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Kazi Grill: Bengali and Boeing

equinoise | Jan 12, 201608:06 PM

I recently had an interesting lunch at Kazi Grill on Airport Way in Renton. I had read of its Bangladeshi provenance, but had never viewed its menu, which is here:

I was the only diner on a Friday, and was immediately impressed with the breadth of the Bengali cuisine on offer. In an attempt to get varied sampling, I ordered the Thali Vorta #2, which includes fried eggplant and tomato vortas (the fried vegetable is typically mashed with oil, onions, garlic, and chilies); "fish curry" (in fact a fried thin tilapia steak with somewhat greasy browned onions); alo posto (potatoes cooked with ground poppy seeds, in this case nicely pungent and bitter with mustard oil, my favorite dish of the group); a pleasantly spiced dal soup; and rice. At $17 this meal was a bit rich for the genre, but not a price that one would think twice about if he/she were dining a buzzy new bistro in SEA.

I spoke with the cook, whom was filling in for her sister, the owner-proprietor, and it was confirmed that Kazi is the only Bengali resto in the area. I hope to return soon to try other items.

A final note - Kazi Grill is *literally* across the street from Renton Municipal Airport and I was literally rattled by Boeing jet launches a couple of times, which was actually quite funny. The next time I might just request that Queensryche's "Jet City Woman" be banged out (on my first visit it was Bollywood/electro) to compete with the noise and provide a nice juxtaposition of Seattle, past and present.

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