Every time I hear the Restaurant Arabian Nights’ name, the opening song of the animated movie Aladdin plays in my mind...
Like Arabian days
More often than not
Are hotter than hot
In a lot of good ways...
This fun and lively place that offers authentic Arabic food, fragrant shishas’, a big projector screen, and a humble cosy environment is built in the parking lot behind Motta’s, Clifton.
The entire area is surrounded by a medium height boundary wall made of cane and fabric divided into two sections, men and families with their individual entrance.An arrangement like this gives a safe and comfortable feel right away and does not make you feel as if you are sitting on the roadside.Once inside, you get to choose your preferred seating style, inside the tents or out in the open. The tents are more private and keep you away from the noise of the matches (shown on the big projector) or conversations of the nearby tables. These tents are made of light fabric and have a fan and a light, so calling the waiter, lighting or feeling congested is never a problem.
My friends and I chose to sit outside so we could enjoy the crisp winter breeze of Karachi with a live match playing on the projector. The air was heavenly scented with mixed aromas of Furrouge, Shawarmas and Shishas, and from the other side of the fence, and the atmosphere was abuzz with the enthusiastic cheering crowd. Such an ambiance instantaneously puts you in a cheerful mood and makes you look forward to the entire experience!
Arabian Nights has an elaborated Arabic Menu offering Hot and Cold Appetizers , Shawarma Specials, Arabian Sandwiches, Arabic Bar B Q, Makulat al Bahar ( Sea food) and Furrouges. Apart from Arabic they also serve Pakistani Bar B Q, Rolls, Sandwiches, Burgers, Juices, Shakes, Smoothies, Coffee and Dessert .While we waited for our food, we got a chance to meet the owner of Arabian Nights, Zohaib Baloch. He visits the restaurant every day during the peak hours to keep a check that all his customers leave happily and that all their needs were catered properly. To provide good quality service at all times, Arabian Nights has 2 Floor Managers, one for each section, over 20 Waiters, General Manager and huge kitchen team comprising of Executive Chef, Head Chef and Assistant Chefs. Zohaib mentioned many of their authentic sauces, ingredients, shisha and their flavours are directly imported from Dubai.Zohaib Balouch recommended us his most special and favourite item on the menu called Mandhi. It’s a Balochi dish made of mutton which is only served on the weekends and can also be made on order. It is cooked for hours in the ground and has a very exceptional flavour. Unfortunately , It was a weekendhence we couldn’t order it !
The starters we ordered were served shortly. Pita Hummus, Greek salad and Flafel served with soft warm pita, Hummus was smooth and delicately seasoned. Greek Salad was a great combination of garden fresh tomatoes, cucumber and olives. The freshness of the salad complimented the richness of the hummus completely and for some of us, it became a full meal! For me, the love at first bite was Flafel. Deep fried chickpeas balls, served with a tangy tomato dip; it was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. It had a very distinct and unique flavour and is definitely a must try. In case, if you are a meat lover, this dish may not impress you .
As for drinks, we ordered Kitkat Shake, Pomegranate Juice, Pina colada and Brownie Shake. Now, we’ve tried Pomegranate Juice at many places this season and were disappointed mostly, but this was one place where we could actually taste the fruit, the flavours fortunately were not over powered by salt or sugar.The juice was clear and refreshing. ! Pina Colada was not so impressive; however the Kitkat Shake and the Brownie Shake were excellent. The Brownie Shake was a perfect treat for any brownie lover as it was a