Top 5 Restaurants in Islamabad Worth a Visit for Taste
By Noor Tariq
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.
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.
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!
Sage Cafe and Grill
Sage is a newly opened eatery, located in the heart of Islamabad, the F-7 markaz. The place offers a wide variety of cuisines but is famously known for its Main Courses. The freshness of their ingredients can be felt in each bite, be it when you’re munching on their Cheesy Chicken Parmesan or their succulent Tarragon Steak. Consistency has been key for this restaurant, as it has maintained its standard and taste ever since it opened.
Be sure to give it a try if you’re visiting or residing in Islamabad.
Known for its rice bowls, Ginyaki is the place to visit if you’re looking for some mouthwatering Pan-Asian cuisine. This restaurant has truly mastered the art of food making. They offer a wide variety of Thai and Chinese options to choose from, but their Beef Chili Dry has been the star of the show since the very beginning. The best part is, you can make your own rice bowls according to the options given in the menu. All in all, Ginyaki is a great addition to Islamabad’s food scene.
Chaye Pani and Co.
An ideal place for snacking, Chaye Pani is heaven for all those looking to make the most of their tea breaks. From their assorted samosas, to their sandwiches, everything on the menu is simply lip smacking. However, their Nutella Churros deserve a special mention. Paired with vanilla ice cream, these hot, crispy and extremely chocolatey Churros are guaranteed to keep you returning for more.
Although the menu offers decent main courses as well, their specialty is definitely in the snacks they offer.
If you have been living in Islamabad long enough, you have probably heard of the OG Mr Chips.
Successfully serving since 1995, Mr. Chips is our go to place for authentic Pakistani cuisine. The consistency this place offers is absolutely remarkable. If you’re someone looking for crazy good desi food but don’t care much about ambience, this is the place for you.
Their Kebab Karahi, Mixed Vegetable and Chicken Handi are a must try. They sure do know how to bring the best combination of authentic spices and juicy meat to the table.
And oh, not to forget, their extremely hospitable staff is a cherry on top.
Jessie’s, the brain child of the Jaswal brothers, by far offers the best burgers in Islamabad.
The quality of buns, the freshness of the lettuce, onions, cheese, chicken or beef patties and the special house sauces, makes their food an absolute treat. Each bite of their burgers reminds you what real meat should taste like. Pair it with their Mint Margherita to level up your entire experience.
So, if you’re ever in Islamabad, don’t forget to grab a bite at Jessies’s.