Hummus House's chefs elevate their signature side to headliner status with a variety of flavors that complement a menu of meaty or vegetarian entrees. Hummus flavors such as jalapeño cilantro, fiery chili, and kalamata olive coat pita bread, and the selection of flavors rotates regularly. Broasted chicken, the eatery's twist on fried chicken, takes about 30 minutes to materialize, during which poultry steeps in a pressurized broaster to seal in juices. While diners munch, their eyes can feast on regal accents in Hummus House’s colorful dining rooms, one of which flaunts scarlet and gold cloth spiraling out from a chandelier like rays from the sun.
Named one of the top 10 South Bay ethnic restaurants by the Daily Breeze, Al Watan has served up authentic Indian and Pakistani fare for more than 25 years. Much of the menu is cooked in a traditional clay oven, bringing intense heat to meaty specialties such as the tandoori chicken, expertly spiced to the rich orange hue of a dying sun ($6.99). Lamb, goat, and beef are also offered, cooked in a variety of regional spices and sauces. The naan, also cooked in the clay oven, includes plain ($1), garlic ($1.99), and butter ($2.25) varieties to mop up the savory leavings of the entrees. An extensive vegetable selection ensures that noncarnivores will find something to put in their bellies. Tongues stung by spice can seek succor in the cool sanctuary of the lassis or mango shakes ($2 each).
Spicy jerk chicken, slow-cooked fish, beef stews, and zesty curried goat. The flavors of Jamaica come alive in the Ocho Rios Grill kitchen, where spice and sweet mingle and each bite calls back to its Caribbean roots. Any time of day, golden-brown patties stuffed with spinach or beef are a popular treat and breakfasts of ackee and salted cod start the morning with their generous helpings. When feeding a big group, catering packages bring a piece of island paradise to parties and events without the need to dump sand all over the dance floor first.
Meticulously prepared dishes brimming with fresh ingredients greet palates at India’s Tandoori Halal Indian Restaurant, a celebrated Hawthorne eatery with a full menu of Indian cuisine. Taking its name from the clay oven often used in Indian cooking, the restaurant serves up signature morsels such as tandoori game hen and channa masala, a Punjabi-style chickpea dish laden with spices. Clay-oven-baked breads known as rotis accompany savory main courses, and desserts in the form of rice pudding add a sweet-ending note to a symphony of flavors, much as most conductors conclude orchestral pieces by distributing brownies to the audience.