Well, it might surprise you but there are people who have ideas which can make the news within a day. These three restaurants are surprising ideas which were actually executed in Pakistan. Entrepreneurs behind these initiatives probably had no clue what social reaction their business ideas might generate.

These three restaurants were opened in Pakistan and their policy was not only just surprising to local Pakistanis but the international media also considered it a social taboo. Pakistanis were not allowed in these three restaurants, that was the policy of these restaurants.

La Maison - Islamabad

French restaurant La Maison was opened in Islamabad in 2014 and its owner Philippe Lafforgue had a controversial policy for Pakistanis. He had banned all Pakistanis from dining there unless accompanied by a foreigner or had a dual passport. Locals brought this issue to Police and Police raided the restaurant. Restaurant's owner Lafforgue said that he had to ban Pakistanis because serving alcohol to Muslims is illegal while it's legal to serve 'non-Muslim' foreigners.

The Cordon Rouge - Islamabad

Cordon Rouge serves French and Italian cuisine in Islamabad. In 2009, the restaurant adapted a policy of making this restaurant only to foreigners and not to Pakistanis. They hung a 'foreigners only' sign, which was later removed after protests, however the restaurant is still mainly for foreigners.

At Home - Islamabad

At Home” is a Chinese Restaurant in Islamabad. Located at  F-8-1, Street 30, House 12-A, This restaurant is also found discouraging Pakistanis from entrance in the restaurant following their policy.


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  1. Appreciate this Policy 👍🏻

  2. I can see why the first one implemented it - Desis on average - no matter where - Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan jo bhi ho - can't drink for shit, and instead gorge on alcohol as much as they can. It's even worse when its Muslims who're now not only going over the top than the normal person, but sinning too.

  3. The photographs of the second and third restaurant are of Chinatown in F-8/4, Islamabad. That's open to Pakistanis though many Pakistanis after eating there wish it wasn't open to Pakistanis.

    Just kidding. Chinatown has the best Hotpot in town.

  4. the first 2 are in Diplomatic enclave where an ordinary person can not enter without having an invite from the people residing in that area. It is where all the embassies are so the security is super tight and on top all 3 restaurants serve alcohol and as per islamic law muslims cant consume it ( ahem). I have been to cordon rouge, my cousin lives there, it was easily accessible. No one stopped us and the restaurant was empty. And the one in F-8 is pretty shady, its run by the same french owner and he has a chinese wife, she's running that one. And i have been there too with a colleague back in 2010 and again no one stopped us or asked for our passports. The writer has definitely not researched and probably written what he has heard or assumed to be true.

  5. there are tons of restaurants around the world which are not open to pakistanis.....
    simply coz nobody like the Pakis


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