Culver City's Zam Zam Market Expands Hours + Menu
Nick WilsonTandoori Chicken at Zam Zam
Have you ever been to Zam Zam Market, a Pakistani restaurant down the street from King Fahad Mosque in Culver City? If not, there was probably good reason: The take-out shop was only open from Thursday to Sunday at irregular hours, and often only cooked a limited supply of dishes that ran out quickly. But since many considered the aromatic biryani, chicken tandoori, and seekh kabobs worthy of any inconvenience (ourselves included), diehards fans would often stake out their lamb korma like it was an iPhone 5.
It seems those days are over, as Zam Zam Market recently expanded its hours to seven days a week, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and added a revamped menu board that should make it easier for non-regular to navigate the selections. The food has long been extremely popular with the local Muslim community, and on most Friday afternoons the shop bustles with pick-up orders.
The biggest addition to the new menu is probably the $9 mix plate, which allows you to sample a huge mixed box of curries, grilled meats, rice, and naan, kind of like the Halal version of the KFC family meal -- or a massve lunch for one. After sampling one of the plates ourselves, we can proudly the say the food is just as powerfully fragrant and spicy as it was before, no traces of gentrification to be found (picking out cardamom seeds, peppercorns, and bones is half the fun of the lamb biryani). There are a few tables inside, but the space is mainly used for take-out. So remember: Have tandoori, will travel.
Zam Zam Market: 11028 Washington Blvd., Culver City; (310) 841-2504.
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