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“One of my favorite places”

The Monal Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 206 Restaurants in Islamabad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $1,000
Cuisines: Barbecue, Chinese, French, Italian, Lebanese, Thai, Pakistani, Afghani
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Bologna, Italy
Level 5 Contributor
61 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“One of my favorite places”
Reviewed January 13, 2013 via mobile

I came here a few times and every time was great, both for a relaxed Sunday lunch with view or a romantic dinner.
My favorite is eating pak food on the terrace looking down at the lights in Islamabad.
Watch out for the road up there though as without street lights it can be tricky.

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Date | Rating
  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Korean first
  • Portuguese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Tucson, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
1,039 reviews
337 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 703 helpful votes
“Better lunch than dinner”
Reviewed January 5, 2013

When I first discovered Monal in June (and many times after that) it was for lunch and after a nice hike. Some friends convinced us to go at night for the lights over the city. First we came by car (like 99% of people I suppose) and the road is very windy - I really like coming by hike instead to avoid being nauseated for 20 mn.

The staff was not as nice at night, maybe because there was more people. At lunch we always do early lunch before the Pakistani families so we get attentive service even if most don't really understand English and keep saying yes-yes but nothing happens.

The good menu at lunch (mixed grill, palak paneer, cheesy naans) becomes just average for dinner and worse for non-muslims they fully refuse that we bring wine, even if we are in the dark on the huge terrace with nobody around us and promise to keep the bottle under the table. Nope - they confiscate it at the entrance. Dinner without a glass of wine is not that fun.

And now the competition is next door: try La Montana, they are very nice!

  • Visited December 2012
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SE London
Level 3 Contributor
13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Monal, what a view”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

A beautiful view of Islamabad at night from the restaurant (it was cold in Dec so take a jumper and jacket). We enjoyed chicken and lamb kebabs with naan, both very well made and piping hot. Previous reviews said it was expensive but for about 12 of us it was about £40. Good value and well worth a visit.

Visited December 2012
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Ashford, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Good food with spectacular view of Islamabad”
Reviewed January 3, 2013

I went there with my little tribe. The view was exceptionally scenic from Pir Soha were this particular restaurant located. As we were traveling on a budget the prices were slightly high for us but the whole experience was worth-it. No complains on food quality

Best time to be there is at sunset.

  • Visited December 2012
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Islamabad, Pakistan
Level 1 Contributor
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Food is terrible”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Food is terrible & expensive & the staff is rude. The place is too commercialised..... It is too crowed & the view is okay...

Visited December 2012
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