We dare you to find a more lip-smacking dish than Nihari. Made with beef and cooked with a lot of patience, it is considered food for the soul by many. In a lot of restaurants, it is even served for breakfast! Imagine that. Fro-yos may come and go, the advent of bubble tea may fizzle away but what is here to stay is Nihari and we explore the three restaurants in Karachi that serve it well!
Malik’s, Burns Road
This one is a no-brainer. When it comes to desi food, no one does it better than Burns Road. A bustling food street in Karachi, it is home to one of the finest food hubs in the city. This restaurant in particular serves Nihari all day (including for breakfast) and puts no cap on the gravy that comes with the dish.
You can ask for at least 2-3 refills without affecting the price! It’s always cooked to perfection, served hot with fresh tandoori bread and a side of lemon and freshly cut green chillies. Just the thought of it can make anyone hungry.
Special Observations: It helps that the best rabri in town is served next door too.
You can’t talk about Nihari without mentioning Javed Nihari. It is one of the oldest joints in the city and is still popular amongst the locals, for good reason. The reputation of its Nihari goes so far and wide that rarely will you ever find enough space to sit at the restaurant itself. Served in a steel plate, with hot tandoor bread, this dish will have you asking for more in no time.
Special Observations: Because of the space issues, it is best to order this one online.
While Malik’s and Javed Nihari do have some of the best dishes in town, these places are not always accessible or family-friendly. They are located in bustling areas and if you are looking for a quiet dinner experience, Daily Dubai might be more up your alley. While the Nihari served here lacks the punch that is a characteristic of Malik’s and Javed Nihari, it is still well done and can satisfy your temporary Nihari cravings in a good way.
Special Observations: If you’re looking for a place where a variety of dishes can be ordered, Daily Dubai is your place.
What is your favourite place to have Nihari from? Tell us!
Riffat Rashid is an independent content and social media strategist who believes in the power of Sherlock Holmes, a cup of Doodhpatti and Burns Road’s Nihari. Interested in pop culture, good food and everything Karachi