This place hasn't gotten much attention here lately and had dropped right off my radar after I had read a few of Limster's reports years ago. Reports of Persian in Arlington reminded me I wanted to check it out and since I was feeling kaboby and decided to give it a whirl.
Kubideh plate featured a nice char-grilled kabob of spiced ground chicken over a mountain of Basmati rice with a small chopped salad, humus and pita. A charred tomato was also included. At $7.95 for this lunch special it was the best deal of the day. Delicious juicy meat and excellent rice, it was hard not to eat the whole thing and save room for the other dishes.
Kask-bademjoon is a warm eggplant dip with onions, garlic and fried mint. It was supposed to be served with special house-made taftoon bread, but unfortunately that didn't make it into the bag. I liked the dip well enough but actually preferred it cold later in the evening for a snack. Fried mint has a bitter edge to it that mellowed out with sitting.
Tadik is a Persian specialty of the crackly bits of rice that stick to the bottom of the pan and is served with crispy pita bits and a choice of stew (gheymeh or sabzi; beef with split peas or vegetable stew). I'm no expert but I'm pretty sure this is not a "great" version of tadik, but it hit the spot and the stew was wonderful -- chunks of sirloin with a tomato sauce.
Pretty little restaurant with sumac to sprinkle to your liking on the tables and a sweet server who offered me tea while I waited for my order. The flavors of Persian food are subtle, and nothing hit me with a WOW! or a KAPOW! but everything was tasty and comforting and I'll return to try more of the specialties (and see about that taftoon bread).
Kolbeh of Kabob
1500 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
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