Food is something that keeps people going, but if it’s your favorite food, the feeling to enjoy it is more than a blessing. Islamabad has some amazing restaurants as a must to try according to a group of people. According to the taste of people living in Islamabad, there are top ranked 11 restaurants that come in the list. These restaurants are ranked in descending order based on their taste and ambiance. Having said that, they all have one specialty each which differentiates these restaurants from one another. Let’s check it out!
11. Des Pardes| Saidpur Village
On number eleven Des Pardes of Saidpur Village is said to be very flavorsome for its uniqueness of traditional and desi specialties. Des Pardes’s Hi-tea and lunch buffet are its specialty and full of variety where one can try its flexible menu along with a combination of desi and continental.
10. Haleem Ghar| Blue Area
On number ten, Haleem Ghar of Blue Area is the most visited place for Haleem lovers. Yes!!! Haleem Ghar as clear by name is a true Haleem Ghar, it holds the best Haleem cooked in the city of Islamabad with a variety of beef and chicken Haleem. Moreover apart from Haleem being its foremost specialty, Nihari is also another second number most tried food of Haleem Ghar. The way they serve these two items with all the necessary items such as ginger, garam masala, green chilies, lemon and parsley is a heaven for food lovers.
9. Bar-B-Q Tonight| Fazal-e-Haq Road
Number ten is the Bar-B-Q Tonight, yet again clear with the name its specialty is the Bar-B-Q variety. Be it Beef Bar-B-Q, Chicken Bar-B-Q or Seekh Kabab, aroma of the smoked grilled meat is just miraculous. They’re rest of the dishes are a support but mainly Bar-B-Q is the most tried and liked specialty of this restaurant.
8. Cheema & Chattha| F-11/2
Cheema & Chattha has been a large household item supplier since past twenty years. They are famous for the quality of items they provide as rice, wheat, pulses and spices etc. But they have also have a restaurant in F-11 coming in number eight which has a variety of tasty and quality food. While their specialty is Daal and Tandoori Paratha, as they use their own grounded wheat, pure quality pulses and pure spices for the preparation of their serving. That gives a pure taste to the Daal Paratha lovers, and compels them to visit over and over again.
7. Chilman| G-9 Markaz
Seven the lucky number, on the descending way down comes the dramatic name Chilman. Sounds filmy, right? Let’s stick to the food. So Chilman being on number seven on countdown has the best variety of desi food, along with a most scrumptious Hi-Tea. Its specialty is its Hi-Tea along with hot food served just right in time. Food served on the right time can be at its best by doubling the savor.
6. Roasters| F-7
Roasters Restaurant comes on number six on the countdown. This restaurant is eminent for its fast food variety, but the specialty has to be defined. Yes, its specialty is the Steaks. They have a great aroma and texture for their Steaks with a combination of vegetable steamed or grilled and sauces.
5. Épicé Fish & Shinwari|Opposite Nust
Number five topped with a French name, yes Épicé! Épicé Fish & Shinwari may sound a mixture of French menu, sea food with an Afghani touch. But its specialty is way too contradicting. Anyway, we are taste freaks doesn’t matter what the name is, taste is what matters. So here we reveal, Épicé has the best Qeema Cheese Nan in the whole Islamabad.
4. Usmania| Blue Area
Number four occupied with Usmania from Blue Area. Usmania has again a vast variety of numerous options in menu, yet its Karhai (Chicken/Mutton) has the most unique savor and aroma. People with conventional Karhai cravings may love to visit this place to satisfy their Desi desire.
3. Habibi| I-8
Habibi, the Arabic named restaurant comes on number three in the countdown. Its name maybe Arabic, but Habibi is the best restaurant to compete in the Afghani specialties. Yes Afghani!!! But if we be specific about a certain menu item, then their Bar-B-Q platter is the most desired and tried item of all. It has all the lovely things a person can imagine on a Bar-B-Q platter. It serves a variety of lamb ribs, mutton, quail, chicken bar-b-q, beef and chicken seekh kabab, fish, and each type of halal meat a person can think of. It also has the tastiest bed of Kabli Pulao beneath the pile of all that bar-b-q heaven.
2. Savour Foods| Blue Area
Number two on countdown is no other than the most affordable and fulsome meal option Savour Foods. How satisfying it is when you have a full meal and still you don’t run out of budget? Well that sounds pretty awesome!
Savour Foods is the trademark of twin cities, but the Blue Area outlet is the most favorite for people of Islamabad. One cannot ignore the fragrance of its food when passing by Savour Foods Blue Area. Although Savour Foods have a minimum variety in menu, with a little fast food touch, but its most special item is that traditional Chicken Pulao and Shami Kabab with complimentary raita and salad. Most of the service sector, educational institutes, and business concerns in Blue Area are benefited with this pocket friendly full fledge meal.
1. The Monal| Pir Sohawa
Last but not least, the most anticipated yet expected place in Islamabad’s top ranked restaurants is no other than The Monal. This restaurant is a perfect symbol and representation of the most visited and suggested place in Islamabad. Keeping the location aside when we talk about taste, still Monal Restaurant wins the votes. They have a huge variety on menu from continental to desi food. Yet again a strange and startling item grabs the attention when it comes to specialty. You will find it odd and unexpected to know that its specialty is one of its appetizers. Yes!!! You heard it right. The most loved item on the menu before ordering a meal is the “Cheese Nan”, which is a Naan filled with cheese and finely chopped veggies. The hotter it is served and taken, the tastier it is.
People visiting Monal Restaurant enjoy its outdoor location in all seasons, with the most aromatic ambience and tasty food. One cannot resist being served hot meals in open air cold winter. Just a perfect combination of taste and ambience it holds with the best food taste and environment. It is said that a food when served with a stunning presentation and ideal environment doubles the taste. That’s what makes The Monal the number one in the countdown rankings.
Note: This ranking is a result of survey conducted in April 2017, on the In Islamabad Facebook page. It holds results from people who have visited these places and gave opinion based on their personal experiences.