Lahore Shahi Qila – Pakistani Food

Shahi Qila

I decided to write about this place after my second visit there a couple of days ago. Shahi Qila is a little Pakistani restaurant in Sharq area and it’s almost invisible unless you actually go looking for it. The place is so nondescript that my friend didn’t even know the name of the place even though he loves the food there.

Tikka Chicken

On both visits we ordered; Chicken Tikka, Channa Masala (Chickpeas) and fresh Rotis. The food is typical Pakistani fare with copious amounts of spice and oil. I love the Chicken tikka and channa masala at Khyber but this is now my current favorite place if I’m in the mood to get hot and sweaty for lunch.

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The chicken tikka lacked that tangy flavor that you get in Khyber but its perfectly grilled and has the right amount of charring. Unfortunately I didn’t try anything else at Shahi Qila so I can’t recommend more dishes but the chicken tikka and channa masala combo is a must-try.

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The place may look like a cheap joint on the outside but once you go down to the dining area on the lower floor you’ll be surprised to see that its neat and spacious. Prices aren’t too bad either. There were four of us and the bill was 5 KD. Parking can be a problem during working days so it would be better to park across the street near the police HQ compound and walk to Shahi Qila.

You can find the place in the map link here [Google maps]

Shahi Qila
Al Shoafaat Building,
Umer Bin Khatab St.
Sharq
Tel: 22470965

Mitsubishi Outlander Audio Upgrade

I’d been planning to upgrade the audio system in my car for a while now but it was on the back burner till a couple of weeks ago when I received the Pioneer AVH 4450 BT. Now I had no excuse to keep delaying it so I went online and did some research on what I would need to order for a smooth upgrade.

You basically need a Double Din panel for the dashboard to replace the existing panel, a wiring harness, an interface module for the steering wheel controls and an optional rear view camera. I checked the local dealers for the parts but they either didn’t have them or were too expensive so I bought them all from Amazon and wound up saving a decent amount of money.  Here’s all the stuff I ordered.

Metra Mitsubishi Outlander Double Din Radio Installation Kit [Amazon]

Metra 70-7005 Radio Wiring Harness for 07 Mitsubishi [Amazon]

Metra Axxess ASWC Universal Steering Wheel Control Interface [Amazon]

XO Vision HTC35 Universal Weatherproof Backup Camera with NightVision [Amazon]

Almost everyone I spoke to seemed to be of the opinion that Zaharat Naseem was the best place to get the installation done so I dropped off my car with Naeem and picked it up after work. Since it was late I didn’t take any pictures of the unit after installation and didn’t get a chance to play around with it since I had to attend a meeting soon after I got the car back.

As of now the only thing missing in the installation is an external microphone for the Bluetooth hands-free but that should be hopefully sorted out in a few days.

Art supply stores in Dasman Complex

I was helping a colleague pick up a few things for his project when I found out that there’s a whole bunch of stores in Dasman complex that sells almost anything you could ever want for craft projects. I took a quick look around the shop that my colleague was buying his clay from and took some pictures. I also found out that many of these shops do commission work for dioramas or scale models.

For the moment I picked up a large can of Clear Coat (flat) which was a bargain at only 750 fils but next time I intend to buy some precision cutting equipment and brushes. The store we went to was;

Aroma General Trading Co.
Dasman Complex, Sharq
Shop #8,9 Ground Floor
Tel: 22471212

Lighting show at Al Hamra Tower – 11.11.11

Last night my brother and I went by Al Hamra Tower to see their lighting show but it wasn’t as great as I expected. Maybe I had too high an expectation but it was just a regular light show that many towers either already have on display or display during Liberation Day celebrations.

We spent about an hour there and then fooled around with some light-painting when it was too boring to shoot the tower

Video [link]