Salt N Pepper Village Review by Sadaf Farooqui
Salt n Pepper Village Restaurant is one of the most famed buffet places in Karachi. It is situated on Beach Avenue in an area popularly known for decades as "Seaview".The restaurant uses symbols of traditional local folk culture and Sindh's ethnic cultural heritage in its ambiance and decor. For example a water mill is always running right outside the restaurant's entrance, and also a lit-up bullock cart is also stationed here. The artifacts and other decoration pieces used add to the rural look of the restaurant.
Even the walls depict a rustic, mud-like appearance akin to those usedto build mud huts in villages. From the inside, the serving area is completely separate from the dining hall. In peak hours, it is quite crowded. Besides the serving area, they have well equipped tables and chairs with green table covers on them which also gives a village kind of look. And they also have a children’s play area. So with that being said, we finally ordered fried prawns, a chicken seekh kabab and a piece of lightly spiced lamb roast, a Deep fried batair. This is a small bird, fried whole, and the bones are very fine. And amongst the deserts, a Rich apple juice - Rs 130, milk carrot pudding (gajraila), channay ki daal ka halwa, and carrot halwa, a diet firni (rice-powder pudding), Banana jelly, Kulfi with thick khoya milk and faluda and last but not the least, a scoop of vanilla ice cream. In the end hot towels are served at your table as you wrap up your meal.
Verdict: It is no secret that Salt n Pepper is a great place to dine, especially for those people (mostly guys and middle-aged men) who have a large appetite. I almost always see several large groups of ....ahem....older, "burly" men dining here. But its true that the food is great.
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