Location and First Impressions:
It is love at first sight. Masood and I have lunch at this newly-opened (three or four months back, so still pretty young) restaurant at Karama one pleasant, sunny afternoon. The moment I enter its bluish-green wooden door, I feel like I’m transported to an era of Bollywood when BigB was still young and wore yellow a lot. The Hindi music playing in the background, the red bricks, the framed pictures and advertisement from the 60s and 70s—they all contributed to the unique ambiance of Kabab Kolony.
It’s a small, cozy restaurant that can probably accommodate not more than 50 people at a time. I send them an e-mail beforehand asking what time the restaurant will be least busy so that I could take pictures without disturbing others and they suggest somewhere 12:30-1:30 pm. I’m glad I asked them first because I’ve never felt so comfortable taking pictures in a restaurant!
Parking is a bit of an issue though. We arrive around 1 pm and do not find a parking in front of the restaurant so we drive all the way to the back.
Dhoom. This is my childhood favorite nimbu pani, a sweet and salty lime soda that reminds me of the many hot summer afternoons in Karachi, that humid weather just before monsoon kicks in. This drink, with a hint of mint, is a must-try. AED 8.
Dishoom. It’s like a pink lemonade, but contains pineapple and lots of crushed ice. This is OK but not as good as Dhoom. This is Masood’s drink that he wants to trade with my Dhoom. I say no way, of course. Just kidding. AED 8.
Chapli Bun Kabab. Chapli kebab is a patty made from beef mince, and is one of the popular barbecue meals in both Pakistan and Afghanistan. The word Chapli comes from the Pashto word Chaprikh which means flat. Kabab Kolony serves a mildly-spiced chapli kabab in a bun with mayo sauce and fried egg. AED 10
Shami Bun Kabab. Traditionally, shami kababs are made from beef mince too, but the ones served at Kabab Kolony is chicken. The kabab is really soft and flavorful. I prefer this over the chapli kabab. AED 10
Note: I expected both kababs to contain the fiery mint chutney that bun kababs are famous for. I suggest you tell the staff taking your order to add the chutney and make the kababs more spicy.
Mutton Biryani. This biryani, surprisingly, tastes a lot like those served in Karachi! But the heat is tempered down a bit so even my mother—who can not tolerate spicy food—could eat this biryani. The meat is nice and tender. The serving is really generous. AED 17
KK Dhamaka Chicken Boti. Freshly-grilled pieces of tender and juicy chicken tikka pieces to be enjoyed with hot paratha. This is recommended by the Peach, one of their friendly staff, and although it isn’t the best one we’ve ever had, we still love it. Chicken boti is AED 22 and paratha is AED 3.
Kheer. Not photographed because we eat it later in the office. Really good! Masood and I shared one serving and wish we ordered another one. AED 6
Kabab Kolony is a fun, casual, and friendly place. The staff is friendly and attentive. The decor will definitely keep you busy while you wait for your food to arrive. The food is good but I am a little disappointed that it is served in styro plates and plastic cups that make us feel like we’re eating at a mall’s food court. I hope they plan on using proper plates, cutlery and glasses soon.
Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Road, Opp Spinney’s Super Market
04-358 33 88