Nutrinizer & Health Act – Clean Eating Challenge Day 8

Day 8 of the 30-Day Challenge. Wednesday.

I made use of FoodPanda for ordering both lunch and dinner. They have by and large provided good service.  A few hiccups here and there, but overall not bad at all.

Lunch – Nutrinizer

I’m beginning to have the growing sensation that by the time this 30 Day Clean eating challenge is over, Nutrinizer is going to be a clear winner in the battle of the health cafes.

Day 8. #Nutrinizer lunch. The best goddamn omelete wrap I've ever had.

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It was the second time I was having a go at Nutrinizer and boy O’ boy, did they deliver on the goods.

This was also the first time that FoodPanda delivered late, more than an hour for the delivery. I wonder whether FoodPanda offers any incentive or money-back offers if they fail to deliver on time, A la Dominos.

I had order a slim omelet wrap with chicken and baby spinach inside. It was a truly beautiful wrapping of omelet if I ever saw one.

Just looking at made you want to devour it. There are very few instances in the restaurant industry where what looks amazing actually tastes amazing too.

This was those rare moments.

Of course price-wise they are on the higher side. At more than Rs.400 for an omelet, that’s not cheap by any standard.

Day 8. Not exactly sure why the hell I posted yet another pic of the same omelete. Kya yehi pyar hai? #30daychallenge

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Dinner – Health Act

Health Act should be renamed Fleecing Act. Because that’s precisely what they’re trying to do.

Chef Mahboob has no idea [or maybe he’s in on it] that his team of cooks is making and delivering sub-par food to his customers.

I ordered the Grilled Cuban sandwich. There was nothing grilled about it.

Day 8. Dinner. Spoiler Alert: Khauda pahaar nikla chooha. #HealthAct #30daychallenge

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It was a tiny sandwich costing 500 bucks. And the beef in it, let’s just say you needed jaws of steel to chew on it. And it was cooked, not grilled or even baked.

This was one stubborn cow. Or Bhens. Or was it even a mammal?

 

You never know. Maybe Chef Mehboob is doctoring some genetically modified animals and feeding them to us unsuspecting wannabe health aspirants.

I’ll still give Health Act another chance. Let’s see if this is the norm or they had a bad-hair twice in a row.

5 Days Health n Wealth Report

I started off the Clean Eating Challenge focusing on just two parameters: waist line and weight line.

My waist stood at a staggering 37” and the weight at not an alarming 163 lb or 72 kg. So far there hasn’t been much difference but then again it’s been only 5 days into the challenge.

I started out looking like a python who had swallowed a goat, and well I still look the same.

5 day Healthy Eating Report
5 day Healthy Eating Report

Two things I haven’t changed in my experiment are:

  1. Amount of sugar I consume daily. 2 teaspoons X 4 cups of tea = 8 tbsp.
  2. Amount of exercise. Prior to starting the 30 Day Clean Eating Challenge, I used to do stretches and push-ups for like 5 mins in the morning, and some yoga stretches for 20 mins in the evening, and even that’s not a regular feature. Have kept the same regimen during the quest as well.

As far as my expenses are concerned, I’m bleeding Rs.1,000 on an average per day and chances are if I manage to complete this challenge, I would have parted with Rs.30,000, which is the minimum prediction. Could be much more. The need of the hour is to create a regimen that can be easily followed ad nauseam instead of worrying about the money. The expenditure would neutralize to some extent once other things are streamlined.

 

TGI Fridays Ramadan Iftar Deal

TGI Fridays is offering an Iftar deal for Rs.1395 + tax = Rs.1618.2 which on the face of it appears quite expensive.

The following are the items TGI Fridays is offering part of the iftar deal:

  1. Portion of Bean Fries
  2. Soup of the Day/Salad
  3. One main entrée from a selection
  4. Soft drink/mineral water/iced tea

To get a glimpse into this deal, have a look at the TGI Fridays Iftar deal review.

TGI fridays Ramadan Iftar Deal
TGI fridays Ramadan Iftar Deal

TGI Fridays Makes a Hash of Iftar Deal

TGI Fridays makes a comeback to Karachi after a hiatus of more than 12 years. Back then it opened shop at one of the most happening places of Karachi – The Point – now popularly called the Park Towers.

The Point was the place to be in 1998 as the mall culture hadn’t taken hold of this coastal town yet, and it was for all intents and purposes the start of that culture. And TGI Fridays was smack in the middle of this metamorphosis/paradigm shift.

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TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi
TGI Fridays Karachi

We did have some good times there as it was the hangout for teenagers. It also was probably the first restaurant that kickstarted karaoke nights in this part of the world.

Sadly TGI Fridays couldn’t capitalize on it and left the Pakistani shores just a few short years later. It’s back again in town, and this time around it’s not in an envious position since the location isn’t very flattering, and the Karachi market is brimming with foreign franchises. Back then the Pakistani consumers didn’t have access to so many choices.

We decided to take TGI Fridays for a spin to see whether they have learnt any lessons from their last experience and offering something different especially when it comes to Ramadan deals.

TGI Fridays wasn’t very keen to offer any Iftar deal in Ramadan even in their last outing in Karachi, and although this time around they’re offering a deal, they might as well have not offered anything at all. That’s because their Ramadan deal isn’t adding any value to the customer.

TGI Fridays Iftar Deal

So what is TGI Fridays’ iftar deal all about?

Frankly, it’s one of the worst iftar deals I’ve come across in my 14 years experience of dissecting Ramadan deals. Not because of the items it is offering in its deals, but because of the actual value it is offering to the customers.

TGI Fridays Iftar menu
TGI Fridays Iftar menu
TGI Fridays Iftar Deal
TGI Fridays Iftar Deal
TGI Fridays Iftar Deal
TGI Fridays Iftar Deal
TGI Fridays Iftar Deal
TGI Fridays Iftar Deal
TGI Fridays Iftar Deal
TGI Fridays Iftar Deal
TGI Fridays Iftar n normal deal bill
TGI Fridays Iftar n normal deal bill

TGI Fridays is charging Rs.1395 + tax = Rs.1618.2 for its so-called Iftar deal. But if you buy all the items in this deal individually, the price comes out to be the same, and in some cases, less than the deal. So in reality, you lose money when you opt for this deal.

The following are the items TGI Fridays is offering part of the iftar deal:

  1. Portion of Bean Fries
  2. Soup of the Day/Salad
  3. One main entrée from a selection
  4. Soft drink/mineral water/iced tea

Now let’s do a simple calculation to determine the value if you bought them individually:

  1. Portion of Bean Fries Rs. 300/3 = Rs.100
  2. Soup of the Day/Salad = Rs. 325
  3. One main entrée [Say Fish & Chips] = Rs.625
  4. Soft drink/mineral water/iced tea [soft drink] = Rs.125
  5. Grand Total = Rs. 1175

See what I mean? You could have had all this at only Rs.1175 instead of the Iftar deal of Rs.1395 if you bought it out of the deal. Even if you the bean fries at full Rs.300, even then the total price comes out to be Rs.1375, Rs.20 less than the Iftar deal price.

Yes, restaurants make a killing in Ramadan season by offering enticing deals to lure the hapless customer. But in almost all of them, there’s a semblance of value addition for the customer and it’s not a complete rip-off.

Like I said before, TGI Fridays’ Ramadan offering is probably the worst iftar deal Karachiites have ever seen. And TGI Fridays needs to spank the naughty boy who came up with this raw deal for the customers. Not a good start for their first Ramadan after the comeback.

When you consider awesome deals like what Johnny Rockets is offering, this one just pales in comparison.

 

And now we dissect the items themselves in the Iftar deal.

TGI Fridays Cream Mushroom Soup

The soup of the day as part of the iftar deal at TGI Fridays that day was cream mushroom soup. And it was delectable. Contrary to what most restaurants serve, the soup had a hefty helping of mushrooms and the taste was enough to send your taste buds into overdrive. It got us all excited about the main course ahead. Little did we know what horrors lay ahead of us.

TGI Fridays  Cream Mushroom Soup
TGI Fridays Cream Mushroom Soup

TGI Fridays Fried Mozzarella

As part of the Iftar deal, we were supposed to get the fried bean fries but instead they gave the fried mozzarella served with a sauce that use as base for a pizza. It was alright, nothing to write home about.

TGI Fridays Fried Mozzarella
TGI Fridays Fried Mozzarella
TGI Fridays Fried Mozzarella
TGI Fridays Fried Mozzarella

TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken

Now I’ve never been to Tennessee and apart from the fact that the place is crawling with ghosts and ghouls, which Hollywood flicks have led me to believe, I can’t really comment on how Tennesseans like to have their grilled chicken. But I can’t really believe they like to have their grilled chicken rock hard, as if it has been languishing in a hell-hole for centuries just like the ghosts of Tennessee’s, and that it has been set free just now by some accidental human intervention.

TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken
TGI Fridays Tennessee Grill Chicken

That’s how harrowing the grilled chicken experience was. Portion-size wise, it was one of the most substantial portions I’ve ever seen on a platter of grilled chicken in any restaurant. But then again, when you’re charging Rs.1025 plus tax for a mere grilled chicken, you better fill the plate properly. And fill they did with three large breast pieces sidled with a generous helping of fries and a not-so-generous one of onion rings. The two sidelines are a customer’s choice.

So the platter was enough to satiate your appetite. Only problem was, how to get through the ordeal of munching on centuries old chicken. You knew you were in for some hard times when you tried to slice your way through the first chicken breast. It was harder than cutting a piece of rare beef steak. And if by some miracle you did manage to cut off a piece, trying to chew it was a challenge that would have delighted the likes of Fear Factor participants.

And it was really mind-boggling because the presentation of the Tennessee grilled chicken was spot on.

Something just wasn’t adding up. You looked at the inviting chicken breast, your mouth salivated. You munched on the breast, your entire mouth went dry as if the chicken had sucked all your saliva into it.

There was a sort of a sauce that came with the chicken in a small pot that seemed to have a specific gravity even less than water! Now wait, it was a gravy. I’ve no idea what the hell it was, but it did nothing to ease the tormenting, apart from lending a sweetened taste to the whole proceedings.

We tried in vain to ease the suffering by adding the mustard, the bbq sauce, whatever we could find on the table one after the other. All in vain.

In the end we gave up. The damned chicken from the depths of Tennessean hell won.

TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger

TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger was a treat to watch. It appeared large, with a succulent albeit rare beef patty sandwiched in between with a hefty dose of melted swiss cheese, mushrooms, pickles and onions.

Until we bit into it. The sensation was…….. nothing. Yep. You heard me. Nothing at all. No wait. That’s not entirely true. You could taste the pickles. But that’s just about it.

It really is a feat to devise a burger garnished with a dozen things and yet they all add up to a create a senseless sensation. We were a bit apprehensive about the rare beef patty since it looked almost raw- it was that pink. But our fears were unfounded. There wasn’t any taste in it.

Yet again, we were starkly reminded of the Tennessean connection. Maybe it wasn’t beef at all, but the remnants of a witch that was buried centuries ago in a Tennessee haunted house and now imported directly from that God forsaken place for the twisted palates of the Pakistanis. Scenes from the movie The Conjuring conjured up in our mind.

TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger
TGI Fridays Swiss Mushroom Burger

The only positive aspect of this fiasco is the freshness of the bun, something which is seen wanting at most foreign franchises. Moreover, the beef patty was thicker than the bun itself. Now if only it had some semblance of taste as well.

At Rs. 900 plus tax, it promises to stuff you silly without bothering your taste buds.

TGI Fridays Prayer Area

The prayer area was basically a corner in the main dining hall that was in full view of the public and could accommodate just one person at a time. However, that wasn’t much of a problem considering most of the diners weren’t bothered to offer their Maghrib prayers, so you could easily offer yours if you wanted to. But if you’re female, that could be a bit of a problem, unless you’ve no issues offering it in stark view of everyone in the diner.

TGI Fridays Iftar Deal Verdict

TGI Fridays may have positioned itself as casual dining the world over, but the prices they’re charging in this part of the world are way above what the casual diner pays in Pakistan. Casual dining in this part of the world means having a Rs.200-300 fast food or a plate of biryani at a local restaurant, not something in the range of Rs.1000-1500.

So TGI Fridays prices are skewed more towards the fine dining range, and as such when a discerning customer pays a visit, he will expect an experience a whole lot more than just casual in terms of the quality of food he’s being served, considering the price he’s paying for it.

TGI Fridays does appear to have made a comeback considering the crowd they’re pulling in right at the outset, but that can be a misleading indicator in a city where foreign franchises are a dime a dozen and competition from the local food operators is stiff.

If TGI Fridays can just add some zest to their offerings, it does stand a chance to not let history repeat itself.

 

TGI Fridays
TGI Fridays

 

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Johnny Rockets Ramadan Blast

Johnny Rockets has been around in Karachi for just a year, and in that time it has managed to attract a decent following. Mind you, Johnny Rockets couldn’t have launched at a worse time than this, when all the burger walas both local and foreign are locked in a cutthroat battle to dominate the scene.

If Johnny Rockets had launched just a couple of years ago, it would have definitely garnered far more followers in half the time because there weren’t that many burger brands to begin with. But now with the advent of Hardee’s, Fatburger and Burger King, not to mention the local gourmet burger brands, the competition is intense.

Due to all this, Johnny Rockets did not have a good response at the launch. I checked it out just a day after the launch and although Johnny Rockets appeared to be doing brisk business, it was nowhere the response that Hardee’s or even Fatburger. People had to stand in queues just to enter Hardee’s for at least two weeks after the launch.

So it hasn’t been easy going for Johnny Rockets. But to tilt the odds in its favor, Johnny Rockets has come up with a tantalizing Ramadan deal for the iftar.

The deal may not have been so lucrative had the other burger franchises including Burger King, Hardees and McDonads come up with ‘bigger bang for the buck’ deals. As things stand, none of the foreign franchises has come up with anything to write home about and Johnny Rockets has been able to run away with the prom queen.

So what’s so special about Johnny Rockets iftar deal that others can’t match it?

The great thing about Johnny Rockets Iftar Deal

Johnny Rockets has been able to pull off what Pizza Hut did so well for almost a decade before losing their mind and dropping the deal. Pizza Hut plugged into Pakistani consumer insights that they like to be run loose on food without any constraints, and that they’re given the license to wolf down the food with unlimited drinks. This Pizza Hut deal was a runaway success and was emulated by so many not only local pizza parlors but other restaurants as well.

Johnny Rockets iftar deal is not exactly an ‘all you can eat’ offering but it does include unlimited drinks. What’s more the food offered is enough to satiate the appetite of the fattest of us. Most restaurants in Pakistan both local and foreign underestimate the importance of unlimited drinks. Soft drinks are the cheapest aspect of any restaurant’s offering, and by giving unlimited drink option to their customers, not only are they limiting the eating capacity of the customers thereby saving on the more expensive food, they’re fulfilling the craving of the Pakistani consumer for fizzy drinks, more so since this Ramadan has come in summer.

But Johnny Rockets leveraged this insight to the hilt. And maybe because of this, their food offering appeared to be more fulfilling than it actually was. That’s a brilliant strategy.

So what exactly is Johnny Rockets offering as far as the food is concerned?

Johnny Rockets Karachi Pakistan
Johnny Rockets Karachi Pakistan

A salad bowl, chicken tenders, burgers [choice of three flavors] and ice cream all for Rs. 800 + tax or simply Rs.928 per head. It may look pricey but when take it into perspective of the other deals in town which will set you back by as much as Rs.1500-2000, this is actually a bargain.

Johnny Rockets salad
Johnny Rockets salad
Johnny Rockets chicken tender
Johnny Rockets chicken tender
Johnny Rockets salad
Johnny Rockets salad
Johnny Rockets chicken tender
Johnny Rockets chicken tender
Johnny Rockets salad
Johnny Rockets salad

On the face of it, this may not sound sufficient but believe me, when you get down to eating it, it’s enough to make your stomach bloat like a balloon.

Johnny Rockets Smoke House Burger

Johnny Rockets Smoke House Burger comprises of a beef patty topped with beef bacon strip, crispy onion ring and cheddar cheese and smeared with the ‘smoke house’ sauce.

 

Johnny Rockets Smoke House Burger
Johnny Rockets Smoke House Burger

 

Johnny Rockets Smoke House Burger
Johnny Rockets Smoke House Burger

 

Johnny Rockets Smoke House Burger
Johnny Rockets Smoke House Burger

 

Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger

Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger is pretty much the same as smoke house burger minus the crispy onion rings. For all we know, this may have been a mistake by the cook because they both tasted remarkably similar.

 

Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger
Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger

 

Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger
Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger

 

Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger
Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger

 

Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger
Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger

 

Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger
Johnny Rockets Beef Bacon Burger

 

Johnny Rockets St.Louis Burger

Johnny Rockets St.Louise Burger was the one markedly different from both smoke house and beef bacon. It comprised of the standard beef patty, swiss cheese, grilled onions, iceberg lettuce, pickles and some special ‘St Louise’ sauce.

Johnny Rockets St. Louis Burger
Johnny Rockets St. Louis Burger
Johnny Rockets St. Louis Burger
Johnny Rockets St. Louis Burger
Johnny Rockets St. Louis Burger
Johnny Rockets St. Louis Burger
Johnny Rockets St. Louis Burger
Johnny Rockets St. Louis Burger

Whether it was the sauce or the combination of different ingredients, the St. louse burger resonated with my taste buds more than the other two. In any case, it was nearer in taste to the classic hamburger with the patty appearing to be juicier as well.

Johnny Rockets Ice cream

There wasn’t any choice of flavors. You could only have vanilla. And the vanilla tasted pretty much like the vanillas of the branded ice cream walas like Wall’s and Omore instead of the taste of a homemade or in-house ice cream as claimed by Johnny Rockets. Hardly their forte if they indeed are making the ice cream on their own.

Johnny Rockets vanilla ice cream
Johnny Rockets vanilla ice cream
Johnny Rockets vanilla ice cream
Johnny Rockets vanilla ice cream

The bad thing about Johnny Rockets Iftar Deal

  1. The biggest shortcoming of the Johnny Rockets iftar deal is that it is limited to either four or six person. Any other number and it would cease to be a bargain deal.
  2. The second shortcoming was the actual size of the burgers for the deal. This wasn’t the same burger I had couple of months ago at Johnny Rockets. Those were humungous burgers that Johnny Rockets was offering at the start of its venture in Karachi.

         Now either Johnny Rockets has reduced the size of its burgers altogether, or it has come up with a shrunken burger tailor made for this Ramadan deal.

 

  1. The chili fries were a bit of a disappointment. It was claimed in the ad that the fries would be topped with cheddar cheese. Instead they were topped with some black ‘garam masala’ wala sauce that was not palatable.

All in all Johnny Rockets iftar deal is a must-try this Ramadan, but only if you can come up with four or six people.

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Johnny Rockets Iftar Ramadan Deal

Johnny Rockets is offering one of the most interesting Iftar deals by any foreign franchise this Ramadan. The only downside of Johnny Rockets iftar deal is that it is limited to fixed persons – either 4 or 6 persons. Any number of persons other than that, and the deal falls flat.

Johnny Rockets Ramadan Deal:

This is what Johnny Rockets is offering as part of its Ramadan deal:

  1. 4 or 6 drinks with unlimited refills
  2. 4 or 6 chicken tenders
  3. salad bowl
  4. chili fries
  5. 4 or 6 burgers [Choice of beef bacon, smoke house and st. louise burger]
  6. 4 or 6 ice cream

GO through the Johnny Rockets review of the deal to better understand the value of this deal.

Johnny Rockets Iftar Ramadan deal
Johnny Rockets Iftar Ramadan deal

Pure Health Cafe Iftar Deal

Pure Health Cafe Iftar Deal looks to be something a bit out of the ordinary from the usual suspects. Although Pure Health Cafe is offering a drink, platter and dessert for Rs.500 plus tax, it hasn’t given the details of either the platter or the dessert which makes it difficult to choose this from the plethora of Ramadan deals on offer in the market, or to even gauge whether this iftar deal is worth Rs.600 odd.

Pure Health Cafe  is the newest kid on the block and this is their first ever Ramadan. It remains to be seen whether Pure Health Cafe  is able to compete with the industry giants.

 Pure Health Cafe Karachi
Clifton Block 9
Karachi , Pakistan  

Phone: 021-35306817

Pure Health Cafe Iftar Deal
Pure Health Cafe Iftar Deal

OPTP Ramadan Deal

OPTP Ramadan Deal seems to be emulating KFC’s legendary bucket deals with their own version of drumsticks. One Potato Two Potato has even named them southern fried chicken.

OPTP’s iftar deal is not such a deal but a bit on the expensive side when you consider that OPTP is a local brand while pricing its offerings at par with the foreign franchises.

OPTP Ramadan Deal Offering

  1. 10 drumsticks
  2. 2 garlic sauce
  3. 1 1.5litre coke
OPTP Ramadan Deal
OPTP Ramadan Deal

Subway Ramadan Deal

Subway Ramadan deal is nothing to write home about. Subway is offering a free 6 inch Sub on the purchase of one Sub, but only on the condition that you buy two drinks with it.

Like Dunkin Donuts Ramadan deal, Subway iftar deal is not something that will attract the majority of the population. 

Subway iftar deal

Subway is offering a choice of Roasted beaf & cheese, Turkey Breast, Sliced Chicken, Chicken Teriyaki or BBQ Chicken  for the 6 inch sub as part of the deal. For the free sub, you don’t have to pick the same one but can choose any other.

Subway ramadan deal
Subway ramadan deal

Dunkin Donuts Iftar Deal

Dunkin Donuts is offering Fast & Feast Deal in Rs. 450/= all over Pakistan. It’s not the best deal on the market and Dunkin Donuts would do well to come up with a number of different Ramadan deals to entice a larger segment of the target market.

What’s Dunkin Donuts is Offering in Iftar Deal

What’s more Dunkin Donuts hasn’t specified the items in its Ramadan deal. Judging from the items shown in the visual, it looks like there is a chicken croissant, pizza, donut and a drink that looks like ice tea.

All in all it appears a very lurkwarm approach by Dunkin Donuts in the face of fierce competition this Ramadan.

 

Dunkin Donuts Iftar Deal
Dunkin Donuts Iftar Deal

Burger King Iftar Deal

Burger King is offering two different iftar deals this Ramadan, both of which are a bit vague in that they haven’t mentioned the specifics of it unless you can make out what is what from the visual.

Burger King is relatively new in the Pakistani market and in fact this is Burger King’s very first Ramadan in Pakistan. It remains to be see how Burger King competes with the likes of Hardee’s and Johnny Rockets as far as Ramadan deals go.

Burger King Ramadan Deal

Burger King Karachi

Phone Number: (021) 111 112 525
Address: 1.Opp. Boat Basin, 2. Dolmen city, 3.Near Metric Board Office, Karachi, Pakistan
Website: http://www.burgerking.com.pk
burger king ramadan deal
burger king ramadan deal

Hardees Iftar Deal

Hardee’s has been operating in Karachi for the last four years. In all these years Hardee’s has kept itself confined to just one branch in North Nazimabad, ignoring the huge target market south of Karachi where the real have-nots of this coastal town.  Moreover, Hardee’s has kept a very conservative approach to Ramadan deals, offering the bare minimum in iftar deals when it has got the potential to offer much more. Hardee’s would do well to take a leaf out of Johnny Rockets page which has come out with a very lucrative Ramadan deal.

Here’s what Hardee’s is offering as part of its iftar deal at Rs. 1300:

Hardee’s Iftar Offering[su_box style=”bubbles” box_color=”#c3100d” title_color=”#06249a” radius=”14″]2 chicken fillet burger 1 famous star burger 3 chicken tenders 3 drinks Fries[/su_box]

Hardees iftar deal
Hardees iftar deal

Hardees Restaurant
Hyderi, Block-D, North Nazimabad
Karachi , Pakistan 

Phone: 9221-36633853-54

Cafe Downtown Ramadan Iftar Deal

Cafe Downtown located at the emerging food street on Khayaban-e-Seher, DHA Karachi offers an Iftar deal at Rs.1800 [good enough for two] which is quite limited in its choice of meals. This Ramadan deal offers the following items:

Cafe Downtown Iftar Deal for Two:

  1. Chana chaat
  2. Fruit chaat
  3. Lemonade & Rooh afza
  4. Any choice of chicken burger from menu
  5. Schezwan or stir fried vegetable chicken
  6. Downtown special brownie or chocolate mousse
  7. 2 soft drinks

Bumzees Karachi Bedazzles Disco Bakery Food Street

Bumzee’s is the latest fast food joint in Gulshan-e-Iqbal on the Disco Bakery food street, one of the increasingly happening food streets of Karachi.

As opposed to most of the food joints on that strip – roll walas and bar bq – Bumzees stands out with its persona of an upscale fast food outlet just like playing bingo. Even the prices are a testament to that fact.

The only thing lagging at Bumzee’s is the service which we found a bit too slow in responding to requests.

We tried the crispy burger deal, chowmein and chicken garlic mayo roll. For drinks we tested the strawberry shake.

Bumzees is a new upscale fast food joint on the Disco Bakery Food Street in Gulshan-e-Iqbal, Karachi.

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The chicken crispy burger deal (included fries and drink) at Rs.300 is exorbitantly priced, on the other hand it is the biggest zinger burger we’ve had other than the mighty zinger at KFC. The bun size as well as the crusty chicken inside is more than enough to satiate your appetite.
The burger without the fries and drink cost Rs.200.

If you’re feeling ravenous and have the hots for a huge chicken crusty burger, then head for Bumzees.

Bumzees karachi
Bumzees karachi

The taste of the burger is a different matter altogether. If you’re looking forward to a burger that tastes similar to KFC Zinger then you’ll be disappointed because it has a different taste altogether.  Then it doesn’t have the coleslaw to go with it, which does not augur well for the brand as almost all local zinger clones provide this local delicacy.

The taste of their garlic mayo sauce is below par as the true essence of this sauce just doesn’t tantalize your taste buds. If they can just add more zing to their garlic sauce, it would boost the taste of any product they use it on manifold, including the crusty burger.

Chicken chowmein at Rs. 200 was delectable although the quantity could have been a whole lot better. What was good about it was that it was stir-fried and as such all the ingredients stood out with a distinct essence of their own especially the vegetables.

Bumzees karachi
Bumzees karachi

The chicken garlic mayo roll was the odd-man out and highlighted the fact that kabab rolls are not the specialty of Bumzees. It just didn’t have the spark you would expect from a good kabab roll wala. It’s definitely not in the same league as Hot n Spicy and Red Chilli. This is another area where Bumzees needs to improve upon.

The place also offers barbeque items which we didn’t test in this visit.

The strawberry shake at Rs.90 was your standard affair made with strawberry ice cream instead of real strawberries.

Bumzees ia a good place to have a decent meal in a pleasant ambience on the Disco Bakery Food Street.

Bumzees Menu

Bumzees Karachi
Bumzees Karachi

Bumzees is a new upscale fast food joint on the Disco Bakery Food Street in Gulshane-e-Iqbal. This is a comprehensive menu of its special deals as well as a la carte items.

Bumzees is a new upscale fast food joint on the Disco Bakery Food Street in Gulshane-e-Iqbal. This is a comprehensive menu of its special deals as well as a la carte items

Dikirim oleh Restaurants Uncut pada 7 Februari 2012