Kolachi is Karachi’s newest eatery on the DHA Phase 8 Beach Avenue now lovingly called ‘Do-Dariya’. It’s the area just beyond Seaview what used to be Devil’s Point.
Every time we visit that place, there’s a new restaurant up and running. This time we found Al-Habib going full swing with a couple of other restaurants all slated to open with a bang.
All the restaurants at Dodariya look like the same, give or take a few adjustments. But for some reason, we felt Kolachi’s décor was a notch above the rest. For one, Kolachi has innovated on the standard design of this street by adding three decks to the place instead of the standard two. So by sitting at the top third, you can enjoy a bird’s eyeview of the whole place. And it is a magnificent sight.
The seating arrangement as well is a tad better than the rest, making use of sofa chairs as well as oversized sofas to make the customers at ease. Compared with Sajjad, this is definitely a big improvement.
We tested what we felt were the specialties of Kolachi restaurant in karachi.
Paneer Reshmi was good but not as delectable as the Paneer Handi at Makkah Hotel on Super Highway just after crossing the toll plaza. We would have fallen in love with paneer reshmi had we not been exposed to superior taste.
So what exactly was wrong with paneer reshmi? Nothing. It’s just that it doesn’t look or taste like your standard desi cuisine. How do we put this? It veered on the demarcation line between desi and continental cuisine. It was something that didn’t gel in with a nan or paratha but wouldn’t have cut it out even with fried rice or some other continental concoction.
Apart from that, it was sumptuous and creamy, and heavy, mind you, enough to give your heart a real shock.
The Lebanese Kabab was anything but Lebanese. They tasted like a distant cousin of seekh kabab. Almost all Lebanese dishes are made from lamb meat, and these kababs were of mutton. That goes on to show the seriousness in coming up with a dish that is truly Lebanese.
Garlic nan was bitterly disappointing. It was cold and rough and didn’t have even a semblance of garlic essence.
Kolachi’s special nan fared better. The paratha didn’t have the right balance of crispiness and softness which you could find at the top bbq experts like Kaybees. Moreover, it had a tinge of sweetness which according to convention shouldn’t be there.
One major shortcoming of not just Kolachi but all eateries on the Do-dariya strip is the exorbitant prices of the roti. Nothing costs less than Rs.50, not even a simple nana which can be had for as little as Rs.10 in the city. But what’s even more criminal is the size of that bread; it’s almost half the size of a standard nan.
Kolachi is a new entrant and had a golden opportunity to come up with something different on the nan and roti issue, either in terms of price or size. Unfortunately, they chose to go the evil way of other restaurants on this issue.
Overall we had a good experience at Kolachi, in terms of ambience, food and service. Although the serving time was told to be 20 minutes, the food arrived before that.
On the looks of it, Kolachi doesn’t offer anything extraordinary- it has the same amenities and the same menu like all the other restaurants on Dodariya. However it’s taste and décor may well take it above the rest of the pack if it continues to dish out quality stuff with consistency.
Overall a good place to hang out.