Fatima’s Fusion Flavors in Manchester offers halal Indian and American dishes
Fatima’s Fusion Flavors, which opened on December 11 in Manchester, is a fusion-style halal restaurant, combining Indian and Bengali dishes with American dishes. The idea for the merger came from owner Ahmed Jilu, originally from Bangladesh, who always dreamed of opening a halal restaurant, and his wife Luthfa, and their American-born children, Tashfia, Tahsin, Tahira and Mahdi.
“There’s not a lot of halal food here. We wanted to make it easier for people to follow these guidelines,” Tashfia said. “But all of us [kids], we were born here. We don’t want to eat Indian food all the time.
Both approaches were successful. The restaurant is a few blocks from the Bayt-Ul-Mamur Mosque. “People come before prayers, place their order and pick it up after prayers,” Tashfia said.
The most popular dish on the menu, however, is comfort food fusion, chicken tikka macaroni and cheese.
Another popular dish is Ahmed’s platters, which combine protein – chicken, beef, lamb, chicken tikka or kebab – with white rice, peppers and onions, with a drizzle of sweet or hot sauce.
Other Indian and Bengali foods are beef, prawns, vegetables, chicken, and goat biryani; beef, fish, chicken and goat curry; chicken and mutton palak; chicken and fish 65; Manchurian chicken; Ginger Chicken; chatter in samosa; chilli chicken; Mughal paratha; Chicken Tikka; tandoori chicken; vegetable curries and a variety of nans.
The American side of the menu features Philly cheesesteaks; fish fillet, tuna, chicken and turkey sandwiches; a cheeseburger; and an impossible burger. Appetizers include salads, mozzarella sticks, jalapeno peppers, fries, tater tots, and onion rings.
The fusion dishes, combining the flavors of both cuisines, are chicken tikka grinder, chicken tikka mac and cheese, shish kebab grinder, chicken tikka quesadilla and kebab roll.
The restaurant has 18 seats but is mainly for take-out.
Named after Ahmed’s late mother, Fatima’s is a family business; all the Jilus work there. In a TikTok video, one of the children writes that when the opportunity arose to open the restaurant, the family encouraged Ahmed to pursue his dream and through hard work, their parents’ smiles were worth it. the penalty.
The Jilus maintain contact with Ahmed’s hometown, Moulvibazar, where two parents still live. Fatima collects the tips in a jar and sends half the money home to be distributed to whoever needs it. The family does this to fulfill zakat, one of the five pillars of Islam, to be given to the poor.
“We have always sent food parcels during Ramadan. Now we do it too,” said Tahsin Jilu.
Fatima’s, at 180 Spruce St., Manchester, is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11.30am to 9pm, Fridays from 11.30am to 12.45pm, 1.30pm to 3.30pm and 5pm to 9pm, Saturdays and Sundays from 11.30am to 3pm 3:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Breaks from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on weekends allow workers to prepare for supper. On Fridays from 12:45 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. the restaurant is closed so Ahmed Jilu and Khokhar can go to the mosque for Friday prayers.
Susan Dunne can be contacted at [email protected].