It is no secret, I love food, and being brought up on desi Chinese as a kid, evolving into a sushi lover, and then travelling to Thailand ALOT has made me quite Pan Asian in my food preference. So when we got a chance to try out TAO I was very excited.

A very popular place to eat in Karachi, Tao recently opened its doors in Lahore. I had heard mixed reviews, but I am not one to believe everything I hear, and in this case I am glad. I loved the place from the moment I stepped in. It was not very formal and  not painfully casual. It is a place where you can comfortably sit as you wait for food, but you don’t feel you are in a five star lobby. It looks like a comfortable restaurant.

The menu is quite elaborate with soups, starters, good assortment of sushi and mains. One thing I loved was the prices and variety of seafood keeping in mind they don’t serve just any fish but Red Snapper in their seafood.

Here is a Guide to TAO

Go to TAO if you:

Love comfortable, cosy and not OTT spaces

Love Wasabi, the Wasabi Prawns have a real kick

Are a Seafood lover. Impressive menu executed to perfection

Like your soup without too much cornflour!

Craving Dynamite Shrimp from PF Chang. It is almost as good!

Haven never found the right papaya salad in Pakistan. There’s is the best I have had.

Like value for money.

Do Not go to TAO if you:

like a loud place with only social butterflies

want the desi Chinese taste

Don’t wanna try newer dishes

Actually there are not many reasons Not to go to Tao. We highly recommend it.

Here is what we ordered:

Soups: Tom Yum Goong, Hot and Sour

Starters: Som Tam (Papaya Salad), Dynamite Shrimp, Wasabi Prawns

Sushi: Tuna Nigri, Salmon Nigri (very fresh)

Mains: Crispy Beef, Pit Pat Kai, Steamed Fish with Lemon and Chilli (good portions)

Didn’t try the desserts but wish they had the Fried Coconut Bananas with coconut ice cream.


Written by Amna Niazi
Managing Editor, SiddySays.