My absence here is certainly not due to the search of the ‘Illustrious’ but I would label it as Creative Coma. Nil, Zilch, Sifar… whatever you might like to call it but words were constantly failing me – literally! Food, travel, family, projects all took up my precious time from this blog – yet am back now!
My adoration for Granola began in the far lands of the East when I stumbled upon a deep blue and purple packaging of Lizzys Chocolate Granola. Sweetened clusters of oats, nuts, seeds and of course chocolate left no room for dislike – instead laid the seeds of mutual understanding, love and admiration (yes sometimes food can also be your soul-mate)
Back here, in the land of K-Town, its’ avenues have witnessed an immense crop of small eateries and café’s, and that is where I began my search for some cool, refreshing and heartening combination of these insanely yummylicious clusters mixed with the white dairy goodness of yogurt.
My first stop was Pantry, housed in a narrow lane of ZamZama the affluent shopping street of K-Town. Silently but surely they have been serving breakfast, whizzing away coffee, grilling burgers and slapping together sandwiches. Their ‘Yogurt Parfait’ came in a tall glass, cushioned by brown clusters, topped with white creamy yogurt and finally brimmed with sliced bananas, honey and minute remnants of the granola. The glass edge was pointedly encircled with seasonal strawberries and apples. I immediately spooned in, cutting through a thin slice of banana to scoop out some white dairy, which to my surprise was liberally laced with crunchy toasted nuts and oats. The in-house granola boasted of walnuts and peanuts, which for me was a pleasant salty treat. A slightly thicker yogurt would certainly have done the trick.
Return Factor – Runny yogurt, crispy mix, and apple pointers not pleasing – 7/10
Pantry - Yogurt Parfait (Seasonal Fresh Fruits, Granola, Honey)– Priced at PKR 355
Driving on straight through town and ten minutes later I arrived at the new upmarket ‘Bukhari Commercial’ where ‘Chatterbox’ the new café by Pie in the Sky has taken its establishment. My order arrived on a small wooden board, the yogurt and strawberry compote in a mason jar and the granola in a small condiment jar. Aesthetically pleasing, I dug in the honey drizzled yogurt right till I hit a thin layer of banana slices followed by the strawberry compote. The combination was fantastic only that I forgot to sprinkle the actual granola which was air tightly sitting in a silver lidded condiment jar. Faintly brown in color the mixture bordered on the salty side, and somehow the sesame seeds tricked me onto a different palate altogether. The yogurt was carefully crafted and was creamy and thick – to my absolute liking!
Return Factor –Thickened yogurt, lovely strawberries, bananas can easily be omitted, salty granola – 8/10
Chatterbox – Homemade granola with honey sweetened yogurt & seasonal fruit – Priced at PRK 375
My last stop was at Xanders, which needs no introduction. It was a rather ‘tall’ order – for the goblet base had small crunches of toasted grains, yogurt, grains again and finally topped with some raspberry coulis bordered by crunchy apple cubes. The massive helping crumbled down when I spooned in to gather some deep crimson coulis. Whilst the heap was admirable the scanty layer of yogurt was discomforting. Raspberry was most comforting although I would have preferred clusters of granola rather than crunchy remnants. Nutty and crisp this one is definitely a shareable portion.
Return Factor – Too many apples, too less yogurt, divine coulis, nutty, good value for money – 8/10
Xanders – Homemade Granola with a Coulis of Raspberries, seasonal fruits and yogurt – PKR 340
This illustrious breakfast or even dessert option, a crunchy, vibrant, calm and cooling mix of fruit, nuts, baked oat crisp laced with yogurt, is certainly gaining popularity. And I would want to see more eateries coming up with their own version. Until then you and I both have the option to suffice from the above.