Just finished up my lunch from Halal today, and unfortunately it's not very good. This is a shame, because there should be a good indian place in Brigham Circle, but alas there isn't.
I had a combo plate which included Chicken Tikka Masala, Chicken Vindaloo, A black lentil dish, and vegetable curry. It also came with basmati rice, a vegetable/chick pea fritter and a few breaded and fried string beans. After tax the price was $8.35.
Both chicken dishes were under-seasoned and just tasted flat. The chicken pieces were dry and the sauces seemed to have no depth. The predominant flavor in the vindaloo was chicken stock and the consistency seemed very "corn starch thickened." Not that corn starch is always bad, it's just that I've never really noticed this from other indian restaurants. Despite this, the vindaloo was still a little thin.
The fried string beans were soggy, the vegetable fritter was a little underdone on the inside. The black lentils were okay, but tasted more like cuban-style black beans than indian black lentils.
Unfortunately, I don't think I'll be going back.
I am really surprised to read your description. This is not what I have found at all. My family has gone many times since Halal has opened and we found that the food was much more flavorful than any of the other Indian restaurants around here.
In addition to the food being Delicious, the prices are lower than other restaurants.
Everyone in my family loves Halal and we will be going back many times.