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China’s five-star flag flutters at the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China

Less than 10 years ago, if you lived in Karachi and wanted a Chinese meal you either headed to Block 2, Clifton where China Town and Jade Garden are located, or the well-known Kow Loon and Yun Tuang restaurants on Tariq Road. However, today, Block 4, Clifton, could well be termed Karachi’s new Chinese food hub, since several Chinese restaurants have opened there recently. Coincidentally, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China is also located there.

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The white exterior of the Red Emperor China Bistro

The Chinese Trinity… First came China Kitchen, right across the street from Abdullah Shah Ghazi’s mausoleum, with menu offerings that ranged from Wasabi prawns to the famed Peking Duck (China’s national dish), stuffed crab claws and lobster in black bean sauce. Canton and Red Emperor China Bistro followed with equally extensive menus. Canton’s menu highlights include chicken and vegetable wontons and deep fried Red Snapper served with chilli sauce. Meanwhile, the Red Emperor China Bistro has indoor and outdoor seating; pagodas lend the restaurant’s atmosphere an ‘ethnic’ feel; favoured dishes include salt and pepper calamari and sticky fish.

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Sattar Buksh – the new café on the block

Cafés on the block… Block 4’s culinary options are not limited to Chinese food. For Malaysian food Café Forty4 is the place to be, Café Flo for French Cuisine, Café Ayalanto for Mediterranean and for light dhoklas and spicy shikanjabeen there is Café Koel. And of course the trendy Xander’s is a firm favourite for many people – especially for juicy burgers and brick oven pizza. A newbie on the block is Sattar Buksh Café for desi and continental food.

Relaxation – and education… Several salons and spas are located in Block 4, and include Peng’s and N-Gents, a salon for men, as are reputable schools such as Mrs Haque’s Nursery and The Origins Elementary School.

In a nutshell… With plenty of fine dining restaurants and cafés, not to mention spas and schools, there is plenty to do in Clifton’s Block 4. n

– Mariam Gabaji

Photos by Hussain Afzal and Eman Rana/Whitestar and courtesy the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China

First published in the Real Estate Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on January 26, 2014.

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