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My quest for Cuban winds up with Vidalian Indian at Bhabi's

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My quest for Cuban winds up with Vidalian Indian at Bhabi's

Mike G | Oct 8, 2002 04:03 PM

Okay, so there are these two new Cuban restaurants I've been trying to do a compare and contrast on. But the first time I went to one of them it turned out to be closed on Monday. Went back today and... they were getting something fixed in the kitchen. Someday I'll post on them.

In the meantime I wound up looking for nooks and crannies along Devon and spotted a sign announcing Bhabi's Kitchen, on Oakley just south of Devon. A small Pakistani storefront, with a list of subcontinent dishes as well as, a small sign announced, Burgers Pizza Fries. (No tacos, alas-- but the specials included "Chinese Chicken or Beef With Vegetable Fried Rice.") Could this be the hole in the wall that outdoes Hema's?

Well, no. It smelled really good during the really long time it took to cook. But when my frontier chicken arrived, it was merely okay-- tasted a little of canned sauce, although I don't want to say that without proof. Oddly, the spiciness was undercut by a strong sweet flavor that seemed out of place-- and I finally realized why: they had used Vidalia onions (or something similar). An odd combination, might work in some other dish but really out of left field here.

It was just good enough that I might give it another shot if there was something unusual or promising on the menu. I'll just throw out the choices (I had a lot of time to jot them down):

Haleem
Nehari
Nargisi Kofta
Chicken Qorma
Buter Chicken
Frontier Chicken
Frontier Gosht
Fish Fry
Lamb Paya
Basareg (sp?) Baigan
Basareg Mirch
Bihari
Seekh > Kebabs
Boti

All of those were 4.95; then there were some individually priced items, all in the $2-4 range except the first:

Chicken Charga $14.95
Chicken Tika
Biryani Lamb
Biryani Chicken
Bun Kabab
Fries
Gril Combo
Shahi Tukda
Gager Halwa

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