Avari Towers Hi-Tea – What To Expect?

I was invited to Avari Towers to partake in their newly launched Hi-Tea last week and I’ve been meaning to write about it since then.

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Avari Towers is now offering Hi-Tea in their Asia Live restaurant between 04:00 pm and 06:30 pm Monday to Saturday. Avari Towers used to host Hi-Tea way back in the day and I’m glad that they are offering it again.

So, coming to ambiance; Ambiance of Asia Live is pleasing. It’s a fine dining restaurant and meets all expectations. It’s the kind of place where you can go for date night as well take someone for a fancy treat or invite guests.

Food offered at Avari Towers Hi-Tea ranged from their delicious salads that I’m a big fan of to snacks like samosas and pakoras. Various kinds of sandwiches, channa chaat, dahi baray, daleem, fish fingers, pig in the blanket, Alfred penne pasta, vegetable chowmein, one bite burgers, spring rolls, chicken bihari boti, french fries and chicken wings are a few of the many offerings they had.

They had a wide selection of sweets to offer too. Food was accompanied by juices, tea, coffee and green tea whichever you like and however many you want.

For me, Avari Towers Karachi Hi-Tea checks all the important boxes; price, food, ambiance.

  • Timings: 04:00 pm – 06:30 pm
  • Days: Monday – Saturday
  • Charges: 1350/- pkr + Tax
  • Charges for kids: 0-5: No Charges; 5-10: Half charges
  • Offers on Bank Cards: UBL, Alfalah and Faysal Banks
  • MONDAYS reserved as Avari Ladies Day with 20% discount offered
  • Reservations in advance open as well as walk-ins

Will I go back to Avari Hi-Tea with my own money? You can bet on it. It’d more likely be a Monday though. Coz I love me a good discount. Value for money through and through. Especially if you have guests that you want to take somewhere or a shadi ki dawat or a ladies day out, this is perfect for it.

 

Iftar at Beach Luxury Hotel

What is better than the view of a beach on a sweltering hot day?

A view of beach on a hot day with great food!

Here is a peak into the view from the deck through my phone lens:

Yesterday I went to Beach Luxury Hotel for Iftar. Beach Luxury holds a special place in my heart because of it being at water front. I can just sit for hours and hours looking at water; at peace with my inner self and my thoughts. But yesterday I didn’t get a chance to sit and admire the water. My son loves water as much as I do; maybe even more than me. He was super excited and kept running around, pointing towards a boat, trees and lights that were visible from the deck.

A little sneak peak of iftar dinner at Beach Luxury:

 

 

Children find ways to wreak havoc with your nerves and that’s what my son does and did yesterday. I was constantly telling him to stay far from the railing, not to lean too much onto it, not to jump and run and shout. He did settle down a little once it was time for iftari.

Beach luxury offers iftar buffet all through Ramadan and we usually go there every year. This year was no different. There was a nice buffet spread with select items for iftari and a lot of dinner items.

Food variety at Beach Luxury Hotel was really great. Check out all they are offering:

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Samosa, rolls, kachori, tarkari, gol gappay, cholay, bhail puri, lal sharbat, orange juice, lasi and dates.

Chicken malai boti, Chapli kabab, matar qeema, katakat, mutton Karahi, chicken karahi, beef nihari, mutton kunna, chicken biryani, haleem, fried lahori fish, shawarma.

 

Prawn Tempura, fish tempura sweet and sour chicken, beef teriyaki, chicken tapenyaki, garlic rice, vegetable fried rice, assorted vegetables.

Gola Ganda, falooda and a variety of desserts that I don’t recall the names of.

And CHAI. I had a good time at Beach luxury and would recommend their Marhaba Iftar to everyone.

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What to Expect from Avari Tower Khi International Iftaar Buffet

Ihave visited Avari countless times and have never been disappointed. Whether its Suzie Wong or Fujiyama or Asia Live or Sky BBQ, their food is better than all the five star restaurants I have been to. I have been to Avari with friends, family and even had a dawat there and everyone I’ve taken to Avari has liked the food. My husband and I especially love the spread they have at Asia Live buffet. This time we decided to go there for International Iftar.

Upon entering the lobby of Avari, the ambiance with the fairy lights, the crescent moons hanging from the ceiling and the live soulful melodious music puts you in the right mood for iftaar. The center pieces placed at the food stations reflect the holy month of Ramadan and look gorgeous.

The Asia Live buffet for Iftar was really good. I found all my favorites there. They had iftar specialties like samosas, rolls, pakoray, and cholay. There was a variety of street foods of Karachi too like Gol gappay and Bhail puri. There was shawarma, potato wedges, steamed veggies, halwa, paratha roll and pizza bites too.

There were a lot of Pakistani dishes including some of the ones that everyone loves like biryani, beef nihari, chapli kabab, and chicken ginger, and chicken malai boti, channa tarkari, aloo tarkari.

There was Thai curry with plain rice and crumb fried fish with sweet and sour sauce. There was Chicken teriyaki, chicken mushroom with bean sauce with garlic rice in Japanese food and sweet and sour soup and chowmein in Chinese. I have forgotten the names of so many dishes like prawn tempura and there was these beef slices with some kind of glazed sauce which was bomb.

Good food, good ambiance and great service, what more can you ask for when going to a restaurant. We were there with a group of friends and colleagues and had the liveliest time we’ve ever had. Good food tastes even better with good company.

Random thoughts

I have been busy ever since I gave birth to my son. I’ve been busy before. While I was doing my ACCA, I taught Financial Accounting in this college for CAT and ACCA which was an hour’s drive from my home and with my studies and job I still never felt like this. I have become so forgetful of late. Forgetting coffee and tea was an every day thing for me even before but now my forgetfulness is at another level. I try to remember where I put things and some times I do, but most days I’m opening and closing drawers and cupboards without a clue where I kept my son’s school bag (yes, something as big as that).

My son is extremely hyper and active. But in the recent months he has settled down a bit. The only problem is that he doesn’t sleep. He wakes up at 7 in the morning and sleeps at 12 at night. I know, I know that its not healthy. But I have tried everything. Once when he had an allergic reaction to something, doctor prescribed him Anti-allergic medicine for a week and even after that he didn’t sleep more than his usual. So, while he is up he wants me with him. He wants me around and I can’t do things like ironing and laundry with him around. Can’t write anything constructive because how can I even thing over his chatter.

That being said, I wouldn’t change a bit about my life. I am happy as we are.

Kebabistan – Worth a Visit?

No matter how many different cuisines I eat and love, desi bbq has a special place in my heart. The spicy aroma of bbq and coal is always tempting. In front of a good juicy, spicy and tasty beef boti seekh, I might ignore my more favorite Japanese and Italian dishes. It is similar to Pakistani’s love for daal chawal. We go back to it again and again. And those who live abroad, for them Pakistani bbq is something they look forward to on their visits to Pakistan.

Last week I went to Kebabistan with friends. This was my 3rd or probably 4th visit since its opening. My husband and I usually order beef boti (favorite of mine) and beef dhagga kabab (my husband’s favorite). This time we decided to give new additions in their menu a try. And we ordered Karachi kabab in chicken and beef, dilkush handi, bbq platter on grill and kabab wraps with naan and parathas.

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We had to wait 18 minutes before the first dish was served, which is not a bad waiting time for bbq food. We were served kabab wraps first. Kabab wraps were a fancy twist to the traditional shawarma available in Karachi in my opinion. It had seekh kabab inside a wrap with vegetables like iceberg, tomato, carrot and onion. Kabab wraps failed to impress me. Mainly because we are used to of eating bbq with chatni and pyaaz combo. Other vegetables didn’t taste that good the desi bbq flavor.

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Karachi kabab turned out to a foot long kabab which tasted like seekh kabab. The chicken flavor was a bit mild but the beef one packed a punch. Dikush handi was a combo of mutton and chicken served in white creamy sauce. While my husband is not a huge fan of creamy malai handis, I love them. And I absolutely loved the dilkush handi. Because of mutton, the flavor was rich and different from the reshmi malai handi I have tried before. It was mild in taste but it was rich and creamy. Absolutely yummy with roghni naans.

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The bbq platter on the grill was as we expected. A bit of everything. It is something that you should definitely order if you are going out with friends or taking someone there for the first time because the presentation was really good. There were 1 or two servings of Chicken tikka, chicken malai boti, chicken seekh kabab, beef boti, beef kabab, dhaaga kabab, and chicken kasturi boti on the grill. What stood out the most were kasturi boti, chicken tikka, and beef boti. The rest were good too. At this point I had eaten so much that I couldn’t take more than 1 or 2 bites of everything that was offered on the grill.

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I’m glad we decided to go to Kebabistan. It is a really good restaurant to visit with family or friends in Guldhan e iqbal. Its economical too. Have you been to Kebabistan? Comment below with your own experience.

 

 

Best Jashan-e-Aazadi Food Festival

I am a big adventurer when it comes to trying out food. But at the end of the day when it boils down to comfort food I want desi taste. I have not travelled in Pakistan and thus have not eaten food from other cities or provinces. All I know is what is available in Karachi. And food in Karachi has a distinctive Karachi wala taste. Like the biryani in Karachi is entirely different than that available in Lahore or any other parts of Pakistan. So, when I got this chance to go to the Jashan-e-Aazadi food festival at Avari where they boasted to represent food from different regions of Pakistan, I grabbed it both hands. Despite having an injured shoulder I went to the food festival and I’m so glad I didn’t miss the food experience that came with it.

Not just the food was great; the ambience was pure delight as well. The monuments from all over Pakistan were displayed as the backdrop and there was a horse dance, cows, goats and what not. The Jashan-e-Azadi food festival was organized at the pool side and the whole pool side was transformed into this one big depiction of everything that represents Pakistan.

Food from different regions was set up on different tables to distinguish one from other. From Balochistan to Azad Kashmir, there were dishes from each region. Food tasted not only good but I could tell the distinctive taste separately.

I had a great time at the food festival and ate so much. Most of the dishes were meat based. But the taste was very different than what we find in Karachi. Some had more black pepper in it, a couple of dishes were being made on koila and that special smell of coal permeated into the meat and tasted amazing. There was channa chat, dahi baray, gannay ka ras, lassi, kulfi, haleem, nihari, karahi, katakat and what not.

I started on with salads. Love, love, love salads at Avari. I am always in a conundrum about whether to have salads or have my fill with other food items. But I end up tasting all of their salads. I didn’t eat any rice dishes or desserts because I ate so much that I just couldn’t even look at desserts. But I had this itty-bitty baloo shahi anyway.

Absolutely loved the Jashan-e-Aazadi food festival.

It’s Time To Take Edhi’s Mission Ahead!

When you visit an Edhi Center, you can instantly see that things could be better. Ideally, the Centers should all be in excellent condition, painted, clean, maintained gardens, simple but decent furniture, constant supply of electricity and back-up generators, air-conditioners that can be turned on during peak summer, clean clothing for residents, hordes of volunteers or staff and all residents receiving the best medical and psychological help available. We all wish for this to happen. The question to ask yourself is, what are you personally doing about this?

Visit any one Edhi Center and talk to them about numbers. Ask: how many dead bodies do they receive every day? How many lost children, women and men show up at Edhi Centers across the country every day? How many calls does one ambulance center receive per day? Considering the breadth of services Edhi Foundation offers, your questions can be endless. You are certain to be surprised by the answers.

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Yes, Edhi Centers could do with renovation and modernization of their services. Yes they could do with more volunteers and more staff. They can definitely do with upgrading their ambulance to the current global standards. No one will deny that. But recognizing this should motivate us even more to help out.

Edhi Foundation is trying to grapple state-level problems at an unimaginable scale. Are these centers perfect providing the finest care that can be compared to private institutions or welfare setups operating at a smaller scale? Maybe not. There is always room for improvement. But that being said, the Foundation is the best option available to millions of needy, forsaken Pakistanis.     

Wajid, who has been working at the Edhi Foundation for the past 15 years, provides medical care to the drug addicts admitted at one of the Centers. He shares “Edhi sb was like a father to all and his compassion was incomparable, but sometimes I feel he was too forgiving. Faisal Edhi, on the other hand is younger and pays attention to details. He is also compassionate but he is more vigilant. He is constantly trying to improve operations and iron out the kinks in the system. I admire this about him.”

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So, this Ramazan, make a pledge to go beyond just contributing some money to the organization.

Coca-Cola’s Ramazan campaign #Eidi for Edhi wants to help you achieve exactly that. Following a similar campaign that was carried out in 2017, Coca-Cola has partnered with the Foundation again for a fundraising campaign and the company promises to double all donations received during the campaign. This year, Coca-Cola invites you to go beyond cash donations, and encourages contributing meaningfully bringing joy into their lives of the less-privileged. You can donate by:

  1. Using the Coca-Cola’s #BottleOfChange or collecting #EidiforEidi and dropping these at the nearest Edhi Center or at one of the 75,000 Telenor easy paisa outlets
  2. Using Easypaisa to transfer money to the Edhi Foundation, Telenor has waived off all charges as their contribution to the Edhi Foundation
  3. Making a direct online transfer into Edhi Foundation’s bank account