9th Jan 2011
Cosy and intimate with subdued lighting and plenty of home-planed wooden furniture, the homely feel of The Pakistani Cafe translates to the cooking where every delicious morsel is made on the premises by the restaurant owner's mother. And you can tell dishes have been created by a seasoned and expert hand. Creamy curries joist for top billing on the menu with mouth-watering, aromatic and spicy slow-cooked stews. There's also a plentiful range of lassi drinks and a fine selection of caffeine-free herbal teas.
This is the kind of place where you could come with a partner for a grown-up, evening meal or somewhere you could drop into during the day with a bunch of pals for a satisfying lunch. And lone diners needn't feel self-conscious either as there's a couple of shelves of books near the door which you can happily browse through.
There's a kind of radical feel about the place. You'll see what we mean when you visit. Often there's a political slogan painted on the window - the owner isn't shy about publicising his peace-oriented beliefs.
The surroundings in the restaurant aren't swish ie chairs are basic and often the crockery doesn't match so don't take guests to impress (unless it's purely for the food, which is first class). The music isn't always Indian. On one occasion we were treated to a whole album of Nick Cave (great for me as I love his music but not so for the elderly couple near us, I'd surmise). The restaurant isn't large, with around 20 covers so to be ensured a place and avoid disappointment, always book in advance. The Pakistani Cafe doesn't serve alcohol and there's quite a hefty corkage charge (one suspects the owner is trying to put off drinkers).
It's not to everyone's taste, but definitely worth a visit - at least once.