November 26, 2013. The Great Kabab Factory Restaurant is located just two blocks away from my home in Al Khuwair commercial area where you can see on the opposite side the Pizza Hut and all bunch of commercial shops and cafes on Al Kuleiyah Street. Everytime we pass by the landmark, I always told my husband that we should try their menu since we get to see their flyers left on our gate that contains variation of Kababs at affordable prices.
Tonight, we arrive a bit early and waited for 10 minutes before it opens at 7PM.
We come to the place with no reservations and one of the staff meets us at the door and helps us select the best suitable dining area for family.
We scout a table near the open kitchen area where you can see the chefs do the live cooking. The whole area is quite, cozy, and spacious that can accommodate a large number of diners.
The menu contains a brief history of Kabab, the famous kind of meat preservation and cooking that was brought by Mongols in India and later was perfected by fancy Indian chefs into a superb cuisine for years.
One thing I notice is that the menu for dine and take out are different. For dine in, you can choose from the selections of unlimited servings of seafood (8.400 OMR), vegetarian or non-vegetarian buffet (6.900 OMR), and variety of drinks that range from 1.400 OMR to 2.000 OMR. The dining idea is that you choose your buffet and it will be served to you in a special order right at your table.
We have tried their Non-vegetarian Buffet worth 6.900 OMR. The serving of food items begins with salad, then the varieties of kabab, later the biryani, and lastly the dessert. Each time the food is served one dedicated staff will explain the food ingredients and how it is being prepared and cooked.
We have tasted their royal and unique Galouti Kabab made of ground baby lamb meat and other mouthwatering kababs that are roasted on the tandoor or sighri, shallow-fried in tawa, deep-fried in kadhai, steamed in pots and even grilled on stones. After you are served with the variety of kababs, your personal staff will ask you which of the kababs you would like to have more.
My husband loves the Mutton kabab that he ordered for two more pieces while I like the chooza chicken.
But most of the kababs are a bit spicy so my son has his own kid’s meal that contains chicken and rice that are not spicy.
The food is great especially with the mixed of biryani rice and butter Nan bread that make these Indian dishes even more tempting and delicious.
Before finishing our meal, we are served with Indian desserts like the dal tadka. But what I love most is their homemade pistachio ice cream with bits of pistachio nuts. It’s creamy and nutty!
Besides the main dish, we also choose the mint cooler (1.400 OMR) and fresh fruit juice (1.500 OMR) to quench our appetite. The café also charge additional 8% service charge and another %9 of government taxes. In total we had 2 non-vegetarian selections, 1 kids meal (3.900 OMR), bottle of water (0.800 bz), and 2 juices. Our bill came to RO 25.192 OMR.
Aside from the food, this restaurant has the best kind of service in town. It’s really personalized and authentic. The staff that serving you the dishes are extremely knowledgeable about the menu and know how best to get the most from the flavorful dishes. They are also cheerful and talkative.
This is a real treat for us, both the meat dishes and salads are well executed and the ice cream is out of this world. I would wholeheartedly recommend this restaurant for anyone!
The Great Kabab Factory
Telephone number: 2447 8373
Address: Al Kuleiyah Street, opposite Pizza Hut