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Jafran, Royal Kitchen of Bengal

Sandra W. | Jul 30, 200305:55 PM

It's another one of those places I drive past all the time and promise myself that one day I'll stop and investigate. Finally!

Jafran is half market, half restaurant. On the market side they have a butcher, a very large case of frozen fish from Bangladesh, instant curry packets, rice, vermicelli, sweets, etc.

The food is made fresh daily. Several different stews were in the steam tray -- one beef, two chicken (one in yellow curry, the other in lentils), one goat in yellow curry, as well as sauteed spinach and chillis, cauliflower, zucchini, and lentils. A variety of snacks (samosas and mostly fried things), come out of the kitchen after 5PM.

The owner (I'm guessing) and others behind the counter were incredibly friendly and helpful. They split my order/ half goat with huge hunks of potato, half chicken. They gave me a taste of the vegetables, and a huge plate of rice. The food was divine -- full of curry flavor, garlic/onions/ginger and spices, rich and oily without being too oily, and with the perfect amount of heat. The chicken was so tender it fell off the bone. The goat was a tiny bit tough. After I ordered my food the fish curry with tomatoes and spinach came out of the back, (damn!). The man next to me inhaled his fish, breaking it up with his fingers and using the fish to scoop up rice. The owner offered to give me a taste, but I was too full. This was a white fish, about a foot long, very skinny, called Pama pama (the English translation).

The man at the register charged me $7 for all that food and a soda. The owner yelled that he charged me too much. (There's a sign outside that says "Lunch special, $2.99) The restaurant also serves breakfast. They open at 9AM, and close at midnight.

Jafran, 4153 West 3rd St. between Harvard and Hobart (or Western and Normandie). FYI, they are in the midst of refurbishing. I'll be back for the fish.


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