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Jan 10, 2010 07:46 PM

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

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  1. Agreed. It was quite good the one time I made it there. I particularly enjoyed the grilled bread. I don;t recall it as expensive and thought the price was very fair for the quality. Not a convenient location for me otherwise I'd go there again.

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    1. re: gourmaniac

      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.

    2. How does it compare to the place in Watertown near Romagnolis and Fastachi?