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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Food Review: Ginsoy Johar

When an eatery opens up a new outlet, everyone is eager to know if the menu is the same, if the food tastes the same, do they offer any new discounts for the new location or if their service is the same or any better. The same curiosity took my husband and me to Ginsoy Extreme, which has now opened its branch in Gulistan-e-Johar. As a marketer, I think this has been a brilliant move by the eatery management. People from gulistan-e-Johar have to go out to tariq road to eat good tasting chinese. We do have fast food chains and desi karahi and bbq eateries in Johar, but definitely there was an open space for chinese food. And Ginsoy has now filled that space.

I LOVE chinese food. Even the desi spicy version of chinese food available in most eateries. But I love going to chinese restaurants. My husband and I kinda like to explore different cuisines and eateries so; we hardly ever go to the same place again. We went to Ginsoy last year at their other branch and as always had good food day.

Yesterday, we had light iftaar with only chicken sandwiches so decided to try out Ginsoy Johar branch as it is just a few minutes drive from our house. The place was fully occupied when we arrived but a family was saying their good byes so found a place immediately.

We ordered:

  • Hot and sour soup – single bowl
  • Half a dish of dynamite prawns
  • Half a dish of beef chili dry
  • Half a dish of dragon chicken
  • Full egg fried rice

Hot and sour soup tasted exactly the same as I have tasted before at other branches. Perfect tanginess and sweetness.

Dynamite prawns were a letdown, as the sauce was drizzled on top of the prawns which made the coating go soft. Prawns and sauce tasted good but without the crispiness, it was not up to the mark.

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Beef chili and dragon chicken were both great. Just as we like them.

And when we were presented the bill, we realised that they have an on going offer of 30% off on the entire bill for 1-15 of Ramzan. The total bill came to 1975/- PKR which was great.

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Service was not top notch but it’s understandable. It’s still a work in progress. As long as they maintain the same great taste, they’d have no shortage of patrons visiting this branch.

All in all, the food tasted good and I’m definitely going back there to satisfy my Chinese food cravings.

 

SLAMVICH – The Best Grilled Sandwiches in K-Town

Do you like sandwiches? I do! And not just your regular “like” like; I loove sandwiches. I have eaten sandwiches from so many eateries and have fallen in love with a few over the years and they have become my regular from the menus of their eateries. I love sandwiches mad with regular bread, buns, baguette, nans and what not. I have eaten all kinds of meat in my sandwiches; turkey, bologna, sausages, pepperoni, salami, tuna, beef and of course chicken.

Despite eating it all, I have missed out on eating a good grilled sandwich. And I have seen so many videos on YouTube Food Channels which show just how to make the perfect grilled cheese or any combo with cheese sandwich. The perfect golden bread, the crunch and the succulence of the meat; my mouth waters even now thinking about it. I tried making it at home but my stove is not right for making grilled cheese sandwiches. My stove has not the kind of even heat required to grill the sandwich perfectly.

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Last week, my husband and I were coming back from visiting my relatives and took a wrong turn and it turned out to be a great thing for us. You see, we stopped to consult the Google Map to get out of the labyrinth that Defence is. We saw a small eatery with the most interesting name; Slamvich. Hungry as we were, we went in there. And to our delight, we found the star of the menu were Sandwiches. We ordered Meat’n’Melt and Tender Slam. Oh boy! Love in first bite and with every bite till the end.

T11he Meat n Melt had a juicy meaty patty with lots of cheese. The Tender Slam had juicy steak slices with mushrooms and spinach in white sauce. Both of the sandwiches had the perfect golden bread and the crunch, oh-my-god. They was amazing. Slamvich is not a dine-in spot, it provides take-away and delivery options. I wish I didn’t live 40 minutes’ drive away from Slamvich. I’d have become their regular if I lived or worked nearer.

Definitely full points for taste and presentation. Anytime I have to go to Bukhari now, I’m going to have one of their sandwiches. I am guessing every sandwich on their menu will be as good as the ones I had.