By Mehmud Ahmed (Canada)
Editor’s Note: Mr. Mehmud Ahmed is 81 years old former journalist who has settled in Canada since five years. He lived in Pindi during 1948-52. Then moved to Quetta. Later, he worked in Rawalpindi for 10 years with the Pakistan Times.
Maj (R) Hasan Jawaid in his recent article My Cherished Memories of Rawalpindi has mentioned about some inexpensive restaurants in Rawalpindi Saddar where he used to dine during the early 1970s. That also reminds me of a reasonably priced restaurant in Saddar which served quality BBQ stuff. I frequently visited that eatery in the late 1960s and enjoyed the delicious food. This small shop became popular and attracted larger crowds as the word went round. It was Cafe Khan; a small restaurant located 100 yards away from the Danny’s High School on the corner of Kamran Market opposite the Babu Mohallah lane. Gradually as its kababs, tikka, chicken karahi, chholay and naans became popular, it attracted sizable crowds.
The owner was a very talkative young man who entertained his customers by his continuous discourse on politics and latest news while their orders were being prepared. The clientele expanded so much that he had to stock a large number of folding chairs and tables that were set on the side-walk of the road and for those who came there via the “Murree Brewery” in the lane (now called Saif Ullah Lodhi Road) between Kamran Market and Danny’s High School in the late hours of the night.
I live in Canada since last five years and don’t know whether Khan Cafe is still there or not. I still adore the delights served by that small little restaurant with a price tag which was not a burden on the pocket of middle class people like me. Next time I visit Pakistan, I will definitely have food at Khan Cafe, if it still exists.
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