A couple of weeks ago a colleague of mine introduced me to a Pakistani restaurant in my neighborhood and mentioned that he was a regular patron there. The restaurant was located at the beginning of the infamous Hassawi area and at first things didn’t look so good.
The restaurant was packed when I got there and a majority of the clientele appeared to be Pakistani and Punjabi truck drivers. Since it was packed and there were people actually waiting for a table I figured there could be something special about the food here.
The most popular items seemed to be the Mutton Kheema, Tandoori Chicken and Haleem. We went there on a Thursday and that’s the only day of the week they serve Haleem. I ordered Tandoori chicken, Haleem, chicken biriyani and tandoori rotis as a takeaway order. Once I was back home I took a sample of all the items and it was clear why this place was so popular.
The chicken was perfectly grilled with just the right amount of tandoori marination and its way milder than Khyber. The chicken biriyani was not a humongous serving and would be just enough for one hungry person. There was nothing special to write about it and it was reasonable for only 650 fils. The Haleem was really thick and spiced with masalas and saffron and might be a tad too greasy for some people. I didn’t mind it as it went perfectly with the freshly baked rotis. Note that this is served only on Thursdays so be sure to get there early if you want to order a few portions.
This past weekend I went there again and bought a couple of Tandoori chickens and Dal fry. Both were really good and now this place is on my favorite list in Jleeb for Northern frontier food. Next time I’m going to try their Mutton Kheema and Mutton Karahi, both of which seem to be in great demand.
What I recommend: Haleem, Tandoori Chicken, Tandoori rotis and Dal Fry. There is always a 30 minute waiting period so just call ahead and they’ll keep your order ready for takeaway.
Sarhad Restaurant Jleeb: Telephone 24338060/61
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