Sizzlerz is such an apt name for a bar-cum-grill (though the grammar Nazis may not agree). The thought of any meat (or vegetable, for that matter) sizzling in healthy fat, preparing to be devoured by you instantly gives you an appetite. I first tried the Sizzlers located at the Sindhi Muslim Cooperative Housing Society (S.M.C.H.S). My review is, however, is Sizzlerz cafe and grill located near the Disco bakery in Gulshan-eIqbal.
A few years back, if you were in a mood for good food, you couldn’t find any place that would satisfy your cravings anywhere near Gulshan-e-Iqbal or Gulistan-e-Johar. The nearest option was the mini food street located around S.M.C.H.S. This was fine until traffic jams became a norm. A 20 minutes journey to SMCHS now took about an hour. So, by the time you reached your destination, you were a little more grumpy and a little less excited about eating than you were an hour ago. Traffic jams aren’t native to Karachi however. All big cities in the world like New York, London, and Paris are facing the same predicament. Anyhow, let’s move to the meatier, more important stuff. I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that the mini food street in SMCHS has been replicated in Gulshan-e-Iqbal. It is located near the KDA market. It is a 10 minutes drive from where I live. I went there with a resolve to try a place I have never been to before. This resolve was dutifully broken when we drove past Sizzlers. Admittedly, I was a little broke at that time and did not want to experiment with a new place. On a second thought, that is only an excuse I am telling myself. The pull of Sizzlerz was too strong to go somewhere else. Anyways, so I am not really reviewing the food I ate during my first and second visit to Sizzlers. I do not remember the intricate details of the food I ate at that time. Suffice, to say, what I ate during my first two visits was good enough to compel me to go a third time. To satisfy the curious readers here, I do remember eating a fish when I first went to Sizzlers at SMCHS. Do not probe me further, the most I can eke out of my old and aging brain is some kind of a grilled fish, topped with a sauce, on a bed of rice, with some grilled veggies. I apologize for letting down all food bloggers and food critics here. It is amazing how a food writer can write a detailed essay on just a piece of bread and make it look like an integral part of fine dining and culture. I can pull no such trick. Let’s skip my second visit. Not because it was any less enjoyable, but because I do not want to write about it vaguely.
Sizzlerz Karachi Gulshan-e-Iqbal
The Sizzlers located near the Disco bakery is a small, cozy restaurant. The ambiance of the restaurant is calm and relaxed. The lighting is dim but not creepily dark. If you get a table by the wall, there is a painting adorning the wall. One let down is that the tables are placed t close to each other. If you happen to go there during a busy time, there is no semblance of privacy. Thankfully, the restaurant is normally frequented by families who are too busy minding their own business. And thankfully, for a person like me, they do not play any music. The tune is set by the quietly talking guests and the clinking of their forks and glasses.
I ordered a fish burger. This was the same burger that I ordered during my last visit. It was so good that I couldn’t get enough of it. Not because it ended before satisfying my craving, but because it filled me to the brim when I was just halfway into it and left my wanting more. My stomach was full of it, but my taste buds wanted more. It is those begging taste buds that made me order the burger again. The thing about fish burgers is that no one wants a burger that tastes and smells like a conventional fish. You know that distinctive, characteristic, fishy (no pun intended) taste and smell that almost makes you swear off fish. The fish burger at Sizzlerz tastes nothing like that. It is a crispy, golden fried fish filled housed in a soft sesame bun, doused with garlic mayo sauce, topped with cheese. Thankfully, there is no tartar sauce in it. The burger was big enough to satisfy two light eaters like me. The fish was fried to perfection, crispy on the outside and white on the inside. The burger was accompanied by a generous serving of French fries and some coleslaw.
My brother ordered the Chicken Mushroom Crepe. It was a pure delight- grilled chicken immersed in mushroom herb and cheese stuffed inside a French crepe and topped with some more sauce. The crepe was soft and light and complemented the chicken, and the cheese and mushroom sauce well. Just like the fish burger, it was filling and satisfying. The Chicken Crepe was also served with fries.
The Fish Burger was priced at 565 PKR (5.4 USD). It might a bit too much for a burger, but given the generous size and the delectable taste, the price is justified. The Chicken Mushroom Crepe costed PKR 685 (6.54 USD). The flavorful crepe also provided full value for money.
Would I go to Sizzlers again? Definitely. Would I order the Fish Burger again? Possibly!
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