Sometimes we don’t have to go all the way to a country we want to visit to truly experience their culture, all you have to do is eat their authentic cuisine and talk to a local about how it is living there. We had the rare opportunity to do that for our feature on Kabab & Curry (www.kababandcurry.com.ph).
The restaurant is located at a corner in No. 20, Jupiter Street. Its façade is simple, inside it is cozy but really this place is all about the food. We’ll take you through this very unique culinary experience that took us to Pakistan without having to take a plane.
For starters, we were able to observe an Afghan man prepare our Chapati (Php 45), traditional Pakistani bread and Naan (Php 80), traditional Pakistani Tandoor (oven) baked bread. Ather Raja, restaurant manager and our host for the afternoon informed us that most of the equipment were bought from Pakistan.
Before we partook of the food, we made sure there were drinks on standby as we were warned that some of the dishes might be too spicy even if they already adjusted the flavors as per our request. The Mango Lassi (Php 120), a Mango yogurt shake made of Pakistani mango was our drink of choice.
As we ate the best sellers, taking us on a rollercoaster of flavors, we also discussed so many things from tourist places in Pakistan to more serious topics of politics and Osama Bin Laden
We had three chicken dishes, each with its own merit.
The Chicken Tikka BBQ (Php 195) is grilled chicken, marinated in Pakistani spices including red chili, ginger, and garlic. It is served with yogurt and Tamarind sauce which you can use as dips.
The Chicken Biryani (Php 350) is chicken cooked in Pakistani Basmati rice with Herbal spices.
Chicken Malai Boti (Php 195) is boneless pieces of chicken, marinated with cream, green spices, ginger, garlic, and served with tamarind sauce and yogurt sauce.
For beef, we had the Beef Seekh Kabab (Php 195). Its minced beef with onions and perfectly blended spices to form these delicious Seekh Kababs, also served with yogurt and tamarind sauce. We also had the Beef Nehari (Php 295). These beef shanks cooked to perfection with home made spices, garnished with lemon, ginger, fresh coriander. This one goes well with Chapati or Naan.
As if those were not enough, we also had the Kabab Roll (Php 145). These fresh BBQ wrapped in Pakistani bread with different flavors of garlic, mayo, and chattni sauce reminded us of a heavier to the stomach version of lumpia.
For sure these photos and descriptions already got you interested but nothing beats going to the place and actually tasting the food.
Perhaps now is also a good time to say that apart from their food being halal, all the ingredients are also organic as they only source either from a supplier in Pakistan or from the private farm of the owner, Mr. Aslam, in Tagaytay. Also, for the night owls, they are open until three in the morning.