Hazari's is a new Arabic food joint on the newly expanded Thimbirigasaya Road, near Fife. It's gotten rave review
s from food blogger Kaemadasa, and we thought we'd check it out ourselves. The verdict? Meh.
As an executive summary, let's say that it's cheap, fast, but not extraordinarily tasty food.
The food is good, but not amazing. It's not especially Arabic but rather a Sri Lankan take on those dishes. This isn't a bad thing (hot buttered cuttlefish isn't especially Chinese, but it is awesome), but no dish really soared.
We started with a range of their mint and iced teas. These are very refreshing and good and not too damaging at around Rs. 250 per. Then we ordered a Chicken And Cheese Fatayer (a sort of hot-doggy delight), which was OK. The bread is thick and not especially awesome, and the toppings are rather ordinary Lankan fare, if a bit underspiced (there's chili on the table).
Then we tried the Chicken Arabesque (Rs. 270), a wrap. It fell apart quickly, which was fine. The bit of pickle inside was a standout, but aside from that, nothing to write home about.
Then a Cheese Manakish (Rs. 280), which was like cheese toast.
Thimbirigasaya Road is (finally) being widened and Hazari's has a spot just after Fife Road. It's a decent location with direct parking for about four cars and more public parking nearby. I think the owner Hazari lives up the street.
Inside, the place is a bit bright but simple enough. There's a prominent sign that says order at the counter, a bit silly when there are four staff standing around. The experience would be better if everyone could order without getting up. They give you plates but still serve with paper plates and plastic takeaway cups. This is all fine.
The best part is that it really is fast food, at least for now. Our drinks arrived almost immediately and the food came quite shortly after.
The best part of Hazari is that it serves decent food at reasonable prices. The damage per person was about Rs. 500 if you had drinks, so not bad at all. In that sense it's definitely worth a try. At the end of the day, a wrap here is like half the price of a cheese roti at Pilawoos. This isn't the best Arabic food I've ever had by far, but it's pretty good, pretty fast, and quite affordable.
Try the iced and mint teas. They're refreshing and good.