Gulabo's Brunch & BBQ

Carrolton, Texas

 

I will literally try anything and pride myself on my versatile international palette, but when I met up with friends for some traditional Pakistani barbecue, I had no idea what to expect.

It was a small restaurant, located in a strip just north of our favorite Korean stomping grounds. The owners were incredibly welcoming. I felt as though they were inviting us into their home kitchen. While we waited for our friends to arrive, my husband and I sat at a table Googling every item on the menu. We had no clue what we were doing. Luckily, our friends came to the rescue.

We ordered the “Platinum” mixed grill to share between the four of us so that Mike and I could try a little bit of everything. Wow. The spices. It was like my tastebuds did a little happy dance. Take a look at what we got to try…

 

Laccha Paratha: It’s like the love-child of a tortilla and a butter croissant.¬†Traditionally served as a breakfast item (but I will eat this any time). I’ve found a new favorite carb.
Mango Lassi (left) and Sweet Lassi (right): This yogurt drink can be served either salty or sweet. I’m a fan of sweet. Both the plain and the mango were delicious!
Kulfi: Oh my gawd. I didn’t think I could love ice cream more than I do already. This dense ice cream dish originally hails from India and tastes like angel tears.
Fresh Naan: My only experience with naan was the pre-packaged stuff from Target. No comparison. We had traditional and garlic naan. There was minced garlic actually stuffed inside! Yum.
Kebab Sampler (Chapli, Gola, Chicken & Beef Tikka, Dangal): The beef and Chicken Tikka were pretty straightforward. Marinated and grilled to perfection. Chapli is a small seasoned ground beef patty with Pakistani spices. Gola is kind of similar to meatballs, and Dangal is a long sausage.
The menu!

The food was amazing, but the company was even better. We made new friends, connected over delicious food, and learned something new. I’ll definitely be back at Galabo’s to try out their brunch! And I’m looking forward to learning how to cook Pakistani dishes in the near future!

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