Pakistani Style Fried Chicken for 2 at Kabobeesh

Kabobeesh’s familiar long, single level design would lead you to believe it is a diner. But instead of waffles and milkshakes, you will find curry and  lassis inside. Kabobeesh has a full menu of Pakistaki meat and vegetables in sandwich and platter form. I wasn’t sure what I was going to order when the rotating food slide show above the counter plastered a picture of a whole fried chicken.  I remembered my previous experiences ripping in to an entire fried chicken at Wa-Gi-Wah, and decided to see how this bird compared.

While I was waiting for my chicken, a lovely little potato veggie ball held me over.

The lahori chargah is $12 on its own, the same as at Wah-Gi-Wah. But I got it as a meal; $17 with 2 cans of soda, 2 naans,  chutney, and salad. What I have learned since the last time I ate Pakistani fried chicken and was confused about the lack of a crusty skin is that this type of chicken preparation is skinless. The meat itself is lightly deep fried, a delicious oxymoron. For under $10 a person, 2 people can have a nice, chickeny meal.

The chicken was pretty comparable to the one at Wah-Gi-Wah. Wah-Gi-Wah’s may be a little more moist. I think it comes down to what sort of ambiance you are looking for. Wah-Gi-Wah is a sit down situation, but I was less than thrilled with the service. Kabobeesh has you order at the counter, but the staff was so friendly and welcoming. I even got a free take away container of tasty curry for being a first time visitor.

THE + (What somebody who likes this place would say)

  • A healthier, skinless fried chicken

THE – (What somebody who doesn’t like this place would say)

  • What, where are the waffles?
  • What, where is my chicken skin?

Kabobeesh, 4201 Chestnut St, 215 386-8081



  • Ever been to Kebabish in Jackson Heights back in NY? The gola kebab at that place -wow.

    I’m guessing they aren’t related (or at least haven’t talked since Karachi). This place looks significantly less likely to benefit from a Rand Paul filibuster.

  • did you eat all that?

  • I ate a lot of it, Fred!

    Steve- haven’t been there, usually I still to Nepalese or South American when in Jackson Heights.

    • It’s worth checking out if you ever are in the mood for grilled spicy meat with the texture of refried beans held together by string. Shared it is a good appetizer before a sit down meal over with the Nepalese cover band.

      They also advertise a whole goat that is on my bucket list.

Leave a Reply

You must log in or register to post a comment.