Dining review: Taste of Pakistan in Euless

Taste of Pakistan 699 E. Harwood Road Euless 817-545-1210 Hours: 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday; closed Monday

Posted 7:17am on Monday, Apr. 22, 2013

I keep telling friends that you can find almost any kind of cuisine in North Texas. Taste of Pakistan in Euless is a perfect example, with cuisine from a country some 8,000 miles away.

The fare at the family-owned restaurant will seem very familiar to fans of Indian cuisine. Like Indian food, there’s nothing tame about the dishes at this little restaurant. Flavors are intense and in your face.

A good place to start is with the delicious and insanely inexpensive “snacks,” as they’re labeled on the menu. (They’re all two bucks or less.)

Aloo samosas (50 cents), crispy, triangle-shaped pastries, were filled with soft spiced potatoes. They’re also available with chicken or beef (75 cents) paired with chopped onions.

The bun kebab ($2, beef or chicken) looked like a flattened burger on a bun. It was actually a fried patty and, like the potatoes, was soft and spiced. Thick onion slices were served on top, along with a slightly sweet chutney.

Other snacks include paratha (flatbread, $1.50-$2.50); meat pies with potatoes, shredded beef or chicken ($1.50 each); and lal aloo ($2), potatoes cooked in paprika and other spices.

The vegetable biryani ($5.99), like an Indian fried rice made with basmati, was as intense as vegetable dishes get. It was full of varied flavors, like cardamom, peppers and bay leaves.

If you’re into curry, Taste of Pakistan could easily become your go-to destination. The curries, while oilier than their Indian counterparts, are where the real flavors lie here. Each is heavy on the spices, aromatic and more than filling.

The nihari ($5.99) curry, a beef-style soup with a consistency similar to a Mexican molé, includes fall-off-the-bone meat cooked in herbs and spices. Its beefy, salty flavor is familiar — great if you’re starting to explore curries.

The mutton (goat) karahi ($6.99), on the other hand, is a tomato-based curry that smacks you in the mouth — it’s not the best option for curry rookies. The goat is simmered in garlic, ginger and onion, and the broth, like a spicy tomato sauce, will have your nose running.

My favorite was the chicken korma ($5.99), a chicken curry with a nice balance between its chicken flavor and spiciness. The chicken wasn’t as tender as the beef or goat, but its flavor really stood out in the broth.

All three curries go well with naan bread, which is included with each order.

Like Indian food, Pakistani food is not for everyone. But if you’re curious, or into similar cuisines, head over to this place and try some curry.

It sure beats flying across the world.

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