Pakistani restaurant opens in Colombo 05 – Menu revamped for a fresh start

PUBLISHED Sep 21, 2023

Interior of Kafé Karachi

On September 15, the Pakistani restaurant Kafé Karachi (343 Park Road, Colombo 05) opened in Havelock Town, Colombo 05.

Established in 1998 in Bambalapitiya, the restaurant gained popularity for serving the regional dish Sindi Biryani from Pakistan’s Sindh province in an authentic style, with chefs brought in from Karachi, the provincial capital. Although the restaurant had been temporarily closed in recent years, it has now relocated to Havelock Town for a fresh start.

The new restaurant features colorful bus art on the entrance wall. The interior has a retro ambiance reminiscent of Colombo in the 1990s with wooden furniture, hexagonal floor tiles, and vintage artwork.

The revamped menu focuses on Pakistani street food, including Roll Paratha (from Rs. 800), which wraps fillings in flatbread; Bun Kebab (from Rs. 600), with chicken or beef sandwiched in a bun; Shami Kebab (from Rs. 600), minced meat seasoned with spices and deep-fried; Tikka Boti (from Rs. 1,400) for those who enjoy spicy meat dishes; and Pakora (Rs. 600 for 6 pieces), a Pakistani-style fritter.

For dessert, the restaurant offers the traditional Pakistani rice sweet Kheer, and for drinks, Lassi, with a choice of sugar or salt flavors, Kashmiri Chai, and Karak Chai with cardamom.

Opening hours: 11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.

  • Bus wall art

  • Example of dishes at Kafé Karachi

  • Beef Biryani at Kafé Karachi

  • Crab Curry at Kafé Karachi