There’s much more than meat on a stick at Kabob Bistro on West Broad Street, a restaurant whose name only hints at the bounty of exotic fare available there.
Check out the buffet and you’ll find an array of dishes from India, Pakistan and the Middle East.
A visit on a recent Sunday afternoon was a pleasurable gastronomic adventure.
There are dozens of dishes available on the buffet. We visited about mid-afternoon and the restaurant was in a lull after a rush, but the buffet was clean and filled with fresh food. Food temperature can be an issue at some buffets, but dishes that are supposed to be served hot were indeed hot, and cold food was appropriately chilled.
Names of each dish were displayed on cards over each, which was helpful, since we are not regular consumers of Indian/Middle Eastern fare, but there were so many choices that it was hard to keep track of which was which.
No matter: It was all good.
The buffet diversity made it a no-brainer over ordering from the menu. On this visit there was an appealing mix of vegetables, meats, salads and desserts. Oddly, out of the numerous dishes, just one had “kabab” in its name. It was a ground chicken concoction that was delectable.
As was everything else we tried.
The potato dish (Aloo ki Bhujia) and the chickpeas (Channa Masala) were favorites, as was the goat (Gosht Karahi). Delectable desserts this day included squares of a carrot pudding and a creamy rice pudding.
The Naan was hot and fresh, and much needed to offset some of the spiciness of the other dishes.
Kabab Bistro’s dining room is open and airy. Booths are comfortable and have lots of room so you can stretch out. Two couples could easily share a booth here without feeling camped.
Tablecloths could use a more frequent changing out, but the restaurant was overall clean.
We were seated quickly and drinks were brought to the table promptly, but we didn’t see our server again until it was time to see if we were ready for a check. We would have like to have some dirty plates removed and a chance to have our drinks refreshed to help allay the spiciness of some of the dishes.
We’ll chalk it up to the after effects of a busy lunchtime.
Overall, the buffet is a great value, with a cost of $11.95 each on Sunday.
And with so many items to sample, it’s an inexpensive introduction into Indian/Pakistani cuisine.
We’ll be back.
ON THE MENU
WHAT: Kabab Bistro
WHERE: 7801-6 W. Broad St. (Olde Town Shopping Center)
HOURS: Lunch buffet 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon to 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday; dinner buffet 6-9 p.m. Friday-Sunday
FOR MORE: (804) 672-3663; www.kababbistro.com (website has some issues, so be aware)
THE VERDICT: 4 stars