Where to eat in Lahore. Lahore is a giant metropolis in the state of Punjab, only an hour drive from India. I have chosen a couple of my favorite places to eat in the city.
Heera Chargha – Temple Road
If you like grilled chicken … and I mean a lot of tasty, fresh grilled chicken you got to go to Heera Chargha. Sit down, pull up your chair, and wait for giant platters of succulent chicken to be piled up on the table. Then expect non-stop plates of fresh naan bread to be delivered. Break off a piece of bread, and grab a hunk of chicken. The chicken is barbecued right on the street in front of the restaurant. This is a down to earth restaurant that is popular with the locals.
BKT, Butt Karahi Tikka – 17 Temple Road, Safanwala Chowk
This is the place to go for Karahi style chicken. The chicken is combined with ginger, coriander, garlic, chili in a slow cook curry. The restaurant is packed all of time with locals descending on this location. The chicken will arrive on a giant platter, and again, basket after basket of naan bread will appear. Grab the bread with your right hand, break off a piece, and scoop up the succulent chicken. The chicken is made fresh right in front of the restaurant in an open kitchen. This is another incredibly packed restaurant, overfilled with locals.
Ghulam Rasool – Chanay Wala near Anarkali Bazar
Don’t expect anything fancy here. But if you want a tasty and fresh breakfast while hanging with the local populace make sure that you come here. Bowls of steamy and tasty chickpeas are dropped off at the table. And surprise, again, more naan bread. Just to give you an idea, at a local joint, naan bread is only around 20 rupees a piece (about 13 cents). That is like a dream compared to the US where I am paying $3-$5 a piece. At many restaurants you will also be brought a bowl of raita, a simple and delicious yogurt concoction with cucumber, pepper and salt. Raita is also beneficial since it will cool you off on hot summer days. A meal here is only about 300 rupees ($2).
Haveli Restaurant – Food Street, next to the Badshahi Mosque
OK, you didn’t think I would leave you without one tourist trap … and here it is Haveli Restaurant. You come here for the view, not the food. Well, there is nothing wrong with the food. This expansive, multi-level restaurant overlooks the Badshahi Mosque. These are million-dollar views. The entire roof is open air, but there are other levels that are glassed in. I had a very solid meal of chicken and of course naan bread. My meal set me back around 1000 rupees, an incredible value when you throw in the view.
Chaman Ice Cream – Sector C Bahria Town
This is an old school ice cream parlor that dates back to the 1960s, a Lahore institution. I went here twice during my stay in Lahore and both times it was packed with locals trying to cool off. This is the place to indulge your sweet tooth. I dined on fresh mango shakes and pistachio ice cream (a small is 50 cents and a large is $1).
When in Pakistan, make sure you visit the Wagah Border Ceremony, the people of Peshawar, and what to see and do in Lahore. Pakistan is my 138th country. I traveled with Untamed Borders in Lahore, and they brought me to these great restaurants.
Where to eat in Lahore