To make search easier, I am starting a new thread about a place mentioned in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/168932
Kabob 'n Karahi
Cloverly Shopping Center
East side of New Hampshire north of the Safeway in Cloverly
15521 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20905
I have eaten here twice more since my first post and it is now spot on good. My first meal's potential has blosomed in spades!
after visit number three I am almost in a food coma and that was from eating less than half of the lamb Kahari advertized as being for 2. Yeah.... 2 linebackers! The Karahi took quite a while to cook and i saw other ordders ebing made. Small bits of meat are piled into an iron wok like bpwl like cooking vessel filled with greens, herbs, onion, ginger and lots of oil. I don't know if they are put into the tandoor or another cooking vessel bnut they are served bubbling and smelling oh so good. You get a small bit of iceberg lettuce, a huge, spot on naan that just borders perfectly crusty and chewy with a bit of char that many a pizzauolo would love to produce. The karahi is dense, very heavily spiced, not hot per se but it has a nose/sinus clearing effect equal to horseradish on gefilte fish without the burn. The pale green chutney is the perfect foil. $17.99 with 60% or so of my order in the fridge as left overs and the total with tip and a mango lassi: $25.
Meal number 2 there was lamb kebob which had a perfect char, almost burnt edge that again the chutney set off perfectly. Kay had a steam table curry with lamb which was good but a little tired (as were we at midnight!) and I think the fresh cooked stuff superior.
Today and old man sitting next to me was raising the bowl of chutney and drinking it between bites of his tandoor chicken. His eyes twinkled at me as I saw his eating style!
These folks are friendly if not exactly restaurant professionals, but they put their love in the food. The pride in their eyes when I staggered to the counter to pay was self evidnet.
If you live in the wasteland that is Silver Spring outside the beltway, please do yourself a favor and go. This is a place that deserves to make it and I think they are struggling in their second month. Remember that they are open late (11pm or midnight during the week, I forget, but 1am on Friday and Saturday).
Ohhhh gosh... must sleep...belly full ... me happy!