|★★★★ In comparison to Bilal restaurant, this joint has a clean dining area from a desi standard and food was good as well. Seems like they own the whole block including the grocery store next door. Will return.|
|★★★★ Had the pleasure of sampling their delicacies after 5 years or so. Still good quality food. Naan is really delicious, biryani however was so so. Service was prompt and staff courteous.|
P.S: Revisited again on Nov. 2013. Still good quality, delicious food. Do try their Kabob Karahi, it's really delicious.
|★★★★★ Food : very good|
Service : very good
Clean : very clean
Place and decoration : not very good decoration but overall good place .
Restroom : they have two restrooms with HOSE !!
I really feel comfortable with that because I didn't see any restaurant with a hose in the restroom !!
|★★★★★ My husband and I really enjoy the food at al watan. Love the Mango Lassi as well. Lamb curry is our favorite. We will be back...|
|★★★★★ We were in CA in the first week of April. We went to Al watan twice and both times we had their chicken malai. It was simply awesome. Their nan and kulchas are very delicious. Service was good too.|
|★★★★★ Very delucious food, i loved lamb biryani. That was awesome. The service was good although it was crowded at that time. And very clean masjid was a plus as well!|
|★ Second time I have been to this place and no way can you call this authentic. I am from the uk and lived in a predominantly Muslim. Community where when you open a menu and it says mixed grill, You get a fresh cooked mixed grill.|
The mixed grill was awful, 2 of the meats I could not tell where that was from? If I carry on finding places like these I will end up a vegetarian.
|★★★ OK Food. OK service. Not Bad........ But for sure better than rude service @ Bilal....|
|★★★ Tried their chicken biryani, they simply mix chicken curry with plain colored rice & name it biryani. Didn't get authentic biryani at this place but their beef seekh kabab was good & they also serve good chai.|
|★ Again, another halal establishment which provides average expected service and food (smelly, dirty, with a topping of rude service). The food is poor quality, with an added cup of oil. @ The Pakistani Muslim Community....What are you thinking? Why do you uphold these establishments? Why do you continue to intake such unhealthy risks?|
|★★★★ Good food, nice place, but the service is a little lacking. Had to ask the server to bring things one at a time (utensils, napkins etc...).|
|★★★★★ A very good restaurant for Indian/Pakistani cuisine. Their goat biryani especially is amazing! The food is a little on the spicier side so if you can't handle that, be sure to let them know!|
|★★★★ Biryani was ok ok . The chicken tikka masala was fantastic. I personally liked it although my sister didnt. This place will be good for you if you crave gd Pakistani food.|
|★★★★ After many bad experiences with Indian/Pakistani restaurants, this was a pleasant surprise. The customer service is great, the food is nice, and it's a good clean place. It's very good really, much better than the others around. A thumbs up from me and my family!|
|★★★★ We like their Charga. Friday Pillow is also really good. Nihari and goat karachi gosht is hit or miss, depends who cooked it that day. Other BBQ dishes are average, not bad, not too good. They have small seating area. Overall its close to authentic pakistani cusine.|
|★★★★ Got the lunch special which I thought was very good. A mixture of everything-something similar to a Thali. Food was served quickly|
|★ we visited LA from Sacramento and drove almost one and half hours drive but etremly disappointed.|
poorly arranged and below average .
very poor customer service and owner is very argumentative and rude act like gangster. he shoulnt be in this business.
we ordered chicken biryani mutton karahi and chicken chargha.the chicken biryani was just plain cold rice with the chicken korma on the side and mutton karahi has bad taste.
we got there around 9pm but they refused couple of customers while we were dining in even customers mentioned their add in pakistani newspaper the hours of their business are till 10pm but was flat big NO. we were shocked .
as soon as they served our food exactly within five minutes they brought our bill and told us finsh eating quickly so we can close .that was so unpleasent.
we mentioned to the owner his response was thats what we always cook .
its not worth to visit this place.
|★★★★★ amazing food i been eating hear for years! nver gets old always good food love it.|
seekh kabob :)
|★★★★★ Aromatic and flavorful lamb palao!! But the chicken Biryani is not recommended.. I stopped at this place to pickup the food after Jumma prayers at Islamic center of Hawthorne. The lamb palao and chicken biryani were ready within 5 minutes. It was delight to to eat the palao after the prayers.|
|★★★★ I've known this place for almost 20 years. A good place to eat. Staff know all of my family since we have been going for a long time. They always give us good service. Food is always good but the tandoori is a little dry. I think they prepare the tandoori meats before and then reheat them. That said there is something about Pakistani restaurants and there bathrooms. Most of the time they seem to be flooded and/or dirty and here is no different most of the time. |
|★★★★★ good food , chicken tikka masala was good and also the palao i love it , def my fav place to get my meal once in awhile, only disappointment is the parking, you cannot find parking on Friday :(|
|★★★★ Good food and good service, a little too spicy but that how paki and indian food is. Palao was delicious :), needs to be alittle more clean. specially restroom.|
|★★★★ Good restaurant, and good food, chicken tikka masala is good and Friday Palao. the only disappointment is , its too tinny, the length is there but width wise small. not that comfortable.|
|★★★★ the bread is very good, but if you can't stomach spicy food, LOOKOUT!|
|★★★★★ food is amazing|
|★★★ getting better|
|★★★★ Still the best indian restaurant in Southbay. Food are very authentic and excellent. price is reasonable for the portion. A must visit if you happen to be in Hawthorne, California! Location is abit packed and busy but you'll not regret the food. Go Alwatan!|
|★★★★ This place is good and reasonable priced. I would recommend people to come down here and eat here. My friends enjoy eating here and there are a lot people that do come during dinner time so come early. The only downside about this place is the place its self. This is a 2star** setting. Besides that the food is great.|
|★★ I had heard many mixed reviews about this restaurant so I wanted to try it for myself. I am a traveler and eat in restaurants about 4 days a week. This had to be one of the poor restaurants I have been to. |
We ordered 4 dishes; Chicken Tikka, Chicken Tikka Masala, Rice, Nehari, Maghaz, Naan.
No one, in my friends and family liked the food. Next day some of us were sick.
Prices are average, seating is average. But food was poor quality, in my opinion.
|★ Not impressed with this place at........We called this place at 9:15 pm to pre-order our food as we were on our way.....The guy on the phone said you can pre-order but can not eat here because we close at 9:45. I indicated to him that we on our way and would be there at 9:30. He said we still could not dine it because they wanted to leave at 9:45 pm ...... My friend and I were really shocked with the rudeness and horrible customer service.|
|★★ Food here was Decent but the servers and manager were rude. When asked to put a table together for our family(10 ppl) to sit together, were flatly refused. We went here bout half an hour before closing time and were looked at like as if we had commited a crime. Very congested place. Will never be going back.|
|★★★★★ Excellent food. I love it. Their tandoori platter is really good. The Nihari is also very good but the quantity is a little low as compared to other places. The Biryani is ok (not too good). Ras malai and Gajar ka halwa (Sweet dishes ) are really good. This place is a little conjusted but the owners are extending it. Its always good to call them 10 minutes before reaching there in order to save time and space. In Ramadan its really a good place for Iftar. The staff is very friendly and the average price of food especially the lunch menus are very affordable and normal as compared other places. The only thing I miss over here is a buffet but based on the number of customers and good food with very good price I believe they don't really need it.|
|★★★★★ There was a recent wedding in Fresno, and the food was ordered especially from this restaurant in LA. It was the first time we heard about it, and can I say, mashallah, the food was excellent! Everything was very perfect and the naan was just rite, reminding me of the naans from Pakistan...again, just wanna say the food was fantastic! The chicken, kabab, everything! Plan on taking a trip whenever we travel down LA.|
|★★★ Food was good but the service was slow as heck.|
|★★★ Patronised the restaurant on 6th April, 2007. We ordered 1 lamb briyani, 1 meat briyani and 2 shish kebab. Unfortunetely, only 3 meals were served to us minus 1 set of shish kebab. It also took quite sometimes for the food to be served. We were quite disppointed with the service and the place really need a new face lift. I am not sure whether the food was good or we were extremely hungry but personally I think it was fairly good.|
|★★★★★ Great food, very spicy and delicious.|
|★★★★★ naan is the best ever, all their food is actually..small place, but awesome food!|
|★★★★★ Their chicken tikka masala is soo good. the place needs a face lift, but the atmosphere in the restraunt is awsome.. I give them 2 thumbs up|
|★★★★ We've eaten here twice, and both times had decent experience w/ food and overall ambiance (for a desi rest.). We also found the staff very well-mannered. Keep up the good work guys!!!|
|★★★ The food was very unhygenic except for the dal fry but all other foods were not the true representation of the Pakistani taste. They should improve the quality of taste.|
|★★★★ we all liked the food. It was preety busy and homely. The tandoori chicken was good. we will go again if visiting that area.|
|★★★★ The rule of thumb when ordering at this restaurant is to order from the "Chef's Specialty" category in the menu. The other stuff on the menu is just okay...nothing exceptional. |
|NR Bought take out dinner on 5/25/06 and found dead spider in Chicken Tikka Masala.|
|★★★★★ After Losing Al-noor to some new managment ( indian) I decide to take my Colleagues to this place. I used to go to this place 4-5 years ago and decided to check it out again after hearing some good reviews from friends. Food was awesome , Tandoori mix and Nehari were great and man those nans were the best. My friends gave it a 2 thumbs up and looks like this will be our new "once a month" eat out paki food place from now on. Service was quick enough for a lunch of 7 people.|
|★★★★★ My family always caters from here and we live 30+ miles away. Their naan Kabobs are so delicious! Tandoori is good too. As for the restaurant, it could use a facelift.|
|★★★★★ We had our daughter's wedding catered from al-wattan, the food was excellent esp. the chicken Chargas were a hit. their service was superb. they arrive on time. everything was excellent. i will definately have another party catered by them again. Their nihari and their tal-naan are excellent too.|
|★★★★★ The neehari is exellent and the tandoori as well|
|★★★★★ The food is excellent. Wish the establishment was bigger.Had them cater for my daughter's wedding,and the guests gave excellent review. Nihari is the BEST!We drive 40 miles for their food.|
|★★★★ Service is slow but it worth waiting to get quality NEHARI. I cross-by atleast 10 halal resturant to reach there. Hope they will improve their service.|
|★★★★ Their food is priced reasonably and taste is good. The sitting arrangement is better than a lot of Indian/Pakistani halal restaurants. The food is prepared in relatively cleaner environment and serving is nice too.|
|★★★★ Their nihari is pretty good.|
|★★★★ I think their food is still very good. Service has gotten better. However, I am not sure what happened to their Naans. Why are they so dark or brown. They should go back to the old way of making naans otherwise I will have to bring my own Naans to their resturant :)|
|★★★★ We had food catered, and it was pretty good.|
|★★ The food was okay, but service was below average. We had to wait for some time before we received our food. Also, the atmosphere felt as if we had to eat and leave as fast as we could. The waiter had the nerve to wear his jacket and get ready to leave while we were eating. He even flicked off and on the lights and ran outside, just to get the message through. I'm not sure about lunch, but dinner is the worst time to go to this restaurant. Poor service.|
|★★★★ 90% of the time the food is great. 50% of the time service is great. I think thats the best ratio you will get in any Pakistani or Indian Resturant which is Halal. Only Indo/Pak Halal Resturants to compete with it are Shalimar in San Francisco and Chutny in Virginia. Or at least thats what I think.|
|★★★★ I have had lunch here numerous times, their lunch special is very good and also the various dishes that i ordered including magaz masala and tandoori platter was good.|
|★★★ The restaurant needs improvement. The food is good, takes a while to get it, enjoyed eating there.|
|★★★★ The restaurant has improved a lot. Lately i have been there and teh quality of food and service is pretty good. Specially i have got food catered from them and it is always upto the expectations.|
|★ I went here to eat a couple days ago. The service was ok, the food was ok, we dont know why people brag about it so much, when we ordered Chicken Karahi, we couldnt tell wether it was a Karahi or a Curry, or wether is was a Curry Karahi. I went with a friend, and it was very embarrassing, we had to reorder the food because it was so poor, and had to get it packed to go. I would not recommend going to this restaurant again. To those who do go, EATER BEWARE.|
|★★★★★ Excellent food. You feel at home, and Mumtaz Bahi, the chief Chef, takes good care of his guests. |
|★★★★★ "Al-Watan is Indo-Pakistani restaurant. It's delicious specialties include kebobs, Tandoori chicken, lamb and beef korma, chicken saag, naan, paratha, Haleem and gager ka halwa."|
|★★★★★ "Food tastes fairly good; however, this restaurant has had problems with cleanliness and food poisoning as recently as July 1999; was shut down for a time by the city but reopened after meeting the city's requirements."|