For a coastal city, Karachi hasn’t been that big on culinary dishes of fish. We are a nation loving chicken and beef.
But, the fish from these eateries is making big waves (no pun intended!) in the food scene and once you have them, they might make you change your culinary preferences!
So here we go listing some good places to eat at and the dishes we liked best there.

1. Fish Walay

Whoever thought desi fish is only to be had in fried form, hasn’t tried fish karahi.
This small setup in 5DHA phase Ext 2 had humble beginnings catering to delivery orders but has now extended it to dine in. Its specialty is grilled seafood.
Its Fish Koyla Karahi is dubbed to be the first one of its kind in Karachi. Fiery and tasty, it had us screaming for water and is a stark contrast from the usual mellow fish fare. Fit for spice lovers, it brings the best of curry and fish together in one dish.

fish walay

2.    BOTS- Biryani of the Seas

This eatery is bringing in new trends too. Skewered and done on ‘seekh’, Fish Malai Boti is soft and juicy and melts in the mouth. We fish, ooops wish, though that its serving size could only be a bit bigger as we thought 8 pieces for Rs 450 is a bit steeply priced.

malai boti 2

3.    Chacha Jee Khaas

Order tikka from here. No, not the chicken one and not the beef one either. It’s the Fish Tikka we are talking about!

Soft and succulent, retaining the moist taste of fish, it had the faint tikka smell which is so much associated with ‘kolya ka dum’. Served with tamarind sauce and garlic naan, it would be one of your newly found fish favorites!

Image: Sudrish Khan
Image: Sudrish Khan

4.    Yaadgar Fish

If you are a traditional ‘fried fish’ lover, then you might head towards Yaadgar fish located on Jamshed Road. Yaadgar fish has been around since 1982.

While its other varieties are nothing to write home about, its Heera boneless fish and finger fish are worth trying and relishing with its thick, pulpy, tamarind and coriander chutney! It is not just fish they serve though; they also serve daal chawal and paapar to tantalize taste buds.

yadgar fish
Image: Tahir Siddique

5.    Hassan Square

There are plenty of tikka and sajji houses at Hassan Square but the fish stalls there still manage to gather a crowd of their own!

Fried hot on the post, the fish stalls have a wide variety of fish to tantalize your taste buds and can cost you as low as around Rs600 per kg (accompanied with chutneys!).  That’s quite a catch!

fish hassan square
Image: Travel Diaries

How was your experience at these fish eateries? Let us know! If you know of any other fish places, making it big with their fish, sound off below!