“No mama you cannot do this to me I am not going inside the restaurant to ask them if we can use their toilet” . I walked on huffing and puffing with anxiety levels through the roof after just 15 mins of our departure from home .
“jab tum chotay thay …..”
“don’t start with me woman “
Heat , thirst and hunger pangs left us with few options as we loitered in front of the many brands that Jinnah Super has to offer . With no hope of our demands being met we came across the most beautiful alley in probably all of Islamabad . Chinese lanterns hanging from the make shift ceiling and the most welcoming music lured us down the stairs into the alley . Amazed at the sudden change in décor and ambience we were hypnotized by its sheer magnetic pull . Almost empty which isn’t a good sign for a restaurant but this right now was not our concern .
Looking around as the scavengers we were I noticed that there was an allure like no other . Small tables with chairs on one side and comfy sofas on the other. Small air conditioning units blasting in the open had created a cool atmosphere of their own in this covered alley way. This is almost the end of May were talking about no matter how hospitable Islamabad’s weather may be the burning sun can strike you down no matter how sturdy you claim to be.
The waiter saw how lost we were and welcomed us with open arms as I assumed we were their first customers of the day . Of course this cannot be flowing so smoothly how can we a mother son trio just start eating like normal people on entering a restaurant .
“I have to go to the washroom right now or have you forgot “ , she exclaimed as if that was the reason for my existence .
After ordering food to look less like the needy I asked the waiter where the washroom was and not to my surprise it was on the first floor of the building above us . Great now we entered a path to the left which opened into the building’s basement which had no lights or any shops open . It was closer resembling a murder scene from a cheap movie with bad lighting even worse dialogue and all .
“matlab kay hum abhi dou floor upper jain aur bathroom dhoondain mama why you do this to me girl “
My mother now so accustomed to my whining all the time had already started finding the bright side in the situation being the overly optimistic (delusional) person she is “ let’s look around the shops to buy something “ .
I have learned now to stop controlling the situation and let it happen with the flow .
Long story short we found the washroom visited ALL the shops bought NOTHING and found ourselves back in the restaurant in the alley . The food had not yet come even though we were gone for a good 15 minutes but judging for how flushed the were to see us they probably thought we pranked them and ran off . The fact that i go for the newly homeless man look for most outings and my younger brother was wearing no shoes throughout this excursion wasn’t much help in their determination of our financial status . Wait I forgot to tell you about the food and all . So the restaurant had a hipster vibe and a generally millennial sort of an aesthetic to it . The cuisine is border line Asian with a lot of diet food aspect to it . You start by choosing a bowl size which by price point different in maybe a hundred rupees then you can either choose one of their pre made “bowls” or start from scratch i.e choose your protein from either shrimp, beef, chicken or tofu , forgive me I may be missing some protein out . I mean do we really need options as Pakistanis for us every protein tastes the same after the amount of abusive over cooking we are accustomed to. So then after that you choose your veggies which had an array of stir friable vegetables as broccoli, mushroom, peas and some other similar ones thrown into the mix as well.
Now it’s time to pick the sauces which range from salty like teriyaki sauce to the sweet ones like honey barbecue or plain caramel. After this they set you back to your table and start stir frying them. For sides you have options of white rice and noodles or if you’re feeling really ambitious some “guilt free” as they labeled it brown rice or zucchini noodles. With the no carb diet plan that I am currently following even the slashed 5 grams per cup of carbohydrates that brown rice has to offer does not seem like much of a bargain when you’re going for the “should I worried about you look “ that I am going for .
Finally after the explained the whole menu to us and how it worked my mom opted for -the mushroom beef with oyster special that they offered in their pre-made section. We also opted for a prawn tempura started which came with a mayo based dip and some very offensive looking chopsticks, I on the other hand opted for an espresso which came with sugar cubes on the side . Disappointed to hear their lack of zero calorie sugar options I started to ponder the have and have not’s of a “health” conscious restaurant. The starter came with little wait, the tempura’s were hot and the sauce was incredible, this was also my first time ever using chopsticks and I managed fairly. Then came my espresso which was just the way I like it hot, strong and with a desire to wake you up to run a marathon , the actual food bowls which consisted of the stir fry and the white rice which mama opted for were absolutely delicious with nothing to be corrected at all , a tray followed the main entree carrying spices and toppings to choose from ,mama casma also ordered a coke which slowly kills a part of my soul every time . The overall experience was very good , amazing ambiance , amazing food, great choice in music and very welcoming staff . Our total came to about fifteen hundred rupees Continue reading “Jinnah Supers Diagon Alley http://www.kublaiskitchen.pk/”