ATP’s Best Pakistani Food Outside Pakistan – v0.10

Posted on July 21, 2008
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We are what we eat? Hopefully, not entirely. But certainly in part.

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One of the first posts (1 July, 2006) on this blog to get a healthy reader response was about food. We asked our readers to nominate places where they thought one could get the Best Pakistani food Outside of Pakistan. Nearly two years ago now (September 24, 2006) we compiled some of the ideas our readers had given us to create our v0.01 list. It is past time now to update this list. So, here is our next iteration at a list of some of the Best Pakistani Food Outside Pakistan.To repeat from the last post on this subject, the purpose of this post is (a) to again invite our readers, especially newer ones, to suggest good places for Pakistani food outside Pakistan (especially if you happen to be outside of USA but not in Pakistan); and (b) to consolidate the list that has evolved in the comments section of our last two post (here and here).Here, then, is our second cut at a list of restaurants (Pinglish = ‘hotels’) outside Pakistan where one might get good (sometimes, great) Pakistani food. In building this list we started from the last list and then added and embelished it based on the comments that were received on it. We start with USA and UK, from where we received the most detailed response.

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United States of America (USA)Sabri Nihari Chicago Devon Street For variety as well as authenticity Devon Street (Pinglish = ‘Diwaan’) in Chicago remains the yardstick of the Pakistani food experience in North America. However, great culinary treasures are also to be found in in Dallas and in the San Francisco Bay Area. At least according to those who responded here, the New York / New Jersey belt has a lot of Pakistani food, but not the best Pakistani food to offer. Please tell us if this is wrong, and also tell us who you would add here. Many places, however, are like Boston; an occasional Pakistani eatery opens, but then disappears for lack of patrons or bad management. Here are some specific suggestions from our readers:

Best of the Best:

Tahoora Sweets (Chicago, IL) for mithai and meetha
Bar B Q Tonight (Carrollton, Dallas, TX) for nihari
Ravi Kabab (Washington DC) for chicken karahi
Shalimar (Edison, NJ) for chapli kebab
Ghareeb Nawaz (Devon, Chicago, IL) for chicken biryani

Highly Recommended:

Sabri Nihari (Devon, Chicago, IL) for nihari
Usmania (Devon, Chicago, IL), for paya and kabab
Lahore Grill (Devon, Chicago, IL) for chargha
Shahnawaz Restaurant (Oaktree Rd., NJ) for kabab
Al-Markaz (Richardson, Dallas, TX) for bihari kabab
Kabob King
(Jackson Hieghts, New York, NY) for seekh kabab
Roti Boti (Astoria Blvd. and Jackson Hieghts, New York, NY) for desi fish
Food Factory (Washington DC), for tikka
King Sweets (Chicago, IL) for kashmiri chai
Agha’s Juice
(Carrollton, Dallas, TX) for gola
Royal Sweets
(Carrollton, Dallas, TX) for mithai
Royal Sweets
(Devion, Chicago, IL) for peetisa
Shalimar (Bay Area, San Francisco, CA) for chicken tikka
Kebabeesh (New York, NY) for seekh kabab
(Dallas, TX) for chargha
Abshaar Restaurant
(Washington, DC) for bihari kabab
Bilal Restaurant
(Los Angeles, CA)
Medina Market Cafe
(Brighton, Boston, MA) for tikka
Ambala Sweets
(Chicago, IL) for mithai


Pakwan Restaurant (Hayward, CA), for bihari kababs
(Lexington Ave, New York, NY), for parathas
The Pakistani Cuisine (Manhattan, NY), for karahi
Shirin Mahal (New York, NY) for rass-malai
Shehzan Restaurant (Edison., NJ) for tikka
Mirchi Cafe (Freemont, San Francisco, CA) for desi Chinese
Kalonji (Long Island, NY) for desi Chinese
Lahore Karahi (San Francisco, CA) for karahi
Kabab Palace (Washington DC) for kabab\
Bundu Khan (Houston, TX) for kabab
Khan Kabob House (Monterey, CA) for biryani
Shahnawaz Tandori
(Lakewood, Los Angeles, CA) for tandori
Kabab and Tandoor
(Waltham, MA) for seekh kabob
Boston Kabab and Pizza
(Alston, MA) for desi pizza
Chutney Restaurant
(Northern Virginia)

United Kingdom

Sabri Nihari Chicago Devon Street Some readers lament that there are lots of ‘desi’ restaurants in the UK, especially London, but not too many real ‘Pakistani’ ones. However, other readers point out that there is both quantity and quality to be found. In and around London, of course, you find lots and lots of Pakistani places. But as you will see from the list below, good Pakistani food is to be had all over the country. Green Street in East London is the mini-Pakistan and full of “All Things Pakistani” we are told. High Street and Hoe Street in Walthamstow in East London and Ilford Lane in Ilford in the North East also have great concentrations of Pakistani khabba. Here are some specific suggestions from our readers:

Best of the Best:

Salloo’s (Knightsbridge)
New Tayyab (Whitechapel in East London)
Lahore Kebab House
(Whitechapel in East London)
Mumtaz (chain) Restaurants (Bradford)

Highly Reccomended:

Khan Restaurant (Central London)
Mirch Masala (branches in Tooting and in Streatham)
Nagina Karahi (High Street, South Hall)
(South Hall)
Pink Garlick
(Wilmslow Road, Manchester)


Sahara Grill (Leyton, London)
Lahore Lahore eh (East Ham, East London)
Kebabish (Victoria Road, Glasgow)
Village Curry House (Tradeston, Glasgow)
Akbars (Bradford)
Al-Faisal (Birmingham)
Chowdreys Restaurant (Bradford) was reccoended by the restaurant management itself; has impressive website, we await customer reviews

We have a better coverage from the rest of the world this time around, but still nowhere near the in-depth reviews that we got from USA and the UK. I know from personal experience that there is a lot of great Pakistani food to be found in Canada, all over Europe and in the Far East. It remains a matter of surprise for me that despite having a readership in these areas we do not get more suggestions from our readers on where to eat Pakistani food in these countries. I am hoping we will get more specific suggestions in the second round.

Saudi Arabia
Not surprisingly, there are lots of Pakitani restaurants in Saudi Arabia. Some of the specific ones suggested include:

Hyatt Restaurant (Hara, Riyadh) for chicken karra massala
Shola Restaurant (Olaya, Riyadh) for nihari
Red Onion Restaurant (Olaya, Riyadh) for aachari chicken
Faran Restaurant (Hara, Riyadh) for pillao and daal
Alhamra Restaurant (Hara, Riyadh) for chicken tikka and daal
Lahori Khabay (Hara, Riyadh) for tikka

Toronto has a large Pakistani population and many Pakistani restaurants; especially in Gerrard Street (Toronto’s mini-Devon). Our readers suggest Iqbal Tikka House, Lasani, and Lahore Tikka House (which, we are told, is actually owned by a Lahori!). Eqbal Foods in Thorncliffe, downtown Toronto is also highly recommended.

A reader reports that there is only one Pakistani restaurant in the entire country, called Peshawar. The review of the food was less than complimentary.

One Pakistani restaurant in Tokyo that was recommended is Gandhara Restaurant which is an upscale place. There is also the Hunza Restaurant in Roppongi, Tokyo.

One reader reports of an excellent Pakistani restaurant called Dheeba in Munich, run by a Rawalpindi native, that is particularly recommended for its korma. Another reader suggests Mumtaz Mahal Restaurant in Heidelberg.

We are told that in Paris there is a whole street full of Pakistani and Indian cuisine called Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis. However, we have not gotten any specific reviews from here yet although one reader remembers a “no-name” dhabba that served exquisite karahi. What we do have is news of two Pakistani restaurants in Lyon in south France, Le Ravi and Le Karachi, reportedly these are famous for their tandori dishes.

One reader review found the Pakistani food at Global Foods (Davis Street, Dublin) to be “superb.” Two other Dublin restaurants that have been recommended are Khyber Tandori and Medina (the first, we are told is pricey and the second affordable).

We are told that in Kuala Lumpur there is a small dhaaba called Pakeeza (off Federal Highway in Petaling Jaya). “The Lahori chef there will cook things ‘desi style’ if you ask him to and will even do paaya and nehari on request in advance.”

In Singapore, there is Saffron in Clark Quay, Usman Restaurant at Serangood Road near Mustafa Shopping Mall, and Daawat at the SIngapore Expo Center..

One should also add the disclaimer that we have ourselves not been at most of these (though we have been at some) and this list is based on reader comments (if you think the list is wrong, leave us comments and we will try to incorporate them next time).

This list is labeled version 0.10 (the last one was version 0.01) because we think we do have a better data set to build this on than last time, but it is still very much a work in progress and our level of confidence in this remains scanty because we know from personal experience that there is much more out there than is reflected in this list. Also, in some cases it is difficult to tell whether people are only reporting on what eateries there are or whether they are determining which ones are the best.

Our thanks to everyone who has sent the comments that have gone into the list. And may we request you all to please help us refine it further.

81 Comments on “ATP’s Best Pakistani Food Outside Pakistan – v0.10”

  1. Qizalbash says:
    July 21st, 2008 5:42 pm

    Bhai, yeh zulm hai!

    The first two pictures (header with gulab jamun and main picture with jalebis) are too much to see on an empty stomach. Kuch khuda ka khouf karro, some of us have not had anything to eat since morning!

  2. Qizalbash says:
    July 21st, 2008 5:46 pm

    And not only that. Side par aap nay aam ka ishtihar bhi laga diya hai.

    Banda karey tou kiya karey abb ;-)

  3. Owais Mughal says:
    July 21st, 2008 5:48 pm

    Bilal restaurant in Los Angeles is correctly described as the best of the best. I got chance to try their nihari and chapli kabab last month and they were super.

  4. Owais Mughal says:
    July 21st, 2008 5:52 pm

    Don’t forget ‘The Mughal’ Restaurant in Beijing :) They were shifting to a new place in March 2008. I talked to the owner on the phone and he told me they’ll be re-open in May 2008. Should be running now. I believe they are the only Pakistani restaurant in Beijing.

    We also ate at couple of branches of ‘Ganges’ Indian restaurant in Beijing. Good food there too.

  5. Owais Mughal says:
    July 21st, 2008 5:55 pm

    Kabob Corner on East Fremont, Las Vegas is a good Pakistani restaurant for fast food style. I was able to try them couple of months ago. Chicken tikka is their speciality.

  6. Owais Mughal says:
    July 21st, 2008 6:03 pm

    Zahid’s Catering on Olive St is the best Pakistani restaurant in St Louis Missouri. Nihari and Bihari kabab are the best here.

  7. Mahmood says:
    July 21st, 2008 6:07 pm

    Al-markaz is not in Richardson, it is in Carrollton, TX. both are north of Dallas. Richradson is north east, while Carrollton is north west.
    Another place that I have been going to latley is “Bismillah International Grocery”. They have a tiny cafe type place. They make the best Bihari Kebab roll & their Haleem reminds me of Karachi. Affordable & good food. I always over eat when I go there :)))
    Haveli is in Irving, TX west of Dallas, they make the best Chapli Kebab in DFW. My American friends keep going back there, even though it is ‘too spicy’ for them :))

  8. Khurram Farooqui says:
    July 21st, 2008 6:19 pm

    In or near Atlanta GA:
    Sabri (Duluth, GA) for Nehari , Bheja, Seekh Kebab
    Gokul Sweets (Decatur, GA) for mithai and Falooda

    In Houston:
    Savoy for Nehari, Biryani, etc.

  9. Riaz Haq says:
    July 21st, 2008 6:32 pm

    I have had the opportunity to eat at Pakistani restaurants in Devon (Chicago), Carrollton, Tx and New Jersey mentioned in the Best of the Best list. I think Shalimar restaurants in Silicon Valley belong on that list. Chicken Tikka is already mentioned as recommended on your list for Shalimar. I think other tandoori foods such as Seekh Kabob are just as good. So is their Nihari. The things that could use significant improvement at Shalimar are service, cleanliness and general ambiance. I wouldn’t mind paying another 10-20% extra for these improvements at Shalimar.

  10. Eidee Man says:
    July 21st, 2008 7:49 pm

    Are there any good ones in Philly? (probably not).

  11. Abdul Hai says:
    July 21st, 2008 7:54 pm

    Ravi Kebab in Virginia just outside Washington DC should be on the list. I do not know any one in Washington DC metro area who will disagree with. I have been to Divan street and New Jersey resturants listed in the post and did not find them any better than Ravi Kebab.

  12. Asad Naqvi says:
    July 21st, 2008 7:55 pm

    Kabob King and Roti Boti in New York are actually both known for their bihari kabob magnum opus (listing seekh kabob in the ‘best of list’ for King Kabob is akin to saying Junoon’s best song was ‘Talaash’). Roti Boti is also widely acknowledged for its rollicking batair.

    Sadly, Boston is a desert when comes to our food.

  13. libertarian says:
    July 21st, 2008 8:12 pm

    Riaz: The things that could use significant improvement at Shalimar are service, cleanliness and general ambiance.

    Agree on the food. Disagree on the service. Part of enjoying Shalimar was having Naeem (the owner) look vacantly past us and tell us we owed pachees rupye … or having the fat dude in Fremont bark at us for not getting a table before we ordered. The Sunnyvale one is wimpy in comparison – no abuse of the customer :-)

    Also there’s a lot available that’s not on the menu – bheja masala for one …

  14. SJH says:
    July 21st, 2008 8:59 pm

    I am not sure how many readers know that even non-Desi Chicagoan’s call Devon “Devaan” – I made the mistake of asking my colleague about Devon when I first moved here and he promptly asked me if I was referring to “Devaan” – very comforting actually.

  15. Junaid says:
    July 21st, 2008 9:32 pm

    Hi guys,

    Please add the following in the Australian category

    Guzzle Tandoori. 453 King St, Newtown, NSW, Australia
    Ph: 02 9557 3537 .

    Best for Haleem and Biryani

  16. Amir Hamza says:
    July 21st, 2008 10:41 pm

    I think you haven’t received any entry about South Korea. There are a lot of Pakistani students and workers to be found here and Pakistani restaurants are doing good business. Although sometimes it becomes difficult to differentiate between Pakistani/Indian/Bangladeshi restaurants, but here is a list of Pakistani restaurants offering decent food.

    Usmania (Ittaewon, Seoul): Good food, very expensive. Buffet is affordable but the quality drops significantly in buffet

    Mughal (Ittaewon, Seoul): Rivals of Usmania and same can be said about them as well

    Maharaja (Ittaewon, Seoul) Barely passable. When I cook myself at home, its definitely better than them

    Foreign Restaurant (Ittaewon, Seoul) They are Bangladeshis by origin but target the pakistani consumers and have a variety of Pakistani dishes, but the taste is a little foreign

    Swat Restaurant (Ittaewon, Seoul) The cheapest restaurant around and the food is not that bad either

  17. Ayaz Siddiqui says:
    July 21st, 2008 10:45 pm

    The old Cafe De khan of Tariq road has opened shop in Mississauga Ontario. It is the same family and after a decade i tasted the same karachi’s kabab paratha and bihari kababs…dont miss it

  18. FAZEEL says:
    July 21st, 2008 11:01 pm

    I just want to add Sunshine Restaurant in NJ. It is in Edison near Oak Tree Road on RT 27. They have the best chicken and Goat Karahi.

  19. Shahrukh says:
    July 21st, 2008 11:41 pm

    I don’t think any restaurant can function without Shan Masala. I think its a must have item.

    Just a little update on Ambala Sweets, Chicago.
    It has been bought by Mughal Bakery, feb-2008

  20. Mansoor says:
    July 22nd, 2008 1:05 am

    The list is mouth watering.

    There have been a lot of innovations and improvements in recipes at home (i.e Pakistan). Do these ‘hotels’ also experiment to introduce newer dishes? I am sure that there must be some modifications in the recipes to attract the locals as well; as we see in Chinese Restaurants who modify the recipes to suit local taste all over the world.

    And I hope restaurants are not recommending themselves in this post to enhance their business!!!

  21. Rehan says:
    July 22nd, 2008 1:06 am

    Have eaten at quite a few of these places in the US & UK. A couple of places missing – Yadgar in Calder St, Glasgow is one of the top places to eat anywhere. All dishes are great with special mention for haleem and the salans which are made fresh. Also a big fan of Shish Mahal in Glasgow.

    Restaurants in the US are far behind the quality, variety and quantity of the UK, with one or two notable exceptions. In the US, I was surprised to see that Shalimar in NorCal did not get a mention. Khan Kabob House being mentioned is a joke, this is basically a family owned grocery store whcih re-heats some frozen stuff. We ate here once, the food was average to be kind.

  22. Khurram says:
    July 22nd, 2008 1:25 am

    I think the array of places all over the world is very interesting.

    I travel a lot for work and this is the first ATP story that I printed out and kept in my bag to use as I travel.

    I find the second half of the list more interesting and how these places are everywhere. I am sure that the real list is even longer. Specially in Europe there have to be many many more than this.

    Thank you for the hard work in compiling this. I hope you will keep updating this and expanding this across the globe.

    What will be good is if you can find a way to really make this a rating so that people can actually highlight which is the best.

  23. Eidee Man says:
    July 22nd, 2008 1:31 am

    “The Sunnyvale one is wimpy in comparison – no abuse of the customer ”

    Good point, libertarian; I’m always amused at how vendors in Karachi simply do not give a damn if you decide not to buy from them. Interestingly, this attitude is also found in other Muslim cultures; I used to frequent this fast food place operated by a borderline-crazy Palestinian guy who dragged each and every customer into a messy political debate. At first I thought it would be only a matter of time before people have enough and stop coming back, which would have been a shame because the food was oh-so-good. Yet, they keep returning in droves and the Americans actually find him quite amusing….just goes to show you, concentrate on your core business, and the rest will work itself out :-).

  24. Tariq says:
    July 22nd, 2008 2:19 am

    I agree with Abdul Hai, Ravi Kabob is excellent in Northern Virginia (Arlington)! Much better than Food Factory.

    For London, what about Ambala? Any comments or experience from visitors? I order sweets regularly from Ambala and the quality is excellent.

    Great list and I have also printed this for future reference.

    Thank you for putting together this list.

  25. Shazia R. Hussain says:
    July 22nd, 2008 3:14 am

    If you are a carnivore, if you love punjabi food (and the smell of desi ghee doesn’t drive you up the wall), if you happen to visit Delhi, India and if you return without eating at “Kake da hotel”, you will regret it for the rest of your life.

    P.S: Don’t go there if you are too finicky about cleanliness. Kake da hotel is a tiny dhaba located at Connaught Place. You might have to wait outside for a long time before you are let in because the dining area inside can accomodate very few people. But the meal we had there was worth the wait, a Delhi-cacy I will never forget.

  26. Shazia R. Hussain says:
    July 22nd, 2008 3:30 am

    just realized after reading my own comment………Pakistaniat in India……..isn’t that amazing?

  27. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    July 22nd, 2008 5:23 am

    Btw, my today’s lunch menu is :

    Kashmiri Yakhni
    Karela Piaz-Bhindi with Channa daal
    Tandoori Roti
    Namkeen lassi

    after a while
    Chaunssa Mangoes from Pakistan
    later on Kashmiri Qahwa with Khand-kulchay

    I was about to ask TV reportage on this event but my
    invitees are Camera- shy to their bones.
    in half an hour, cheers , bon appetit

  28. July 22nd, 2008 8:20 am


    So can some tell me some good Pakistani food eat out places in Switzerland

    Then we are waiting

    Pakistan, Pakistan


    Asif Kabani

  29. Kumail says:
    July 22nd, 2008 8:27 am

    I am not sure if anyone of the readers mentioned this but I recently came across the original Cafe De Khan in Toronto (Mississauga Area). Its got the the genuine Karachi taste from Chicken Tikka to Bihari Kebab and even the ginger/jalfarezi chicken. What adds more its offering is that its probably the only place i have come across that serves the proper deep fried “wurqi” paratha. Must visit for any lover Pakistani cuisine in North America (Located by Mavis & Britannia in the Mississauga area)

  30. Naseer says:
    July 22nd, 2008 9:07 am

    If you are looking for Halwa Puri, the best is Tabaq Restaurant in Misissauga – Canada.
    I have tried many Halwa Puris in Lahore and Karachi but they are the best outside of Pakistan.

  31. Tariq says:
    July 22nd, 2008 9:09 am

    Now we have a list of good Pakistani restaurants, can we get one of places to avoid?

  32. Adnan Ahmad says:
    July 22nd, 2008 11:09 am

    Rawal Kabab in Chantilly Virginia near Dulles airport on rout 50 is as good as Ravi with an identical menu and a lot less crowded. Their Bengali cook says that he was one of the pioneering chefs at Ravi.

  33. Ayaz Ahmed says:
    July 22nd, 2008 12:11 pm

    Kabab King’s Kababs in New York are terrible, and Kababish in Queens shut down. However, the BEST Pakistani food in New York is at Gourmet Sweets in Brooklyn on Coney Island Avenue. I know the name sounds a bit odd :)

  34. Shiraz says:
    July 22nd, 2008 12:14 pm

    Milwaukee Wisconsin (USA):

    Anmol Restaurant
    711 W Historic Mitchell St
    Milwaukee, WI 53204 Map
    +1 414 672-7878

  35. hyder yusafzai says:
    July 22nd, 2008 12:32 pm

    Cafe De Khan in Mississauga, Ontario is highly recommended.

  36. Ali Dada says:
    July 22nd, 2008 12:41 pm

    Here is Toronto, it gets tricky trying to differentiate between an authentic Pakistani restaurant and some Pakistani wannabe who attaches the word ‘Pakistani’ besides his/her Indian restaurant.

    However, there are a few good ones here which are 100% Pakistani:

    . Shirin Mahal (Pakistani bakery – Mississauga)
    . Shahi Pizza (Pizza/broast shop – Mississauga)
    . Mega Broast (Pakistani/US fastfood – Mississauga)
    . The Kebob (Pakistani kabab shop – Mississauga)
    . BBQ Tonite (International Pakistani chain – Mississauga)
    . Karachi Kitchen (Pakistani restaurant but only biryani is good – Mississauga)

    There might be others who I am not aware of but many other Pakistani restaurants I have tried are just pathetic.

  37. Eidee Man says:
    July 22nd, 2008 1:50 pm

    “If you are a carnivore, if you love punjabi food (and the smell of desi ghee doesn

  38. Arif Jadoon says:
    July 22nd, 2008 3:37 pm

    I remember being in Vienna, Austria, some years ago and going to a Pakistani restaurant right on the main ring road in the city. I forget the name and the food was not great either, but it was good to get any Pakistani food after a long break.

  39. zohaib says:
    July 22nd, 2008 4:27 pm

    I’m currently studying in Philadelphia and i’ve practically been living on this awesome Pakistani restaurant Kabobeesh for the past two years. Located on 42nd and Chestnut Street in Philadelphia, it’s one of the few halal places around has is authentic kabobs, great biryani and an amazing chicken karahi which is a hit with many of my american friends who had never had pakistani food before but are now hooked to this place.

  40. shahran says:
    July 22nd, 2008 7:00 pm

    King sweets of Chicago has authentic Pakistani Sweets.
    It has a nice decor where the owner has put up the pictures of a wedding ceremony. His Samosas are very good.

    Another interesting thing about Tahoora has the best Habshi Halwa and Paateesa. You would not find that even in New York

    Al-Naimat Sweets, Jackson Heights New York has the best “Khoyaa” also called “Mawaa” in Sindhi ( Well it is translated by someone as Milk Cake in English).

    This definitely can be considered as a Soughat of New York.

  41. Ayaz Siddiqui says:
    July 22nd, 2008 10:48 pm

    1. Shirin mahal in mississauga is home to pakistani chicken and beef patees and qatalmas
    2. A take out by the name of Desi markaz at Dundas and Hurontario in Mississauga….Excellent food…Pure Pakistani style..Aloo kay parathay…to kill for

  42. Deeda-i-Beena says:
    July 22nd, 2008 11:17 pm


    What a delightful, delicious, gastronimical Post and heading towards encyclopaedic dimensions. Keep the information coming.

    I think a “Guide Michelin” type ranking system would not be workable as there are no standards etablished in our very rich Pakistani cuisine.

    Besides, who will determine the quality when the list of the restaurants encompasses all continents? We will have to contend with the word of MOUTH – whenever it waters. Even a location having no competition around can become rated as MAN-O-SALWA, in a time of hunger.

    My own experience of having eaten at dozens of places in all the continents, revealed that the selection, nature and quality of the dishes greatly depended on how passionate was the owner of the “hotel” about what was served.

    Interestingly, I also found that wherever the ownership or the custody of the place involved a woman, the Selection, Quality, Freshness and even the Name of the place presented a unique experience. Just to make my point, think about CHATKHARA and HANDIE in Manhattan,NY at the time when these were owned by this very talented lady.

  43. Rafay Kashmiri says:
    July 23rd, 2008 12:02 pm

    @ Not all of them are authentic Pakistanis cuisine !!
    certainly non of the Indian resto can claim atleast,
    but when you are in a situation, ask for the “chef ”
    cook just to say hello, observe his/her age, and ask
    which city he/she has learn cooking, & how long !
    There are many fraudulent “cooks ” who keeps on
    changing their ‘matbakh’ every now and then, you
    can not expect
    a cook from punjab to do justice with the specialities
    from Agra, Dehli, Lakhnow or Bangal, and vis-a-versa.
    You might get very disappointed some times.

    The best cook in world was my mom.

  44. Opee says:
    July 23rd, 2008 3:01 pm

    How can you have such a small writeup for Canada and specially nothing from Mississauga?

    c’mon!! :)

    I can undoubtedly say that Mississauga is the city where Not just a Street, Not just a few dozen shops and stores, But if you stand in every Major Intersection of the city, you can talk about multiple options (and good family options) for authentic Pakistani food and people find difficulty to decide which one to go for… :)

  45. Tina says:
    July 23rd, 2008 5:36 pm

    Dheeba is in Munich–you might want to put that in there.

  46. Smart Alec says:
    July 23rd, 2008 6:18 pm

    Opee, I think they have few from Canada because few people from Canada wrote in to say which places had good food there.

    Interestingly, you yourself say there are many but do not mention which!!!

    Maybe you should and it will get into the list next time ;-)

  47. Sauga says:
    July 23rd, 2008 7:21 pm

    Opee, I totally agree and know what you are talking about because I am from Canada specifically from Mississauga myself.
    But I do believe the best Pakistani food in the Toronto area can be found in Lahore Tikka House! *just mouth wateringly amazing* So I think this article covered the the best of it.

  48. Sohail says:
    July 23rd, 2008 8:08 pm

    Now let’s talk about places to avoid.
    One such resturant is Shalimar in Orlando which is located on International Drive. Don’t go there. But if you do visit the place, then be prepared to dish out $100 for a few microwave prepared entrees accompanied by a terribly bad service in a somewhat smelly place.

    I really felt ripped off.

  49. Tariq says:
    July 23rd, 2008 10:14 pm

    Sohail, I have had a similar experience at Shalimar in Orlando. You may want to checkout Ahmed Restaurant, which is in the south part of Orlando. Little bit of a drive from the Disney Resort but well worth the trip.

  50. Aamir Ali says:
    July 24th, 2008 11:08 am

    I live about 1 hr from Baltimore, and 2 hrs from DC. I have already been to some places in DC like Ravi Kabob (good food but LONG wait), but would like to know of some places in Baltimore, can anyone make suggestions?

  51. Manzoor says:
    July 24th, 2008 11:13 am
  52. ShahidnUSA says:
    July 26th, 2008 1:05 am

    One place I am not shy to take my friends to is “Lahore karahi” in Sanfrancisco. Thanks for hilighting it dear Author.

    This hole in the wall eatery is capable to satify your hidden palets that demonically craves once in a while for Indian? may be
    but definitely for Pakistani food.
    Though he advertises it as “Indian and pakistani Resturant”, reason may be that not too many Americans are familiar with pakistani food.
    His “Guddu” food is a TRUE pakistani food.( He does nt have that typical oil smell that I catch in Indian food)
    Yes long wait, bad service but courtious & nervous waiters are expected in these places but food , oohlala is “worth to wait”.
    He has pasted many cuttings from local newspapers and magazine as he should be proud of his good cooking!

    One article says “Dont ask whats special because you would hear we are not one of those where you have one or two specials, here everything is special and he is correct”
    I love reading great reviews about the resturant cooking on his dirty glass window.
    Caution! Dont peek into the kitchen or you may loose your appetite. Just kidding :-)

  53. Shamoun says:
    July 26th, 2008 6:12 pm

    Chicago? I disagree… having had Pakistani food in pretty much most of the US, I truly believe Houston TX has the best and truly authentic Pakistani food. I was hugely dissapointed in Chicago and the NJ/NY areas, even though people seem to rave about them. My top picks are:

    1. Himalaya (Houston TX)
    2. Shahnai (Houston TX)
    3. Bismillah Cafe (Houston TX)
    4. Ravi Kabob (Arlington VA)
    5. Haandi (Manhattan, NY)
    6. Sabri Nihari (Houston TX)

    There are other Pakistani restaurants in the Bay Area, Chicago, Dallas, Greater Washington DC, Iselin/Edison NJ, and Jackson Heights NY areas, but they certainly dont meet my criteria of “good food”. Peace.

  54. pak-forever says:
    July 26th, 2008 10:47 pm

    hi all,

    folks, a lot of comments on here rating daesee joints in the states. obviously a lot of people on here, like me, in the states, so natural enough. Have to say however that most of these places, if not all, just do not compare to the daesee food coverage and offering in the uk.

  55. Mohammad Asim says:
    July 27th, 2008 4:48 am

    Yes, I fully agreed as mentioned above that Dallas has nice Pakistani restaurants. I have been to all of these Pakistani restaurants, but the one who stands out for its authentic taste is B B Q Tonight, having weekend breakfast with Paya at Hvaeli is also a memorable experience

  56. random says:
    October 3rd, 2008 1:10 am

    Lahore Grill in Atlanta is a great place to dine. I think this is one of the best place to have Pakistani food in Atlanta.

  57. iateozone says:
    October 5th, 2008 2:36 pm

    Bundu Khan just opened in London – although, I have just been there once its food did live up to my expectation. Also, an excellent set up (well…it is new!). Nothing to prove it’s authentic but will update once I get some further information.

  58. kraftek says:
    November 27th, 2008 2:50 pm

    I’ve had very bad experiences with Shahi Pizza. Here is one:

    I called in a day before and specifically ordered a pizza to be ready by 12pm the next day.

    On the day of, I called 15 minutes before pickup and a lady that barely understood English didn’t know I ordered from the day before. So I told her to make it and I’ll come within 15 minutes.

    When I get there, she says she’s going to make it now so I had to wait another 15 minutes. It was NOT busy and no delivery/pickup orders were going out except mine.

    She made brought out the exact pizza I ordered within 5 minutes, but serves it to customers so I had to wait.

    After waiting for 20 minutes, she asks me to pay for tip. Why would you need to pay tip on a pickup order?


  59. aggie says:
    November 30th, 2008 6:00 pm

    You can add in The center of France (Clermont-Ferrand) Lahore lahore Rue Rabanesse. Realy good Pakistanies food!

  60. March 27th, 2009 1:00 am

    I am from Chicago and have tried authentic Pakistani food from all over US. I consider myself a connoisseur of food, especially when it comes to authentic Pakistani cuisines. The best Pakistani restaurant and actually by far the best desi restaurant in the country is KHAN BBQ in Devon (Chicago). Khan BBQ always has a mixed crowd and is also the busiest restaurant in Devon. It has won numerous awards from local, national and international critics. Some of the awards KHAN BBQ has won include the following:

    -Maxim Magazine 2008 Food awards
    – Chicago’s best restaurant 2008
    -Best of the web local (Chicago)

    links for some of the awards are below:

  61. Jane says:
    March 29th, 2009 6:38 pm

    Detroit – Please try Indo-Pak Restaurant. The absolute best in Pakistani cooking. It is run by Punjabis’ from India, however, there chef is from Gujrawala. Samaosa, Seekh Kabab, Chapli kabab, whole chicken. It is just awesome!

  62. Ambreen says:
    March 31st, 2009 6:09 am

    i recently visited Bundo Khan in London. Liked the food and especially the music. The old mehdi hasan and noor jahan songs with pakistani food was a delight. Unlike the rest of the famous pakistani places like Tayyabs. Lahore kebab house who are serving pakistani food with blarring indian music which is strange.
    The food at Bundo khan is good and i would like to go back to the place. Prices are on slightly higher side but less than tayyab’s. Would recommend it to all.

  63. Ambreen says:
    March 31st, 2009 6:19 am

    And if you are in London, do go and eat at Ravi Kebab House at Euston (across ambala sweet – Drummond street) . Very very good food. Decently priced. The place is quite small and not at all posh. But if you are a foodie you will love it. I was relieved to see The biryani in its orignal form…not the one with curry splashed on the rice like most of places in London (God knows why they do it here in London and kill the orignality of the dish). The nehari is a must try. This is coming from a person who is not a nehari fan. My favorite is naan plus seekh kebab and allo qeema. Chicken biryani and tikka is worth trying.

  64. Khalid says:
    June 12th, 2009 3:32 pm

    Is there any pakistani restaurant for family in

    1. Frankfurt Germany

    2. Nice, France

    3. Rome, Italy

    4. Venice, Italy

    5. Zurich, Switzerland

    I will be on Europe tour with my family this summer.

  65. Samantha says:
    August 12th, 2009 12:58 am

    In Atlanta the best nihari is at Zyka…..actually you can’t go wrong with anything there. I took my dad and it was his favorite place. And we’re from Chicago!

  66. pakifoodfan says:
    August 21st, 2009 4:12 pm

    I would like to add Nihari cafe in Detroit to the list.

    Also Kati Rolls in New York is awesome.

    Of all the restaurants I have tried, Bar b q tonight is the best!!!

  67. Adam Insaan says:
    August 23rd, 2009 10:21 am

    I do in humbleness have to add something about Paris, although I don`t live in France it is becoming my favourite city in Europe to go for vacancy.

    The last two times I have been at hotels , quite good , but I always suffer from a `lack of stimulating my taste buds by pakistani curry and chilli

  68. September 24th, 2009 8:39 am

    bradistancallin Twitter update

    Adil bhai, did you come to Bradistan to taste the food?Thnx 4 including Mumtaz & Akbar(highly recommended) and Chowdreys(more famous for chat & Rus Malai?)

  69. vinnie says:
    October 7th, 2009 6:07 pm

    zouk tea bar & grill is in Bradford and Manchester and is the best Pakistani food outside Pakistan you must try it.

  70. Mehvish says:
    November 22nd, 2009 3:38 pm

    I am disgusted by a few of the restaurants that were placed in this list. Ghareeb Nawaaz is not a “best of the best” restaurant. I am a huge critic of pakistani food, and I only go outside for Paki food that is of near perfection to the actual Paki dishes. Ghareeb Nawaaz is NOT the best, the restaurant looks terrible and poor, the food is only good if your on a REALLY LOW budget or just need something to fill your stomach on the go and your not picky about what that is… so like seriously, Ghareeb Nawaaz sucks as a restaurant and it truly makes me regret being Pakistani seeing as there is a rere amount of REALLY good authentic Paki restaurants in the US. >.< The only really authentic food one would get is if you go to some of the big name hotels and dine in with their continental food service. That is my opinion, sorry if it offends anyone, but I love food, and I love Paki food and Pakistani. So of course, I would only like to use and eat the best of Pakistan.

  71. Pakistani First says:
    November 22nd, 2009 4:23 pm

    What a silly review by Mehvish.

    So, because it looks “poor” the food must not be good. What nonsense? The best food is often in places that “look poor”.

    All your comment tells me is that you know nothing about food. For example,

    “The only really authentic food one would get is if you go to some of the big name hotels and dine in with their continental food service”

    No, I am not offended by your comment. Just convinced that you know nothing about food and are a snob!

    Enjoy your life. I will continue enjoying “poor” peoples food at Ghareeb Nawaz!

  72. SANA says:
    January 9th, 2010 10:36 am

    Great post, its time to update it though…. maybe make it a poll and get reader votes this time

  73. January 24th, 2010 11:41 am

    Having eaten at Bar B Q Tonight in Dallas, I would certainly rate their Nehari as Recommended; certainly, not Best of the Best. That honor goes to Sabri in Chicago (Devon).

    New York’s Jackson Heights does not boast of any restaurant deserving to be in the Best of Best. Chicago and San Francisco Bay Area restaurants readily surpass the New York fare. Kabob King’s kebabs are overrated by your readers. Best seekh kebabs as well as paratha: Bundu Khan in Chicago. Much like the Bundu Khan in Karachi.

    In the DC area, where I live, Kabab Palace in Crystal City is probably the best though inconsistent.

    Adding to the Recommended category: Kabab N’ Karahi in Cloverly, Maryland. It’s been around for just over a year and many of the staff come from Ravi Kabob in Arlington, Virginia. A great deal of similarity in the food but the place is decidedly more spacious, clean, and parking’s not a nightmare.

    There also is Salt N’ Pepper in New Orleans (French Quarters) which is a dhaaba with decent food. I would certainly place it on the Recommended list. And given that NOLA has a dearth of Pakistani places, may well place it on Highly Recommended list.

    More later!

  74. anum says:
    January 24th, 2010 4:20 pm

    It’s entirely true that in the UK a lot of the people don’t really know the difference between authentic Indian and Pakistani food. But If u r one of the mucky one’s who does and are looking for good quality and good value food then “Kohinoor” in Glasgow is the pace for u.It is sort of the village in Lahore, PAKISTAN. “Kababesh” on Victoria road is also very very good if you feel like authentic barbecue. Some other good restaurants are the “curry leaf” on great western road or “charcoal” in the city center.

  75. tum tum says:
    February 5th, 2010 4:48 pm

    Why Pizza Hut in Pakistan dont ever give out any Coupons…

    and their price is the same as in USA,

    however in pakistan every one knows they dont pay any freagin tax, pay their employees 20% of what american pizza hut pays to its employees…

    and yet if you convert pakistani pizza hut price Tag into dollars…

    it comes out as same in dollars….

    imagine how much profit these people must be milking…

    poor american businessman….

    they should learn from thief pakistani businessmen….

  76. Ram says:
    March 3rd, 2010 10:59 am

    I wrote about an obscure little kebab adda in a very small town – Franklin, NJ. [Suprisingly, Franklin was voted #1 in Places Rated Best in America. Disclaimer: I don't live there]. There was one other post I sent listing out a few restaurants in India, particularly the extraordinary Dum Pukht (in ITC Grand Maratha) which while expensive has a terrific range of Punjabi, Peshawari, and Afghani cuisine.

    Also, the list does not include any in India. Or should I say, “excludes”. Is that on purpose, Najam saheb? Now, even food has taken sides, gotten poisoned?

    I’ll leave you with this link about “Indo-Pak Kebabs & Tikkas” in Noida, new Delhi:

  77. Saad says:
    March 5th, 2010 12:29 am

    hy so much anger. Reading things into the post that are not even there. Please give a list of good “Pakistani” food places in India. I will be very interested :-)

  78. June 8th, 2010 12:43 am

    food is really so good and tasty.add restaurant

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