MAKING WAVES: POMPEI

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GULRUKH SHAFIQ GIVES TWO THUMBS UP TO LAHORE’S COOLEST NEW RESTAURANT

As soon as one of Karachi’s most famous Italian restaurants Pompei, opened their doors inLahore, I booked a table for my girlfriends and myself and headed over to see what the buzz was about.

 

 

Walking in, we were greeted very nicely by their manager who took us to our seats. The first thing that catches your eye is the swanky interior and nifty architectural design. Although the lighting was super dim, the place itself was charming and cozy. I especially loved the large glass window overlooking the lush green patio!

To start with, we were served warm crusty Italian bread along with Pompei’s special dip and olive oil and balsamic vinegar. After spending about fifteen minutes contemplating what to choose from a menu that was just to die for, we chose to go with their classics.

The bruschetta was done perfectly, not too soggy and just the right amount of crisp. It was topped with fresh tomatoes and basil and was wiped out in a jiffy by our table.For the main course,we ordered their signature thin-crust chicken spinach and fetapizza, whichwas heavenly. The pizza was cooked to perfection.

 

I don’t think words can do justice but the pizza just melts in your mouth. Top that with their chili flakes and chili oil and it is hands down one of the best authentic Italian pizzas I have had in Lahore!Other menu musts-have include the blue cheese soufflé, the rocket and walnut salad, roasted eggplant and mushroom pizza, and the fettuccine with prawns in spicy marinara. I hear their spinach and artichoke dip and juicy, tender steaks have launched a thousand ships!

Although we were bursting at the seams by the end of our carb madness, we could not resist dessert. We picked the bread and butter pudding and made a note to try the famous crème brulee next time. It was simply divine. The soft inside contrasted with the crispy top, and was just the right amount of sweet.

Overall, the service was excellent –we were served all our Food in a very timely manner and the staff was very professional – the Food was fresh andflavourful, and each dish was beautifully presented. What more could a foodie ask for?

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