SAN JOSE, Calif. — Call your amigos ASAP! El Halal Amigos serves up sizzling Halal-Mexican food in a block party setting.
“Whether it’s a Monday or a Sunday, we throw a party, and everyone is invited,” said founder and leader of El Halal Amigos, Hisham Abdelfattah.
Upon entering the San Jose-based location, patrons are greeted by upbeat music, brightly painted walls, and the savory smells of authentic Mexican flavors that all can enjoy.
“When I dove heavily into my religion, which is Islam, we are only allowed to eat halal meat,” Abdelfattah described. “My favorite food as a Palestinian-Filipino is Mexican food. I had this idea, let’s make really good halal-Mexican food, and create a place and an environment for everyone.”
Halal means “permissible” in Arabic and refers to the dietary law of Islam, which practicing Muslims follow. Halal cuisine avoids pork, bacon, lard and gelatin, as well as alcoholic beverages.
Through the restaurant’s offerings, Chef Abdelfattah aims to prioritize members of the faith community who only eat halal, but still want to enjoy the authentic flavors and high-quality ingredients found in the kitchen. Mexican with Arabic influence.
Abdelfattah is committed to keeping El Halal Amigos as authentic as possible by securing the flavors of Zitacuaro Michoacan farmland and using street food techniques from Mexico City.
All menu options are made from scratch with love and respect as main ingredients.
“There are a lot of people who go out of their way to get Halal because of all the health behind it and the respect behind the animal,” Abdelfattah explained. “It’s so important to me as a chef and a cook that I respect every aspect of what I do.”
The restaurant also makes it a priority to give back by working with Islamic Relief USA and donating a portion of the proceeds to charity each month.
“We wanted to make a restaurant where there is something for everyone,” Abdelfattah said. “Everything we do, we put so much love into it, and we do it like we would if we were serving anyone in our family.”
For more information on El Halal Amigos, visit here and follow @elhalalamigos on Instagram.