Qasr Al Nakheel Boat Basin Review by Sadaf Farooqui
This eatery on one corner of Boat Basin has been around since I was a kid, which means a good two decades. Qasr Al-Nakheel means "Fort of the Date Palm Trees" in Arabic (which also implies that I learned something in these two decades, because as a child I always wondered what on earth such a complex-sounding name actually meant!)
Anyway, of late this place was recommended to me by many. I kept hearing here and there about how good it was, so one day we decided to try it out, especially since it has a nicely-decorated family room. Starting with menu which shows the prices are quite economical. They offer a wide variety of cuisines: from the Lebanese shawarma to Arabic hummus. All Afghan and traditional Pakistani BBQ items are also available. After checking out the menu, we turned our eyes on ambience which was alright, at least the A.C was working, and that is what really matters the most at times in Karachi’s heat. Sowe ordered their Bar B.Q thali, which had meat of all kinds thrown in. This cost Rs 350 and was more than enough for our family.
It had Afghani Pulao (pilaf),one Chicken Tikka, Seekh Kababs, Fish Tikka, and Mutton Boti along with tamarind chutney and salad.
Everything was fresh and tender, andthe garlic naans were piping hot and quite out of this world in taste.
Overall verdict: The thali was so good and economically priced, and the staff was so polite (something that makes a big difference to our family), that we will definitely try this place again in the future, insha'Allah, especially if we are in the mood for "meaty" BBQ.
Please note: The above prices may have changed, re-check on them.