Hot Flatbreads, Secret Biryani

For the best biryani, don’t order off the menu at Gulzaar Halal Restaurant, advises katya, who declares this place her favorite restaurant in South Bay. Instead, order the biryani-like (and even better) chicken tikka, large chunks of white-meat chicken over spicy rice, with raita on the side. The owner says order it spicy. Listen to the owner.

Housed in a space that formerly held a well-regarded Lebanese restaurant, Gulzaar specializes in a blend of Middle Eastern and Pakistani food, all halal. Like its predecessor, Gulzaar serves manakeesh, which is flatbread baked in a stone oven. There are four varieties, including one topped with the pungent herb-and-spice blend za’atar. Have it with a bowl of lentil soup, topped with a bit of cilantro and fried onion.

Gulzaar is a pretty basic place, with a few small tables and some long communal ones, plastic tablecloths, and plastic utensils. The owner waits tables and is friendly and informative.

Gulzaar Halal Restaurant & Bakery [South Bay]
1880 W. San Carlos Street, San Jose
408-292-2786

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