Planning A Pakistan Road Trip? These Are The Restaurants And Dhabas You Must Try

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Roadside shacks or more commonly known as dhabas, are eateries that are on the roadsides in Pakistan and serve food you can eat out in a very relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. Simple foods define the experience of eating at these roadside restaurants which are found in abundance all over Pakistan and nothing beats the simplicity of these modest roadside eateries.

Here we list a few of these found in Pakistan.

1. Mian Gee Restaurant:

Main Jee on GT road

Established in 1982, Mian Gee is on the road side of GT Road in Lalamusa which serves a special chai and a menu that has remained the same since the day operation started. The specialty of this roadside eatery is chanay ki daal which is prepared using desi ghee along with two other varieties now offered; chicken daal and mutton daal.

2. Piyala Hotel and Restaurant at Rohri bypass, Sukkur:

3.Piyala resturant, they serve tea in a piyala, locateted at Rohri bypass, Sukkur.

Located on the Rohri bypass in Sukkur is this hotel that provides refreshments for those on a long journey and is suggested by avid road trip travelers.

3. Kabul Restaurant, Islamabad:

Kabul restaurant, F 7, Islamabad

Known as the meat lovers’ heaven, located in F7, this restaurant has been providing incredible Afghani cuisine since 1989. The food items offered on its menu are very limited but the quality is extremely high. The food are high on flavors but not overwhelmingly spicy. The salty tikkas, beef cubes and every single other item on the menu is served after being cooked to perfection. The restaurant also serves amazing Kabuli pulao which is served with a generous serving of beef and carrots and raisins. The food is also reasonably priced, thus appealing to people from all income brackets, at an average price of PKR 300 to 500 per person.

4. Mushtharka Quetta Balochistan Hotel:

Mushtarka Balochistan Hotel, Lodhran

Known for serving the best mutton and chicken roasts, this roadside eatery is also known for serving the best known desi breakfasts for those who prefer local cuisine over any other. The restaurant features a large menu which includes items such as Ginger Naan, Garlic Naan and Sajji.

5. Kalay Khan Chapli Kabab House in Abbottabad:

*We could not find an image for Kalay Khan Chapli Kabab House.

Boasting the best BBQ in Abbottabad, this restaurant serves beef tikkas which are the best item on the menu. The tikkas are served on a skewer and marinated to perfection. The place does not offer a luxurious seating arrangement but it is kept very clean and simple. It is a must try for travelers on the road.

6. Namak Mandi:


Established in 1980, located in Saddar, Rawalpindi; this restaurant serves authentic salty cuisine which includes namkeen karahi, lamb seekh tikka, lamb karahi and the tikka depending on the size of the lamb. The menu also includes BBQ dishes from Punjab and the chapli kebabs and kabli pulao are two of its best sellers.

7. Shahbaz tikka shop:

shabaz tikka

Located on G.T. Road in Gujranwala, this eatery offers you BBQ, tikka of every type and karahi gosht of the highest quality as well as various other specialties from Gujranwala.

8. Sindh Green Hotel, Larkana:

sind green hotel larkana

Known for its excellent accommodation, this hotel also offers one of the best menus for those on a road trip traveling through Sindh.

9. Bhatti:

Again, no image found for this restaurant near G.T Road Gujranwala which provides the best white quorma that has become quite a delicacy.

These are two more honorable mentions:

10. Naseem restuarant, few kms before Rahimyar Khan, serves the best Namkeen Rosh we have had in Pakistan.

11. Sindh Green, Larkana for a variety of dishes. You can stop over here and enjoy a general good taste in food.

Do tell us which are your favorite restaurants.

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  1. DJ says

    All restaurants in Punjab area need special attention of PFA 🙂

  2. Rosh says

    Poor knowledge, 0 research and organization of essay like a drunk driver. I think pakwheels should add an editor to their ranks.

  3. saad says

    She has no clue about what she just did. Except for one, all the mentioned restaurants are crap! Like seriously, a chick sitting on her toilet seat writing blog about roadside hotels? ROFL

  4. Tabish Waqar says

    This is so so stupid. I don’t see charsi Tikka kpk, hala naka, hyderabad, ghanta ghar multan and many other ones. This could have been a very useful read if the info was correct

  5. Baber says

    Hala naka is crap, and the list contains mostly the restaurants which you get on highway, or just about there. Hanif bhatti saab contributed the restaurants to the list.

  6. saad says

    Still a better list! and itll help many to enlighten their taste buds! better than savour lol

  7. Ali Ghafoor says

    Someone please tell me which restaurant the very first pic at the too of the page is from!

  8. Zuhair Anwar says

    That would be a stock photo most probably

  9. Fazal Wahab says

    How about you write and tell us about it? With your better research and NOT being under the influence of anything we might get a good read. Let us know and share your article . It will go live.. Thanks

  10. Faheem Sial says

    Dear many are now sealed by PFA due to unhygine conditions and dirty premsis

  11. Faisal Iqbal says

    In Punjab there are quite a few Daal specialists (i.e Jhaal Chakian on Khushab Road, Sargodha) / Fish places around Tarbela / Ghazi which are not mentioned at all, then there is a very particular case if you have to travel to AJK, one will find the food that is of very low quality and high price, so advise for traveling in these areas is to stock something from Rawalpindi/Islamabad or various places on GT Road if one needs to go to Kotli (AJK) or Mirpur (AJK).

    There are places that one would come across on GT Road, that you might never run into while traveling by Indus highway, same is true for Motorway as well, so article should have being written while taking the routes / Highways in consideration.

    A clear criteria should have being devised, where either eating place should be right beside Highway, or not far away, it should have dedicated parking area, clean wash rooms for ladies and children, a mosque, have seating arrangements of both kinds (modern Restaurant type, as well as old truck driver style, where driver might take his shoes off, lie down and take a short nap)

    Last but not the least, places like Namak Mandi in Saddar, Rawalpindi has no dedicated parking area, while Kabul Restaurant, F-7 is behind half a dozen Police choki/Nakkas from any direction, lies deep in Islamabad’s congested commercial area, so unreasonable choices for weary travelers.

    Hope my suggestion are bit more constructive….

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