Lahore is a hub of lights, lightened places, lively people, and mainly food. This place hosts places and restaurants that not only provide traditional desi food but continental, Chinese, and Thai. Food is in the tradition, culture, and roots of this city. Generally, Gulberg or MM Alam road gets the lion’s share of recommendations for quality restaurants in Lahore, but DHA Lahore has also chased and matched the position as any other, and we prove to you with a list of the best restaurants in DHA Lahore.
And sometimes it would be nice for you to even head to the old Lahore and visit these places of the New Food Street Lahore. Because for food, SalamPlanet believes in tasting and trying everything that life has to offer – after all you live for once!
Best Restaurants in DHA Lahore for Some Extravagance
Lahore is never short of food places, but categorizing some as best restaurants in Lahore wouldn’t seem fair – instead taking one area at a time and listing down the best restaurants of that specific area should help. So, here are the best restaurants in DHA Lahore that provide desi cuisine and all other food types as well:
1) X2 Pan Asian
The new X2 Pan Asian (started from Gulberg and still stands its grounds) in Defence has spectacular service and food. This DHA branch is certainly more compact as compared to the Gulberg restaurant and is also missing the X2 Café, but the taste, value and even the service of X2 Pan Asian DHA is same as the older branch. This, by all means, can be the perfect place for a date or for dinner to make your crush fall for you strongly. And when you do take your special one to this: one of the best restaurants in Lahore, do try their Dynamite Prawns and spring rolls as appetizers, followed with the amazing ol’ Chicken with Almonds and some egg fried rice. You’ll love the fall!!!
2) Outpost BYOB
For your love of burgers in DHA, Outpost BYOB is a must try. Of course, there are numerous fast food places in Lahore, but a burger place with fresh and real meat is a question… Outpost BYOB is a wonderful place, has perfect buns, the vegetables and eat are fresh and the sauces are amazing. Once you visit the absolute burger point, do take their mozzarella sticks as well; extremely cheesy and the marinara sauce is a must-have.
Most of you might not even know this place, but for the best steak house in Lahore that serves succulent and juicy steaks of all cut types, and offers a space so romantically secluded with the perfect price tags – you can’t ask for anything better in DHA Lahore then Bovinoes. It’s a venture of two British bankers that actually love the steaks. Try their Filet Mignon steak or Penne Arrabiata pasta, you’ll keep on going for more!
4) Cafe Aylanto
Café Aylanto has been the heart of Gulberg and opened its doors to Defence only a few months ago. According to lifestyle wanderlust, you should either go for their steak or their scrumptious beef lasagna with a deadly layer of cheese and béchamel sauce. And yes, the place is pretty expensive, but the ambiance and the taste of food are worth every penny and the dipping sauce. Their breakfast which includes; Eggs Benedict is also another and only one best breakfast kind in Lahore.
Who doesn’t love Nando’s??? A restaurant that’s never empty and never fails to satisfy its customers. Whether it’s Nando’s Gulberg branch or Nando’s DHA, the restaurant is a love for most of the people in Lahore. The favorites in Nando’s have to be the quarter or half chicken meals, the Cataplana Originale and the Espetada Carnival. Go ahead and give your tongue a taste of their Peri Peri bites and sauces.
Whenever you and your friends are in the mood for desi Pakistani food or authentic Pushtoon cuisine, head over to Qabail in DHA DD, Phase 4! Qabail has taken some hits over the other restaurants in a very little time, in fact, it’s listing up in the best restaurants in DHA Lahore. Order Qabail’s to-die-for Roash and Chapli Kebab and you will know why this restaurant comes recommended. Even order some Shinwari Karahi paired with Shehanshahi Naan and feel great things happen inside your mouth as you munch.
Sumo is another good place for the ones who are looking for authentic Japanese food in DHA Lahore. Sumo also adds an amazing ambiance with the food it serves, but the prices are towards the higher end through. Their sushi is an amazing hit and their Red Snapper is also recommended if you’re a fan of fish, and even if not… You’re recommended to visit the place once!
A name is known for official dinners and meetups. Mouthful is for the perfect meat taste with a limited menu but perfect with signature dishes. Their quality is consistent, unlike most other restaurants. The restaurant has really good, quality meat as it chooses to cook with natural and healthy produce. The top recommendations by SalamPlanet are their nihari (their Philly Cheese Steak Sandwich, their Patakha chicken, their Mutton Chops and their signature Seekh Kebabs (drool-worthy, legit) but our favorite is their signature club sandwich. Def one of our favorites.
9) Thanda Garam
Nestled away in Y block away from the traffic, Thanda Garam has become a favorite of ours. To begin with, this place does the best, absolutely mouthwatering smoothie granola bowls – their Pink Berry (keep in mind they’re only available in on Friday-Monday in the morning). Since we’re talking about breakfast options, there’s also their weekend brunch in which you get eggs, steak and eggs, and truly delectable french toasts along with some karak chai. But the best thing you’ll find at Thanda Garam is their smoothies and drinks, which they have a menu full of – we recommend their gannay ka juice and sattu.
10) GAI’A Japanese Fusion
GAI’A Japanese Fusion is contemporary Japanese cuisine, that too some of the best in Lahore in our opinion. Having mentioned that, it is also on the higher end like most other Japanese restaurants in Lahore. If you ever happen to go to GAI’A, try their Udon Noodles with Duck in Oyster Sauce and Cashew Nuts, the Volcano Maki, the Spicy Tuna Maki and finish off with their Lahore-famous dark chocolate torte. It’s a formal, fine dining restaurant so it does call for a smart-casual dress code, hence remember to dress appropriately!
11) Bundu Khan
Bundu Khan is an oldie in DHA Lahore but is still loved the same. It always takes thoughts back to the times when there were more places of desi traditional food and Food Street Lahore was more famous. But whether the time has passed and things have changed, Bundu Khan still maintains its fame and quality – you will see people waiting anxiously on tables for their food while munching on a kachumar salad.
12) Rina’s Kitchenette
Starting out as an out-of-home bakery, Rina’s Kitchenette has grown to become one of the most popular restaurants in Lahore (which led to them opening a second branch in Gulberg). While Rina’s has several options on their menu, their gourmet burgers and pizzas usually stand out. Especially when it comes to their Smash Burger, the beef along with cheddar and lettuce is succulent and juicy like a burger’s supposed to be. Their taste is on point with the pizzas as well, owing to great ingredients especially the cheese they use. They’ve even started Sunday brunch as of late so you might want to check that out.
13) Veranda Bistro
Veranda Bistro has closed down in Gulberg and is now a part of DHA phase 5 (at the back of Jalal Sons). And although Gulberg is missing the presence of such an enormous name, the restaurant shines out in DHA Lahore as the best restaurant in DHA Lahore. The fact is that they have the most famous lunches and dinner buffets in the entire city. The al carte, however, can still have some improvements and a top favorite for everything.
14) Mandarin Kitchen
Mandarin Kitchen has opened up in the heart of the DHA Z Block market and it has become a very favourite place for desi cuisine in DHA Lahore. It maintains hygiene and quality: Chicken Szechuan, Hot Garlic Prawns, and Dragon Noodles some of the top choices on the menu. Lifestyle wanderlust absolutely loves seeing their chefs play with their woks and fire through their glass kitchen window on the ground floor. The seating’s really nice, and so is the general ambiance. Not to forget, they have a high-tea worth going to as well with your girlies.
15) YUM Chinese & Thai
YUM is among the most famous and well-known restaurants, that took a start with a bang and has never fallen low from the quality they promised. The start was from Gulberg but is now a famous name in DHA Lahore as well. Their quality of food is what keeps the restaurant busy in all days of the week, especially the weekends, which may get chaotic sometimes so it’s better if you reserve your place before time rather than just walking in. For SalamPlanet, the Chef’s Special Chicken, Thai Green Curry, and Singapore Noodles are among some of the best items on their menu.
By the way, YUM is not just about chicken and beef, they offer duck and seafood as well. The seafood options are plenty and include Lobster and squid as well, and believe us that in the list of best restaurants in DHA Lahore, this place can be the topper!
16) Sweet Affairs
This place took a very strong start in Lahore with a reputation of more than just a bakery. The menu at Sweet Affairs covers all kinds of food; English breakfast, burgers, pizza, pasta, beef, and chicken entries, and oriental options as well. Let’s also keep the desserts they provide, especially the cakes and shakes. This restaurant can simply be your perfect go-to place with a loved one or choose one from the list of best restaurants in Lahore for couples.
All the restaurants mentioned above are tested and tried, and fall into the category of best restaurants in DHA Lahore. Each and every restaurant has its own specialty, one may be good in Pakistani cuisine whereas the other may stand out in a continental variety. You have to visit them and tell us about your experience – because of that matters!
And if we missed out on any, then you should comment and tell us about the restaurant that can fit in this list of best restaurants in Lahore.
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