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“Good Sunday Brunch”
Review of Pakwan Restaurant

Pakwan Restaurant
Ranked #26 of 354 Restaurants in Hayward
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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Very busy place for a Sunday brunch. We came after 1:30pm and it was crowded. Really hard to get your favorite dishes because they were not being refilled often. But overall good food. They seem to have cut down on some of the dishes, but still there is a lot of varieties. Halwa puri, Paya, Haleem, Nihari, Tandoori Chicken pieces, Goat curry and much more (including sweet dishes and ice cream). Also, wish the food was a little bit more warmer.
Price wise it is a very reasonable place to eat.They charged $16 per person. Great price for the value of the food that was offered.
The host was extremely nice guy. He was friendly with a good sense of humor. I came here many years ago, and had good memories of the food. Did not leave disappointed. I would recommend this place to anyone and will come back again.

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Reviewed 17 August 2016

At one time my favorite restaurant with authentic Pakistani cuisine has slowly deteriorated to just being a high priced eatery.

From its humble beginnings in a small strip mall to a self standing building with it's own parking lot at one time is now being operated welcoming in it's foyer with a 4 foot square notice for patrons on how to behave by forming a line, not being seated till all guests have physically arrived in the restaurant and paid for to several notices near the buffet announcing that one should only take what one can eat like in a free soup kitchen or a boy scout's camp dining room. We found it obnoxious!

Comparing to what they used to dish out on the buffet we found for our vegetarian friend there were basically a spinach, some potatoes and a bell pepper dish but no Paneer item. Their signature dish of a whole Tandoori Masala Leg of Lamb was dropped some years back from the brunch but was fine with the price at 12 bucks. Last Sunday the buffet cost is increased to $16.00 plus taxes.

The Goat Curry looked appetizing but the meat was raw and needed to be more tender. The level of spices in all the dishes has been reduced making it bland and not just right.

The Haleem was just a chalky paste with no spices, though the Nihari was good but not spicy enough as it should be.

Their Gajjar Halwa used to be a delight after all the peppy food but was watered down and did not have the right consistency. The 'mawa' garnish had turned sour probably had been sitting in the refrigerator too long.

This would probably be my last visit there, very sadly!

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5  Thank Dinerwhoknows
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Reviewed 1 August 2016

It was much cleaner and nicer than the other Pakwan in San Francisco city. Really liked the brain masala. Have heard a lot of praise for their sunday brunch but have not tried yet. Also like the complimentary tea.

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1  Thank seharmd
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Reviewed 7 January 2016

This appears to be a very low key place, and yet offers excellent non-vegetarian food from the Indian subcontinent. I had the Nihari, beef kababs and rice. Excellent quality and just the right amount of spices. Will be back for sure!

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Reviewed 31 December 2015

Simple straightforward food and service with WOW flavor.

Went there on recommendation of an area business who are afghani; we expected different flavors. Similar to traditional north indian food, but with a real twist.

Food was pretty spicy, so if that's not your jam, you should order mild. I usually anticipate a lot of mustard and cream based sauces with north indian food, so I guess that reflects my experience with punjabi cuisine. This was different and DELICIOUS.

The veggie biryani was particularly flavorful, with an almost floral aftertaste. Wow.
We also had an eggplant dish that was savory in addition to having more than a little heat. Hubby says his chicken tandoori was good.

I guess this place is packed at buffet times, and I can see why

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Thank chuttipen
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