Gerrae Cotton | Bougie Foodie
I first became a fan of Indian cuisine when my taste buds encountered chicken tikka masala at a trendy Indian restaurant in London. Since then, I’ve had a hard time finding a place that could recreate that authentic flavor in the Detroit area. After an in-depth search on my favorite app, Yelp, I decided to venture a little further outside my neck of the woods, Corktown, into Hamtramck to a restaurant called the Kabob House & Mouchak Sweets. Only about a 10 minute drive from the center of downtown Detroit this little restaurant was truly genuine.
There was parking located on the side of the building and a cute entry way buried under snow that looks like it’s used in the summer for outdoor seating. The place was really quiet and there was almost no one dining here. It made me a little skeptical on the food because it was prime dinner time on a Saturday night. We sat ourselves and the waiter immediately came over to greet us. I ordered the lamb curry which came with either rice or naan and the chicken tikka, which also came with those same sides. I chose one rice, decided to upgrade the naan to the garlic naan, and ordered an additional Kashmiri naan (naan with fruit embedded). The meals were only $8 a piece, but with my upgrades it came to about $22 total.
The curry the lamb was simmered in was amazing. I could taste each of the spices that Indian cuisine is known for, the cardamom, the garam masala, and cumin. I wish it simmered a little longer though to make the meat more tender. The pieces of meat were also a bit too fatty for my liking. The chicken tikka came with onion next to a basic salad, which I didn’t touch. The chicken tasted grilled, but I wish I ordered the masala so it could’ve been a bit juicier. I combined the two meals, placing the chicken tikka in the lamb curry and that was amazing! The garlic naan was warm and fresh and I liked it a bit more than the Kashmiri. My friend chose to order the Vegetable biryani, which is just vegetables cooked with rice and spices. There were so many vegetarian options available for those who are giving up meat for lent.
Afterwards, the owner came over to our table and introduced himself and thanked us for choosing his establishment. He boxed our food for us and left extremely great vibes. I would recommend this place to others if you want to try Indian cuisine for the first time. I can’t wait to check it out in the summer when the patio opens up!
Try Kabob House and Mouchak Sweets and let me know what you think!
KABOB HOUSE AND MOUCHAK SWEETS
Address: 11405 Conant St., Hamtramack, MI
Hours: 11 am - 11 pm
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