Lahore, Pakistan - Best Beef Nihari Ever at Muhammadi Nehari, Mozang Chungi
No visit to Lahore's culinary scene would be complete without a meal at Muhammadi Nehari, the one must-eat-at spot in the city for any gourmand, IMO.
Nihari is essentially a thick, spicy beef stew cooked gently overnight, resulting in melt-in-your-mouth beef in an intensely-flavoured, oily gravy. There are several nihari options on the menu at Muhammadi Nehari - we chose the "house special" nihari with "nali" (marrow) and brain. Accompanying the nihari are roughly julienned ginger, chopped fresh coriander leaves and slivers of small local lemon, to be squeezed over the stew. It was the best-tasting dish I'd had all year, anywhere.
We ordered two types of local breads: a slightly sweetish, milk-rich Taftan, and a spongey Sheermal Naan. The Taftan was extremely addictive. Muhammadi Nehari also served very good, frothy Lassi - don't miss this.
Bahawalpur Road, Mozang Chungi
Tel: +92 4237239509
The other must-visit Lahore food spot - Bashir Dar-ul-Mahi - is right across the road from Muhammadi Nehari. It's famous among Lahoris for its fried freshwater fish. Unfortunately, I visited during the "wrong" season - Lahoris are of the opinion that you only consume fish during the months which contain an "r", so during the hot months: May, June, July, August, fish is "out".
P.S. - Unless you're very adventurous, I wouldn't really recommend the local transport. But if you want to try out Lahore's Rapid Mass Transit System (LRMTS) train, take the Green Line to Kalma Chowk station. Muhammadi Nehari is 3 minutes' walk from the station.