My Islamabad with Tariq Amin

Ace hairdresser gives a personal insight into his home city Islamabad.

Native or visitor?

Native. I was born here.

What is the quintessential Isloo experience?

Visa collection.

Islamabad at night

Who do you call when you want to let your hair down?

It’s been years since I let my hair down !

Ultimate desi food joint:

Zenose Melody, near Melody cinema. It’s not part of food street, but it is one of oldest Isloo institutions. They have the best Karahi in town.

Favourite restaurant:

I’m a real desi at heart and am not a fan of those café’s where the pseudo crowd goes to see and be seen. My favourite is Kabul Afghan Tikka in Jinnah Super Market. It has fabulous authentic food: really yummy tikkas, proper Afghani roti and fantastic pullao!

Kabul restaurant has yummy palao
Kabul restaurant has yummy pullao

Go-to salon/spa:

Tariq Amin’s at Beverly Center, of course!

Tariq Amin Salon Beverly Center
Tariq Amin’s swish salon at Beverly Center

Favourite shops:

One place I couldn’t do without is Illusion, which is where I get all my DVDs and Blu-Ray discs. I’m quite old school and have amassed quite a movie collection; no streaming or Netflix for me. I enjoy going to the movies but love my TV series too, and Illusion is my go-to because they only sell authentic Blu-Ray. I always wait for the full series of a show and then binge watch, as I have no patience.

Best dessert in town: Shahida’s Peach Pavlova. OMG!

Which building do you wish had more character?

The Parliament building

Parliament House needs more character
Parliament House needs more character

Best memory:

Diya, my daughter, who was born here in Islamabad.

Hidden gem:

Pakistan Handicrafts. They have the most amazing handloom fabric like Khaddar and many variants of cotton. I wear a lot of shalwar kameez and this is one place I head to season after season. They stock a fabulous selection of quality natural fabrics.

Essential luxury:

Pedicures and Gucci chappals.

Best piece of advice you’ve ever been given:

Give more advice than you take.

Tariq Amin - pic by Sam Chinoy
Tariq Amin – pic by Sam Chinoy

What are you up to these days?

I’m busy with opening the first Tariq Amin Academy.

This article by chief editor Salima Feerasta first appeared in the Sunday magazine of The Daily Times

Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta
Salima Feerasta is chief editor of and one of Pakistan's top fashion and lifestyle journalists.

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