9 out of 10 Peppers = Extra SpicyBilling itself as the first Indian-Pakistani restaurant in downtown Long Beach, the newly opened Kabob Curry serves up delicious food at economical prices in a casual atmosphere.
The Details: There are so many things about Kabob Curry that appeal to my Indian sensibilities. First, when I saw that it offered the popular (yet elusive in the States) soda Thums Up, I could feel the giddiness overflowing in me like the bubbles in an excitedly shaken bottle of the sickly sweet classic Indian cola. Second, prices here are C-H-E-A-P. Even my dad would approve -- and this is the man who once tasked me with finding "a sit-down restaurant in Los Angeles where I can get lunch for under $5." Well, Dad, I finally found your place.
For $4.99 at Kabob Curry, you can get bhindi masala (okra), aloo matar (peas and potatoes), channa masala (chickpeas), or pretty much any other veggie dish. Or, if you show up between 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., you can choose between six combos -- ranging from $5.99 to $6.99 -- which all include bread, salad, and a soft drink.
So, Nick and I splurged (well, by Indian standards at least!). We got:
World of Coca Cola since then, but I don't think it's in the sample room. No matter, I can get my fix now.
On the downside, you do need to remember to bring quarters for parking; the restaurant doesn't have its own lot. Also, there's a bizarre chandelier in the front entrance that looks out of place (and previous tenant's sloppy seconds, perhaps?). And do keep in mind that this restaurant is casual. Please promise me you won't take a date here, at least not a first date -- she may fall in love with the food, but probably not so much with you.
Has anyone else tried Kabob Curry yet? What do you think? If you try the lunch buffet before I do, please feel free to leave a comment about it below!
Kabob Curry, 108 West 3rd St., Long Beach 90802. (562) 49-KABOB.