Chullu Kebab Subhani Cafe Review by Sadaf Farooqui
Tucked away in main Saddar, downtown Karachi, is vintage, Chullu Subhani Cafe (also known as Chilo or Chelo Kababs). The eatery is located right opposite the Caltex petrol station, next to Hotel Sarawana. Famous for servingamazing Iranian Chilo/Chelo/Chullu Kababs for years, in beef, chicken and fish. Coming to the menu, the prices are very reasonable, with the serving size leaving nothing to be desired. We have also tried their Prawn Masala before for (Rs 230), which was delicious.
The hygiene level of the restaurant is not exactly 5-star, so it’s not a 'posh' food outlet. On our way inside there is a smaller, more private family room upstairs, where 5-6 families can dine. So we took our seats and orderedMoong Daal Fry for Rs 55 which by far is the best daal I have had a in a very long time, along with those Fluffy naan's - hot from the oven!, and since this wasn’t the only dish we went there to have, so we also hadChullu Kabab Makhsoos - Rs 220: butter rice, one seekh of beef Chullu kabab, 7 pieces boneless chicken boti two grilled tomatoes and French fries. One such dish easily suffices two adults, besides that,Chullu Fish - Rs 200: two crumb-fried fish fillets with butter rice and grilled tomatoes. Also got hold of some Fish and Chips (there were two crumb-fried fillets) - only Rs 100.
On our way back, further down the road from Chullu Subhani Cafe is the famous Ice Berg ice cream parlor. For Rs 30, you get a cup full of creamy ice cream in several flavors. If you want to know how good Ice Berg really is, then recall the layered, frozen hard-as-brick, chocolate/vanilla/crunch ice cream that you sometimes eat at local weddings? Well, Ice Berg produces that ice cream (they cater
Verdict: Excellent food! If you do not mind eating great food at not-so-posh places, this is a must-visit. Excellent value for money; a refreshing change from Clifton and Defence. For functions too.
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