The last time my P.I.C. stayed in Madison she went to this little middle eastern restaurant. She raved about the diverse flavours and the fact that they out raisins in their rice. A surprisingly good combination actually.
Kabul is the name of the restaurant down on state street.
She didn’t lie. The flavours are complex, robust and wonderful. We shared hummus with sumac to start, the perfect combination. Our meals both came with a bowl with their special home made soup. It was warm and spicy. Even thought it was hot outside, somehow this hot soup was refreshing. I chock that up to the shear amount of protein in it.
I enjoyed their vegetarian ashka. Ashka are steamed dumplings verging on ravioli. They had smothered them in a green bean and spicy tomato sauce then topped them with cooling yogurt.
My companion enjoyed ginger chicken with saffron rice. My couple of tastes of the dish left my mouth craving more. The flavours were so full and bold. It was perfectly seasoned. So flavorful.
I suggest giving Kabul a visit if you find yourself in Madison. I really enjoyed the food there. Even though the restaurant is kind of kitschy and doesn’t look like much the well crafted house made food is well worth the visit.