EATING WELL IN KANSAS CITY - January 2018 - Kansas City
Just Bobbin' Along
Let's Talk about Kebabs
By Gloria Gale
There’s something so easy about a savory kebab –an uncomplicated entrée long on taste, short on fuss.
My pick for this as yet unduplicated niche is Indian restaurant, Kebab Nights, an Overland Park casual dining spot in the slot formerly occupied by Masalas.
Kebab Nights gives diners the taste of a wildly popular and similar casual dining restaurant in India called Barbecue Nation. Not to confuse, this isn’t anything close to American barbeque.
Billed as ‘Fast Food Indian Barbecue’, the savory skewers and pots of fragrant biryanis are a welcome change to the surrounding area’s ubiquitous quick fare.
Owner, Roushan Kumar is no stranger to restaurant management helming the more formal, full service Kulture Kurry located in the Shops at Corporate Woods.
“Kebab Nights is meant to satisfy the customer who doesn’t need a white tablecloth experience. It’s fast, friendly and is an alternative for anyone searching for something different. “We love the idea of centering a restaurant on kebabs. Not only do the varieties of meat and vegetables give us endless options for our customers, but the marinades and spices the chef is using and changing slightly each week is a subtle Indian flavor profile that will be universally pleasing,” said Kumar. “So far our customers have been pleasantly surprised to learn that these skewers are healthier than most fast casual food options with low fat meats, no fried foods and lots of delicious vegetables cooked to perfection.”
The expertly grilled kebabs feature lamb, fish, shrimp and chicken. Vegetarians will find options including paneer (a firm cottage cheese) and grilled vegetables. The sensory essence is spicy (but not too) and offers a change in the menu normally found in Indian restaurants.
Plates have 2 kebab skewers that can be mixed and matched, i.e., chicken and shrimp, lamb/ grilled vegetables and fish accompanying white rice, mint and spicy ginger chutney. These are generous servings for either lunch or dinner but if you’re really hungry, get a platter, featuring combinations of 4 skewers, biryani and mango kulfi (a type of semi-sweet dessert).
When the food is delivered to your table it looks like way too much but it’s actually not – which keeps you from over-indulging. How novel in the age of BIG food.
Kebab Nights is open for lunch and dinner Sunday and Monday; Wednesday through Saturday; closed Tuesdays. 7301 W. 91st Street, Overland Park 66212
Kansas City writer, producer, and photostylist Gloria Gale is a sleuth when it comes to discovering interesting features for the media.
As a native she's compiled a burgeoning collection of editorial features on food, travel and lifestyle for national and local magazines, books, individuals, and corporate clients.
Most recently, Gloria profiled area restaurants as a columnist for 435 Magazine and was one of KCUR's Food Critics radio program.
Want to know where to find the best tastes in town? Contact Gloria: firstname.lastname@example.org