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Fahad H.

Formerly Pepper & Salt, this strip-mall restaurant serves authentic Pakistani dishes well worth the trip.

Our Review

Another piece of evidence that the suburbs can be home to subcontinental eats rivaling anything in the city, Tasty Nihari (formerly Pepper & Salt) sits in a parking lot hard against busy Schaumburg Road, a convenient location that allows it to have a busy takeout business in addition to a dining room mirrored to assure you a view of what everyone else is eating. Here that means six different biryanis, a dozen vegetable curries, 13 meat curries, kebabs, breads (including the uncommon saffron-spiced sheermal), and snackier things like samosas, chat, and the Franky Roll, the last basically a warm roti wrapping some kind of filling, in this case beef, chicken, or tangy, spicy potato. There are comfort foods like an unusual dish called kurri (more often known as kadhi). A curry of chickpea flour (besan) and yogurt in which float soft dumplings also made of besan, it's heavy, homey stuff that'll put you right to sleep on the Kennedy if you're not careful. Tasty Nihari's version of haleem, a spicy, meaty grain porridge especially popular at Ramadan, is a tasty mush of lentil, wheat, barley, and beef; qeema is a spiced ground-meat dish that will give you a hot case of gingerpuss. Rich, spicy, tender nihari, aka Pakistani pot roast, is a pretty standard effort, which doesn't make Tasty Nihari any less worth the drive.

Mike Sula

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