Who would have thought that a small bakery, known as Gourmet Bakers and Sweets, would ever play the market by introducing a whole new restaurant to its name? Or most of all, from the taste of bakery to the taste of the restaurant, would so much change for the better, that the analogy could hardly seem valid? To look into the direction of the gourmet grill, though, is to believe that such a miracle is possible.
Gourmet Grill, situated in Faisal Town, Lahore is a restaurant that has gone through the early rigors of downturn, and yet still lived to tell the tale. To not give the dues to its consort, Gourmet Bakery, would just be more than unfair. For those customers, who can be seen moving in and out of the bakery, in consideration of breakfast, or maybe buying or replacing their gourmet mineral water cans from day to day, can’t move in, without having already spared a gaze at the restaurant standing to the side, even if carelessly. This creates a high-demanding patronage for the restaurant,and the fact that the vicinity behind it is all residential works in favor of the restaurant as it is primarily a "family restaurant."
An expanse of Parking
Although that road leading to Akbar chock, half-way through which Gourmet’ restaurant resides, is in effect a busy road, any parking difficulties are tackled carefully by allotting free parking space just outside the doors of the restaurant. Most days, this parking act can be done with hands tied on back except on ‘eid’ and occasional holidays ,where one might have to end up with his vehicle between a narrow slit of a road passing between the restaurant and the bakery.
Grill or a never-never land?
Immediately upon entering inside the precincts of the restaurant, a never-never land, so it seems is stepped into, and a distinctive smell, so prevalent, is perceived, that works each one’s stomach with hunger.Though at times, the smell is too strong and there are hints of smoke mixed with the smell of food which may put off some customers. The contrast inside is darker, with the tincture of brownish floor coupled with orange light bulbs, maroon walls, small wooden chairs and rectangular tables, which are all reminiscent of homely comfort. The restaurant has a total of two floors, including the ground floor, where there is a Salad bar.
Servicing as good as fast!
The quick servicing of the grill waiters’ is no tall tale either. They are all quick and efficient, and upon giving an order from the menu, which in it has about everything from continental foods to Bar B Q to Karahis and beverages, it takes no later than 15 minutes for them to return to you with what they had been asked.Having said that, Gourmet Grill needs to update its menu and include new items that would excite the customers and make them want to choose Gourmet Grill every time they plan to eat out.
The price rates are in agreement with the price rates the customer may have come turning over in his/her mind,although it really depends on what food one chooses. The Karahis may range anything between Rs. 350 and Rs. 550, depending as to whether it is half or full, and even Bar B Q is no pocket-biter, with the most renowned of them being the Tikkas, both chicken and mutton, in their own distinct taste, with the price range of Rs. 180 or thereabout for one plate. So in terms of price, all is well.
The Good: Great parking space, affordable prices and most of all ,an all family environment if you want a quick dinner or lunch.
The Bad: Food is best eaten therein. When packed to go home, it seems to lose its original taste a bit, as time proceeds. No bookings reserved for dinner which is a bit of a nuisance.Excessive noise and chaos brings down the restaurant`s charm a notch.
The Bottom-line: A great restaurant for a casual family get together or a night out with friends. Even though it may seem over crowded at times,there is no reason why it shouldn’t be given a couple of tries in between months.