Apart from culture, Amritsar and Lahore share a great culinary tradition. If hunger fuels the fire of anger, food is the energy that propels peace. Food is the primary love of life for all Punjabis- more so for Lahorias, it must be confessed. Lahore is truly a non-vegetarian's delight-it's delicacies include tawa gurda kapoora (kidneys and testicles), dil (heart), maghaz (brain), and champ (ribs). Kebabs are a Lahori specialty including one with the odd name of khusrey de kebab.
Amritsar cuisine is more varied in spread, with a range appealing to vegetarian appetites. Amritsari kulchas and puris, amritsari fish, paranthas, tandoori chicken, bhuna ghost, lassi, kheer, ras malai, jalebi, firni are some of the delicacies which never fail to tickle the Amritsari palate.
SARHAD will recreate the magic of Amritsari-Lahore cuisine, to be savoured in the ambience of a bygone era.
Terrace Tea Cafe
Traditionally, literary and artistic activity in Lahore revolved around cafeterias and restaurants which were the haunts of intellectuals, writers and artists.
Originally established by two Sikh brothers, the India Coffee House was the favourite watering hole of Lahore's artistic, cultural and literary personalities. After partition in 1947, it was renamed the Pak Tea House.
Some of the well-known regulars of India Coffee House were Faiz Ahmed Faiz, Ahmed Faraz, Saadat Hasan Manto, Muneer Niazi, Mira Ji, Kamal Rizvi, Ustad Amanat Ali Khan and Intazar Hussain. Pak Tea House was located on Mall Road Lahore, near Anarkali and Neela Gumbad.
While Lahore was the undisputed cultural and political capital of Punjab, Amritsar enjoyed a pre eminent status as a commercial centre, particularly as a major tea trading hub of the north. Tea trade is still important in Amritsar today and provides employment to large number of people. Some old trading houses specialize in unique brands of herbal tea.
A Terrace Tea Cafe
is being established on the terrace of SARHAD where 40 to 50 varieties of tea and other beverages will be served.
To create the right ambience, the Terrace Tea Cafe
will also have a garden of potted herbal plants with brief descriptive notes. Information about various kinds of tea, herbal plants and the history and culture around them will be displayed on digital screens, posters, wall hangings etc.