A Pakistani restaurant, Kabab & Grill, has opened at the edge of Uptown. The owners are Sheikh Umar, who is also owner of Racine Taxi, and his son, Faryal Umar. Sheikh is from Lahore, Pakistan, in Punjab Province. He came to the United States in 2004. In May 2015 he bought his present building at 1327 Washington Ave., formerly Hoernel Key Shop, where he has opened Kabab & Grill. Umar said he has invested close to $80,000 in the building — beyond the purchase price — including about $60,000 for an all-new kitchen — all from his own savings, with no loan or debt, he added with pride. The circa-1900 building has a 14-foot tin ceiling, beautifully preserved.
Pakistani food, he said, is “a little spicy but not no too much.” No frozen ingredients are used, and everything is cooked fresh daily, he said. Umar’s main cook is his wife, Zubda Naz. She said the main spices used in Pakistani food are turmeric, green chilis, salt, onions, garlic, ginger and cilantro. The menu’s main daily features are wraps: chicken, beef, mutton and vegetarian. The wraps, which cost $6.95, are made with bread, lightly toasted. The choices of toppings include boiled eggs, avocado, cucumbers, onions and a mint-cilantro sauce. Some days they will offer biryani, a spicy rice dish; and urad dal, made from different types of beans.
Kabab & Grill is currently open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. seven days a week. Starting Jan. 6 it will also be open from 4:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on weekdays, and from 6 a.m.-11 a.m. weekends, with a separate but small menu of breakfast offerings including omelets, toast and milk and cereal. Delivery is offered, usually for $3 or $4 depending on the size of order.
For more information, call the restaurant at 262-484-9592.