“A welcome addition – A club that offers Moroccan, Mediterranean, Thai and Chinese besides local food”, writes Ali Sultan for the NEWS on SUNDAY.”
It’s a hot summer night as we enter the Coffee Shop of Defence Club. Set amidst, a large lush green lawn and overlooking the tennis courts, it’s a welcome addition to the eateries of the Defence Club.
The Coffee Shop’s decor is warm, comfortable and elegant. The cafe is nicely lit; the lights bounce off the wooden floor and illuminate everything in a soft glow. It’s crowded and people, mostly families sit either around small glass tables with wrought iron seats or the couches set in the middle of the place.
The coffee bar is housed in a large cabinet and trained baristas prepare a variety of coffee drinks, made from gourmet South African beans. The cold coffee is not extremely sweet, its cold enough and the tongue can feel a bit of bitterness — the flavour is just right. The Coffee Shop also hosts an assortment — like all other cafes — cakes, brownies, cookies, tarts and hand-made ice cream. What it does have and others don’t, is a Middle Eastern sweet (which looks like a carrot cake) known as a ‘basboosa.’ It’s quite popular and should be tasted, at least once.
The Defence Club was built in 1990, and is spread over a large area of 74 canals. Amongst other services it provides, the Club has always been known for the various restaurants it houses.
The Open Air Barbecue perhaps is the most popular restaurant at the club. Housed in the open, diners get to choose between large arrays of different Pakistani dishes. The best part about the restaurant is that it has a see-through kitchen, so diners can actually look at their food being prepared — a nice touch.
Another interesting addition is the Moroccan Restaurant, which offers Moroccan and Mediterranean food. The interior is designed with a unique North African aesthetic, with its arches and geometric patterns; it actually does transport one to Morocco! Add to this: waiters wearing red fez hats and Arabian music in the background, and the ambience are complete. A must visit. (If you can bear the strange perfume in the air)
Caf’e Alizeh is the chic modern restaurant. With its stylish wood floor, chrome interior and cool lighting, it’s the place where the hip wants to eat. The restaurant offers a wide range of continental a la carte meals and also offers Thai and Chinese. The food to try is the fried fish with balsamic vinegar, which was fresh and succulent and cooked well, another one, was the grilled Mexican chicken with rice and the chicken stuffed with cheese and spinach which was delicious.
– Ali Sultan