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Kabob and Tandoor in Waltham

velotrain | Jan 8, 200812:26 PM

Given the fine day I decided to bike out from Allston to Waltham for lunch, with the intent of trying a new place to eat. I started on the paths along the river out of Watertown Square, but they were often still messy so I switched to River St. I saw the sign for Willow St. and thought I'd check on Taqueria el Amigo, but discovered that Tuesday was the one day it was closed. After cruising through Mt. Feake Cemetery and the Brandeis campus I headed to downtown and Kabob and Tandoor.

I knew it was small from other posts, but wasn't quite prepared for how ugly and utilitarian it looked. I think they wash the tablecloths no more than once a month - if that. The paper menu is laid at each place beneath the plate glass over the cloth. A woman was reading her Koran at the back table and didn't show any interest in me until I spoke to her.

I ordered the onion pakora and khalbi kabob. She was out of the pakora, so I switched to the vegetable pattie. When the food came out I was unsure of the pattie from the start - the shell was some very aged-looking filo-type dough, filled with the saddest collection of dried-out vegetables I had ever seen. I immediately told her I didn't like that dish, that it looked very old (she said it hadn't been frozen, but I wan't sure based on the texture - or lack thereof), and could I get a little rice instead. She was quite argumentative about it, but a minute later brought a small dish of rice from the buffet table - which I stayed away from based on earlier posts.

The kakobs were good quality, if dry, and I really wished they were served with some sauce. As I ate I kept thinking that for a few dollars more I could be having my usual chicken tikka masala at IQ or PP. It may be generic, non-regional specific Indian, but it's consistently excellent and works for me. A couple people have praised the mutton biryani at K&T, but it's unlikely that I'll be back.

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