Coffeebeast mentioned receiving a recommendation to try Noorani in Garden Grove for Indian food from a couple at a nearby table in another restaurant. I looked Noorani up in Smartpages and found it is quite close to my office, so I wandered over to try it out for lunch today.
Its menu says, "Noorani Halal Tandoori Restuaruant -- Pakistani & Indian Cuisine". It's a small storefront in a strip mall on Brookhurst just south of Westminster Blvd. It's very clean and tidy, and the smell of the good food wafts over you invitingly as you enter. [Aside: I often find that my first impression of how a restaurant SMELLS turns out to be closely related to quality of the overall dining experience.]
The gentleman who was serving the diningroom was pleasant and helpful. He pointed out the more familiar items for me (referring to the tandoori dishes as "bar-b-q") but also explained some of the less familiar ones.
I ordered the Kofta Curry, "Meat Balls cooked in creamy sauce". It was a tasty dish whose heat built over the course of the meal. I was glad to have the basmati rice, garlic naan and a little dish of a cooling sauce to go with it. The sauce seemed yogurt based and spiced but cooling rather than adding to the heat. It added a nice tart note to the meatball dish.
I paid $17 for the food (I drank water) including tax and tip. Not cheap for lunch, but if I took several co-workers the per-person price would be less because we could share the rice and the naan, and possibly not order a dish for each person. But, frankly, I ate most of what I was served. I felt it was a good value.
For the adventurous among you, the menu includes goat, beef brains, beef feet, liver, kidneys and hearts, along with the usual chicken, lamb and some seafood. Since it's halal (hence, not hindu, I'm assuming) they do serve beef. My meatballs appeared to be made from spiced ground beef.
The menu is not enormous which I usually take as a good sign. I think if a kitchen is trying to do too much, they may not do anything well. But I still have lots to explore. I think Noorani will become a new lunchtime favorite.
(about a block sounth of Westminster Blvd.)
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