Kolbeh of Kabob - Persian food
I noticed that no one's really giving much love to Kolbeh on these boards. I just wanted to give a shout out and say that their food is awesome.
Their rice is like a dream. I didn't even know rice could be that enjoyable before eating theirs. Each little grain is cooked to perfection. I don't know how they do it. Also, I think their falafel is the best I've ever had. I'm no falafel expert, but it's got that crispy outside with a really fresh tasting inside. And the grilled meats! delicious.
I feel like they have a problem with their pricing that keeps us from going there as often as we should. Basically, it's a little too expensive to just be the go to "I don't want to cook tonight" place. But it isn't fancy enough to make the cut for a special occasion place. It's in this weird grey area. The location for decades housed greasy sub shops and they've done a lot to spruce it up but it still has the old counter and retains a weird vibe.
However, the food is delish and I highly recommend that everyone try it. It looks like they get a lot of large middle eastern families as clients so I assume that speaks to the authenticity of the food.
Kolbeh of Kabob
1500 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139
I've had some respectable kabobs there for lunch, which came with bread, hummus, grilled tomato, rice, cucumber salad, etc. It was a while ago, though and now when I look at the menu they do not list the accompaniments which makes me wonder if they have scaled back the generosity of the lunch plates. The one time I got takeout for dinner was another story altogether. I got the fesenjoon which was one of the worst value-for-money meals I've ever seen. $16 plus tax got 3 small cubes of chicken in sauce with rice and nothing else. When I got home and saw that was all the food in the order I was astonished.