Kabob Bazaar

Written by on November 4, 2011 in I Eat America, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(kabobbazaar.com) – Clarendon neighborhood, Arlington, Virginia

How I heard of this place: One of my new friends in Arlington mentioned it to me as a place to get good, Persian kabob without having to travel to Tyson’s Corner. A few friends invited me to join them on Sunday evening for dinner at Kabob Bazaar, but I already had other plans. Suffice it to say, it has been on my mind, since.

Type of cuisine: Persian rice and kabobs, including beef, lamb and chicken varieties. Skewers of meat, sometimes with vegetables, always with grilled tomatoes served over rice or bread, as you wish.

Bread at Kabob Bazaar

Ambiance:  While I joined my friends, seated outside, and did not have the opportunity to peruse the indoor section of Kabob Bazaar, I loved the outdoor patio! Chained in, the small, mismatched tables and chairs allowed for our party of six to be easily accommodated. One green, plastic table with plastic, faux wood center and matching chairs were accompanied by a retro, white linoleum top and silver border. The large, double doors opened up from the restaurant onto the patio, creating what seemed to be an open space that allowed for restaurant furniture to transition between the two areas. The sun glaring above, over the trees that provided shade onto the sidewalk and patio, made it difficult to see the inside, but the darkness, dim lighting and romantic ambiance was apparent. Kabob Bazaar is delighted to serve the Washington D.C. metropolitan area with authentic Persian cuisine since December 15, 1993.Traditional instrumental Iranian music is played lightly throughout the restaurant, allowing customers to be introduced to a small but significant part of the beautiful Persian culture. Paintings displaying people, places, and designs pertaining to the Iranian culture. Samovars, traditional pots used to boil water and brew aromatic Persian tea, are placed behind the bar. Many customers sit at the bar and enjoy the traditional hot tea while socializing.Kabob Bazaar’s delicious kabobs are freshly prepared daily and cooked right before your eyes on our open-fire grill. We also offer delicious daily specials. Our homemade bread is also made to order, crisp and hot in our tanoor clay-oven.”

What I ordered: Wanting to sample the koobideh kabob ($8.95) with rice, again, ensuring that the dry kabobs from last time were a one-time fluke, that’s what I ordered. My husband followed suit, ordering the same meal, with a pitcher of doogh ($7.95).

Koobideh at Bazaar

Our three dining companions, who had arrived just before us had already selected some tantalizing appetizers, including: Kash-o-Bademjan ($4.45), sauteed eggplant dressed with fried onion, garlic, mint and sour cream, served with fresh baked pita bread;

Kashk-e-Bademjan

and Must-o-Moseer ($3.95), yogurt mixed with diced shallots;

Mast-o-Musir

and rice tadeeg ($2.95), crispy, golden rice served with the khoresht of the day: ghormeh sabzi. For their main entrees, they selected one Sabzi Polo Mahi ($12.45), served with marinated chunks of boneless swordfish steaks,

Sabzi Polo Mahi

Barreh Kabob ($13.45), chunks of marinated prime lamb served with Zereshk Polo (additional $2) instead of regular rice, and one Super Soltani ($15.95), the combination of one skewer of chicken kabob and one skewer of chejeh kabob with plain rice.

Soltani

To end our meal together, two in our party ordered tea ($2 per cup).

What I loved: Of the appetizers, I most enjoyed the ghormeh sabzi atop the perfect, golden tadeeg. I only sampled my main entree, the entire plate-worth, and was very pleased. It was so good, in fact, that I could not stop when I was full, and simply continued until there was nothing more on my plate. The rice was fluffy and buttery . The warm bread and presentation of the basket a welcome embrace, creating an appetizer to whet our appetites before the meals arrived.

Why I loved it: The portions, while still abundant, are more manageable than some Persian kabob houses, and the opportunity to share still abounds! The low cost and convenient location, great company and friendly staff make for a winning combination!

Cost: Low to average ($9-$15 per dinner entree)

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