Suhoor with Burning Giraffe
Sumrina Khan and Hassan Agha came together to host a splendid evening for us this past week. All the girls were dressed in gorgeous Cross Stitch outfits and fed till our tummies were full. The food, the ambiance and the wonderful company made this Sehri one to remember!
Sehri at Sashas
Ramzan is the month of festivities and brings about certain trends every year. This year, Lahoris are out and about checking out the best Sehri joints and enjoying outdoorsy places in this pleasant weather.
We had the opportunity to try out the latest eatery that has been the talk of town – Sashas! This restaurant is located in Mall 94 and offers a variety of desi fusion foods and most of them are served on traditional steel Thaals.
An Insomniac’s delight
One Fourteen by Insomnia Kitchen is a sit down restaurant that focuses on being the hippest late night place, with a warm feel and yummy food. Having lived abroad, owner Shehryar Ali wanted to introduce a model similar to a diner. They plan being open 24/7 eventually but one step at a time. We got to spend an evening talking to Shehryar about this venture and what inspired him to launch this fantastic place!
114 by Insomnia Kitchen is an interesting name, what’s the concept behind this restaurant?
The first of its kind, One Fourteen by Insomnia Kitchen is a late night diner (open from 8 pm to 4 am) that caters to the city’s nocturnal crowd. Manhattan’s Greenwich Village inspired cozy ground floor seating, casual atmosphere, and unique artwork not only represent a diner concept but the interior also creates awareness about important issues that are brushed under the rug. As for One Fourteen – that just happens to be my lucky number.
What inspired you to set out on this journey?
While I studied in New York, I spent most of my summer/winter breaks in Lahore. Late nights and hunger pangs that followed at wee hours of the night always resulted in some fast food or paratha roll indulgence. So, I thought, why not offer something better, healthier and hygienic to the city that loves to eat, no matter what time it is. This resulted in Insomnia Kitchen starting off as a delivery only joint eight years ago.
How challenging was it to move from being a home based delivery place to opening up your own personal space?
Going back in time, I remember taking permission from my grandmother to use the ground floor of her house which was empty. Luckily, that worked out and I was able to keep my overheads low. Eight years down the road, going from a home run kitchen to a two story commercial setup has been a hell of a ride. I had never imagined how hard this journey would be; more so because i decided to do everything on my own. Though this wouldn’t have been possible without my family and friends’ support.
What kind of foods have you kept on the menu? Any best sellers we should definitely try out?
The menu is short but diverse; it’s a little bit of everything. Five best sellers last month were;
- Wild Wild Wings
- Chicken Chilli Dry
- Burrito Bowl
- Cajun Chicken Pasta
- Cookie Skillet
Do you think you’ll be introducing Insomnia Kitchen signature dishes?
We already have a twist of our own on the common dishes in the menu. Signature dishes are in the making and will be introduced pretty soon. This Ramzan we will be serving two of our signature omelettes for Sehri.
Do you see yourself as becoming an integral part of the kitchen? will you consider joining the chefs team yourself?
I think I already am because the menu has been engineered in house. Multiple tastings and manoeuvring of the ingredients have taught me a lot. Although not a pro but I can play around in the kitchen a bit.
Do you plan to expand and open more branches? if so, which city would you go for next?
Currently, we are just focusing on Lahore. But when we do expand, Islamabad is the city we will most likely target next.
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