Mehfil: Newest Sensation in Pakistani Food
By Zeeshan Subzwari

Welcome to Mehfil, the newest sensation in Pakistani food in the LA metro! Mehfil Restaurant specializes in catering delicious Pakistani Tandoori cuisine and opened in June 2006 on Pioneer Blvd. Chef Tahirbhai, the ex-chef of Shahnawaz in Lakewood started this restaurant under the auspices of Manager Joseph Clement. Chef Tahirbhai brings many years of experience and commitment to quality to the table at Mehfil. The restaurant is located in the Pink Plaza adjacent to the plaza where Habib Bank of America is located.
Mehfil has had a tremendous amount of success within a few months since its inception. The restaurant’s volume of business and huge success is the reason it is open seven days a week, always available to offer delicious, satiating food to its customers.
Mehfil is one of the few restaurants in town to offer a true, authentic Pakistani style breakfast. For breakfast, this restaurant offers the traditional, greatly-loved favorite Halwa-Puri or Cholay. Then, there is also the traditional American Omelet or spicy Nihari with the choice of tea, coffee, or fresh juice as beverage. Best of all, the scrumptious breakfast menu is very affordable, starting at $1.99. Special weekend breakfast menu lists Halwa Puri Cholay for $2.99, and Paratha with Nihari or Paya for $3.99.
What really brings the working crowd in this Pioneer plaza restaurant is the lunch buffet which offers fresh, delicious, hot food daily and at an inexpensive price. With a large variety of menu offerings, salads and garnishing, and dessert to end a great meal, everyone is sure to leave with a satisfied appetite. The menu’s entrée offerings include: Murch Ka Salan, Bagare Bhaigan, Khatti dal, Biryani, Nihari, Haleem, and Shahi Qorma. The special daily to-go menu is also at a very affordable price of $5 / each order and consists of Chicken or Behari kabab rolls, Chicken Biryani, or Haleem. Finally, served on simmering skillets garnished with cilantro and onions, the tandoori-BBQ offerings are always in high demand with savory items such as Bihari Qabab, Chicken Reshmi, and Seekh Kababs. The tasty Mughlai and Hyderabi recipes utilized at Mehfil were passed on to Chef Tahirbhai from his mother who taught him how to cook. Although Chef Tahibhai uses his own original recipes, he also brings his unique innovations and style to the table, which adds to the flavor.
Once customers step into Mehfil, they are sure to be mesmerized with the aroma of the food and the taste of Mehfil’s offerings. After they leave, they are sure to continue raving about the “Mehfil experience.” Word-of mouth of frequenting customers has alone helped Mehfil attract more customers and has also lead to increasing catering orders. “We can conveniently cater for catering orders anywhere between 50 to 2,000 people,” says Chef Tahirbhai. At the restaurant, the volume of business is increasing exponentially and Tahir bhai says they are already facing a space crunch. Plans are set to expand in order to make room for customers and also open a banquet hall facility to host large parties for events.
Mehfil is located at 18189 Pioneer Blvd., Artesia.
Phone: 562-213-2661


Editor: Akhtar M. Faruqui
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