Unlike a lot of restaurants, Mayur Kabab puts all its proverbial eggs in one basket, meaning with its stripped down ambiance (think the basics, like plain tables and chairs under fluorescent lighting), this place relies solely on its awesome food.It happens every so often when I'm biking past the corner of 11th and K. Even if the light's green I find myself pausing. Not only is there a pretty cool, Bavarian-looking building on the southwest corner of that intersection, but that building houses a wonderfully aromatic restaurant, the Mayur Kabab House. "We serve some of the most authentic Indo-Pak cuisine in around," said Kumar, the owner. And judging from the heaps of brick oven baked naan, plates of chicken, goat and lamb in spicy, saucy mixtures and tandoori specialities, Kumar seems spot on. Yes, unlike a lot of restaurants, Mayur Kabab puts all its proverbial eggs in one basket, meaning with a stripped down ambiance (think the basics, like plain tables and chairs under fluorescent lighting), this establishment relies solely on the reputation of its food and service. As the great scents indicate, this place is solid, especially for vegetarians. In fact, vegetarians, take note: there are 14 meatless entrees on the menu. And in an act of role reversal, it's the non-veggie appetizers that get called so on the menu, rather than the standard other way around. And by the way, when I said "pausing," I really meant, "stopping by and shoving all the edible awesomeness in my face."
Kofta Kabab Lamb, $5.95
Chili Paneer, $10.95
Navrattan Korma (vegetable curry), $10.95
Chicken Tikka Masala, $11.95
Tandoori Shrimp, $16.95
Goat Biryani, $15.95
Monday - Thursday, 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday - Saturday, 3 p.m. to midnight