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Darulkabab - Another neat addition to the Indo-Pak Scene

StriperGuy Dec 30, 2010 11:29 AM

In the old KFC location...

From the takeout menu:

Darulkabab
A 100% Halal Concept
Bangledeshi, Indian, & Pakistani Cuisine

2072 Mass. Ave.
Cambridge
617-354-4020

I did not try the food, but went inside. They just opened Friday, the food looked GOOD! Cafeteria style servings, though I think many of the dishes are made to order cause the menu is HUGE and the steam table could not possibly hold it all.

Breakfast as well. Nehari and Paya (beef trotters) on the weekend specials.

Things that are unfamiliar to me: Futchka, Koliza Singara (deep fried patties stuffed with chicken liver).

Several decent looking Biryani's.

And the unexplainably mysterious section of Burgers, Wraps and Pizza, including Halal pepperoni and kabab pizza (what the ????)

Bottom line, looked good, gotta try it soon.

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    FoodDabbler Mar 26, 2011 09:43 AM

    Fuchka/puchka/pani-puri/gol-gappa are all basically the same thing. Small, crisp, puffed puris into the top of which you break a small hole, fill with tiny chopped potatoes, small chick peas, onion, etc., then pour in tamarind water and toss the whole thing in your mouth. You get this wild mix of flavors -- bland and spicy and sour at the same time -- and textures -- crunchy, soft, liquid. It's not just a party in your mouth, it's a full-fledged orgy.

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      MC Slim JB Mar 26, 2011 09:57 AM

      I remember the first time I took an Indian-native friend to a local restaurant that serves pani-puri: she was delighted it was on the menu. I had not tried it before. My reaction was, "It's kind of like kiddie food." "Exactly!", she replied, which I guess was the joy of it, like finding a Fluffernutter in the Gobi, or something. I didn't love it, myself.

      http://mcslimjb.blogspot.com/

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        FoodDabbler Mar 26, 2011 11:35 AM

        What did you not like about it? The tamarind water in U.S. restaurants is often off, or the puris a little stale. Do you like other Indian chaat (bhel puri, dahi batata puri, etc.)? Just curious.

        About it being a childhood food: I don't know your friend's background but pani puri is generally a street food, not a home one. It's still evocative, though, and brings back memories of snacking on the streets in childhood, during college days, etc. If you have that in your past it's hard to get used to eating at a table, while sitting on a chair.

    2. opinionatedchef Mar 25, 2011 10:36 PM

      http://webcache.googleusercontent.com...

      tells you about futchka. stuffed deep fried little poori by any other name.chaat.snack food.hoping you've been here since the one time you posted; would love to hear more.

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        cindywho Mar 25, 2011 11:53 AM

        Went vegetarian for our first take-out after noticing that we'd be surrounded by televisions if we stayed (though at least one is bollywood style videos) - malai kofta and some kind of veggie dish and some paratha. Paratha was a little dry, veggies oddly smoky/spiced but ok and the kofta were oversalted and not very tasty. Oh well.

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          FoodDabbler Jan 15, 2011 03:30 AM

          There was a short discussion on this place in the December thread:
          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7505...

          1. StriperGuy Jan 14, 2011 12:26 PM

            Hit it today. The food was well seasoned, very nicely spicy, and super fresh. Service was a bit slow.

            My fish masala had real punch and was great, so was the chicken liver fritter.

            The kheer was yummy, creamy, and good.

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              mshillue Jan 2, 2011 03:29 PM

              I really like this place. Came here on a Sunday evening about 6:30. Everything we had was delicious, samosas, dal, tandoori chicken, malai kofta, aloo palak and naan. We had more than enough for three. It was quite crowded and the set up of chairs was too tight but we didn't mind because of the food. Our server aplogized that he comes from a takeout background. It may take them some time to work out the logistics, but in the meantime I'll be enjoying the food either here or takeout!

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                gourmaniac Dec 30, 2010 12:18 PM

                Thanks Striper. What a delightful turn of events with a number of Pakistani restaurants popping up with this, Darbar and Seema. maybe this will be the next wave following the Taiwanese tsunami of the last couple of years.

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                1. re: gourmaniac
                  yumyum Dec 30, 2010 12:33 PM

                  Totally agree. I liked kebab and tandoor a lot then tried darbar and saw the light. Now looking forward to seemas and a report on this new comer.

                  1. re: yumyum
                    tatsu Dec 30, 2010 02:04 PM

                    I'd love some more Sri Lankan too.

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                      yumyum Dec 30, 2010 02:13 PM

                      Count me in.

                    2. re: yumyum
                      Luther Dec 30, 2010 07:53 PM

                      Seema's is just bizarre... I wouldn't recommend it at all. I should post a report

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                        gourmaniac Mar 25, 2011 12:54 PM

                        Hi Luther: Please elaborate on Seema's as i was thinking of trying it soon.

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                          Luther Mar 28, 2011 04:27 AM

                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/756592

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                            gourmaniac Mar 28, 2011 06:52 AM

                            Thanks Luther: I might try it anyway. That or Saab's Market for Middle Eastern.

                  2. nsenada Dec 30, 2010 11:51 AM

                    That looks amazing. Poor Banjo's, not even around long enough to be referred to as "the old Banjo's location."

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                      StriperGuy Dec 30, 2010 11:55 AM

                      HA, I could not remember the name of the short-lived, ill-conceived BBQ place, Banjo's indeed.

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                        Nab Dec 30, 2010 01:41 PM

                        I'm going to have a hard time not calling this place Banjokabab.

                        With fuchka and koliza singara, I am guessing this banjo is Bangladeshi.

                        "Indian pizza" is something you'll see often enough in other cities like Toronto, Chicago, SF, Houston, etc. In theory, I think it could be good, but sadly it has failed to deliver in my experience. First of all, you gotta kiss your krust goodbye, these pizzas generally don't have much a charred underside to em. Adding sliced up seekh kebabs or tandoori chicken just gets bone-dry in the oven. The cheese used most often makes Domino's mozz look like burrata. I am curious about the pepperoni they're using though - maybe the pepp packs enough grease. Always worth a try, I'll give it a whirl sometime.

                        1. re: Nab
                          StriperGuy Dec 30, 2010 03:27 PM

                          Banjokabob it is.

                          Was not so optimistic bout the za, more curious...

                          1. re: Nab
                            Luther Dec 30, 2010 07:53 PM

                            Pretty sure the pizza place on Chestnut Hill Av between Brighton Center and Comm Av (near the fire station and Cumbies) sells this type of pizza.

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