I have been to Kababish 3 times in the last 7 or 8 days and have quite enjoyed everything I have tried, though I am not, for the most part, exactly sure what I ate. Today's lunch consisted of fried King fish, which Rob recommended, an order of dal with a topknot of caramelized onion and a chapti bread. The counter man, Kahn, also gave me a free dish of Halbem with an additional chapti. I think the Halbem was curry beef and beans, it looked a bit like the dal, yet tasted more like curry beef stew along with the seemingly ubiquitous topknot of sautéed onions, irrespective of my woefully lacking descriptive prowess, the dish was quite good.
The King fish was quite large, it overlapped a dinner plate, and was coated with what Kahn called Masala spice, which was used both before and after frying. In regards to Rob's Kababish spice query I asked Kahn if they used the masala shake on other items and he indicated that they did. I would guess that this is Rob's mystery spice.
The fish itself was crisp, yet quite tender, full of flavor and went well with the chapti bread, lettuce, onion, fresh sliced jalapeno and a dark thin slightly spicy sauce, of which I have no idea what it is called.
This feast of two side dishes, two chaptis and a whole fried King fish set me back exactly $6 including a cup of tea. I realize the Kababish is not exactly the Pump Room, but 6 bucks for this meal is ridiculously inexpensive.
On prior visits I have had the curry goat, which was delicious. A spicy stew with succulent pieces of on the bone goat meat. I have also had the Charga chicken, which is both fried and grilled, it is also liberally coated with the masala spice, this was an absolutely excellent dish as well.
Kababish is a small very casual place with booth seating and is clean as a whistle, friendly in a very subdued manner and serves fresh well made Indian/Pakistani food.
No liquor and I'm not sure how they would feel about BYOB.
Kababish has a parking lot directly North of the restaurant, adjacent to the building. The lot is dirt and can get very muddy.
Pakistani-Indian Cuisine in Downtown
Vegetarian & Non-Vegetarian
939 N. Orleans
Chicago, IL 60610