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Mar 31, 2012 07:20 PM

Chicken Kati Roll at Tawa Foods

I know I sound like a shill for this place because I do really like it, but had the chicken kati roll again today here and, I have to say, this is one of the finest sandwiches in the city. I was extremely cold and hungry, so maybe I wasn't as objective as I should have been, but I've had it before and it's always delicious.
There's something about the hand chopped meat, combined with the red onion and peppers on the griddle, all wrapped up in an extremely fresh paratha, that just works. It's one of those sandwiches where less really is more. But be warned that it's nothing like an actual kati roll—it's its own thing, but a delicious one!

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  1. Your description applies to the onion chili dosa as well. It's own animal and downright addictive.

    1. Is this kati roll meal sized or snack sized, like the ones found in Manhattan?

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      1. re: Humbucker

        hmm. been a long time since i had a regular kati roll, but i think these are slightly bigger. good for a small meal or a large snack. If i was really hungry, i could eat two. (but i'm a big eater) I can def always eat two regular kati rolls.

        1. re: missmasala

          missmasala do you live in the area? considering moving to an apt. nearby and would be very interested in your neighborhood reccs

          1. re: AubWah

            No, but part of me always wishes I did. I live in brooklyn, but go to JH/Woodside/Elmhurst for a lot of my shopping--and some eating. And hit tawa foods every time, because the potato parathas and chicken parathas are staples for my kids. If I were you, I would be psyched to move nearby.

            Don't know that I have any recs for you that haven't been covered on this board. I think the area is a food-shopping mecca--between patel bros, trade fair, the korean grocery, and pacific market (which is the only weak link, as it's shabby) and the smaller thai, filipino, mexican, and himalayan markets, you can almost cook the world shopping there. And the eating out is pretty great, too. I feel like I haven't explored it much lately, because the kids always want to go to tawa, so that's where we end up.

      2. These guys are probably the only place that make out equally good in the Nepalese and Indian dishes. On my most recent carbolicious visit, i enjoyed the aloo paratha - here a flat bread with potatoes within - and also dug the sel roti, maybe the best donut in Queens.

        The staff is also very nice and gracious.


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        1. re: Polecat

          Look forward to trying this place!

          1. re: AubWah

            Sad to report I was at Tawa tonight and they are no longer making the chicken kathi. The Pakistani man who speaks English very well told me that they had to make payroll cuts because business has been slow, and the person who would make the kathi at the griddle was let go. Just momos and parathas and thalis.

            1. re: ZenFoodist

              Who's got the best thalis in The Heights?

              1. re: ZenFoodist

                That's hilarious because I've been twice in the past couple of weeks and they told me he was "on vacation." But I suspected he wasn't coming back because when I asked they said they didn't know when he was returning.

                Something is definitely going on with that place because now you also pay for the nepali food up front separately from the parathas in back. The whole thing has gotten a little strange and my family misses both the chicken kati roll and the chicken parathas they used to make for us. I wouldn't be surprise if the place morphs a little in the coming months.

                1. re: missmasala

                  The kati rolls are so good there.
                  Even the what-looked-to-be dosas looked very good. I'm gonna miss moving out of the way of the storm door as I waited for my Chicken kati roll. Watching the guy at the griddle was fun ... and sadly now, no more. : (