maître d’ - Chandni, Karachi
Written by Food Connection Pakistan www.fcpakistan.com
Chandni is a delectable love affair between taste buds, tantalising food, and the warmth of the décor.
Ideally located on the rooftop of one of Karachi’s finest hotels, the Pearl Continental – the only one in Karachi to attain membership of the Leading Hotels of the World group – Chandni restaurant offers a delectable mix of the gamut of Pakistani food, from sizzling BBQs to mouth-watering curry dishes, each imbued with the exotic flavours and vigorous aromas of perennial Asian favourites. Highlights to enjoy include kunna, nihari, paya, and chicken karhai, where the meat melts in your mouth like butter, and the taste makes you reminisce about it for days.
Executive Chef Mohammed Iqbal understands the wide scope of overseas travellers’ taste bud requirements, as well as those of local Karachi entrepreneurs and international businessmen who frequent the restaurant. Here, part of the kitchen literally takes centre stage, while Iqbal and his staff strive to keep the menu fresh.
Apart from the food, what also takes your breath away is the scenic city view through the high-rise glass windows as you bask in the soothing décor of Chandni’s interior while listening to melodious music played live on tablas in one corner.
Delights of chandni
Chandni serves heaven to those with a sweet tooth, as Pakistani desserts are known for their lavishness and sweetness – from authentic traditional mithai to smooth chocolate mousses, puddings, and trifles. Try warm and melting ghulab jamuns, crispy-thin and syrupy jalebis, extravagant shahi tukray, generously rich rabri, and rasmalai. The chefs work hard to ensure the desserts look as good as they taste, presenting them in scrumptious style, daring you to sample all varieties.