Kebab Cafe in Astoria= disgusting
wow, after reading all of the glowing reviews of this place I was psyched to try it, especially since it was in my neighborhood. I couldn't wait to try the place and actually was sad that one of my friends wanted to go tonight because I didn't think I was hungry enough. I wanted to really FEAST!
The ambience is cute, very charming. Small and rundown but lovely in a homey way. The clientele looked to be mostly young professionals from the neighborhood, like myself. I was psyched, and couldn't wait for the food. Unfortunately, that is where everything went downhill. The Ali guy who runs the place adds to the charm, or so everyone says. I actually found him to be kind of a sad clown who would light up when people were looking but mostly looked pissed off. Anyway, he was the least of it. I walked out of there embarrassed that I had dragged a friend to the place.
KEBABS WERE CHARRED. When Ali brought out my kebabs in a cast iron skillet and served them to me, I was incredulous. I kid you not, this meal looked like a pile of charcoal briquets. I had to scrape off the char just to see what I was eating. I am fine with a bit of char, and don't mind how it tastes. Roasted tomatoes are one of my favorite foods and was happy to see a little red tomato flesh peeking out from under all of that black. But, when I bit into into it the sucker was RAW! Seriously so dissappointing! And a little char is nice but this felt like a mouthful of ashes. My friend that had come with me had gotten the beef kebabs and had the exact same problem.
I could not at all recommend this place to you or anyone, even if you were starving and a block away. And it isn't dirt cheap either. Why do this to yourself? Go to Cafe Mogador in the East Village and enjoy some real, amazing middle eastern fare. Don't trek out to this disgusting hole!