A hot summer day at the Warehouse

In this great dining city, Islamabad, barely a day passes without news of an exciting new restaurant opening or a groundbreaking, must-try dish. The people behind perhaps the most exciting dessert parlor of 2010 opened The Warehouse in late August this year, and naturally we had to give it a try.

-Early Days Hiccup-

 We made it on a Thursday under the warm embrace of the mid-September sun, and these beginning days are either well-rehearsed show-and-tells or just a fabulous mess. Fortunately, it was the former.

It has this all-consuming, continuous vintage-meets-contemporary theme that envelops the interior design. Vintage furnishings with an open state-of-the-art kitchen, concrete floors and high ceilings. It oozes creativity.

What it lacks in space, it makes up for in service which is fantastic – they do their part in creating the relaxed atmosphere – a lovely bunch who love talking about their food.

Their menu is relatively brief, a small selection of paninis, burgers, sandwiches and some selective mojitos done in-house.

I do like burgers and clearly there is (still) a market for it. I think the majority of the many (maybe too many) burger places that have sprung up over the last couple of years have done a lot to raise the benchmark and these days, it really is quite hard to find a truly bad burger in town.

Burger

So let’s start with their Chicken Burger – lots of gravy with this one. Served with onions, lettuce and French fries. It was smaller but better than I expected. Good start.

Mojitos

Strawberry Mojito. One word – Amazing! It was a perfect blend of flavors with just the right amount of zing. Forget all other beverages on the menu and order this!

Grapefruit, Lemon and Ginger Mojito - Extremely sharp. However the real surprise was that we were allowed to change the consistency of our drink to suit our tastes. If you could change the consistency enough perhaps you would enjoy the taste.

 Panini

Beef Panini - Simple yet absolutely delicious, this panini was the winner. Grilled perfectly on the outside and moist on the inside, it won us over. It had the perfect bread-to-meat ratio that one is bound to enjoy. Though I’m not one for caramelized onions, but they complimented the rest of the filling so well that it was difficult not to enjoy it - If you enjoy eating beef (I mean, who doesn’t, right?) then you should absolutely go for this.

Cheesecake

Cheese Cake - Though I’m a fan of the cheesecake but this slice just didn’t come up to the mark. One slice of cheesecake shared between my colleague and I, and we couldn’t eat half of it even. I’m a sweet tooth and all, but this was a no-go for us.

We paid almost Rs. 2000 for food and plenty to drink for two. It’s all about the beverages - everything else is a side show. Will be back soon.

 

Anum Sadiq

Published 12 Oct 2015 by Anum Sadiq @ foonaReview

Anum loves food and hopes to be able to separate the timeless from trend, understand how palates change with age and why people react to it in such different ways. She has been blogging for foona Review since October 2015. You can follow her on Twitter or instagram!

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