For Thai food, there’s always Fuschia, Pompei rules the roost in Italian cuisine, Hook, Line & Sinker offers assorted sea-food, Tai Pan and Red Emperor specialise in Chinese and the swanky Xander’s Café owned by the debonair Sikander Rizvi dishes out breakfast and meals, from morning till the late hours of the night.
The desi-food lover has plenty to please his or her palette. Local food restaurants usually come ladled with delicious spices, choice meats and breathtaking views. Karachi has an entire host of lit-up restaurants bordering the sea shore. The newly opened The East End, located deep within the lanes of Clifton, offers a delicious five-course meal of local food-with-a-twist in a rustic, ethnic ambience. Lahore lays claim to the infamous Cuckoo’s and Andaz, with their awe-inspiring views of the Badshahi Mosque and the multi-coloured Peeru’s Café, at the far end of the city. Islamabad has Monal Restaurant, serving sumptuous local cuisine atop the Margalla Hills and the quaint, touristy Saidpur Village with its melange of eateries as well as the hit breakfast place known as Chai Khana. Pakistani foodies — anybody and everybody — form the clientele.Malls have turned out to be the ideal venue to raise consumer/product awareness and media hype. Almost every other week installations, star-studded red carpets and even catwalks are raised in open spaces to launch new brands, a new collection or product line. Celluloid magic
Multiplexes have finally taken over in Pakistan, popping up one after the other, in larger than life 2D and 3D. A far cry from their predecessors is the outcropping of brand new cinemas with their plush seating, colossal screens, air conditioning and food options. Karachi’s Nueplex, particularly, is a hot favourite with its high-tech screens and sound systems. Among others, the Atrium in Karachi, DHA Cinema in Lahore, Cineplex in Islamabad and Cinepax in Rawalpindi often run ‘house full’ when hit movies are circuiting the airwaves.
And every now and then, the stars step out from their on-screen avatars and onto Red Carpet premieres for exclusive, private shows at these cinemas. Movies now mean big business in Pakistan, with the cinematic culture having swung into full-gear and eager crowds gathering to buy tickets for the latest Hollywood, Bollywood and Pakistani offerings, released on-the-dot, in fantastic original print. This means that such invitation-only premieres are now quite the order of the day, adding a bit more oomph to going to the movies.
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