The food is of good value but not marvellously presented. In fact, everything is remarkably inexpensive, except for one or two prawn items. The menu provides a variety of things, though sadly not that many Bangladeshi items. The owners are Bangladeshi, but the popular local call is for Pakistani food.
Move past the hot dog and hamburger sections of the menu and you’ll find dal dishes like the Cholly Masala, a deliciously gingery white chickpea stew. The biryanis are exciting choices; the mutton, fish and vegetable ones are all outstanding. Recommended by the staff is the chicken tikka masala and the mutton Karahi, with a butter roti. Al-Makka’s rotis are delicate and exquisitely tasty.
There’s also an English section and a vast Chinese section, if those are more to your tastes.
For dessert, try the spicily fragrant Kheer, a rice pudding combined with nuts, fruit, tapioca and wheat.
There are the usual teas, coldrinks and milkshakes, as well as good lassis, especially the salt one.
The waiters are jovial and very helpful.
You’ll see take-away counter when you enter, with display stands of savouries on the left. Beyond it is the unassuming restaurant. At first you may think the place seems a little unloved, but the wood is still shined and the tablecloths clean. It’s generally very busy, especially because of the take-away business, but the tables also fill with local people. Forgive the odd chipped plate.
It’s family-friendly, especially over weekends.
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