Dec 28, 2011

Kabab BQ....Authentic Pakistani Cuisine in Jumeirah

I have to admit, I was a bit skeptical walking into this establishment.  Not because of the look or feel, but because it was empty.....But we decided to give it a shot simply based on decor and aesthetic (and because I had a serious craving for Pakistani food)  

We were greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable service staff who made us feel very warm and welcomed.  We sat at a table by the window and looked around the restaurant to find that every seat was decorated with authentic Pakistani cushions, cute touch! 

We asked the waiter for his recommendations, and he immediately told us to order the mutton Seekh kebab, he also recommended a special for  the evening, Chicken Achari.  We took both his recommendations,  in addition got the fresh Tandoori Naan, and simply couldn't resist the Palak Paneer! 

I'm usually not fond of Mutton, but these kebab were prepared well.  The seasoning was nicely balanced (a bit on the spicy side) and they were grilled to perfection!
The fluffy Tandoori Naan was the perfect texture of crispy and chewy.  One of my favorite food memories from past visits to Pakistan is enjoying fresh Naan, and this brought me back to that happy place. 

Palak Paneer is one of those guilty pleasure in Pakistani cuisine.  You think spinach, and you automatically think healthy, but this dish is everything besides healthy.  Rich stewed and flavorful spinach cooked in copious amounts of ghee and cream garnished with seared cubes of curd cheese.  How can you go wrong? It can be enjoyed with Basmati rice, Naan, or even on its own.  This is Pakistan's answer to comfort food!

The Chicken Achari was one of the other recommended dishes.  Kalonji (Nigella seeds) are what make this dish unique.  It's one of the most distinct spices in the Pakistani spice cupboard.  It's a great ingredient to use, because it adds such a powerful dimension of flavor to food, but it has to be used properly, otherwise the taste can be overwhelming. 

Gulab Jammun are difficult to resist, and these little morsels of deep fried goodness are especially tempting because they were made very well.  The perfect round shape and the gorgeous golden brown color said it all...... 
After dinner we were served this traditional sweet supari often used as a mouth freshener after meals.  It consists of fennel seeds, dried toasted coconut,  beetlenuts, dried fruits, rose petals, menthol, and other flavors.   
Kabab BQ is located on Umm Al Sheif Street, Jumeirah 3, next to Maria Bonita.  Hours of Operation are from 12:00 pm-12:00 am Monday-Sunday, plus they DELIVER! Call 04 394 4656 for more information


  1. Looks absolutely delicious. I've been to Maria Bonita but never noticed this place. Will definitely give it a go :)

  2. It was a pleasant little surprise....I can't wait to go back for the Nihari!!

  3. Saba, I went this evening - it's sooo good!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you :o)

  4. Glad you enjoyed Anna....I'm craving that Palak Paneer, YUMMMMMY!

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