Karachi City Restaurant

From Time Out Abu Dhabi Eating Out 2010

Pakistani restaurants in Abu Dhabi are usually low-rent establishments hidden under the brow of a yellow Lipton’s awning. Go inside and you might begin to realise where all the neighborhood cats have gone and begin contemplating a call to the local health inspector. However, Karachi City is a welcome exception to the rule. With nary a Lipton’s logo in sight, it’s a neat and tidy establishment serving food better than most of its ilk. Non-regulars are a novelty here and are usually escorted upstairs, where those over 5ft 8in will feel like they’re dining in Lilliput thanks to a peculiarly low ceiling – they don’t stand on ceremony here, it’s not physically possible.

There’s no menu either, but the friendly man behind the counter doesn’t mind pointing newcomers in the right direction; just give him an idea (mime is the best approach) of what you’re after – meat or veg – and a few minutes later, a warm dish will appear on your table. The keema, a dish of ground mutton in a thin, tomato-based sauce, served with a hunk of bread fresh from the oven, is the cab driver’s favourite. But make no mistake, this is not five star. The food is cheap and the chi tea is served in a Styrofoam cup; however, for a quick refuel or simply curiosity’s sake, it’s well worth an hour of your time.

By Time Out Abu Dhabi staff
Time Out Abu Dhabi,

Time Out reviews restaurants anonymously and pays for meals. Of course, we cannot guarantee the accuracy or independence of user reviews.


  • Location: Al Zahiyah, Abu Dhabi
  • Tel: 02 677 6055
  • Travel: Electra Street
  • Cuisine: Pakistani
  • Times: Open daily 5am-1am

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Posted by: Ali on 05 Sep ' 12 at 09:57
  • Best for: Brunch served
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? No

worst food in this restaurant never ever go there.. nothing is good there sorry to say that......

Posted by: nitin on 06 Oct ' 10 at 09:36
  • Best for: Business lunch
  • Would you go back to this restaurant? Yes

Amazing food taste and best value for money

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