Top 5 Restaurants in Islamabad Worth a Visit for Taste

Pakistani food / cuisine (Urdu: پاکستانی پکوان‬‎) is a blend of various regional cooking traditions of South Asia as well as elements from its Mughal legacy. As far as restaurants are concerned Pakistan covers all the food variation from Desi to International chains. Starting off from Restaurants in Islamabad here. Let's find out five best restaurants in the city.

Within Pakistan, specially Restaurants in Islamabad the cuisine varies greatly, reflecting the country’s ethnic and cultural diversity. You can find food from the eastern provinces of Punjab and Sindh that can be highly seasoned and spicy, which is characteristic of the flavors of the South Asian region. You can find food of other parts of Pakistan, particularly Baluchistan, Azad Kashmir, Gilgit-Baltistan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas that hold distinct tastes based on various regional influences.

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TrulyPakistan – Top Restayrants Islamabad – Food

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International cuisine and fast food chains are popular in the cities. Blending local and foreign recipes (fusion food), such as Pakistani-Chinese cuisine, is common in large urban centers. Furthermore, as a result of lifestyle changes, ready made Masala mixes (mixed and ready to use spices) are becoming increasingly popular. However, given the diversity of the people of Pakistan, cuisines generally differ from home to home and may be different from the mainstream Pakistani cuisine.

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When it comes to Islamabad the hills, greenery and serenity are definitely to die for. And when it comes to food Islamabad prides its self in offering flavors from all over Pakistan all at one place. In the last couple of years Islamabad has seen a remarkable chain of new eateries. So today we are going to tell you about the top five restaurants in Islamabad that you don’t want to miss out.

Lets discuss a few top rated restaurants in Sector F-7, Islamabad today!

1. Jessie’s //Restaurants in Islamabad

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TrulyPakistan – Top Restaurants in Islamabad – Jessies

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Jessie’s the brain child of the Jaswal brothers, by far offers the best burgers in Islamabad. Upon entering Jessie’s you may see a very limited space that is very well utilized with there simple interior. You may ask what is so special about Jessie’s, well we can answer that question in just a word “freshness”.

The quality of buns, the freshness of the lettuce, onions, cheese, chicken or beef patties and the special house sauces that make their food such a treat. Each bite of there burger reminds you how real meat should taste like. So if your ever in Islamabad do go to Jessies’s to grab a bite and the burger that beats everything is there Grand Beef Burger. Do pair it with there Mint lemonade and thank us later.

2. #EAT //Restaurants in Islamabad

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TrulyPakistan – Top Restaurants in Islamabad – EAT

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Situated near the Goal Market you will see a catchy sign board with bold yellow letters “#EAT”. Recently opened EAT serves both Asian and Continental cuisine and has become the talk of the town and for right reasons as well. The menu at EAT displays a variety of food, ranging from Chinese and Thai dishes to Sandwiches and Continental main courses. EAT is most famous for there regularly ordered main course that is there Rice Bowl.

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The best thing about there rice bowls is that you can make your own rice bowls according to the options given in the menu. There Thai green curry is also very amazing. Over all EAT is good new addition to the restaurants in Islamabad and its reasonably priced so you don’t have to worry about that.

3. Meraki //Restaurants in Islamabad

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TrulyPakistan – Top Restaurants in Islamabad – Meraki

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Meraki is a result of continuous planing of five years and hard wok. You will find Meraki right above the Meat One outlet in F-7. Upon walking into Meraki you will find everything mesmerizing, the lighting, the decor and the interior. Another thing that will just fill your heart with joy is the freshly baked bakery goods and confectionery in one corner. The menu includes local as well as cuisines from all over the world. They have a wide range of smoothies that will just leave your taste buds tingling.

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TrulyPakistan – Top Restaurants Islamabad – Meraki

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One dish that needs to be praised is there Dajaj Mashwi, it is an simple yet exquisite chicken dish with Lebanese roots. It is marinated in special spices, garlic and olive oil. The chicken is paired with a delicious creamy pasta. Meraki offers excellent service and and good food, this is one restaurant you should keep an eye out for.

4. English Tea House //Restaurants in Islamabad

TrulyPakistan - Top Restaurants in Islamabad - English Tea House

TrulyPakistan – Top Restaurants in Islamabad – English Tea House

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The chain of restaurants from Lahore are slowly spreading into the capital. Islamabad recently welcomed the English Tea House with open arms. It is situated in front of Rana Market, F-7. It is a two story red bricked building with big window and door frames. There is a beautiful garden at the right side where people can also enjoy the outdoor seating. As the night falls the restaurant is lit up by yellow lights and the fire places, making the whole experience very cozy. The in house bakery is just a cheery on top of everything.

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TrulyPakistan - Top Restaurants in Islamabad - English Tea House

TrulyPakistan – Top Restaurants in Islamabad – English Tea House

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In addition to there daily breakfast menu they offers a wide range of options starting with different kinds of pasta’s and steak’s. Two dishes that are a must try are the Chicken Katro that is a chef’s recommendation and Lady Smith’s Choice Burger. At the end the Molten lava cake and the Cheese cake will just make your experience of the English Tea House a day to remember. All though the prices are high but the quality of the food explains why.

5. Qishmisch //Restaurants in Islamabad

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TrulyPakistan – Top Restaurants in Islamabad – Qishmisch

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It’s very hard to find a restaurant in Islamabad that offers good desi food that satisfies your food buds. Qishmisch is affordable and offers a wide range of traditional Pakistani dishes. The decor of Qishmisch is modern yet traditional with comfortable seating. The interesting Urdu alphabets wall decor add a unique and traditional touch to the restaurant’s whole look. It is very good place to have private lunches and dinners and also to host corporate events and large parties.

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TrulyPakistan – Top Restaurants in Islamabad – Qishmisch

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Now coming to the menu there are a wide range of dishes starting with Chinnioti Kunna, Chilman Gola Kabab, Tawa Chicken Tarka Masala, Shahi Murgh Curry, Madrasi Chicken, they also offer daals and vegetable based dishes too. The must try dishes are the Chinnioti Kunna, that is lamb shanks cooked on a very low heat in lamb stock with the blend of garam masala and homemade spices.

Next is the Hi-tea platter which with Gol Gapa (Pani Puri), Chana Chat, Fruit Chat, Dahi Bara, Chana, Aloo Bhaji, Puri & Suji Halwa. It is a good place to go to enjoy desi food with your friends or family.

We hope this article has given you some sort of idea as to where to eat in F-7 Islamabad next time you are in Islamabad. As for the people who live in Islamabad and haven’t tried these places, do try these places out and let us know what you think of them.


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