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

The Patio Iftar Dinner Deal

The Patio Iftar Dinner Deal is one of the most basic deals available in the market as far as Ramadan deals go. Only you order two main dishes at the Patio, you’ll be given an Iftar platter comprising of the following:

The Patio Iftar Platter:

  1. Dahi bara
  2. Fish fingers
  3. Qeema samosa
  4. Aaloo chana chaat

THE PATIO Clifton
F-50/1, Block 4, Clifton Karachi, Pakistan.
Karachi , Pakistan   View Map

Phone: (92-213) 530-9871

The Patio Iftar Dinner
The Patio Iftar Dinner

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

Salt’ n Pepper Village Restaurant Ramadan Deal

Salt’ n Pepper Village Restaurant Ramadan Deal  is a bit on the expensive side at Rs.1391.  What’s more Salt’ n Pepper Village hasn’t even mentioned whether this is inclusive of tax or tax is additional.  Nor have they listed the menu items in their Ramadan deal.

Compared to other desi buffet dinner deals pertaining to Ramadan, Salt’ n Pepper Village’s deal looks like middle of the road.

Salt’ n Pepper Village Iftar Dinner Buffet

Salt' n Pepper Village Restaurant Ramadan Deal
Salt’ n Pepper Village Restaurant Ramadan 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

Sajjad Restaurant Iftar Buffet Dinner

Sajjad Restaurant is one of the lesser known restaurant chains in Pakistan dwarfed by the likes of Lal Qila abd BBQ tonight. In spite of the stiff competition, Sajjad has been able to carve out a niche for itself. It started out as one of the highway restaurants like Al- Habib but since then has spawned to include two more outlets, one at Do Darya beach avenue and the other in Sukkur.

Sajjad Restaurant is offering Iftar buffer dinner deal at its do darya outlet for Rs.1295. It hasn’t specified the number of dishes or even the type of dishes it’s offering or whether the tax is included in this Ramadan deal or not.

 

sajjad iftar buffet dinner
sajjad iftar buffet dinner

Sajjad Restaurant

Phone Number: 021-8267330, 03018229808, 03018290958
Address: Beach view Road, Do Darya, Phase VIII, DHA, Karachi, Pakistan

 

Daily Dubai Restaurant Iftar Buffet Dinner

Daily Dubai Restaurant located at main Badar Commercial Area in DHA Phase 6, Karachi is offering an interesting iftar buffet dinner at Rs.850 + tax. The following is the Daily Dubai restaurant menu as part of its Ramadan deal:

Daily Dubai Restaurant Iftar Menu:

  1. Fruit salad
  2. Green Salad
  3. Chicken spring roll
  4. Chana chaat
  5. Qeema samosa
  6. Hummus
  7. Juices, Rooh Afza

Daily Dubai Restaurant Buffet Menu:

  1. Mutton ribs
  2. Malai tikka boti
  3. Mutton qeema hari mirch
  4. Reshmi Kabab
  5. Chicken Karahi
  6. Mutton Paye
  7. Nihari
  8. Chicken biryani
  9. Afghani Pulao
  10. Mix sbazi
  11. Special daal
  12. Steam rice
  13. Kheer
  14. Custard & Jelly
daily dubai iftar dinner buffet
daily dubai iftar dinner buffet

Daily Dubai Restaurant Karachi DHA
Badar Commercial Street 10, DHA Phase 5 Defence
Karachi , Pakistan

Phone: 021-35244018

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

Cafe Chatterbox Iftar + Dinner Deal

Cafe Chatterbox has offered Ramadan deals one way or the other ever since it opened shop back in 2005. It is the brainchild of Naila Naqvi and operates under the umbrella of Pie in the Sky bakery.

This year Cafe Chatterbox  is offering a sort of buffet iftar coupled with a la carte dinner and dessert at Rs. 995 + tax.

Here’s what they’re offering:

Cafe Chatterbox Iftar:

  1. BBQ chicken wings
  2. Dahi phulki
  3. Quesadilla
  4. Mushroom & spinach Vol au Vent
  5. Corn n vegetable samosa
  6. Vegetable Ratatouille tartlets
  7. Cheese cigar
  8. Arabian Filafel
  9. Tomato pasta salad
  10. Fruit chat
  11. Chick Pea chat
  12. Spicy tangy potato

 Cafe Chatterbox Dinner:

Choose only one:

  1. Beef Rendang with yellow rice
  2. Spicy noodles with oriental tomato sauce with grilled chicken
  3. Grilled chicken with Morrocan sauce

 Cafe Chatterbox Dessert:

Assorted cakes, brownies and pastries.

 

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Iftar-Buffet-Dinner-2014-at-Cafe-Chatterbox-Zamzama-DHA

Cafe Chatterbox DHA
3-C Zamzama Commercial Lane 3rd D.H.A. V
Karachi , Pakistan  
Phone: (92-21) 3-583-0337, 3-586-9548

Deli ramadan iftar deal

Deli restaurant has been offering Ramadan deals of some sort ever since it opened shop back in February 2007 on Zamzama in Karachi. It has yet to offer a buffet iftar dinner, mostly rely on a mixture of iftar items followed by a single main course culminating in dessert.

Here’s what Deli is offering in its iftar deal this Ramadan at Rs. 1395 + tax:

Deli Iftar

  1. Chana chat
  2. Fruit chat
  3. Chicken wonton
  4. Falafel
  5. Hummus
  6. Izmeh
  7. Fatehyar
  8. Pita brea
  9. Mint lemonade

Deli Starter:

Can only choose one:

  • Grilled calamari
  • Carpaccio
  • Greek feta cheese salad
  • Classic Caesar’s salad

Deli Entrée’s:

Can only choose one:

  • Stir fry chicken khaosway
  • Pan fried chicken with grain mustard dill sauce
  • Penne Arrabiata
  • Roast beef wasabi sandwich
  • Thai tamarind fish with steamed rice
  • Stir fry beef in oyster sauce with steamed rice

Deli Dessert:

Can only choose one:

  • Salted caramel lava cake
  • Mango mousse
  • Apple crumble with fresh custard

 

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