Al Watan Halal Restaurant
Hawthorne, CA 90250
LA Weekly's Description
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 chiles, 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 chile 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.
Tips from foursquare
The lunch special is the best and is a bargain.
chicken curry and garlic naan- delish!
Dessert - paan and kheer, main - haleem
If you like lamb, go on a Friday for their lamb special. Excellent lamb.
Best Indian food I've had in LA. The kurahi and tikka masala are incredible.
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