A mega city like Karachi has a new food venture opening every week (and closing too!) and in the age of social media and crazy food groups we are bombarded with so many new eateries that we forget about them as soon as we close our computer.
And in this madness a new café has not only made its presence felt – it has actually gone the next level – it has been doing record breaking business at soft launch – and this tweet by Khizra Munir says it all: “Me to friend (@SattarBuksh):”How was the turn out last night?” Him:”darvazay tor diye logon ne” Me: “You’re kidding?” Him: “Nope”
No surprises – felt the marketer in me!
I mean their Starbucks-lookalike logo, followed by the legal controversy, has been making social media buzz for sometime, so people are bound to be curious to check out the actual place … and then this is Karachi – everyone in this city loves being the first to test anyplace new!
Upon first glance, the café was far from what I had expected it to be. It is a really well thought-out and detailed place, with both indoor and outdoor seating! Courtyard has been dedicated to shisha smokers so they can enjoy it in the open air!!
It has a “board-game” corner (for you and your friends to hang out in, play games, and smoke shisha), a future private dine-in and exhibition area upstairs, and a fully equipped, separate-standing neat and tidy washroom.
To put it short, it is a proper high-end café and not just a dhaaba. Love the quirky ambiance and attention to detail – like the signature tissue boxes and Sattar Buksh mustaches carved on even the chairs!
Quoting Hareem Sumbul:“There certainly is a dearth of places to go out to sit and chill out at and any such place is more than welcome.”
Menu of Sattar Buksh is a probably a menu for any café around town – burgers, paninis, pizzas with options of coffee, tea and coolers – but because its Sattar Buksh we can also order bun kebabs and daal chawal here!!
This place being a brainchild of advertising star Adnan Yousuf & Rizwan Ahmed Malik – the Sattar Buksh menu is all very tongue in cheek! A chicken burger here is the “Topless Besharam Burger” and a simple bun kebab is “Bhinnot Bun Kebab” – and then they have a drink that’s called “Load shedding” on the menu too!!
Ordered a mix of desi and continental items from the menu to give it a full test!
Bhinnot Bun Kebab (made with lentil and egg/daal anda) – comes with ketchup, green chutney and pappars (papadom) – is as good as what we will get at any bun kebab wala – but of course this one is made in an hygienic environment and even the buns are prepared in-house. Frankly, since this is priced Rs. 195 – I would still prefer the unhygienic one!!
Grilled Chicken pizza looked nice – but truthfully lacked any form of taste! Extremely bland – and then by the time we hit the second slice it got worst.
Daal-chawal with Shami Kebab was done to home-made perfection, but the quantity of rice was not adequate enough with the daal!! PS – loved the fact that keeping their ‘burger customers’ preferences Sattar Buksh served it with a side of slims.
Topless Besharam Burger was nice – but the taste was not as memorable as the name! Plus was not happy with the quantity of French fries that came along with the burger.
For drinks ordered the Shikanjabeen (which was too sour!) and then the Sattar Buksh Frappe (which was too bitter!) – or maybe just didn’t fit my taste buds …
While the main course had room for improvement – it was followed by perfectly done, sizzling Gulab Jamuns and warm Chocolate Brownie with ice cream – cannot find any flaw with either dessert!
Service is one area that the owners are currently working on and they themselves admit that since they had not expected this massive number of customers on a soft launch, they are simply not prepared for it.
One can see that all members of the family are running around non-stop to meet the orders and cater to customer requests. I guess we will need to give them a bit of time to settle in before we fully judge them!!
Overall, as Faisal Kapadia aptly sums it up, “its Burns Road for the Karachi burgers” – a good change and fun environment. Food is also pretty decent – but what makes Sattar Buksh stand out is the very smart viral marketing! Kudos for that …
What I rated Sattar Buksh:
(Rating scale: Five stars, excellent; four stars, great; three stars, good; two stars, fair; one star, poor.)
Food rating: 2.5/5
Service rating: 3/5
Prices: About PKR1000 per head.
Address: F73/1 Clifton Block 4, Karachi, Pakistan-75400 (on the same road as China Kitchen)
Timings: 17:00-01:00 hours.