Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Kebab Factory in Somerville

Rated the #4 best Indian restaurant in the Boston area by Yelp, The Kebab Factory in Somerville is a tiny authentic eatery tucked away in the same building as the highly acclaimed Bergamot. After a relaxing mini vacation on the Cape, Z and I were in no mood to cook once we arrived home – so we took a quick bike ride over to The Kebab Factory for dinner Saturday night.

Z had dined here once a few years ago, but I had never been, so we were both excited to try the place out. We started with a round of drinks – Z went with a Taj Mahal, and I ordered a glass of pinot grigio ($6).

For an appetizer, we ordered the Factory’s Combo Vegetarian Platter ($7.95), which consisted of samosas, pakoras and Aloo Tikki (spicy, deep fried potato patties). We also asked for some accompanying sauces, which included a spicy chutney.

All of the items on this plate were crispy and delicious without being overly greasy. Even without the sauces, each piece was flavorful and well-spiced.

For my entree, I decided on the Gobi Charchari ($12.95), which is a Bengali dish chocked full of peas and cauliflower, tossed in a five spice mixture (and served with Basmati rice).

This dish was beautifully seasoned – the smoky cumin and pungent fennel seeds were most apparent – and the cauliflower was cooked perfectly. Scooped up with some warm, airy Chapathi ($3.50), and this was a very satisfying dish. (Z and I both went home with leftovers, too!)

Overall, our meal at The Kebab Factory was a successful one. Their use of Indian spices and flavors, intimate atmosphere and reasonable prices will encourage us to return for another meal.

Are you a fan of Indian food? 

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  1. I'm a huge fan of Indian food! I'll have to keep the Kebab Factory in mind the next time I have a craving.

  2. I love Indian food! One of my favorite places is Tamarind Bay in Harvard Square. The Kebab Factory is right down the street from me!

  3. I love Indian Food! My favorite spot is the Jewel in the Crown in Newburyport.

  4. I love Indian food, and I especially love the dish/presentation for the Gobi!

  5. Yum! I'm going to have to try this place out. Love me some Indian food! Just out of curiosity, if you claim to be on such a budget and try to promote economical eating, why do you and Z order appetizers and alcohol? These seem like costly extra that most budget eaters, like myself, can not afford. Just wondering! Thanks for posting such delicious and fresh vegetarian recipes!

  6. I used to live about a block away from The Kebab Factory. I didn't love it... but I only tried it once and I'm not a fan of Indian food anyways. Glad you guys enjoyed your meal!

  7. Great question! 9 times out of 10 when we go out to eat, we have a coupon (Eversave, Groupon, etc.). This was one of the few times we didn't have one to use, but The Kebab Factory's prices were reasonable enough that we felt comfortable ordering what we wanted. Hope that helps!

  8. my friends used to live in inman sq so we would get take out from the kebab factory A LOT. love that place!