Recently I posted that Sukhadia's and Bundoo Khan on Devon had closed. There is still no word on what is going on in the Sukhadia's space, but there are workers rehabbing the spot and I haven't gotten an answer whether it's a facelift (much needed) or a new business going in (the sign is still up).
Bundoo Kahn re-opened about two weeks ago as Mezbaan Restaurant, featuring (according to the sign) Pakistani and Hyderbadi cooking.
I tried Mezbaan this evening.... the place was completely empty at 8:00 PM. The place is pretty spartan as the walls have been repainted (white) and as of yet, are unadorned (I somehow get the feeling they will remain as such).
Right now the dinner menu is quite limted with three appetizers, four curries, four rice dishes, five or six kabab options, four vegetable dishes (daal, aloo gobi, chana, etc.) four breads (naan, peshwana roti, poori and bhatura) and three desserts.
A complimentary salad of tomtoes, cucumber, lettuce and onions along with a bowl of raita was delivered to the table.
I started with vegetable samosa (they were out of keema samosa); two daunting, baseball sized beauties arrived still sizzilng from the fryer served with some green sauce (cilantro, onion, garlic, hot peppers and lemon juice) the dough was lighty and flaky, almost delicate for a samosa and the filling was fairly bland soft chunks of potato with cumin seeds and red pepper flakes. A very good samosa indeed, though I wish that the filling and sauce were a bit spicier.
I then had meat chapli kabab (they have chicken chapli as well). Chapli are seasoned ground-meat patties with minced onion and jalapeno peppers incorporated into the meat, which are then grlled (in this case I believe griddled?). They were fresh and non-greasy with a high level of spice, I chose the roti (thin whole wheat), which was hot and fresh with a crispy edge as the bread to accompany
The service is friendly and efficient.
The food was good quality but nothing out of the ordinary for the neigborhood. Given the plethora of high quality kabab houses in the area (Original Kababish of London, Delhi Dabar, Ravi Kabab, etc.) these guys will have some tough competition.
They do offer a $6.00 "cabbie meal" and several $2.99 sandwich rolls for carry out only. Also, there is a lunch buffet Fri, Sat and Sun only from 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM.
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