Eat like you mean it

verandaSummer, the season of swimming, mangoes, lemonade, movies and midnight snacks, has its pretty awesome advantages but a flipside too, such as the excruciating load shedding for a start.

What this season is famous for is the short tempered attitude adopted by everybody and the lack of hunger during the day. As great as not feeling hungry sounds, it’s equally as unhealthy because what you don’t eat during the day is compensated as a late night snack later on. We all know how those late night snacks end up, emphasis on the ‘F’ word (ie fat).

But you need not worry as we have this summer snack-mania sorted with the perfect combination of healthy and delightful food at Lahore’s popular Veranda Bistro, (Sorry other citizens, we all know you will never be as passionate for food as us Lahoris).

Veranda Bistro, which is known for its Mediterranean cuisine that is served lavishly at the restaurant, in the foodie hub of Lahore – Gulberg, is the place to be in the scorching summer day. Firstly, because the ambience is so fantastic, it instantly lifts you up as soon as you enter the gorgeous Bistro. With the air conditioners working full throttle and the lighting just right, this place makes you forget about the heat wave outside.

Now coming to the food, nothing beats the heat like Veranda’s Blue and Fruit Margarita, which is the epitome of freshness; it’s literally one thing anyone who’s ever been there can agree on, it’s just that good. Plus, who doesn’t love the good ol’ Pina Colada in this season, which is a classic here at Veranda, along with their freshly-squeezed seasonal juices.

For lunch, it’s best to get some of the finest Ala Carte in town, with a variety of unforgettable salads such as the Pear Blue Cheese Salad, the Rocket Parmesan Salad, Greek Style Feta Salad and the Vietnamese Chicken Salad. The main courses include Roast Baby Chicken, Thai Chicken Chilli Corn and Szechuan Chicken that are so delicious, you’ll find all your summer afternoons spent at Veranda. Their Fusion Grilled Chicken–Lemon Caper Cream Sauce deserves an honourable mention for being the most delicious dip of them all. The lunch can then end with so many possibilities from a mesmerising range of desserts, however the Tiramisu Italia and Crème Brulee are some of the best ones in town.

If you’re planning a summer dinner with friends or family, Veranda got that covered too, (PS they cater at parties and events as well). The dinner menu is as exclusive as the lunch one. Despite the heat, one would find him/herself devouring the sea food for instance, the Thai Fish Coconut Chilli served with sundried tomato sauce.

The dining experience also offers mouth-watering pasta for the Italian lovers and those watching their diet. Many other dishes are there for you to explore and none of them disappoint, which are apt and very much in sync with the season causing all respite from the crazy summers! Lastly, the fresh Kiwi Cake is the perfect summer dessert.

So this season, don’t just sit around and wait for the sun to go down and midnight snacks to come up. Go out and just eat like you mean it! By Hundal Hussain

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