The nominations for Karachi's restaurant awards are out

The nominations for Karachi's restaurant awards are out

And guess what? You can vote for your favourites.
Updated 11 Dec, 2019

After numerous film and TV awards, Karachi is all geared up to have its first ever restaurant awards.

Organised by the All Pakistan Restaurant Association, the awards "aim to recognize and acknowledge special features of restaurants including food and service excellence, outstanding dining and delivery experiences."

There are 17 Customer Choice Awards which we can can vote for here.

According to the chairperson of APRA Waqas Azeem, "After receiving numerous applications for nominees, our experienced jury members had a thorough selection process in which five to seven restaurants for each award were carefully selected."

"Since we are a nation of food lovers, it is indeed the perfect time to bring in an all-inclusive body that supports and represents the many restaurants and caterers we have in Pakistan.

The food industry is flourishing at an all-time high hence we believe this initiative will greatly encourage the restaurants, existing and new entrants to offer the best of the best food quality and service to their consumers.”

The voting lines will stay open from 10 August to 10 September 2019, after which the winners will be awarded at the grand ceremony that will be held in Karachi. Choose your winners from the nominations below:


Best Burger House of the Year

  • Big Thick Burgerz
  • Burger Lab
  • Burger O Clock
  • Moos N Cluck
  • Oh My Gril
  • OPTP
  • The Sauce

Best Pakistani Restaurant of the Year

  • Afridi Inn
  • Hot n Spicy
  • Kebabjees
  • Khanji
  • Lal Qila
  • Nawab Dynasty
  • Tau’s

Best Pan Asian Restaurant of the Year

  • Bonsai
  • Chop Chop Wok
  • Cocochan
  • Miyako
  • Tao

Best Chinese Restaurant

  • Bam-bou
  • China Grill
  • China Town
  • ChopSoy
  • Ginsoy
  • Kowloon

Best Coffee Place of the Year

  • Bella Vita
  • Coffee Waghera
  • Chatterbox
  • Esquires
  • Gloria Jeans
  • Mocca
  • New York Coffee

Best Chai Place of the Year

  • Cafe Clifton
  • Cafe Pyala
  • Chai Master
  • Chai Shai
  • Chai Wala
  • Chit Chat Shai
  • Chotu Chaiwala

Best Pizza House Award

  • Broadway
  • California
  • Pizza One
  • New York Pizza
  • POMO
  • Pizza Max
  • Junaidi's

Best Biryani Restaurant Award

  • AA Food Centre
  • Biryani Square
  • Haji Akhter
  • Jans Food
  • Jeddah Biryani
  • Student Biryani
  • White Biryani


Best Buffet Restaurant of the Year

  • Babujees by Port Grand
  • Chaupal
  • Lal Qila
  • Rajdhani

Best Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year

  • Bella Vita
  • ChatterBox Deli
  • Del Frio
  • POMO
  • Sizzlerz
  • Sobremesa
  • Rosati

Food Legend

Food Legend Award

  • China Town
  • Ginsoy
  • Hanifia
  • Karachi Broast
  • Pompei
  • Student Biryani
  • Waheed


Best Pocket Friendly Restaurant of the Year

  • Cool Inn
  • Hot n Spicy
  • Karachi Broast
  • Kaybees
  • Pizza 363
  • Red Apple
  • Waheed

New Entrant of the Year

  • Daal Rice
  • Fettucine
  • Ginsoy Live
  • Great Wall
  • Sals
  • Wall
  • Yoshi’s

Best Innovation Dish Award

  • Cafe Praha
  • Cloud Naan
  • Lush Crush
  • Meat the Cheese
  • Plan B
  • Steak by CFU
  • Thyme

Best Restaurant for Ambiance

  • Chatterbox Cafe
  • Cocochan
  • Esquires Coffee
  • Koel
  • Rosati
  • Sultan
  • Thyme

Delivery On Time Award

  • Broadway
  • California Pizza
  • Foods Inn
  • KFC
  • McDonalds
  • Tooso
  • White Biryani

Restaurant of the Year – Karachi

  • Bonsai
  • East End
  • Kebabjees
  • Koel
  • Meat the Cheese
  • McDonalds
  • SteakbyCFU


Karachite Aug 12, 2019 12:31pm
Best restaurant is chop chop wok
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Kamran Aug 12, 2019 01:31pm
I have gone through these lists and, like many other Karachiite foodies (I am sure), I am appalled to see that BBQ Tonight isn't nominated in even a single category. Really? You think Hot n Spicy can be nominated as the "Best Pakistani Restaurant of the Year" and not BBQ Tonight? I consider these awards a sham!
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Johnpauljones Aug 12, 2019 01:36pm
Why are Cafe Flo and Okra missing from the list??
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Abdulhamid Aug 12, 2019 01:56pm
McDonald’s? As the RoY? Either you must be joking or the people of Karachi have infantile tastebuds....
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Tabrez Asad Aug 12, 2019 02:17pm
I can't believe this, where is Kolachi?????
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Always Learning Aug 12, 2019 03:12pm
Restaraunt of the Year nominees include McDonalds and Koel. I would take the nominations with a grain of salt.
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FJ Aug 12, 2019 04:06pm
@Kamran Kolachi missing too. Looks biased.
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Citizen Aug 12, 2019 04:07pm
This is only marketing tactics. Kolachi is missing while some are there in list which shouldn't be. BBQ Tonight, Sheikh Abdul Ghaffar some more
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Aslam mahar Aug 12, 2019 04:16pm
Why not BBQ tonite in any category... Haha... This is what we as a nation are.....shame on the one who left out BBQ tonite
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fairplay Aug 12, 2019 04:19pm
Calling McDonald's a restaurant instead of a fast food joint is pathetic.
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True Aug 12, 2019 05:38pm
Kolachi? BBQ Tonight? Not sure the team belongs to Karachi.
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Rogue Aug 12, 2019 05:52pm
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J Aug 12, 2019 05:55pm
Surprisingly, Noorani, Bar B Q tonight, Daily Dubai, Ghaffar Kabab house, Indus biryani, Chips, Tai Pan, Ming Court, Cafe Alfala, did not make it to the list. Wow
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Ehsan Aug 12, 2019 07:48pm
How can McDonald’s a ‘fast food’ where most health conscious Americans don’t want to go make it on the list of best restaurants
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Abdul Rahim Aug 12, 2019 08:32pm
@J .how about nehari
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Rashid Aug 12, 2019 08:41pm
Biryani center, Pizza hut, BBQ tonight are missing, i think these are also need to add.
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A M Qureshi Aug 12, 2019 09:35pm
@Kamran ... Worst restaurant is Bar B Q Tonight, i had a dinner there with my family in Islamabad, worst service with tasteless food. Most importantly the whole menue items are over priced.
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SHAHID ilyas Aug 12, 2019 09:45pm
How one can missBARBQTONOGHT. Still a good place to eat and cheapest.
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Faisal Malik Aug 12, 2019 09:47pm
Yung Tung. You don't have it on your list for quality falvourful food then you don't know your food. I have had Chinese guests from Hong Kong telling me that Yung Tung haa the best Chinese food of all restaurants in India Bangladesh and Pakistan. I believe you got your list wrong.
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Khurram Aug 12, 2019 11:23pm
What a bad nominations for Biryani places. The Biryani at Jan's Food and Jeddah Biryani in particular are so bad that I'm surprised they are nominated as one of the best? Just because they are located at a popular place in Clifton doesn't mean you nominate them. The Biryani at Indus Biryani, Food Center, Bismillah Biryani, Lavish Dine near Millenium and even the one at Hot N Spicy are by far the best.
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Aftab Mustafa Aug 13, 2019 12:15am
East end. No match to any other.
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Salman Awan Aug 13, 2019 02:09am
Burger Shack paved the way for the likes of Big Thick Burgerz, OMG, etc. and is far better than any burger places mentioned here. Other than that, if OPTP is a "Burger House" then I am the president of Pakistan. Did the eateries in this article paid to be mentioned? Because this list is not credible at all.
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Organizer Aug 13, 2019 04:03am
Just saw picture of jury. This does not seems capable. What that marketing person doing there?
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Urooj Aug 13, 2019 06:52am
Aylanto? Fló? Kolachi? Bbq tonight? Cosmopolitan? Xanders? Easy by fatsos? Are you guys kidding us?
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Qasim Rizvi Aug 13, 2019 07:16am
In all the above categories list the missing Restaurants are:-- Zamir Ansari ( Bahadurabad) Abdul Ghaffar (Dehli Mercantile society) Bar Bee Q tonight ( clifton) Noorani Kabab ( society) Bundoo Khan . Think Burger people living across shahrah e Faisal are in jury it seems to me biased list. Pay money and include your name included .
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Mrs Haider Aug 13, 2019 09:12am
Where is Kolachi? These lists are a joke.
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Aamir Mandviwala Aug 13, 2019 10:35am
Best Restaurant is East End
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Ghulam Mujtaba Aug 13, 2019 10:49am
You have missed many the first even before Mc Donalds the well known Mr Burger of Clifton still makes the best Burgers,
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Fahad Aug 13, 2019 11:00am
The nominees are very wrong !!!! Where is Kudo, okra, Aylanto ?? And why MC Donald is listed as restaurant it a self service fast food chain? Who did all this who's? The Jury and I bet there is some average people involve who have done nothing for the industry yet have obesity to judge others????
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Akhund Amir Aug 13, 2019 12:39pm
How can there be awards without the best Nihari and best bar b q categories? And an award without Bar B Q Tonite, Abdul Ghaffar, Kolachi atleast. Ginsoy being given a shot at being a legend? Overall, this award seems to be a Drawing Room made list by people who know zero about eating out These
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Sara Aug 13, 2019 12:44pm
Glad to see McDonalds nominated for restaurant of the year - they are really pushing culinary boundaries
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Sabina Aug 13, 2019 12:49pm
If these were actually real awards: D'Alma Easy Bingsu Kudu Loco Newbury
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Tamim Babar Aug 13, 2019 01:34pm
I think the lists are made up from restaurants that paid for PR..
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Yousuf Aug 13, 2019 02:24pm
Bbq tonight missing? Are you serious?! A place we have been looking forward for so many years for some exclusive food. And also no place for kolachi restaurant which has a beautiful ambience
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altaf Aug 13, 2019 07:23pm
tum log bbq ko bhool gai , kolachi restaurent ko bhool gai , ye kaisi jury hay , one of the best restaurents ko ignore kardiya , karachi walay is jury ko nahin mantay what a shame
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Maira Khan Aug 13, 2019 08:20pm
Karachi Haleem also have tasty food.
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Bilal Aug 14, 2019 11:34am
No mention of kolachi, dynasty, espresso, ghaffars. Perhaps they didn't want a clear winner lol
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Zala Aug 15, 2019 05:02pm
The list is not comprehensive. Missed famous major food places.
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Imran Aug 15, 2019 07:32pm
Cafe Dale Chatterbox
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Rafi Aug 15, 2019 08:42pm
Chatterbox Deli and Chatterbox Cafe both are the most glorious and awsome restaurant. Have excellent services and well ambiance
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