Driving by last week we realized that the old restaurant Beijing Islamic on PCH had been replaced by Shah's Tandoori. It looked pretty full, and my curiosity was piqued (especially after having incredible tandoor a few months ago at shalimar in san fran).
Halal restaurants have a special place in my heart in that after much foreign travel I came to realize that in some parts of the world Halal means safe to eat. So I was shocked to find a big C on the restaurant, but that did not deter us.
I was joined by my culinary co-conspirator Kimbot. Here is our final verdict.
We ordered the menu's 'Non veg tasting menu for 2' which included chicken tikka masala (CTM), mint chicken tikka, dhal, rice, naan, soup, and salad.
I am pretty convinced their kitchen has less than a dozen items. Most of these were in the salad: iceberg lettuce, tomato, cuc, and lemon. It was fine, I mean it is iceberg lettuce. The soup was essentially plain broth. It was decent broth, but broth alone is not soup. The meats were fine; the chicken was dry, as I find many tandoori places have a hard time keeping their meats juicy. The sauce for the CTM was good, but not special. The dha was fine.
The staff was exceptionally friendly. I believe that the owner was the one who was taking our order and the older lady spying out of the kitchen may have been his mother.
Overall, not a bad neighborhood place, but our local Akbar is better, and Al-Noor on inglewood has a better CTM sauce.