Pak Centre Halal Restaurant
When you walk into Pak Centre you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the clean and welcoming environment. Soft recessed lighting, comfy booths and nasheeds fill the space wonderfully.
After being seated we’re left to go through the menu. At first, you see your usual South Asian suspects: kabab, biryani and butter chicken. But then you have some unique dishes like Murgh Mumtaz, Malai Tikka and Beef Pepper Fry.
Deciding is pretty easy. I want to try Murgh Mumtaz which is boneless chicken breast stuffed with creamy cheese, baked and served on top of creamy mango curry . We also ordered Beef Pepper Fry — boneless stir fried beef strips tossed with onions and bell peppers in a spicy semi-sauce (dryer than a curry) and Chana Chaat.
For the kids, it’s not so easy. There’s no kids menu so if your child(ren) can handle spice and is/are not picky eaters you’re ok. If you have my soon-to-be six-year-old son… This may be an issue! Taking the waiters recommendation, we order him two pieces of Tandoori Chicken with naan.
While we wait for our food to arrive I do my usual scope of the place. I realize my baby needs a diaper change so I head to the washroom. Usually the typical desi establishment will have you venture into a dark, damp and smelly basement for a third world style lavatory but the facilities at Pak Centre was nice – really nice!
After being back to our table for about ten minutes our food arrives. Chana Chaat is yummy! Maybe a little too much chana for my liking but the simple addition of extra crunch would help break it up.
Main dishes do not disappoint. The Spicy Beef Fry is exactly what I was expecting — tangy beef strips in a spicy curry with the dominating taste of sweet bell peppers. The Murgh Mumtaz was equally great. The only thing I would have wanted was more mirch/spice as I found it a tad too mild. The mango curry tasted more like a purée so perhaps simmering with some green chilli & lime first would give it the kick it needed. The cream which was laced on top would then tone it down and be a really nice contrast.
Overall I was really pleasantly surprised with Pak Centre. Even on a Wednesday evening, many tables were occupied and I liked how the place still maintained its tranquil ambiance.
Pak Centre is officially my halal Indian restaurant of choice
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