After an evening of traditional Pakistani theatre my local colleagues took me to "The Castle" for a late night, BBQ supper. Around 10 on a Friday evening all roads around this place seemed to be grid locked. We eventually drove around the back, valet parked at a neighbouring restaurant and then walked to LalQila. We had reserved in advance but, nonetheless waited a few minutes whilst a huge wedding party guided the bride into this larger than life castle.
We were eventually guided to our table in one of the side, air conditioned rooms. Then we proceeded to gather our food from the extensive buffet area spread over quite a large part of this establishment. There were many "counters" offering BBQ meat - almost everything that you can think of - lamb, kebabs, chicken, tiny quail, small fish and many other delicacies which I had difficulty in remembering. Most popular were the deep fried prawns at which counter it was clear that polite English style queuing was going to get me nowhere. One of my female colleagues grabbed my plate out of my hands, pushed herself through the masses and filled it up with the hot, delicious prawns for me. There seemed to be a huge range of other culinary delights to try - Pakistani style curries, vegetable/meat concoctions and soups and international including pizzas, noodles, salads etc. After a couple of heaped plate fulls I couldn't eat any more.
Later in the evening a gentleman is traditional attire came into our room and entertained us with some local poetic renditions which had my friends and other diners in hysterics. I was attired/camouflaged in newly bought kurta but my European face and appearance still gave me away so was the recipient of some English gems of wisdom in poetic form... This was soon followed by a small gang of "knights" who piled into the room with a cake and a fierce looking sword. After a lot of aggressive shouting (war crying?) I was requested to use the sword to cut the cake. It was a delicious, light, fluffy sponge.
This is a large and busy unique dining experience - great to come with a group of friends and colleagues and particularly for families - close to midnight when the place was closing down I spotted many young children spilling out of the place with their extended family groups. But don't expect a subtle, romantic evening dinner environment.
All in all this was a really fun place to conclude an excellent few days with the local colleagues here.
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