I heard about Haandi, a fast casual restaurant serving Pakistani and North Indian cuisine: it is apparently a favorite spot for taxi drivers and the line of taxis in front of this place when I arrived seemed to confirm this, although when I entered the joint, it was not that crowded and the customers who came later seem to be business people rather than cabbies.
I wanted to go there for one reason: I wanted to try some dishes fairly unusual...The first one is Magaz Masala, a specialty made with lamb brain cooked with onions, tomatoes and spices. The second was Gurda Kaleji Masala or lamb kidneys and liver cooked in a special sauce. I told you that these are unusual dishes! Unfortunately, they did not have any of them. So, I ended up with a meat platter that, for $8.99 is a good deal: for that price you get two meats, rice, a vegetable, a salad, a naan and raita. For the meat, I chose the chicken tikka masala and chicken jalfrezi. I passed on the vegetable and got yellow rice.
Presented buffet style at the counter, the meat and rice was put on a plate and then warmed up...in a microwave, causing the sauces to break. The naan bread was good, and reminded me more the bread you would find in Persian restaurants, missing some of the char I love so much.
With my meal, I got a mango lassi that was a bit disappointing: too liquid, not as tasty, I could taste the crystals of sugar added to the drink.
So, needless to say that I was a bit disappointed with Haandi. I think Curry Hill has so many good options, that I would pass. Or maybe I would go back just for the two dishes I told you I wanted to try. Solely for these...
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