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  1. ghazi52

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    Pakistan is ready to have its first restaurant awards

    The All Pakistan Restaurant Association announced the categories for the nominations

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    The All Pakistan Restaurant Association announced the categories for the nominations


    Move over LSA's, there's a new award show in town!

    The All Pakistan Restaurant Association (APRA) has announced that they are gearing up for Pakistan's first ever restaurant awards.

    In a press conference at Lal Qila, APRA revealed their jury members for the awards; Celebrity Chef Saadat, Chef Abdul Hadi, Sumeira Hussain, Dr Sadia Safdar and Ali Sultan.

    There will be 20 awards to hand out, 5 of which will be decided by the jury and 15 will be Customer Choice Awards.



    In a press release, APRA stated, "Beyond the trophies and glamor, the All Pakistan Restaurant Awards aim to recognize and acknowledge special features of restaurants including food and service excellence, outstanding dining and delivery experiences."

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    They revealed they will do so "by giving the public and regular patrons of APRA access to voting and having a voice that counts".

    APRA hopes this will increase the competition locally and "ultimately raise the level of food quality and the standards of service in the Pakistani restaurant industry."
     
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    ALIZA ANEES

    The popular franchise from Dubai has opened its doors in Karachi and the menu truly spoils you for choice

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    The mandi fad in Karachi is still going strong.


    The mandi trend in Karachi is still going strong and we're not complaining.

    This Arabic rice and meat delicacy has been the talk of the town for a long while now but there are still people asking me: “Yaar, where can I get mind-blowing mandi from?”

    And when it’s not mandi, all they want to know about is where they can find the best kunafa.

    While I can’t really give a definite answer, much due to the subjectivity of taste than my own indecisiveness (although that constitutes a significant portion of my reply too), my rather immediate answer lately is Bait al Mandi.

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    View from the entrance


    Where to go?
    Bait al Mandi has recently opened its doors in the bustling metropolis on main Shah-re-Faisal near Habitt.

    It's kind of hard to miss while buzzing past. The extravagant interior is welcoming but what’s more welcoming is the staff’s warmth which instantly make you feel at home.

    The Jordanian manager Adnan H Alomari, a cheerful-spirited soul shared, "There are other restaurants going by the same name but this is the ONLY original franchise of the popular Dubai-based eatery."

    His hearty hospitality is reminiscent of true Arab culture and his grip on the Middle Eastern cuisine commendable.

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    The seating arrangement at the eatery


    The seating is well thought out; there is jalsa, baithak-style compartments (not too roomy but enough for a party of 4-5) and a special, VIP lounge to help you soak some Arabian traditions.

    When to go?
    Bait al Mandi operates from 12 pm to 12 am.

    What to order?
    The menu spoils you for choice; there’s something for everyone on it but the dishes all have Middle-Eastern origins.

    Our hasty picks on a famished stomach were chicken mandi and chicken and mutton madfoon. We skipped hummus (forgive me fellow foodies for I have sinned) but did order a fattoush salad for pre-game.

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    All set to kickstart!


    Before our actual order came, they served us complimentary yakhni. This lukewarm broth really helped sooth my sore throat and build the mood for the grub to come.

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    The fattoush salad in all its glory


    Next came the fattoush salad: crunchy veggies with sumac, piquant pomegranate drizzle and crispy fried pita chips (which I actually liked more than croutons).

    Not exactly the kind of item we would recommend on a sore throat but this zesty mix is definitely recommended if you're big on greens.

    Rule of thumb when you're going out for mandi: starve yourself before the extravaganza. Don’t get me wrong, of course you can have some light bites in between but it’s recommended to build up your appetite.

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    We are drooling rivers here


    The salad was followed by chicken mandi which is slow-cooked, baked chicken with a light spice rub, and madfoon which is marinated meat cooked underground.

    First impressions? The presentation hit the mark; it’s a neat bed of rice with veggies and a variety of meat atop. The only thing we felt missing were steel platters mandi is usually served in for legitimate regal feels.

    The meat is no-nonsense; it’s crisp and char-grilled on the outside but so tender you can cut in with your fork. It’s subtle on spices, nothing like the masalaydaar tikkas available locally (the flavourful juices are seared in instead), which is one great thing about Bait al Mandi; the food is not altered to suit local taste-buds but they surprisingly end up liking it.

    We were also impressed by the perfectly cooked rice, fragrant, slightly firm and aromatic. You can totally eat them on their own without getting bored (useful information considering the order includes bottomless rice).

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    It's meat galore


    Next we tried their madfoon in mutton and boy, was it good! We liked it even better than chicken because the meat was juicier and more satisfying, constituting the perfect, Arabian delicacy. The plus point again was the subtlety of flavour, rendering the meat almost spice-free but still really tasteful at the same time (you feel me?).

    You can also throw in some chutneys and the complimentary broth for a bomb, self-creation.

    As for the serving size, we felt it was ample for two very hungry people or three light eaters. Given the prices for the platters, it’s good bang for the buck.

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    You can't drink with us


    All in all, the food served was splendid but the special Bait al Mandi drink has to be the star of the show. It’s a beautifully-presented, concoction of fruits, honey, nuts and whipped cream which ensures a gratifying slurp. It ensures a variety of flavours with a satisfying consistency throughout.

    Definitely the drink we need this summer.

    You know the feeling when you're half a bite away from your insides actually combusting, but you still push it? That was us at that moment but we still had to order dessert. I mean, duh.

    The list of dessert at Bait al Mandi is another impressive feat; it’s a dessert lover’s (middle-eastern) dream come true. Feeling particularly adventurous, we tried deviating from our usual dessert régime but their unavailability brought us back to good, ol’ kunafa.

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    Ending it on a sweet note


    The crispy, golden pastry looked fancy but I felt there was too much hubbub of nuts and stuff on top which didn’t quite leave a lasting impression. (In all honesty, it reminded me of paan masala). Too sweet for my palate but can use some cream cheese for an added oomph.

    Damage on the pocket
    The appetizers range from Rs350 - Rs400 while the mains range from Rs750 - Rs1400.

    The platters are meant for sharing so per head charges can range from RsRs650 - Rs1200, depending on what you decide to order.

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    Feeling like a royal-tea yet?


    We say go for it. It’s a nice place to hang out and chill with your friends, exchange some gossip over a steaming serving of rice. The staff is hospitable and well-informed so there’s not going to be any unpleasant run-ins (hopefully).

    Just a heads up, get a reservation made beforehand.
     
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    Hopefully this will make restaurants improve their quality! Hopefully these are not pay to get star type of awards!

    Ameen!
     
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    Ameen.
     
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    Unless Pakistanis are told Veggies are Arab delicacy they wont even touch it
     
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    Food critics are good they help improve restaurant quality and its food. I am surprised we didn't had food critics before.
     
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    kia beghayrat log hain.. qarza halaq tak agaya hai aur inko khanay ki table per bayth kar ganday lateefay sunane hain..
     
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    APRA announce nominations for All Pakistan Restaurant Awards


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    All Pakistan Restaurant Association (APRA) recently announced the nominations for 17 Customer Choice Awards for All Pakistan Restaurant Awards. Selected by the APRA jury through a selection process, the restaurants have been selected in 17 different categories and the voting can be done online through the website www.apraawards.com from 10th August to 10th September 2019 after which the winners will be awarded at a ceremony that will be held in Karachi in September. The awards ceremony will also be covered on national television.

    On this occasion, Waqas Azeem, Chairman of APRA commented saying, “After receiving numerous applications for nominees, our experienced jury members had a thorough selection process in which five to seven restaurants for each award were carefully selected. Since we are a nation of food lovers, it is indeed the perfect time to bring in an all-inclusive body that supports and represents the many restaurants and caterers we have in Pakistan. The food industry is flourishing at an all-time high hence we believe this initiative will greatly encourage the restaurants, existing and new entrants to offer the best of the best food quality and service to their consumers.”

    Other than the awards for food taste and quality, the All Pakistan Restaurant Awards aim to recognize and acknowledge special features of restaurants including food and service excellence, outstanding dining and delivery experiences.

    APRA is the only representative body of restaurants and caterers in Pakistan. Licensed by Directorate General Trade Organization (DGTO), Ministry of Commerce and Government of Pakistan. All Pakistan Restaurant Awards have a total of 17 Customer Choice Awards with five to seven restaurants nominated in each – a complete list of all the awards is as follows:

    CATEGORY (CUISINE)

    Best Burger House of the Year


    Big Thick Burgerz,Burger Lab,Burger O Clock,Moos N Cluck,Oh My Grill, OPTP,Sauce

    Best Pakistani Restaurant of the Year

    Afridi Inn,Hot n Spicy, Kababjees, Khanji,Lal Qila,Nawab Dynasty,Tau’s

    Best Pan Asian Restaurant of the Year

    Bonsai,Chop Chop Wok,Cocochan,Miyako,Tao

    Best Chinese Restaurant

    Bam-bou,China Grill,China Town, ChopSoy,Ginsoy,Kowloon


    Best Coffee Place of the Year

    Bella Vita,Coffee Waghera,Chatterbox,Esquires,Gloria Jeans,Mocca,New York Coffee

    Best Chai Place of the Year

    Cafe Clifton ,Cafe Pyala ,Chai Master,Chai Shai,Chai Wala,Chit Chat Shai,Chotu Chaiwala

    Best Pizza House Award

    Broadway,California,Pizza One,New York Pizza,POMO,Pizza Max,Junaidi's

    Best Biryani Restaurant Award

    AA Food Centre,Biryani Square,Haji Akhter, Jans Food,Jeddah Biryani,Student Biryani,White Biryani

    CATEGORY (SERVING)

    Best Buffet Restaurant of the Year

    Babujees by Port Grand,Chaupal,Lal Qila,Rajdhani

    Best Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

    Bella Vita,ChatterBox Deli,Del Frio,Pomo,Sizzlerz,Sobremesa,Rosati

    CATEGORY (Food Legend)

    Food Legend Award

    China Town Ginsoy,Hanifia,Karachi Broast,Pompei,Student Biryani,Waheed

    CATEGORY (SPECIAL)

    Best Pocket Friendly Restaurant of the Year

    Cool Inn ,Hot n Spicy ,Karachi Broast, Kaybees,Pizza 363 ,Red Apple ,Waheed

    New Entrant of the Year

    Daal Rice ,Fettucine ,Ginsoy Live ,Great Wall ,Sals ,Wall ,Yoshi’s

    Best Innovation Dish Award

    Cafe Praha ,Cloud Naan,Lush Crush ,Meat the Cheese ,Plan B ,Steak by CFU ,Thyme

    Best Restaurant for Ambiance

    Chatterbox Cafe ,Cocochan ,Esquires Coffee ,Koel, Rosati ,Sultan ,Thyme

    Delivery On Time Award

    Broadway,California Pizza ,Foods Inn ,KFC ,McDonalds ,Tooso ,White Biryani



    Restaurant of the Year – Karachi

    Bonsai, East End, Kebabjees,Koel,Meat the Cheese,McDonalds,Steak by CFU

    For more latest information regarding the awards, do follow the hashtag#APRAAwards and @apraawards
     
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    Every since Imran Khan become PM, Pakistanis can't even find grass to eat and clean water is not even available in bottled water.
     
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    Had it not been taxed yet?