Top of the Town – Best Nihari in Karachi

Top of the Town – Best Nihari in Karachi

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

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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.

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Javed Nihari

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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.

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Daily Dubai

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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.

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What is your favourite place to have Nihari from? Tell us!

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Riffat Rashid |
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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

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    1. Team foodpanda

      Hi Mubashir, thanks for reading us! We appreciate your feedback, and will incorporate it in one of the many Top of the Town features still to come. Have a grand weekend! – The foodpanda Team

    1. Team foodpanda

      Howdy Fahad! Our editors are continuously looking for fantastic new dishes to review across our restaurants in town. We’ll definitely keep your suggestions in mind! Have a good weekend! – The foodpanda Team

  1. Qaiser

    Dear Food Panda,my family loves reading your articles on food outlets but sometimes locating them loses half the fun.So I have a suggestion,consider including the phone no and address of the Food Place you are commenting or recommending.Pls note the addresses in DHA are also notorious ,so like the old trusted way do include near a important location,e.g.,a bank,shop,a market,etc.Hope if you include these,then we can call first to get the food place location easily and also obtain more info as to what time is the best to come or what are their operating hours and yes the Chef’s Special of the Day.

  2. Saeed Sadiq

    1. Malik Nihari and for that matter Zahid Nihari are stingy when it comes to meat. Dish costing almost 200
    deserves a piece larger than a walnut.
    2. Javed may have been the rage like Sabri but not any more.
    3 .The photograph of offering by Daily Dubai show three pieces of meat and that is generous. I would like
    to try them another time.
    4. You may want to include Nihari House at Boat Basin food court. They are up there with the best of them

    1. Wahaj rehman khan

      Niharri Inn is undeniably the best in town ,specially in terms of meat used,second is javed nihari……Zahid and Mlik,waheed, sohail nihari nazimabad are all trash

  3. dr baig

    nihari in Karachi: we dowlites of1969-1976 know only SABER NEHARI bunder road, midnight snack of fried nehari with hot khameeri rotti:yem yemi. the names being mentioned were in nowhere in book; For nehari lovers recommended taset is saber.

  4. Aslam

    Sabir Nihari was good once upon a time but not any more. The place is dirty and the dishes dirtier still. There is no towel if one wants to wash his hands and the bar of soap is actually a teeny weeny piece of soap that has been used hundreds of times. Ghaffar and Malik are really good.

  5. Suleman Hasan

    I’m disappointed with these Nihari ratings. Top Karachi Nihari ratings are:
    1- Al-Waheed (Burns Road)
    2- Mumtaz Nihari Nazimabad No. 3; Bara Maidan
    3- Zahid Nihari (located at Tariq Road and Saddar)
    4- Idrees Nihari; near civil hospital
    5- Delhi Sohail (North Nazimabad) and Javaid
    6- Nihari Inn (Boat Basin)

  6. mir arif yakub

    Now touching 70, I for one can be considered a connossieur of nihari in karachi. Ghaffars at delhi mercantile, off tariq road with a branch at port grande are no doubt the best. With additives of nali nehari and maghaz nehari it is awesome.

  7. Mohammed Khalid Ali

    Assalam Alaikum, Have recently tried Nihari from Daily Dubai and Nihari Inn (Boat Basin). Had earlier tried Javed Nihari. In my opinio Nihari Inn is the best. Special Nihari is quite good. Nihari should be part of the list. They have sitting area too both Air Conditioned and open area. Jazakallah Khairan.

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