4Kitchenette: Up and Coming Comfort
Located in Shaheen Block of Bahria Town, 4Kitchenette has been on my radar for a while. The fascinating dim lights, the slender bamboo sticks, and the hanging wooden chandelier beckoned the presence of something incredible. I had been putting off my desire to visit it in wait of a special occasion when a visit from my sister presented itself as the perfect excuse.
We arrived there just in time for dinner and climbed up a steep set of stairs to be greeted by a cozy ambiance. As we entered the aromatic restaurant a female floor manager directed us towards a corner table. The restaurant was operating in a sedate manner with servers winding across the dining hall carrying steaming dishes.
Bamboo featured predominantly in the design aesthetic of 4Kitchenette lending a tropical retreat vibe to it. A bamboo pendant light hung atop each table and created an aura of warmth which was added a romantic twist to casual dining. The kitchen and the dining area were separated by a glass wall and I could see the chefs busy prepping food.
When the restaurant initially opened up 4Kitchenette had a Chinese and Thai menu. However, this was soon expanded as per customers feedback. They now offer an extensive range of cuisines, with several continental and desi options on offer.
Once we’d read the entire menu we decided to order up. Our appetizer was a Russian salad while the mains were a hunger-fueled strange combination of Loaded Beef Burger, Chicken Chow Mein, and California Pasta.
The Russian salad was the first to arrive in a small bowl perfect for two. The creamy mixture was packed with all traditional ingredients; the apples, carrots, peas, and potatoes, with the unwelcome addition of cubes of red jelly. I’ll admit that the jelly threw me off, but once I started eating it I didn’t really mind the twist. With a mild zest of black pepper and a subtle savory flavor, I was glad we’d ordered the Russian salad.
Chicken Chow Mein
Our mains arrived soon thereafter and I went straight for the Chicken Chow Mein. The colorful fusion of colors and the enticing aroma gave away that this was going to be a great one. The chicken was juicy and well-seasoned while the vegetables had retained a nice crunch that added texture to the dish. The only thing that could’ve made this better would be a bigger serving size.
Loaded Beef Burger
The Loaded Beef Burger arrived on a wooden platter, accompanied by fries and coleslaw. I was looking forward to this but it turned out to be god awful. It was pungently seasoned with desi spices that made it taste like The patty was absolute mush and kept sliding out of the buns. I didn’t bother cleaning up.
The California Pasta redeemed our dinner after the tragic burger. It proved to be the ultimate comfort food; fettuccine pasta, slathered with a buttery sauce and hidden under a dense layer of ooey-gooey cheese. It hit all the right notes for me.
With exceptionally well-demeanored staff, highly affordable prices, and a nice ambiance, 4Kitchnette has the potential of being a go-to for food fanatics in Bahria Town. They need to fix up their burger situation though.