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“Good food..good service”
Review of Sakina Halal Grill

Sakina Halal Grill
Ranked #618 of 3,213 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Indian, Pakistani
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Neighborhood: Downtown / Chinatown
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5 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good food..good service”
Reviewed May 27, 2013

Good value for money. Tried the chicken biryani and it was aromatic and moist. The paapdi in the chaat could have been better..but as long as you stick to the basic stuff, they do a reasonably good job.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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English first
San Diego, California
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178 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Cheap, quick Indian food”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

I went to Mayur for a quick dinner on one of those business trips where the focus is on convenience. Mayur happened to be a block away from my hotel so I walked in for an early dinner. The restaurant is on K Street so on a main, well frequented thoroughfare but one without a lot of restaurants in the vicinity.

The hotel was dimly lit, sparingly furnished and had a well-worn air about it. It reminded me of the falling-apart-at-the-seams quality of many restaurants I remembered from when I was growing up in India. The waitstaff are friendly but in a functional sort of way. You will get what you need but don't expect smiles and chit-chat.

On offer for dinenr was either a tired looking buffet or a la carte. I chose the buffet mainly for speed and convenience -- and with the full expectation that off the menu would be no better. The buffet had a couple of meat entrees (chiken korma, and something else), chana masala, daal, saag, shahi paneer, a curried mush of potatoes and green peppers, and plain white rice. Naan was provided at the table. A variety of pickles and chutneys completed the offerings.

Being a vegetarian, I tried out everything except the two meat entrees. All of the food tasted pretty similarly spiced with no highs or lows to distinguish one from the other. The only way a blind person could have told the dishes apart was by its texture (paneer is smoother than lentils in daal) not by its aroma or taste.

For dessert, the buffet offered gajar (carrot) halwa. Good gajar halwa is marked by the caramelized, nutty flavor that comes from cooking the carrots on slow heat until almost all the water has evaporated and the sugar is turning brown. Mayur's halwa still had the orange-pink color of fresh carrots barely beginning to caramelize -- kind of like the cook gave up just when it was turning right!

  • Visited November 2012
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“Authentic and cheap”
Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

Dropped in for lunch. Buffet was authentic Indian and pakistani food. Hot fresh naan brought to the table. All you can get. Very well prepared. $9 for lunch. Can't beat that!

Thank 72wolfpack
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Endless Indian Food for Cheap”
Reviewed August 2, 2012

The all you can eat is good here. Freshly made naan served to you after you go through the line for food. This is a good place to bring students and backpacker types.

Visited September 2011
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Don't pass up the garlic naan!!”
Reviewed July 15, 2012

Living in NYC, Indian is one of our go-to options, so I was really glad to find out that this place was located right across from my hotel (Sheraton Four Points Downtown). Unfortunately, my 24-hr stay in DC did not afford me the chance to partake of the buffet, which was huge and looked AMAZING, but I did stop and take out some breads for my bus trip back home. Got the garlic naan, papadum and aloo paratha. The garlic naan was fluffy, chockful of garlic and everything garlic naan should be. The papadum had just the right amount of pepper and crunch. The aloo paratha packed some nice heat, as well. I can't wait to go back and try more!

Visited July 2012
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