Sometimes its good to go to lunch, with no specific place in mind. I did just that the other day with my brother and a friend. We started driving with a vague notion of a diner for eggs. I, unlike my two cohorts had somewhat of a time constraint, so I was trying to think of quick things. Someone mentioned a pizzeria-pseudo Italian restaurant type place with a cliché name that I forget, and I hesitantly agreed. As I turned the car to this impending meal, we drove past Kabul Grill. My brother mentioned that he had had some good kebabs from them and, just as importantly to me at the moment, they were fairly quick. I did a trademark chowhound u-turn immediately.
The full name of the place is Kabul Grill Kabob & Tea House. The outside signage cagily claims that they serve Fine Middle Eastern Cuisine. I wrongfully assumed that it was Turkish, but the first page of the menu proudly recaps the history of Afghanistan.
Because of the above mentioned time pressure, I didnt order Buranee Kadoo, an appetizer of cooked slices of pumpkin with special sauce. Ive been kicking myself ever since. What I did order is the Khoresht Ghimeh Badenjan, which is a beef stew with eggplant, tomato and yellow split peas. One of my lunch partners commented that it didnt look like there was that much beef in it, when I offered him some, but thats precisely the point. Its not about the beef. All the ingredients worked in harmony. I did find a small rock in my stew, which apparently someone missed while picking over the peas, but such minor inconveniences are easy to overlook when you follow them with bite of perfectly cooked eggplant. Id gladly order this dish again and again, even if I knew it would have a small rock in it every time.
I tried some Barg Kabab, a marinated beef kabob and Lamb Tikka Kabob. Both Kabobs were expertly seasoned and grilled. My stew came with a huge plate of brown basmati, a much bigger amount than came with the kabobs. That said, the kabobs came with enough meat to satisfy the two hearty eaters I was with. The lunch specials are a real bargain from $7.50 9.50. The portions are large enough that youll only need a light dinner.
This is a Kabob & Tea House, and the tea I had was excellent. The have 14 teas on the menu. I went for peppermint, since Ive been on a peppermint tea kick lately (though the tea from my kick is actually peppermint rooibos, which is a bit different). Romantic Flame and Forest Blend sound interesting and probably what I would have ordered if I had pondered it for a bit longer.
Kabob & Tea House
129 North Broadway
Hicksville, NY 11801