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).
At Tava Grill and Lounge, owner and chef Punita Patel infuses her seasonal menu with Indian flavors and fresh, local ingredients. The paneer fajita tacos, for instance, ooze authenticity along with housemade cilantro mint chutney that can double as smelling salts for a food-comatose date. The seafood biryani paella evokes both India and Spain with a blend of shrimp, mussels, squid, and crab in a creamy curry sauce.
A separate menu in the lounge marries the food of India and California, as the atmosphere fuses nightclub and fine-dining establishment. Beside a softly lit bar, benches and ottomans are scattered around low tables, which break up regular tables and booths without the staff having to dig trenches around each.
Using traditional ingredients, Mughal Halal Tandoori has created an extensive menu of authentic Indian entrees bursting with a variety of flavors. Send taste buds down a culinary river with a range of Indian breads, including garlic naan (stuffed with freshly diced garlic, $1.50) and aloo kulcha (paratha filled with mildly spiced mashed potatoes and peas, $2.50), before docking at curry port, which is occupied by the likes of murgh makhni (butter chicken curry, $7.95) and tala ghost (lamb curry, $8.95). In addition to specialty dishes cooked in the tandoori, Mughal Halal Tandoori serves up a variety of vegetarian options, such as the bhindi masala (mildly seasoned okra, onion, ginger, and garlic, $6.95) and the bagara baigan (Indian eggplant cooked Hydrabadi style, $6.95). Cleanse a spice-soaked palate with the mango lassi, a traditional Indian drink churned with yogurt and milk and flavored with mango ($2).
The culinary guides at Pickles Indian Cuisine wield a menu that catalogs a wealth of traditional tandoori dishes and vegetarian-friendly fare. Hone flavor-sensing devices on appetizers such as avocado papadi chat, which unites crest wafers and sweet potatoes with garbanzo beans plus tamarind and mint chutneys ($6.99). Meanwhile, the lamb vindaloo binds together a mélange of coconut, vinegar, and hot chili peppers with potatoes ($12.99) to obliterate hunger like a bulldozer clearing a forest of Styrofoam. Or pair a palak paneer—which incorporates creamed spinach with garlic, cumin, and paneer ($10.99)—with a mango, sweet, or salt lassi beverage ($4).
A flavorful restaurant, Aladin Sweets and Market serves spicy Indian fare. Plan to indulge a bit at Aladin Sweets and Market, though, because they don't offer any low-fat fare. Tots and tykes will be right at home at Aladin Sweets and Market with its kid-approved food and ambience. Need room for one more? Add another to your party — Aladin Sweets and Market is great for large groups. Wifi is on the house at Aladin Sweets and Market, so you can stay connected on your mobile device.
Relaxed attire is perfectly fine at Aladin Sweets and Market, known for its laid-back ambience. Getting your food to go is also an option. Throwing a big party? Count on Aladin Sweets and Market to provide top-notch catering with the same great dishes you love.
Street parking is available, or, on busy nights, a nearby lot is another option for drivers.
You'll find your bill at Aladin Sweets and Market to be more than reasonable, with most meals costing less than $15. You can pay with Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express or any major credit card. Aladin Sweets and Market offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner, so stop by whenever is most convenient for you.
Wash down curry with some cold lassi at Manas India Restaurant — this Indian eatery is a must-try. No need to miss out on Manas India Restaurant just because you are avoiding fat or gluten. The restaurant has loads of options that can accommodate your dietary needs. Take a peek at the drink menu here, and make sure to sample something off the list. Manas India Restaurant is more than willing to accommodate families, so kids are welcome to tag along. There's no need to winnow the guest list for a night out at Manas India Restaurant — the restaurant has tons of space for big parties.
Reserve a table ahead of time and avoid the lines. Casual dining at its best, Manas India Restaurant customers are free to enjoy themselves in jeans and a T-shirt. Feed the gang at your next get-together with catering from Manas India Restaurant as well.
Drivers can park on the street or a nearby lot near Manas India Restaurant.
Dining at Manas India Restaurant will set you back about $30 per person on average.