Mubarkiya, Kuwait City
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.
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)
The soup is much tastier than it looks.
Fatoush (think middle-eastern caesar salad)
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.
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.