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The Social Butterfly & The Hermit Crab

1st Course at a Recent Meal at Frankie's

My husband casually proclaimed the other day: “I have eaten at four hundred different places in Karachi”

me: “Is that four hundred locations or unique names?”

him: “four hundred unique names, so if you’ve been to seven different McDonald’s it only counts as one”

me: “well you’re a social butterfly, I don’t go out much, I doubt I’ve been to even a hundred places”

him: “well try making a list I’m sure you’ve been to more”

And well he was right, hermit crab that I am (I think I should send it to the Oxford English Dictionary as the official antonym for social butterfly) I have been to at least two hundred and fifty places. I made the list using foursquare so obviously my time in UAE before I switched to a smartphone is not covered. There are places I remember going to, but I don’t recall their name, and I don’t always check in. I will give myself a 10% margin of forgetfulness (so twenty five missing entries). Here goes:

An Incomplete list of the Places I have Eaten at in the UAE

1 800 Pizza
2 Al Baba Sweets
3 Al Diwan
4 Al Farooj
5 Al Hallab
6 Al Hambra
7 Al Ijaza Cafe
8 Al Mallah
9 Al Nafoorah
10 Al Tawasol Mandi Restaurant
11 Almaz by Momo
12 Aprons & Hammers
13 Archive Cafe
14 Aroos Damascus
15 Aryaas
16 Arz Lebanon
17 Asha’s
18 Balance Cafe
19 Bamboo Lagoon
20 Bar B Q Delights
21 Barasti Beach Bar
22 Baskin Robbin’s
23 Bean & Byte
24 Belgian Beer Cafe
25 Bennigan’s
26 Bentoya
27 Biella
28 Bikaner Wala
29 Biker’s Cafe
30 Blue Orange
31 Bombay Chowpatty
32 Brick Lane
33 Bu Qtair
34 Buddha Bar
35 Burger 360
36 Burger King
37 Burgerfuel
38 Butcher Shop and Grill
39 Cafe Bateel
40 Cafe Carluccio’s
41 Cafe Nero
42 Cafe Spasso
43 California Pizza Kitchen
44 Caribou Coffee
45 Cedar Tree
46 Central Perk
47 Certo
48 Chalet Restaurant
49 Chamas Churrascaria & Bar
50 Charley’s Grilled Subs
51 Chicken Tikka Inn
52 Chili’s
53 Chimes Far Eastern Cusine
54 Chocolate Bar
55 Chocopologie
56 Ciao Ciao
57 Circle Cafe
58 Clinton Street Baking Company
59 Coffeol
60 Cold Stone Creamery
61 Cosi
62 Costa Coffee
63 D’Fusion Desi Cusine
64 Dean & Deluca
65 Diwan L’Auberge
66 Dome Cafe
67 Dumpukht Biryani
68 Dunkin Donuts
69 Eggspectations
70 Emly Chilli
71 Espresso Rosso
72 Ewan Lounge
73 Farsi Restaurant
74 Fatburger
75 Fauchon Cafe
76 Fish & Co.
77 Forn o Saj
78 Fournil De Pierre
79 Frankies
80 French Bakery
81 Fruit Shop on Geams Road
82 Fuddruckers
83 Galler Pure Cocoa
84 Gazebo
85 German Doner Kebab
86 Gloria Jean’s Cafe
87 Gourmet Burger Kitchen
88 Hagen Dasz
89 Handi Wrap & Roll
90 Hard Rock Cafe
91 Hardee’s
92 Harput Turkish Restaurant
93 Hediard
94 Hoi In
95 Hugo Cafe
96 Hunters Room & Grill
97 IHOP
98 IKEA cafe
99 Il Cafe Di Roma
100 Imperium
101 Irish Village
102 Jamiaca Blue
103 Johnny Rockets
104 Jones the Grocer
105 Just Felafel
106 Kadouche
107 Kaleidoscope
108 Kalyya
109 Kamat
110 Karam Beirut
111 Kebab Rolls
112 KFC
113 Khan Murjan
114 Khaymat Al Bahar
115 Kino’s Cafe
116 Kitchen 6
117 Koreana
118 Krispy Creme
119 La Mode
120 La Postreria
121 Le Pain Quotidien
122 Le Relais de L’Entrecote
123 Le Ricetti De Ciro
124 Lebanese Flower Restaurant
125 Leila
126 Lemongrass Express
127 Little Bangkok
128 London Dairy Cafe
129 London Fish & Chips
130 Magnolia Bakery
131 MAKE Business Hub Cafe
132 Mamma Mia Ristorante & Pizzeria
133 Manga Sushi
134 Marble Slab
135 Marroush
136 McDonald’s
137 Medzo
138 Miyabi Sushi & Bento
139 More Cafe
140 Moti Roti
141 Moulay Youssef
142 Mrs. Fields
143 Nando’s
144 New York Fries
145 Ningxia
146 NKD Pizza
147 Noodle Factory
148 Okku
149 On the Border
150 Oregano
151 Outback Steakhouse
152 P.F. Chang’s
153 Panini
154 Pantry Cafe
155 Papa John’s Pizza
156 Paratha King
157 Park Central Cafe
158 Pascal Tepper
159 Pastaga Cafe & Bread
160 Paul Cafe
161 Pei Wei
162 Pepper Mill
163 Ping Pong
164 Pizza Express
165 Ponderosa Steak House
166 Puranmal
167 Q’s Cuisine
168 Ravi’s
169 Red Mango
170 Red Tomato Pizza
171 Reem Al Bawadi
172 Reform Social & Grill
173 Rich
174 Rivington Bar & Grill
175 Romano’s Macaroni Grill
176 Roseleaf Cafe
177 Rossovivo
178 Round Table Pizza
179 Royal Orchid
180 Ruby Tuesdays
181 Samad Al Iraqi
182 Sammach
183 Saravanna Bhawan
184 Sarhad Darbar
185 Scoozi
186 Segafredo
187 Shake Shack
188 Shakespeare & Company
189 Shang Thai
190 Shawarma Twist
191 Shogun Korean/Japanese/Thai Restaurant
192 Shoo Laziz
193 Sino Chai
194 Smiling BKK
195 Social House
196 Soy
197 St. Moritz
198 Starbucks
199 STAY
200 Student Biryani
201 Subway
202 Sucre Sale
203 Sultan Dubai Felafel
204 Sumo Sushi & Bento
205 Sushi Counter
206 T.G.I. Friday’s
207 Taqado Mexican Kitchen
208 Tea for You
209 Tea Junction Cafe
210 Texas Roadhouse
211 Thai Chi Restaurant
212 Thai Terrace Restaurant
213 The Agency
214 The Atrium
215 The Beach Villa
216 The Cheesecake Factory
217 The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
218 The Lime Tree Cafe
219 The Meat Company
220 The Noodle House
221 The Shelter Cafe
222 The Taste Initiative
223 Thiptara
224 Tim Horton’s
225 Tom & Serg
226 Tony Roma’s Grill
227 Tribes
228 Turquoiz Beach Restaurant
229 TWG Tea Salon & Boutique
230 U&I
231 Valley Cafe 2
232 Vapiano
233 Vigna
234 Vintage Chocolate
235 Wagamama
236 Wendy’s
237 West 14th New York Prime
238 Whittard of Chelsea
239 Wild Peeta
240 Won Ton House
241 Xiao Wei Yang (Little Lamb)
242 Yalla Momos
243 Yogurt Bar
244 Zahr El-Laymoun
245 Zaina
246 Zaroob Restaurant
247 Zater w Zeit
248 Zuca’s
249 Zuma
250 Zurna
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One comment on “The Social Butterfly & The Hermit Crab

  1. I’m happy I get to share the rest of my life with someone who loves food as much as I do 😉

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