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Chicken tawa from Koohinor - CASEY HOWELL
Casey Howell
Chicken tawa from Koohinor

5. Kohinoor Restaurant

9425 Fredericksburg, (210) 314-8692, kohinoorsa.com

Kohinoor's original location may be closed...for now, but you'll still find the same tasty tawa-cooked favorites inside K2. No, that's not the second highest mountain in the world, but the newest Medical Center spot of this Pakistani favorite.

The tight menu is comprised of Pakistani classics, including, but not limited to, a small appetizer section, grilled dishes, tawa (or griddle) dishes, chicken entrées, vegetarian entrées, rice dishes, breads, wraps and desserts. Lassi fans can still get their thrills with velvety smooth iterations.

You're not there for the decor—Kohinoor's new location is all about the food. Pack a few friends and take in an order of the paratha, a thinly rolled, fried and incredibly pliable unleavened offering served on a large pizza pan. Don't overlook the larger-than-life samosas, or the board specials that cater to vegetarians and carnivores alike. Our visit included a beef gravy nihari, a hot bowl of aromatic and stewed cubes of tender beef, and the signature chicken tawa, heavy on the ginger, chiles, garlic and a secret garam masala mix.

The spice party continued with the fluffy chicken biryani that held spicy bites of tender poultry and the kebab rolls, which are filled with ground beef kebab meat, onions and a tangy chutney. The rolls are handy and accessible for the set in need of a speedy lunch, just make sure you call it in ahead of time. You might have leftovers—portions are huge—but we won't judge you if you don't.

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