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Fearless Critic restaurant review
Pakistani, Indian
Casual restaurant

Sun–Thu 10:00am–11:00pm
Fri–Sat 11:00am–midnight

Features Kid-friendly, outdoor dining
Bar Beer, wine, liquor
Credit cards Visa, MC
Reservations Accepted

1205 W. Trinity Mills Rd.
Carrollton, TX
(972) 245-9525
Al Markaz
Pakistani-owned restaurant that serves Indian and Pakistani food

Mains under the $10 mark and food that tastes like it came out of your Pakistani aunt’s kitchen (assuming your aunt is a very good cook), along with a location across the street from H Mart, make this spot a no-brainer for lunch or dinner.

But if you are in the mood for brains, you will be in luck, as the brain nihari is quite good here. (Nihari, a rich, spicy slow-cooked stew often with brains and bone marrow, is the national dish of Pakistan.) The less adventurous will do well with a brainless beef version. Another recommended dish is the achar goat (achar is the word used for pickled Indian things), an intensely spicy and vinegary dish with earthy goat meat. Folks who want more familiar fare will do very well with seekh kebab, biryani, and dahl, but try to push the envelope a bit, and you will be rewarded. Oh, and make sure to order the naan, as there are so many poor renditions of this bread out there and this version is always spot on, light and slightly crisp.

The space is spartan but very clean, and an attached grocery store makes for interesting browsing and a chance to recreate some of the dishes at home. The food is pretty authentic, and with Pakistani food that means a bit on the oily side and quite spicy. That is just the way this cuisine is. It’s worth the heat factor for food this well-prepared. Order some chai or a lassi to cool your mouth down

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