Kabuli Kabob: Halal Afghan Restaurant in Markham
When I want to eat a meal and feel like I’ve eaten well, I usually think Afghan food. Not all establishments are equal however, and I’ve had my share of hits and misses. But Kabuli Kabob halal Afghan restaurant in Markham is a pleasant, tasty and budget friendly surprise.
Walking in, the place is very small but they manage to fit in three tables that seat four people each, so dining in is an option. The place is clean and bright, the counter is small but to the point. Their menu is very similar to Bamiyan (which is just across the road) but there are a few unique items as well.
My family and I order what we know: sultani kabob which is a dinner plate consisting of a koobida (seekh) kabob and barg (filet mignon pieces) as well as a waziri kabob dinner plate with a koobida kabob and a chicken breast kabob. We also try their special dish, mantoo, steamed dumplings stuffed with ground beef and onions, then topped with a yogurt base curry infused with black pepper and more ground beef. I’ve heard of mantoo before, but never had an opportunity to try it, so I’m excited I finally get to see what all the fuss is about.
We decided to take the food home to eat. It was torture driving home — the food smelled amazing! Now for the test, is this place a hit or miss? The first thing I try is the chicken breast kabob – beautiful!
Chicken breast, although a healthy choice of meat, has a tendency to be dry (except for the tender). I’m not sure what they did — but the texture was light and juicy. Then unexpectedly there it was, a hit of spiciness, so far so good! I move on to the koobida kabob, not completely what I was expecting after trying the chicken breast kabob, but it was still above average. Rice was fluffy and tasty, salad was fresh and crispy. Love everything so far.
I finish up with my plate, then see that my hubby has stolen some of my chicken pieces and replaced them with a single chunk of barg kabob 😐
I must savour the morsel I was given so I take a small bite and roll it around in my mouth a bit. Very simple and not strong at all, which is exactly how filet mignon should be. It’s possibly my favourite dish so far. I take the next bite and am so pleased at how tender and tasty this is. I’m convinced, barg kabob is my fav, not really surprising though since I am a steak person 🙂
Now for the mantoo:
I’m not one to mix yogurt with my food, but I have to say the mantoo was really well-balanced and the flavours were so varied that each bite was flavourful. I also liked the texture of the dumpling itself.
What I love best about Kabuli Kabob halal Afghan restaurant is that the dishes we tried were all unique from one another. They didn’t repeat the same mix of spices and just switch out the meat (common in these types of joints). What I’m missing is that special white sauce that Bamiyan gives you (not sure what it’s called!) If I had that sauce, I’d be REALLY happy!
The differentiation between Bamiyan and Kabuli is simple: if you want to dine in with a large party Bamiyan is the place. If you’re taking away, definitely, hands down, go to Kabuli. Not only are their prices reasonable, their food is excellent and well worth a regular visit.
Kabuli Kabab Halal Afghan Restaurant
30 Karachi Drive #72, Markham, ON L3S 0B6
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