Aashiq Channa and Haleem - Review by Aqeel Ahmad
Now that was a tasteless disappointment. Ashiq's channay is a well known desi food spot located in the main Sadar bazar inside Lahore cantonment. Known for its channa (chickpeas) curry and haleem (mixed pulses curry), Ashiq's restaurant offered us a blank tasting lunch yesterday.
We ordered an assortment of the dishes available in the menu, which was verbally announced to us @ 72 words per minute by a rude waiter. Service was quick, since they didn't have to prepare anything, and the next minute we were looking at the food in front of us. It was not bad looking at all and the first visual perception did boost our appetite to some extent. However, the moment I started eating it, I had to struggle for determining the presence of a flavour in my channa curry with boiled egg. Egg was the same but the rest of the stuff was unclassifiable by my tounge alone. I finished it anyway and ordered a plate of Haleem in the hope of some light. It turned out to be an equally pointless exercise.
If you are a taste freak or have an obsession for hygiene, don't even think about going there. In case you have recently acquired a craze for trying out the true lahori channay or haleem, believe me, there are better places to go in the city.
Price range: Rs. 20-50 per head.
Cleanliness: Far below average.