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Question: Kebab Factory Lunch Buffett

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CambridgeFoodie Feb 24, 2007 01:55 PM

Are there any of the Kebab Factory's famous kebabs on the lunch buffet - or is it an array of the normal curries?

Many thanks...this board has intrigued me to visit the Kebab Factory!

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    fenian Feb 24, 2007 06:14 PM

    i don't think there are ever kebabs. it's essentially your standard indian buffet, but refined. i definitely prefer the dinner at kebab factory, so don't judge the restaurant entirely by the buffet. their sheermal is the most decadent bread i've ever had.

    1. littlelady Feb 24, 2007 06:35 PM

      i've never seen kebabs at the buffet.

      and, i second fenian- i go to kebab factory just to have the sheermal roti... absolutely the best.

      1. limster Feb 24, 2007 06:41 PM

        I love their Lasuni gobi - a great cauliflower curry.

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          katzzz Feb 25, 2007 06:41 AM

          I had the Kebob Factory lunch buffett on Saturday. Awesome. Shrimp masala with nice medium sized shrimp with good flavor. Some kind of char-grilled bonesless chicken with onion and peppers that I couldn't eat enough of. Also chicken kofta -- meatballs, in effect, an Indian cheese vindaloo, several first-rate vegetable dishes including the excellent cauliflower curry, and there was some good goat curry, too. For appetizers, samosa and (Nepalese?) chicken momo dumplings. And I almost forgot the soup: Asia's vastly superior answer to Campbell's cream of mushroom. In an attempt to save room for all this good stuff, I didn't eat a grain of rice, but my good intentions were totally undone when the waiter put the fresh bread (nan) on the table, which I devoured. As a result, I couldn't really do more than take a nibble of the three dessert offerings, which were good, especially the halwah. Price was $9.95, which may be a bit more than they charge on weekdays, but a bargain in any case. And a delicious one.

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            fenian Feb 25, 2007 08:01 AM

            sounds fantastic, i've never had the chicken momos, don't think they're on the regular menu. paneer vindaloo sounds pretty fantastic also. the naan + basmati rice combo is a major diet killer. i'd have a tough time coming out of that buffet below 1,000 calories.

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              CambridgeFoodie Feb 26, 2007 07:40 AM

              I checked out The Kebab Factory yesterday. I thought the grilled chicken (with peppers and onions) was out of this world - we spiced and cooked excellently (very moist). By far the best dish on the buffet - the cook replaced this dish the most. The other curries were fairly standard.

              I dreamed about that grilled chicken last night and may go back again today - it was that outstanding!

              Thanks for your input.

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                buffet king Feb 26, 2007 10:15 AM

                I just got back from The Kebab Factory in Somerville. I went for their lunch buffet. The food was very good. I liked the grilled chicken with peppers and onions. I filled up on the grilled chicken pieces. The chicken was very tasty and moist. They also had goat curry today but I didn't try it. The goat pieces were still on the bone. I also liked the meatball and shrimp masala. The shrimp were a good size and delicious. I used the fresh hot naan to soak up the masala sauce. The Kebab Factory is not that big but the food was fantastic. The lunch buffet was like $7.50 a person. What a bargain! I will definately return.

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                  CambridgeFoodie Feb 26, 2007 10:48 AM

                  I am going to go out on the limb and say the grilled chicken with peppers and onion is the best grilled chicken (e.g., Tandoori chicken) in Boston! It is outstanding!

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                    tamerlanenj Feb 26, 2007 11:08 AM

                    Is this grilled chicken we;'re talking about tandoori?

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                      buffet king Feb 26, 2007 11:23 AM

                      No, I am not an Indian food expert but I don't think that the grilled chicken with peppers and onions was tandoori. I think it was grilled chicken kebabs. The chicken wasn't red in color it was just seasoned grilled chicken pieces. Is chicken tandoori red?

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                tamerlanenj Feb 26, 2007 11:07 AM

                Maybe if you ate with one of those little ice-cream sample spoons from baskin robbins....then again, one bite of the paneer vindaloo... :-)

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              buffet king Feb 26, 2007 11:18 AM

              The grilled chicken was indeed very good. It was seasoned perfectly and wasn't dried out. They kept re-filling the grilled chicken with peppers and onions. I think that some of the meatballs in the masala sauce with shrimp were made of beef and some were made of chicken. I also liked the fried vegetable dumplings. They looked like crab rangoons but were filled with vegetables. They had a good selection of different items on their lunch buffet today. Has anyone tried their goat curry? I wonder how it tastes? I have never tried goat.

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                CambridgeFoodie Feb 26, 2007 11:33 AM

                The grilled chicken with peppers and onions is not technically a Tandoori...but pretty close - well marinated with spices and cooked in the Tandoor oven.

                The rest of the buffet curries (including the paneer vindaloo) were, imho...pretty standard. That chicken is outstanding though!

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                  bachslunch Feb 27, 2007 02:31 PM

                  Goat tends to be strong and gamy. If you don't like lamb, you definitely won't like goat.

                2. sheila Feb 27, 2007 06:30 AM

                  I went to Kebab Factory last Sunday for lunch buffet too!

                  Once I stepped into the restaurant, I understood why people said Indian Pavilion, the only Indian restaurant we have been to, was bland. Kebab Factory just has a lot more to offer and much more chic and fancy than our usual place.

                  The grill chicken is wonderful. But for the curries, their favor are very subtle, nothing compared to the red-orange curry (sorry I don't remember the name) in Indian Pavilion that it can give you a kick to the taste bud. The meats at the Kebab are of high quality and look beautiful, like they are prepared by a chef just graduating from the culinary school; while the food at Indian Pavilion are made by the grandpa who has been making curry for century.

                  Which one does we prefer? They are different. But the one-way street and the lights on the way to Somerville just killed our appetite. So we may still stay at the Central Square area. But if I am going with friends, then KF will be the destination.

                  They both are of good value.

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