Al Watan Halal Tandoori Restaurant

★★★★★
  • 13619 Inglewood Ave

    Hawthorne, CA 90250

    Map & Directions
  • 310-644-6395

About Al Watan Halal Tandoori Restaurant

Hours
Thu: 11am-9:30pm

Food

Food
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Delicious. Spicy.

I'm not into spicy food at all. I made it a point to ask for mild (as mild as possible) and the cook was more than accommodating. I have eaten there twice in the past two weeks.

Ate at the restaurant and placed a pick-up order. I wish they'd deliver.

Ok. So, on to the review.

As everyone has already stated, the decor or lack there of is the ambience of times long gone. So what. First of all, you are in Hawthorne. Second, did you want to experience some fresh out-the-box-disney reproduction of the Middle East? Between the mirrors and pakistani news (on perpetual loop) on the flat screen t.v. it feels like I am not in Hawthorne (home of the Beach Boys) or in the U.S. for that matter. I feel like I have stepped into space/time transport and I am sitting in family-run restaurant in Desi-landia.

There is a cool un-scene here. It is nice to see pakistani families eating along side mexican families along side the korean couple and everyone is getting along. Too bad we can't export this atmosphere.

That should cover the location.

The food. How do I explain how good this was? It just was better than I expected and more than I thought we would be served for the price. The price to portion ratio is very in favor of the customer.

I have ordered the regular naan and the garlic naan. Don't order two of each. Seriously, don't. One per person is enough. I'd suggest getting a regular and a garlic if there with two people.

The plain rice is incredible.

The Karahi Goat is as described. It is stir fried with onions and tomatoes. Pair that with the rice and you are done.

The Mixed Tandoori is large enough to share (two really hungry people or four people with a normal appetite). If you are on Atkin's and love Tandoori, well, welcome home.

Stop in or take it home. (I strongly suggest eating it there.) Parking is usually available around the corner on the residential streets. It may seem a little dodgy at first, but it looks worse than it is.

Enjoy!

4
★★★★☆

Delicious. Spicy.

I'm not into spicy food at all. I made it a point to ask for mild (as mild as possible) and the cook was more than accommodating. I have eaten there twice in the past two weeks.

Ate at the restaurant and placed a pick-up order. I wish they'd deliver.

Ok. So, on to the review.

As everyone has already stated, the decor or lack there of is the ambience of times long gone. So what. First of all, you are in Hawthorne. Second, did you want to experience some fresh out-the-box-disney reproduction of the Middle East? Between the mirrors and pakistani news (on perpetual loop) on the flat screen t.v. it feels like I am not in Hawthorne (home of the Beach Boys) or in the U.S. for that matter. I feel like I have stepped into space/time transport and I am sitting in family-run restaurant in Desi-landia.

There is a cool un-scene here. It is nice to see pakistani families eating along side mexican families along side the korean couple and everyone is getting along. Too bad we can't export this atmosphere.

That should cover the location.

The food. How do I explain how good this was? It just was better than I expected and more than I thought we would be served for the price. The price to portion ratio is very in favor of the customer.

I have ordered the regular naan and the garlic naan. Don't order two of each. Seriously, don't. One per person is enough. I'd suggest getting a regular and a garlic if there with two people.

The plain rice is incredible.

The Karahi Goat is as described. It is stir fried with onions and tomatoes. Pair that with the rice and you are done.

The Mixed Tandoori is large enough to share (two really hungry people or four people with a normal appetite). If you are on Atkin's and love Tandoori, well, welcome home.

Stop in or take it home. (I strongly suggest eating it there.) Parking is usually available around the corner on the residential streets. It may seem a little dodgy at first, but it looks worse than it is.

Enjoy!

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the mixed kabob plate here is ridiculously good here. Steaming hot ... muuuuah delicioso!

3
★★★★★

the mixed kabob plate here is ridiculously good here. Steaming hot ... muuuuah delicioso!

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This place ranks as one of the best Indian n pakistani joints Ive eaten at.The Beef Kababs are to die for and so is the chicken tikka masal, be ready to sweat as the foods spicy , but if you enjoy the burn ,youre gonna luv this place,decor

3
★★★★★

This place ranks as one of the best Indian n pakistani joints Ive eaten at.The Beef Kababs are to die for and so is the chicken tikka masal, be ready to sweat as the foods spicy , but if you enjoy the burn ,youre gonna luv this place,decor

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We live in Phoenix but whenever we're in So. Cal, we make it a point to dine here! Lunch or dinner, it is always delicious.
The staff is polite and service is fast.
If you are looking for good Indian/Pakistani food, give this place a try.

3
★★★★★

We live in Phoenix but whenever we're in So. Cal, we make it a point to dine here! Lunch or dinner, it is always delicious.
The staff is polite and service is fast.
If you are looking for good Indian/Pakistani food, give this place a try.

Pros: good food, great flavors, fast service

Cons: not the place for a date

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The food is good and for a very reasonable price. The naan and chicken are excellent, as are dishes such as the Beef Boti and the Nihari. For those who aren't Desi though, it can get spicy so be careful. The service is polite and decently prompt, but nothing special. Also, the restaurant is not very decorative, and is not in the nicest neighborhood. But, the place is overall no-frills but definetely good food. I recomend it.

2
★★★★☆

The food is good and for a very reasonable price. The naan and chicken are excellent, as are dishes such as the Beef Boti and the Nihari. For those who aren't Desi though, it can get spicy so be careful. The service is polite and decently prompt, but nothing special. Also, the restaurant is not very decorative, and is not in the nicest neighborhood. But, the place is overall no-frills but definetely good food. I recomend it.

Pros: Good food and affordable

Cons: Bland and a bit cramped inside.

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I am from Pakistan and this place is as close as it have ever gotten to the real Pakistani food. Amazing Nihari, Lamb Biryani, Chicken Kabobs and more. You will love it.

2
★★★★★

I am from Pakistan and this place is as close as it have ever gotten to the real Pakistani food. Amazing Nihari, Lamb Biryani, Chicken Kabobs and more. You will love it.

Pros: Inexpensive, Authentic Taste, Friendly Service

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If you like a good 'hole-in-the-wall' this is the spot for great Indian/Pakistani food. They are famous for their 'nihari' which is a beef stew thats cooked for hours. The meat is so tender and tasty that you will devour it in a heartbeat even though your mouth is on fire and you're sweating bullets. They run a very simple operation. Don't expect much as far as friendly service or ambience....just go for the food.

2
★★★★★

If you like a good 'hole-in-the-wall' this is the spot for great Indian/Pakistani food. They are famous for their 'nihari' which is a beef stew thats cooked for hours. The meat is so tender and tasty that you will devour it in a heartbeat even though your mouth is on fire and you're sweating bullets. They run a very simple operation. Don't expect much as far as friendly service or ambience....just go for the food.

Pros: Nihari, chicken tikka, kababs

Cons: facility, not much else

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If you are ever jonesing for a taste of Islamabad AlWatan Halal Restaurant is the place to go in LA. The ambience is pure 3rd world meaning the lack of ambience is the ambience. The blaring Pakistani TV channel next to the mirrored archway gets you in the mood as soon as you walk in. Everything I have had there is pretty great particularly the mixed Tandoori, the Haleem and the Nehari. You can't go wrong and it's dirt cheap. Of course you and your clothes will reek of curry and spices for the next day or two and you may need to invest in a jar of Beano but it's worth the trip.

4
★★★★☆

If you are ever jonesing for a taste of Islamabad AlWatan Halal Restaurant is the place to go in LA. The ambience is pure 3rd world meaning the lack of ambience is the ambience. The blaring Pakistani TV channel next to the mirrored archway gets you in the mood as soon as you walk in. Everything I have had there is pretty great particularly the mixed Tandoori, the Haleem and the Nehari. You can't go wrong and it's dirt cheap. Of course you and your clothes will reek of curry and spices for the next day or two and you may need to invest in a jar of Beano but it's worth the trip.

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