Al-Watan Halal Tandoori Restaurant

13611 Inglewood Ave.
Hawthorne, CA 90250
310-644-6395

Details

  • Daily, 11 a.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • $$
  • Lunch, Dinner
  • No Alcohol
  • Catering, Takeout
  • Street Parking
  • Reservations Recommended, Reservations Accepted
A bare, smoky dining room adjacent to a Muslim butcher shop, Al-Watan is the summit of basic Pakistani cooking in Los Angeles, spicy, meaty, and deeply inflected by the flavors of ginger, cardamom and chilies, with some of the most vividly smoky tandoor-cooked meats you will ever taste. First among the stews is haleem, beef braised with shredded wheat until it breaks down into a thick gravy with the flavor of well-browned roast-beef drippings, but as meaty as Al-Watan may be, even vegetarians can be happy here: navratan korma, a mixture of cauliflower, green beans and carrots stir-fried with chili and plenty of spices, is like a wonderful Muslim ratatouille, the flavors of each vegetable fresh and distinct while contributing to the cumulative effect of the cumin-scented whole.

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