Order Up: Usmania Pakistani Restaurant
|The Pakistani dish haleem is a thick, meat porridge.|
A similar dish, haleem, sports the same beefy flavor but a texture that's something like porridge. And then there's the brain masala, a curry cooked in a type of wok called a karahi that's made with fresh goat brain. I haven't tried it yet (I'll talk about why in an upcoming column), but I plan to.
Granted, brain might be a little much for some American diners, but there's also a wealth of Indian-style dishes that make Usmania a great destination for fans of the cuisine. Their naan is exceptional, and everything from korma to butter chicken (pictured below) is available for less than $7. The review drops tomorrow; here's an excerpt until then.
Usmania is the lone South Florida location of the popular Pakistani franchise with outposts in Karachi, Pakistan and Chicago. It's run by Aftab Katia and his wife Fouzia, two natives of Karachi with a background in catering. The place is a real family affair: their children work in the restaurant, and on weekends it fills with members of a tight knit community of immigrants.
For those that haven't dabbled in Pakistani food, the cuisine shares a lot in common with that of Northern India; the major difference being the country's adherence to Muslim - not Hindu - tradition. Beef and halal meat are staples, and flatbreads like naan, chapati, and paratha are favored over rice.
|Kebab rolls are made with flatbread and filled with tandoori chicken, onions, cilantro, and spicy chutney.|
|Indian dishes such as butter chicken are well-cooked and full on flavor.|