Last Thursday, Naan & Kabob held a “Foodie Silk Route Event” at their Markham Road and Sheppard Avenue location in Scarborough. This was a food event held at lunchtime to showcase some of their food offerings on their menu at this new location. Naan & Kabob is a fast casual restaurant that offers Afghan street food.
Luckily, because a two-day reporting job had vacated its second day, I was able to make it out on this weekday to partake in this “foodie bloggers event” (I’ve never heard of ‘foodie bloggers’ before; either it’s “food bloggers” or “foodies” XD). I was excited to try the Afghani food from this family-run restaurant (they are gradually growing all over the GTA and planning to open some franchises).
The event was scheduled to begin at noon. It was refreshing to see a tasting event stick closely to its schedule during the full 1.5 hours!
My mom was my plus one and we arrived at the restaurant a little after noon. At this time, almost all of the the other attendees had arrived and were already seated. I was given a name tag and we were served Mango Smoothies to start.
The Mango Smoothies were very thick and dense. They were quite good!
Javid, the catering manager, kicked off the event by welcoming us to the event and giving us an introduction of the restaurant. Then we were invited to hear some live music from the musician who used a very ancient-looking instrument — I don’t remember what this was called unfortunately.
Meanwhile, a large variety of their menu offerings were being prepped by the staff and displayed on a long table for us. It was a buffet-style lunch tasting where we lined up to select the items that we wanted to try. We were given a quick run-down of what the items were too. Everything looked so delicious! It was clear that they had put a lot of thought and planning into this event. 😀
A video I shot displaying all of the food:
The Chana Masala was good! 🙂
My mom really took a liking to their salads!
The Bolanee was lightly grilled naan, stuffed with potatoes, green onions and herbs, and served with a side of homemade yogurt. I liked it!
I’ve never had Mantu before. This was like Asian dumplings since the styling and presentation were the same. These were hand-formed dumplings, filled with sautéed onions and ground beef, drizzled with seasoned yogurt, split peas and more filling. This was a good appetizer.
The Tandori was good! It was boneless-skinless chicken breast skewer, marinated with rich ingredients for a juicy, tender, and spicy taste.
In addition to the Tandori chicken skewers, we got to try the half chicken too! This was rather good. Tandori Half Chicken, tender marinated in original fresh tandori spices.
Classic Chicken Breast: boneless-skinless, marinated for tenderness and succulent taste. This was tasty! It wasn’t rough or dry at all. 🙂
Again, the meat was consistent and tasty. Beef Tikka Kabob: top grade Ontario braised white Veal Sirloin, grilled and lightly seasoned.
We also tried the Shish Kabob (two skewers of ground beef, seasoned with authentic house blended-Afghani
herbs and spices) and Chaplee (two patties of spicy seasoned ground beef, finished with natural herbs). Both of these were just as good as the other meats and very tasty.
The Basmati Rice was good and especially good with Qabli topping.
The Naan was really good too! It was simple traditional flat bread but it was freshly baked and went perfectly with the other dishes.
There were a limited quantity of Paneer Kabob samples. It was a grilled cottage cheese marinated in a special N&K house blend and also some grilled zucchini too. It was yummy dry grilled cottage cheese.
I took one of each item to try everything out. The flavours and marinate of each item was delicious!! I haven’t had Middle Eastern food like this in a while and it was so refreshing and satisfying to eat it again. 😀 (I said every dish was good because it really was! Nothing wasn’t up to par at all. :))
This Firni dessert was an Afghan pudding of milk and starch flavoured with cardamon. It wasn’t too sweet and was the perfect ending to the tasting!
Javid closed off the event at 1:30 p.m. and there was time allotted for us to mix and mingle with the other foodies and take home any of the leftover display food too. We were glad to do so. 🙂
Thank you so much, Naan & Kabob, for inviting me to this Foodie Silk Road event. It was such a pleasure to enjoy your delicious food! 😀 The event was also so well organized and planned-out, which made it a huge bonus in terms of event quality and enjoyment. ^_^
(Going into the event, I had believed that it was my first time trying Afghan food; however, I recall now that I’ve been to Bamiyan Kabob before too for Afghan food. :)).
FTC Disclaimer: Although Naan & Kabob reached out and invited me to a complimentary tasting, the opinions expressed here represent my own and not those of the restaurant.