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“Weekday breakfast”

The Monal Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 191 Restaurants in Islamabad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $1,000
Cuisines: Barbecue, Asian, Pakistani
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Good for: Kids, Large groups, Families with children, Scenic view, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
Islamabad, Pakistan
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Weekday breakfast”
Reviewed November 21, 2013

The view and setting is fabulous on a sunny winter morning. We visited on Wednesday (November 20th) and the place was deserted. They had a fixed Pakistani breakfast menu of paratha, omelette, puri, alu sabzi, channa etc. but the taste was not appetising and though the 3 of us shared 2 orders we were unable to enjoy any of it and unfortunately had to waste quite a lot. So I don't recommend it for a weekday brunch outing. I have visited many times before and enjoyed their lunch and dinner menu so was disappointed with the breakfast!!

  • Visited November 2013
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  • Arabic first
  • Chinese (Traditional) first
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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The Hague, The Netherlands
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102 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Good food, great view”
Reviewed November 7, 2013

We were taken here by our Pakistani hosts. As soon as you arrive you forget about the drive with its narrow hairpins: the view is absolutely stunning and the food is delicious. We had a buffet with lots of great Pakistani dishes. The terrace has heaters so it was still comfortable to eat outside in October.

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank Walter_Oostelbos
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Rawalpindi
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Treat to dine there”
Reviewed November 3, 2013

The views here are great. Its a treat to sit there and have your meal. Its a restaurant on a hill that gives full view of Islamabad scattered on the ground.

The food tastes good too. The indoor as well as outdoor seating is great.

I would recommend the indoor seating. Its looks great to view the city from behind the glass.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank muasif
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Toronto, Canada
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Best of the best!”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

1. Menu options are great.
2. Everything has its distinct taste.
3. Don't miss chicken cheese boti.
4. Very clean, out of this world of Islamabad - the beautiful.
5. If you have only 2 hours to spend in Islamabad - this is the place to be!

  • Visited October 2013
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1 Thank BBadar
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Rochdale, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Has to be up there as one of the best...”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Fantastic outdoor/indoor setting. You can only really appreciate the Monal when sat outdoors though.

We enjoyed a family meal from the top of this mountain and thought it was magnificent.

ATMOSPHERE:

Amazing atmospheric views of the whole of Islamabad with a jaw dropping view of the nearby mountain/hills and the famous Faisal Mosque.

Live music will be playing which is mainly traditional and is always exceptional at setting a romantic tone...

SERVICE:

Waiters are very helpful and are always checking up on you to make sure you are happy with everything.

The shisha staff are also great and will always ask if you need more coal etc.

FOOD:

The Monal is actually named after the village, behind the valley, which can actually be seen from the back of the restaurant (ask someone). This is where the live stock & herbs are grown/grazed and actually used in the exhausted menu at the Monal.

Food is absolutely superb here and must be one of the best restaurants in Pakistan. Everything is served fresh and every herb can be tasted.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Do yourselves a favour if you ever travel to Islamabad, don't leave until you visit this place, you will regret it...

  • Visited December 2012
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