A few things at Kolbeh of Kabob
I had an excellent dinner at Kolbeh of Kabob recently. I've never had a bad kabob prepared by a guy with a hairdryer.
* The tea: Well-balanced with flavors of lemon and rose, strong but not very bitter, so it's good even without sugar.
* We got a complementary plate of pretty good hoomoos, plus a basket of freshly cooked bread, crisp and ashy on the outside.
* Kashk-o bademjan: Beautifully presented eggplant puree with yogurt from a squirt bottle, kind of looks like a green carpaccio. It's got some good roasty and spice flavors, but it's a little low on salt, so the acid and bitter flavors are a little too present for my taste. This came, unfortunately, with some room-temperature bread pieces (and not enough to eat the whole plate with bread).
* The Super Combo comes with 3 different kabobs, one ground meat, one beef, and one chicken. All were excellent. The ground meat kabob was oozing with moisture and really melted in the mouth. The beef kabob had a bit of livery flavor as it cooled, but also had a great yogurt marinade flavor and was very tender. The chicken was a masterpiece of salt and grill flavor. This all came with a couple grilled tomatoes (great for balancing out the salt of the meat) and a plate of rice, cooked just how I like it (basmati with a good, dry chewiness to it).
* Baklava (the dessert of the day) wasn't particularly good, as it had been refrigerated and congealed into a rather dense block. There's a nice sort of apple-y flavor in there, though.
Total was about $35 before tip.
Just got takeout this week there:
the vegetarian platter w/spinach pie and falafel was decent. I liked the spinach pie quite a bit, but it suffered like most: soggy bottom. However, the spices were much more present than in say a Greek pie. The falafel were quite big, almost the size of a tennis ball, nice crusty outside and green fava inside w/a nice spice. (as a comparison tho, I love the falafel at Falafel King, and this was no where near as good). The rice was bland and took up most of the tray. a not terribly interesting cuke/tomato/spice salad came with it (diced tho, which was nice).
The bread is very good. reminds me of Helmand a bit, poofier than pita.
The chicken kabob plate was pretty expensive ($13.95) for what it was: 6 pieces of chicken, 1 roasted plum tomato and an overwhelming amount of rice.
I think the lunch specials are probably the way to go. As my DC said, with so many other (better) restaurants in that area, there's no need to go back.