Get ready to excite your taste buds!
Founded in 2001, Kabab and Curry, located on Transit Road in Depew, is a restaurant of fine Pakistani and Indian cuisine. The all-you-can-eat buffet from 5 to 9 p.m. on Wednesdays is absolutely delicious and very reasonably priced at $12.95. Even though the food may be a little different from what average teenagers are used to, it's always exciting to try something new, and you will not be disappointed!
The buffet includes more than 10 unique items. Chicken Makhni, which is cooked in the restaurant's tandoor, or clay oven, is prepared in a creamy tomato sauce. Palak Paneer is a spinach and cheese dish and is great if you want to eat something healthy. Also, the array of fresh seasoned vegetables is also a delight. If you like the taste of goat, the Goat Korma dish with fresh tomato curry yogurt topped with almonds would be the best choice. A favorite of mine is the Chicken Tandoori, which is chicken marinated in ginger, garlic and yogurt, and then baked in the tandoor. Other dishes such as Matar Paneer or green peas, Chana Masala or chickpeas, and Moong Daal, which is composed of lentils, also are available and are terrific if you are watching calories.
Also, Pakora, fried potato fritters, is a great side dish and tastes like french fries.
These names may sound foreign but they are just regular foods with tantalizing sauces and stimulating spices.
Basmati rice is always present on the buffet table, and fresh naan, which is commonly eaten with the main meal, is bread that is very light, fluffy and heavenly, especially because it is cooked in the clay oven. It is brought directly to your table.
You can order regular tea or masala tea. Masala is a spice mixture commonly used in Indian cooking and it is quite unique and tastes wonderful in practically any dish.
There are a handful of teenagers who work at Kabab & Curry.
Mary Morrison, who is 18 and a freshman at Buffalo State College, has been working at the restaurant for more than a year.
"I think teenagers would love to eat here because we have unique food, and many teenagers like to try new cultural foods," Morrison said. "Really, where else can you get goat?"
She added that she thinks most teenagers would enjoy the meat dishes, although her favorite dish is the Palak Paneer.
Minahil Khan, a 17-year-old junior at Williamsville North High School, also has been working at Kabab & Curry for about two years.
"I think teens would like to eat at Kabab & Curry because it is a different experience than the average chain restaurant teens usually go to," she said. "It allows them to try something new without being too adventurous."
She added that the restaurant is a wonderful place for teens to work.
Her favorite dishes are the Chicken Makhni and the delicious Kheer, which is creamy rice pudding, for dessert.
"Many teenagers will be surprised at how much they like the food, and they shouldn't be intimidated by trying something new," Minahil said.
After your meal, try the Kheer or Gulab Jaman, deep fried milk balls covered in sweet syrup. Gulab Jaman is my favorite dessert because they taste like doughnuts and pancakes combined. The mango ice cream, which is not part of the buffet, is also worth trying. Before leaving the restaurant, don't forget to grab some sugar-coated fennel seeds called saunf, which leave a wonderful taste in your mouth and are a perfect ending to a flavorful and enjoyable dining experience.
Michael Khan is a freshman at Canisius High School.
Kabab & Curry
5185 Transit Road Depew
4 stars (out of 4)