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Shater Abbas – 04.14.09

Shater Abbas
Mubarkiya, Kuwait City
Tel:  2420030/1

WMDs in an Iranian Restuarant?  If you mean Wonderful Meat Dinner, then yes, this is the place to find it.  Found just outside the Kuwait open air market in Kuwait City, Shater Abbas is a no frills and all taste Iranian dining experience.  Its humble appearance and low-key atmosphere is no way a reflection of the caliber of food served.


Hungry eaters

We ordered a mix grill of kebabs, stuffed grape leaves, yogurt cucumber dip, potato stew, okra, homous, fatoush, tabouleh, and 2 kinds of rice.  What we didn’t realize was that bread, salad, and soup accompany every order.  What a memorable WMD this was going to be.


A basket of mouthwatering bread (note all the sesame seeds)


Unending salad


The soup is much tastier than it looks.


Tabouleh


Fatoush (think middle-eastern caesar salad)


Hommous


Stuffed grape leaves

The fresh baked bread was fantastic.  Crisp exterior with a soft and chewy middle, the sesame seeds made it extra special and tasty.  Perfect by itself or to dip into a soup, sauce, or hold a chunk of kebab, it came in endless baskets and one could have happily eaten this alone.  The salad was a lightly dressed mix of arugala, green onion, mint, onion, and some other unknown green.  Very leafy and fresh tasting, it prepared us for the meat bonanza that was ahead of us.  The soup was a chicken based lentil soup.  It was light with creamy mouthfeel from the pureed lentils.  Really good, especially with fresh squeezed lemon.  We were already feeling full and our order had not even come out yet.


The spread

We ate and ate and ate.  The mix grill was very very good.  Lamb kebab, chicken tikka, burg, and sheesh tawook was a mouthful to say and to eat.  One note for the ethnic food buffs:  Iranian tikka (juja) leaves the bone in the chicken.  You will get pieces resembling hot wings but tasting like chicken tikka.  Another very pleasant tasting note about every restaurant here:  they go light on the salt and let the natural flavor of the food shine.  Everything is perfectly seasoned whereas most places in the states have grilled food that is just too salty.


Special mixed grill


Rice with lots of dill flava


My favorite rice plate

The entire meal was excellent and I doubt I can find better Iranian food without going to Iran.  We ended with strong mint tea and entertaining conversation in our private booth.  The bill for this feast?  9 Kuwaiti Dinars ($32) for 4 hungry guys.   Inexpensive and authenic, make this a definite stop for Eatclub Kuwait.

Ah-bru-inejad

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Tayyab’s – 04.01.09

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Tayyab’s Kebab House
89 Fieldgate Street
Whitechapel
London, E1 1JU
http://www.tayyabs.co.uk

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Killa Kebabs! Chicken tikka, mutton tikka (lamb), lamb chops =]…

The best kebabs and curry on my tour of the UK.  This indian/pakistani place has casual dining with fantastic curries, breads, rice, and kebabs.  We came midweek around 7pm and waited in a queue for over an hour before we were seated.  Never have I seen a wait like this for Indian food.  It was well worth it.

The menu is somewhat brief but anything you order will be good.  As we hungrily drooled over the menu, sizzling plates of spicy kebabs hurriedly shuffled by in the very crowded restaurant.  We salivated as we inhaled the intoxicating odor of grilled kebabs only to reel and cough as the spices lit our sinuses up.  The snaking trail of kebabs to its final table was often accompanied coughs and choking of nearby eaters “taking a hit” of the spicy aromas.

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naan-thing like the real thing
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Karahi gosht (lamb curry), daal karela, karahi chicken , karahi bindi (okra)

Having mistakenly thought I just ingested a whole chili pepper, the caramelized red onion garnish adds a intense sweetness to offset the power of the curry.  Curries were served and probably freshly prepared in the same rustic metal bowls.  Order any dish with lamb, fantastic.

If you’re in London and like curry and kebabs, you MUST eat here.  If you’re not in London, plan a pilgrimage.  It is easy to see why Tayyab ranks among the top asian eateries.  Good price for great food, attentive service, and packed at all times: all indications of a great restaurant.

Tips:
Reserve to avoid the insanely long queue.
Ordering the kebabs is a MUST for your carnivore and vegetarian friends.
Walk down nearby Brick lane for London’s version of curry mile.
Check out 99 club, hip lounge with drinks and live music.

bru
Kebab and Curry Connoisseur

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Dave and Mas chowing down on curry like only Brits can

King Kebab – 03.27.09

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King Kebab
59 Tavistock St
Bedford, MK40 UK

Greasy spoon?  Check.
Indian take-away?  Check.
Late night hungry visitors from abroad?  Double check.

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Like the Exxon Valdez oil spill, but worse

Worst.  Indian.  Ever.  OMG this food was bad.  So bad that it was good in a strange way.  Great food to laugh at how horrid it was.  It was a miracle we didn’t get sick.

We couldn’t tell if our order was chicken bhuna or jalfrezi.  =O Shocking I know.   Saag paneer was the worst saag I have ever had and I had to come all the way to UK for it.  It should be renamed saag cheddar.

Check out other places on Tavistock Road before eating here.

bru
Korean Kebab King

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Bad curry…and lots of it.

Afghan Kebab House #1 – 03.12.09

Afghan Kebab House #1
764 9th Ave. (between 51st and 52nd St.)
New York, New York


Eggplant boorani and spicy chicken wings


Clockwise from top left:  vegetarian spinach, combo kebab, combo kebab w/ lamb kofta, and combo kebab


Baklava

From the outside, Afghan Kebab House No. 1 (AKHNO) looks like your standard kebab take out place.  However, step inside and you will feel like you stepped into a dimly lit tent in Afghanistan.  The dark lighting, narrow space, and murmuring conversation only add to the charm of AKHNO and you feel as if you’re tucked in an unknown restaurant at a bazaar in Afghanistan.

Eggplant dip and spicy chicken wings were our starters.  The eggplant was very nice with the Afghan bread.  Surprisingly the wings were decent with just enough spice and juicy.

The mixed grill sounded too delectable to pass up so almost all of us ordered it.  I made the mod to substitue the beef kofta with lamb, something you should so as well.  So how was it?  The grilled chicken was cooked very well, not dry at all and perfectly spiced including a hint of cinnamon.  Possibly the best tasting and cooked chicken kebab I’ve ever had.  (Paradise Kebab in Lake Hiawatha comes very close tho).  The lamb kebab was not as good:  too chewy and the marinade had way too much vinegar.  Delicate lamb flavor did not come through which is too bad since Afghan places usually nail this item.  The lamb kufta kebab was good, really good.  Perfect herb and spice blend cooked well.  If you’ve never had kufta or are afraid of lamb, definitely try it.  Think of meatballs shaped into hotdog form but flavored with fresh herbs and spices; essentially an asian meatloaf.  Afghan cuisine has some particularly flavorful rice, pulao.  It shouldn’t be yellow or greasy or powerful; the long grain flavor should shine through.  It did at AKHNO, HOWEVER, it was missing the qorma!  I know, I am just as surprised as you are right now.  Qorma is what separates the Afghans from the Kazakhstanis, Pakistanis, Indians, Uzbekis, etc.  All joking aside, qorma is cooked rice with julienne carrot, raisins, and slivered almonds.  Even if you don’t like these things, some food magic happens when you combine all these ingredients and devour with your kebabs.  Just try it and ask for it!

Good
What else but kebabs.  Order a few and share.
Cozy dim atmosphere will hide the yogurt sauce that dribbled on your chin.

Bad
The lamb kebab that evening, might have been a fluke.

Ugly
After eating kufta, your breath will be kickin for a few hours.

-bru


Happy eaters


More happy eaters


How the place actually looks…