Thursday, June 22, 2017

loafology

loafology
109 jinnah avenue (blue area), islamabad, pakistan 44000
tel: 051-2804044


what was consumed: coffee, grilled cheese, bagel with cream cheese, loafology omelet, mini lemon tart, lemon bread


looking for a nice place to grab a good cup of coffee and some delicious treats? check out loafology! a western style bakery, started by some expats, offers delicious fare in addition to quite a selection of breads and other baked goods; loafology has become one of my go-to brunch/sandwich places. 

and when they have it, be sure to try their lemon tart-lettes. a nice combination of tart and sweet in a delicious and flaky mini crust ... DELISH. but be sure to get there early, or call in your orders. once their supply is gone, their supply is gone for the day ... and you don't want to miss out!

onlinehttp://loafology.com/ and on facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/loafology/


Monday, June 19, 2017

wild thyme

wild thyme
shaheen market. E7, street 14, islamabad, pakistan
tel051) 8441748

what was consumed: chicken vegetable tikis, chicken dumplings, apple and red cabbage salad, pumpkin soup with croutons, hunza fries, apricot chicken with handmade herb pasta, roasted wile thyme potatoes. others ordered nut battered fish with hunza fries, spinach ravioli, walnut chicken with steamed rice, chicken apricot karahi (all were said to be delish!)


specializing in ingredients from hunza (like the life giving apricot oil!), while thyme offers a great fusion of western and desi cuisine. friends mentioned wild thyme to me (it's apparently owned/run by the wife of friends' preferred salon owner. small world here in isloo, for sure). i~ heard about their delicious offerings and about their incredible beet root salad, so i was all in.

wild thyme offers a variety of delicious treats - ranging from appetizers, soups, salad, entrees, and even desserts! one could probably make a meal of just their appetizers: the chicken dumplings, the chicken vegetable tikis, the salads (beetroot and apple and red cabbage of course) ... and the hunza fries! i could eat the fries all day long.

that said, be sure to save room for the entrees! also delicious. the apricot chicken is said to be one of the favorites, and i can see why. the stuffed chicken is delish and the pasta that accompanies it is just ... perfect. if you get a combo of appetizers, the chicken entree is definitely good for sharing (or, if you're me, just enough to round out the meal - haha). i could go for some of that pasta right about now ... 

seating seemed limited, though, so either get there early or make sure you have a reservation. they're also on food panda, though, so be no excuses!





Saturday, June 17, 2017

meraki

meraki
jinnah super, F-7, islamabad, pakistan
tel: 051) 8487576

what was consumedappetizer platter (for sharing), greek salad, chicken tarragon, pepper steak (with a side of tarragon cream sauce), molten chocolate cake

if you're looking for a fine dining option (that is, i think they're going for fine dining, or as fine as dining in isloo can get?), definitely check out meraki. we sort of stumbled upon it and ended up enjoying their wares during their soft opening and then again after their official opening. located in the same building as meat one (the entrance(s) are "behind" meat one. once you go, you'll see what i mean), this restaurant is, imo, a nice addition to the isloo eating scene.

per facebook recommendations, i ordered the chicken tarragon. three grilled chicken breasts smothered in a creamy, and slightly spicy, tarragon and cream sauce. the dish comes with a side of your choice (french fries for me, obvi). meraki also took to hear facebook followers' recommendations and increased the portions (3 chicken breasts, especially when it comes with a side, is a pretty substantial amount of food. just the way i like it!). 

and if you're looking for a decadent dessert, be sure to order the molten chocolate cake. once you slice into it, it starts oozing delicious chocolate. different from "chocolate" desserts i've had elsewhere, this one really is chocolatey. YUM.

meraki also has a special "black" menu, for all you fancy folk. you can get some premium stuff (e.g. filet mignon flown in from the US) and those who opted for this part of the menu, at least the steak, said it was up to par and that they would order it again (the best of all food compliments!). 




Wednesday, March 29, 2017

social

social
plot #2, ensemble plaza, street 48, F-8/4, islamabad, pakistan
tel0320) 6862783

what was consumed: loaded fries! mexican rice bowl! others had the korean bowl, burgers, sandwiches, fish and chips ...

looking for a place to eat with a nice rooftop and delish food? if yes, check out social!

after reading about a new restaurant in one of the papers, and after we'd passed social quite a few times going to m's house, we finally made it out there, on a nice evening. and with it being nice, we opted for the rooftop seating (and we're glad we did! for those who get chilly easily, they had quite a few heat lamps to keep you cozy).

we started our meal with some loaded fries because ... well, why not. and as we were sharing among quite a few people, we all got just a taste (i could've eaten the whole thing by myself. no surprise there). we also received salsa and toasted bread "on the house." we didn't know what to make of the combo, but enjoyed the slightly spicy salsa.

social has a diverse menu, so you're bound to find something you like. m and i split the mexican rice dish and the korean bowl. the mexican rice was served in a tortilla bowl (likely a fried chiapti, but let's face it: they're variation of the same). i'm also glad to see that korean flavors are making their way on to the islamabad food scene. social's korean bowl was pretty good. a  bit on the sweet side and more teriyaki than korean, but ... that's just me.

thanks, social! we'll see you again soon.

onlinehttps://www.facebook.com/socialcafeisb/