It’s time for residents of Karachi to prepare themselves and their taste buds for some unusual treats. Karachi Eat is back for the sixth time and it’s bigger than ever.
The city’s biggest food festival began at 4pm on Friday at Beach View Park in Clifton and will continue till Sunday.
Famous for introducing the most unique and one-of-a-kind food, this year the festival will be stepping up its game by introducing 90 new items.
Here is our verdict on the new food at Karachi Eat.
First things first, how you’re going to enter
There is a separate gate for vendors and a separate one for families. Following the same pattern as the previous years, there are no single males allowed. The ticket costs Rs350 this year, which is Rs50 more expensive than last year’s ticket.
Be prepared for long queues because people reached the location an hour before the gates opened.
If you are a vegan this should be your first (and possibly only) stop at the festival. Da Booda is introducing Organic Vegan Buddha Bowls in Karachi for the very first time.
First of all, this colourful bowl of greens, roasted veggies, beans, chickpeas, quinoa or brown rice is both nutritious and easy on the eye.
You can make your own bowl by mixing carbs — brown rice and sweet potato — then you can protein by selecting between red beans and chickpeas.
Lastly, you can add some veggies to your bowl. This is a perfect stop for the health-conscious since one bowl is equal to only 350 calories and that too in just Rs300.
The best thing about this eatery is that they are using biodegradable spoons. This was the best and healthiest thing we have ever eaten in Karachi. The sweetness of the sweet potatoes and hit from the slims, it was the just the right thing to kick off the festival.
The Hazelnut Mocha Madness at Emaan’s Cakes has been a bestseller for five years running and we can totally understand why.
This year they also have a Strawberry Madness dessert, a deconstructed cheesecake with fresh strawberries, which is even more of a treat given that strawberries aren’t in season.
No Lies Fries
No Lies Fries has brought the best of Canada to Karachi — poutine! This take on the Canadian specialty is packed with cheese curds and fried chicken. This is the first time this dish has been introduced in Karachi. This will cost you Rs300.
This watermelon Jolly Rancher-flavoured cotton candy was a hot favourite. It cost just Rs50.
The Malpura Madness at this stall had something missing. The dish didn’t taste like it should. The good part about it, it wasn’t excessively sweet. It will cost you Rs120.
If you’re an aaloo lover, you should definitely make a stop at this stall offering Classic HotStix which is a combination of mashed potatoes, mac n cheese and sweet corn covered in hot Cheetos crumb and topped off with siracha mayo. It will cost you Rs300.
I Scream Sandwiches
This stall is offering a delicious handmade ice cream sandwiched between freshly baked cookies. The stall introduced a special for Karachi Eat priced at Rs350, The Big Chip. The cookie has salted caramel sauce.
Pakistan’s first slow press juice bar didn’t impress us. A glass of Very Berry which was supposed to be a blend of bananas, blueberries, strawberries, honey and orange juice was a disappointment. The juice was not blended well and at a price of Rs350, it was not worth it.
Don’t forget to get your hands on the Glittery Churro at this stall for Rs350. It’s really yummy and the glitter is edible!
Wrappeite is known for its delicious burgers and fries and this time around, they have come up with something new — bread bowl lasagna! Yes, you read that right. With a perfect blend of spices and cheese, this will be the coolest looking lasagne you’ve ever tried and that too only for Rs350.
The hunter beef buns from Shrooms will leave you wanting more. If you love hunter beef then this should definitely be on your list. The buns were soft and the generous portion of hunter beef that came with them was more than enough to satisfy our taste buds. Each bun costs Rs100.
Popaholic, known for its crazy popcorn flavours, has prepared a special flavour just for Karachi Eat called the Mars Mission. Like its name, this popcorn was on a mission to Mars chocolate with popcorn and it was definitely a success.