophe though.

ALSO READ: It’s Cheat Day So We Went Burger Hunting In Lahore!

Taiyaki Soft Serve by Delinia

It won’t be exaggeration, if we say 2018 was the year of soft serve. As it turns out, the trend is still very much alive and new eateries are trying to catch up. Here is a new one you can try at KEat.

The Double Chaska Roll by A-one Snacks

The go-to food item when craving for paratha and spicy chicken filling kicks in! This is one we’re definitely going to try.

ALSO READ: 2018 In Review: Food Trends

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