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Bilal, mediocre Indian food near LAX

potala23 Feb 12, 2007 01:52 PM

Went to Bilal, on Manchester in Inglewood, near LAX, largely on the strength of positive comments made here. We found the food to be very limp, insipid and certainly nowhere even remotely up to the standards of the better places in Artesia or Al-Watan in Hawthrorne.

This is very much a "don't bother" place to go. Far more interesting-looking, in the same strip mall, is a Jamaican take-out place.

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    f_diva Feb 12, 2007 02:00 PM

    what did you have?

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      potala23 Feb 12, 2007 02:33 PM

      Variety of different vegetable dishes, basmati rice, three different breads and tandoori.

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        anthead Feb 12, 2007 02:38 PM

        Bilal is a Pakistani restaurant, so obviously it is meat that is their strong point, not vegetables. I vaguely remember eating a meal catered by Bilal a few years ago, and it was fairly decent. Next time, try the kebabs, haleem, nihari or biryanis.

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          sel Feb 12, 2007 03:55 PM

          I had a aloo samosas and a lunch special a few months ago at Bilal that was a lamb shank with the usual side dishes, it was quite tasty!

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            westsidegal Feb 12, 2007 07:09 PM

            maybe that is why when i had their okra a few months ago, i was underwhelmed.

          2. Joe Blowe Feb 12, 2007 07:18 PM

            I think I posted here about a year ago regarding a bad visit to Bilal. It was shortly after their expansion/remodel, and it looked like maybe a younger son (?) was running the show.

            I remarked at the time that it had definitely slipped, but I have not been back in a while. If it is going downhill, that would not be surprise -- more business, more seats, less attention to detail...

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              RoachCoach Feb 12, 2007 10:03 PM

              Couldn't agree more regarding Bilal: an unfortunate magnet that kept you and I from Al-Watan(only once, mind you). If you want to best Al-Watan for Pakastani you'll have to go to SF and try Shalimar on Jones.

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