GT Food


Our favourite restaurants of the month

Go Flour Our Picks from the menu:

  • Crispy Chicken Brioche
  • Caramel Latte

Chili’s Pakistan Our picks from the menu:

  • Strawberry Mojito
  • Cajun Pasta
  • Chicken & Shrimp Fajita
  • Molten Lava served with ice cream

The Dining Room Our pick from the menu:

  • Stuffed Peri Peri Bites
  • Tang Su Chicken
  • Teppanyaki Special Steak

Koya Restaurant Our picks from the menu:

  • Fire Cracker Chicken
  • Polo Chicken
  • Chicken Dumpling
  • Cheese Cake

Theatre Bakery & Cafe

Our favourite:
Breakfast Boat Pizza
Maple Butter Pancakes

Refreshing drinks:
Mint Margarita & Mocha Frepe

Lunch Undercut
After a year of tantalizing taste buds and serving up extraordinary food, Pret a Plate Cafe, has opened up a new fine dining restaurant, Undercut! From hand-cut prime steaks grilled to perfection to an array of delectable dishes that push the boundaries of taste, Undercut is ready to redefine your dining experience.

dinner Saku Hana
Home of the Finest Japanese Fusion Food in Lahore!

Our favourite:
Appetizer – Nana Bites
Sushi – Crunchy Maki
Main Course: Chicken Teppanyaki & Saku glazed chicken

– Spanish Nachos
– Spanish Omelette, Breakfast of Champions & magic pancakes!

Feeling lazy or stuck at work place?!

Don’t worry we have a favourite place from where you all can order scrumptious food for lunch!
Epicurean By Mahnoor

Craving a sizzling steak for dinner?!
The Dining Room is a must visit! Our picks at The Dining Room:
– Jalapeño Mushroom Steak
– Stuffed Peri Peri Bites

While these potatoes taste good just plain salted, adding a bit of honey and garlic just elevates the flavor and takes it to another level.

If you want a budget-friendly but fancy looking dinner side dish to impress your guests, say hello to honey roasted hasselback potatoes. Not only do they sound fancy, but possibly more importantly, they look like a lot of time and effort must have gone into making them, when in reality, it’s a matter of minutes. And the best part? They taste delicious. While these potatoes taste good just plain salted, adding a bit of honey and garlic just elevates the flavor and takes it to another level. Let’s make them.

Cut a sliver lengthways of the bottom of your potatoes so that they can sit flat on the baking tray. Using a sharp knife, make thin slices in the potato but DO NOT cut all the way through. Putting the potato on a wooden spoon or between a pair of skewers or chopsticks will help prevent you from slicing all the way down. Repeat with remaining potatoes. Put a small pat of butter on top of each potato and bake until slightly golden. While the potatoes are baking, heat 1/4 cup of honey in a saucepan, and grate in some garlic. Once the honey begins to bubble, add 2-3 tablespoons of mustard and a couple of pinches of salt. Take your potatoes out of the oven and using a baking brush or a spoon, coat each potato with the honey mustard glaze, making sure it falls into all the crevices. Put the potatoes back in the oven, making sure to brush them with the sauce at least twice more, for an additional 30-40 minutes, or until golden brown and caramelized. Serve warm and enjoy!


4-5 medium potatoes
1/4 cup honey
2-3 tablespoons mustard
2-3 cloves garlic

As much as we love eating food, the clean up is the absolute worst. Who likes washing 20 different dishes and silverware? Not us. This is why we’re big fans of the one pan, one pot, one bowl kind of meals. No fuss, no cleanup. As the weather gets chillier, this warm, hearty chicken and sweet potato dinner is not only delicious and comforting, but also so wonderfully easy —both to make and to clean up. Just a handful of ingredients, and one baking pan and you have yourself a healthy, hearty dinner!


4 chicken thighs
2 sweet potatoes
2 medium onions
Cajun seasoning
Garlic powder
Butter or olive oil

Clean and pat dry your chicken using a paper towel. Using a knife, poke some slits onto the chicken on both sides. Sprinkle paprika, cajun seasoning, garlic powder, oregano and salt on one side of the thighs, and massage it into the chicken. Drizzle a few drops of oil if needed. Flip the thighs and repeat on the other side. Let the chicken marinate in your baking pan for a while.

In the meantime, wash your sweet potatoes, and then using a fork, carefully puncture holes all over the potato. This will ensure quicker cooking, as well as prevent the potato from exploding due to trapped steam. Next, dice up your onion into big cubes. On the baking tray where the chicken is resting, drizzle some more olive oil and throw in the onion cubes, tossing them around so that they get all mixed up in the oil as well as the chicken seasoning. Peel open the layers of the onion if needed. Place the chicken thighs on top of the onions and drizzle on some more olive oil. Next take your sweet potatoes and roll them around in the olive oil too.

Place the baking tray in the oven and bake for an hour. About 30 minutes in, take the sweet potatoes out and slice them in half so that they can cook faster. Keep checking on when the various components look to be ready and then serve and enjoy!

What more could one want on a Saturday or Sunday than to spend it with loved ones, surrounded by good food and lovely weather? We bring you the ten best places to brunch in Lahore, Karachi, and Islamabad.

Café 76 - Karachi


“Café 76 has been aptly described as a modish café, set against the backdrop of bustling Karachi. The sunlit, indoor atrium rooms are a great place for a romantic brunch. The café serves all the brunch essentials, a particular treat being the Sunday roast: “a traditional British item consisting of roast beef gravy, assorted vegetables and Yorkshire pudding.” Coffee snobs can also be at ease as Cafe 76 serves some of the best coffee, and has on staff some seriously talented baristas.

76 Old Clifton, Karachi.
(0092 21) 35833163 35833164

Burn’s Road - Karachi


Head over to Burns Road for some good ol’ nihari. Nihari comes from the word nihar, meaning early morning, and there is no question that it makes for a great brunch option. Get it plain, with maghaz (brain), or with paya. Not a very extensive menu you might think, but then again, nihari is in a class of its own. Of course, every nihari eater needs the usual condiments: coriander, ginger and dribbles of lemon juice. As with every good nihari joint, fresh and hot khameeri roti comes one after the other until it’s hard to keep track. The tables are outfitted with their own stoves upon which the steel plates of nihari can be heated—when it comes to management, these guys know what they’re doing. Lightening-speed service and a desi atmosphere one can’t miss, nihari at Burn’s Road will brighten up your brunch day. Javed Nihari and Waheed are particularly good.

Block 9 Dastageer, Karachi 75950.
(0092 21) 34545637

Café Flo - Karachi


An oldie on the social scene, Café Flo was chic long before “chic” was trending. Florence made it all the way from France to Pakistan and showed us what it really means to have a love for food. The folks at Flo serve up a spectrum of French cuisine—from goose livers to Lox bagels served with capers and salmon to eggs Benedict. The potato gratin accompanying the salmon is the best you’ll eat in Pakistan. Definitely a solid brunch favourite.

26th St., Karachi-75500.
(0092 21) 35830018

Xander’s - Karachi


Xander’s covers it all, including an all-day breakfast. The lime-green décor and no-reservation policy exude the height of cool. From masterfully-cooked dishes like the chicken with cranberry sauce to the grubby old-fashioned burger that is arguably one of Karachi’s best, the menu is diverse, and includes a number of Jamie Oliver re-creations. Combining cool with great quality food, Xander’s serves up brunch fare loaded with gourmet omelets, superb eggs Benedict, and blueberry pancakes. There’s awesome coffee to boot.

E-Street Block 4, Clifton, Karachi-75600.
(0092 21) 35293653 03229037777

Cosa Nostra - Lahore


With Italy running through its veins, Cosa Nostra takes its job of creating authentic Italian cuisine seriously. The result of a family’s love for food, the crew at Cosa is now feeding thousands of Lahoris. Cosa provides a whole panorama of dining experiences, from the basement to the top floor; it gets more intimate and classy as you ascend. The oven-baked pizzas are a treat—the only genuinely light and crunchy pizzas in town. So are the eggs Benedict and the croissants. Make sure to cap off your brunch with their gorgeous gelatos. We’re banking on spending many sun-filled brunches at Cosa this season, set against equally fun weekends.

23-A, H Block, Gulberg II, Lahore.
(0092 42) 35792161

Butt Halwa Poori - Lahore


Halwa Poori has become so synonymous with brunch that a Lahori might take offence if we failed to include it in this list. Butt Sweets and Dairy come from a long tradition of dairy shops and dairy concoctions. The best kulfi falooda, lassi and karaahi are also found under the Butt banner. Having started around 1955, the shops of the Butt empire have lived up to their motto, “We Sell Nothing Butt The Taste!” The shop in Royal Park near the intersection of Montgomery Road and McLeod Road in Lahore is one of the best. The channas are hot and can be enjoyed with pooras, pooris, meetha pooras or even mixed in with halwa and eaten with any of the breads. And the achaar is indispensable. Though the atmosphere may prove a bit rustic, the hot food and the gumption and energy with which the whole operation is run will definitely make it worth your while.

Cooper Road, Royal Park, Lahore.
(0092 300) 9413256

Tabaq - Lahore


Far from the sanitized dullness of Lahore’s upscale restaurants lies your ultimate go-to destination for desi khaana, Tabaq. Located on McLeod road, Tabaq is a clean, spacious establishment that caters to the mercantile class—Lahoris who take their food very seriously. The mutton chaamp arrived hot and juicy on a sizzling bed of caramelized onions and lemon; with a small bite, the meal fell off the bone. The chicken karaahi has a signature lemony masala garnished with fresh green-chillies. Divine. Even more delicious were the broasted batairs—delicate and subtle. The best thing about Tabaq is that the food is neither over-spiced nor swimming in oil. Tabaq has GT’s vote for the best desi brunch in Lahore.

McLeod Road, Lakshmi Chowk, Lahore.
(0092 42) 36312482

Polo Lounge - Lahore


Polo lounge is a reliable place for a good old-fashioned brunch. Whether you sit inside or out, you are surrounded by lush green on all sides. The chef preparing brunch, Shahnawaz Khan, knows a thing or two about food, having spent years training in Paris and then working in New York City. The eggs Benedict are great, but the best thing on the menu is the French toast—as succulent as it is sweet. Sensitivity to seasonal ingredients gives Polo Lounge’s dishes a twist, from mangoes in the summer salad to oranges in the winter salad. Hit up this brunch spot for a fun, outdoorsy day with friends or just let your kids frolic in the grass while you sunbathe in the charming outdoor seating area.

Race Course Park, GOR, Lahore.
(0092 42) 36305268

Table Talk - Isloo


The ambience at Table Talk is reminiscent of eating in a quaint town with cobbled streets. It has become a ritualistic spot for Islooites—from socialities to diplomats. The folks at Table Talk don’t skimp on desi masala, and their thaalis are famously authentic. From chaats to tikkas and chai to delicately seasoned fish and salads, Table Talk is a crowd pleaser. With big mist fans and outdoor heaters that keep you toasty in the winter, the brunch experience never fails.

Kohsar Market, Islamabad 44000.
(0092 51) 2271927

Tuscany Courtyard - Isloo


One cannot ignore being so far removed from the busy streets of F-7, but that is what the mile-high walls can do for you at Tuscany Courtyard. Outfitted with more than just one fountain, this place exudes a rural sense of calm and relaxation. In other words, a perfect place for brunch. Some say their wood-fire oven pizzas are the best, some say their bread and butter pudding was made to soothe the soul. If you think these are exaggerations, check it out for yourself and brunch at this little slice of heaven!

H. No. 15, St. 18, F-7/2 Islamabad 44000.
(0092 51) 8445544

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