The Kabab & Curry Restaurant Facts
8445 Main St, Williamsville, NY 14221 / (716) 565-3822
Cuisine: Indian, Pakistani / Price: $, $$
Hours: Open 7 days a week for lunch, brunch and dinner
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Kabab & Curry is one of WNY’s more popular Asian eateries specializing in Pakistani and Indian cuisine. The family owned operation first opened their doors in 2001. Fifteen years and still going strong is a testament to their food and management. They moved about a year back from Transit Rd to their new digs on Main Street in Williamsville/Clarence. The new space offers plenty of seating, a deck, private dining options, handicapped access, and a ton of parking, which pretty much sums up the suburbs in a sentence.
If you’re looking to get your Middle Eastern fix this is a great place to start. You’ll find plenty of flavor at Kabob & Curry with traditional seasoning – garlic, ginger, cumin, cilantro and curry, and smiling attentive service. The buffet is awesome for variety and quantity sake, but the heat index will be somewhat moderate. Beware the food coma because it can be hard to stop eating. If you’re looking for something a little more a la carte, fear not as they have some 60 entrees listed. The food is fresh, house made, and while we are not Indian/Pakistani cuisine experts, seems true to the cuisine.
Like we said up top – there are a boat load of choices here – vegan, gluten free, wait service, buffet – you name it. The cuisine is Halal – foods that are allowed under Islamic dietary guidelines. They have all your Middle Eastern favs like Makhani, Tikka Masala, Karahi, Vindaloo, Korma, Curry, Biryani, and Tandoori dishes. Most come with various protein types (chicken, beef, lamb, shrimp, vegetable) and heat/spice options. They have a long list of appetizers like kababs, pakoras, samosas, chaat; a few side dishes, desserts like kheer (rice pudding), kulfi (ice cream) and more. They even have a kids menu.
The Buffet is pretty nice, lunch 7 days is $10.95, a Wednesday dinner buffet is a few bucks more with a few more options. It also includes a small salad bar and a dessert.
The only section of the menu that is a little lacking is beverage. They offer water, pop, juices, lemonade, tea, and Lassi – a house made yogurt drink.
Kabab & Curry’s new location is suburban Americana in fact and feel. They offer plenty of space, and a variety of seating options from private room to front patio. Middle Eastern decorating touches are moderate. The space was probably a home once, maybe a professional office most recently. They have plenty of off-street parking and good handicap access.
Two of us ordered off the menu and one went buffet during a weekday lunch. We opted for the patio and ordered:
Hummus & Naan $4.95 – housemade hummus served with one plain naan. Served with roti when ordered vegan.
A great way to start the meal. The hummus is creamy and not super full of flavor but plenty of garbanzo taste is present. This naan is similar to a Greek pita bread.
Chicken Biryani- $13.95 – Basmati rice and chicken cooked in an onion gravy along with saffron and mint. Served with a side of plain yogurt. (also available in Lamb $15.95, Shrimp $15.95, Vegetable $12.95 options).
This is primarily a rice dish, as opposed to a sauced dish you put on rice like the Masala. The rice, protein, and seasoning are all cooked together adding great flavor to the rice and a quite satisfying dish. Pro tip: pour the yogurt sauce on top before dismantling the rice mound. Loved it.
Tikka Masala – A creamy tomato sauce made with diced bell peppers and onions. Boneless pieces of meat are marinated in yogurt and baked in a tandoor. The meat is then finished off in the sauce. Served with Basmati rice. A tandoor means a type of oven and generally refers to a clay pot. This is garnished with cilantro. (Chicken $13.95 | Lamb $15.95 | Shrimp $15.95 | Beef $14.95 | Vegetable $12.95)
Not unlike the Makhani below (flavored a little differently) this is a great “comfort food” dish.
Lunch Buffet – The buffet is quick, plentiful and offers a nice variety. Some of the items change regularly, some like the naan, rice, and Tadori are pretty consistent. Spice levels will remain fairly middle-of-the-road for obvious reasons.
Basmati Rice – A traditional Indian rice that is a very long and slender grain and nicely aromatic. Cooked properly it is light and fluffy, never sticky.
Pakoras – Vegetable fritters made of a chickpea batter with potatoes, onions, and spinach.
Papadum and Naan – naan is a type of Indian bread made with white flour and cooked in a tandoor. It is close to a pita bread. Papadum is a crispy, light wafer made from lentil flour and cumin seed, and also baked in a tandoor.
Chicken Tandori – Bone-in chicken marinated in yogurt and spices, offered with grilled onions.
Vegetable Korma – this is rich, creamy with hints of ginger, garlic, mid East seasonings and veggies.
Channa Palak – Spinach cooked with onion, garlic, pureed broccoli, chickpeas, and a hint of cream.
Daal Tarka – Yellow lentils cooked in a buttery sauce, flavored with ginger and cilantro.
Chicken Makhani (A.K.A. Indian Butter Chicken) – Boneless chicken that is marinated in yogurt, and cooked in a creamy tomato sauce with a touch of sweetness and spice.
We indulged in and enjoyed everything. The standouts were the Papadum – The cumin seed, think on a weck roll, brings a ton of nutty, peppery flavor that gives this a very unique flavor; Channa Palak (spinach) – This is a cool combo and strangely addicting. I went for a taste and ended up going back for thirds; Chicken Makhani – simply a killer sauce on the rice. I could eat it all day.
*Indicates sodium content [greater than/exceeding] the Healthy Options guidelines. The American Heart Association recommends choosing foodservice meals that contain no more than 900mg of sodium and a daily sodium intake of 1,500mg or less
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Kabab & Curry is a member of the Independent Health Foundation’s Healthy Options Buffalo program. The Healthy Options program was designed to help our community make informed decisions about healthy eating, and as a result, help address the high rates of stroke and heart disease prevalent in Western New York. Through this program, the Foundation works with area restaurants to offer heart-healthy food options that are considered lower in fat, saturated fat cholesterol, and sodium. To learn more about the Healthy Options program and to check out more great participating Healthy Options restaurants visit healthyoptionsbuffalo.com.