The Eagle Restaurant in Oud Metha is the third branch in a growing franchise of value for money Pakistani restaurants. Curiosity dragged me into this new kid on the block. The interior is tube light bright and split between a common dining area and a family section. Everything still looks new, and that’s because it’s still less than six months old. But for all the fluorescent glare, this is very much a cheap and cheerful, common man’s canteen, an RTA pit stop.
Before I get to the food, I must highlight how stinky the all-male wait staff were, their uniforms reeking with the repulsive smell of stale sweat. Imagine having to deal with this from the minute you walk in, to the minute you leave – PheeeeeYEW!
Anyway, the young man behind the cash counter helped us order an assortment of dishes, a representation of their menu. This in itself took a while as half the items we thought to order were sold out, an indication of the brisk business they’re obviously doing. It took longer still for our food to arrive. Why, I still can’t understand as all the food was quite obviously prepared much earlier. And when eventually our food did arrive, we were presented with disappointment after disappointment. No more so than the vile concoction they have the audacity to call Butter Chicken. It was absolutely horrible, the worst I have had in my entire life. Of all the dishes we ordered, only the Channa Fry was edible. Okay, the Paya wasn’t as bad as the others either. But I wish I hadn’t tried any of them, my tummy grumbled in angry protest throughout the day.
Right, so here’s my verdict – don’t. Don’t bother with this place. Not when you have two of the best value for money Pakistani restaurants right around the corner, Des Pardes (around one corner) and Barbeque Delights (around the other corner). And then there’s a Karachi Darbar is little further down the road.