Restaurant Review: Koel Café

Karachi usually has a new eatery opening every week, and then there is an equal number of places that have to close their doors after being rejected by the extremely demanding Karachi diners. In this madness, it is heartening to remember that there are some haunts that have withstood the tests of time and continue thriving.

One such place is Koel Café, located within the premises of the Koel Gallery by Noorjehan Bilgrami, “and has now successfully completed 3 years of operations” as per veteran restaurateur and its owner Rasikh Ismail.

Location & Ambiance:

Koel Café, tucked away in on the restaurant-heavy street of Clifton, is definitely an oasis that offers serenity and peace from our hectic daily routines.

Courtyard of the Koel Cafe

Courtyard of the Koel Cafe during day time!

Simplistic setting but very artistic tables arranged to compliment the drooping trees that surround the main, open-air courtyard are perfect to enjoy the peeping sunlight during the day time and lovely Karachi breeze in the evening & night.

Koel also offers limited indoor seating, which is a must for the hot and humid Karachi summer months, but if you can put up with some bugs and tree leaves falling on you and your food, sitting outside is personally recommended.


The menu at Koel is interesting, and definitely compliments the ambiance. Koel has a diverse range of items, catering to eclectic palates, from which you snack, indulge or just nibble on during a business tête-à-tête. 


Just follow the photos below for their review!!

Minestrone Soup

Minestrone Soup
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Made with small chunks of chicken, carrot, pepper & pasta, in a tangy vegetable broth, and served with freshly made bread, the soup in itself is a full meal. Extremely filling, refreshing and hearty soup.


There have been times when Koel seems short of service staff, but during the last visit they were extremely polite, courteous, and knew about the various items being served. Even helped us move our table when we decided to change our seat due to too much sunlight.

All said and done, Café Koel remains on my list of great places to chill out for a cool Shikanjabeen (their famous mint lemonade!) or a nice, quiet meal at any hour of the day!

What I rated Café Koel:

(Rating scale: Five stars, excellent; four stars, great; three stars, good; two stars, fair; one star, poor.)

Food rating: 3.5/5

Ambiance: 4.5/5

Service rating: 3.5/5

Prices: About PKR1,500/head

Address: F-42/2 Block 4 Clifton, Karachi, Pakistan-76500

Timings: 11:00 am to midnight


Note: Pitch Media Inc. on behalf of Café Koel invited author for an honest review. Thank You

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  1. On a budget level where do you rate it 1 being tipu burger and 10 being fujiyama (1 to 10)

  2. Lovely place

  3. Well I went to Koel cafe abt 2 years back, though the ambience was great, but the food was not upto the mark. So less quantity with heavy price. And never looked back again.

  4. Ambreen Haider says:

    koel is always a pleasant get away. with a rustic feel, it feels good to have not-perfect food.

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