Disclaimer: This meal was comped.
Just when you thought every possible food combination has been tried, along comes something new.
Freshly opened just last month on Sainte-Catherine Street in the Concordia University area is a Persian concept combining kebab, burgers, fries and more. Backed by two wanderers who lived in Africa and South America but now consider Montreal home, KBF reached out to me this week to check out their offer.
Taking over from a bubble tea store followed by a sushi shop, KBF's small interior has been redone with enough seating for twenty diners. A neon sign on a faux-brick wall and a quirky mural of cats longing for burgers and kebab round up the eatery's decor elements. A couple tables were taken during my stop at lunchtime, but most of the traffic flowing in consisted of delivery drivers picking up takeout orders.
It should come as no surprise that KBF's menu comprises kebab, burgers and fries. The kebab are not restricted to Iran's most famous beef/lamb – koobideh – mixture, but also comprise chicken, shrimp and wings – all halal.
Their delicious meat skewers can be served in a wrap, on a salad or even a poutine. We had it in burger form, which is tucked in a special type of thick, fluffy flatbread. Served with their signature KBF sauce, onions and parsley, this burger was a beast not to be missed.
Their other burgers deviate from the ordinary with ingredients such as aged cheddar, crispy chips, fried pineapple and eggs. The one we had – the aptly-named "dopamine" – featured more of that KBF sauce, mozzarella, mushrooms and roast beef on top of a veal patty.
Be prepared to get your hands dirty with this one from all that sauce and meat juices; no one will frown on you for licking your fingers. We then ended with a basket of jumbo chicken wings in a hickory BBQ sauce – more finger lickin'!
Given the owners' globe-spanning itineraries, what better spot to land their new venture than the western part of downtown called Shaughnessy Village, with its increasingly-multicultural population and dining selection. While the area is already saturated with restaurants and sees high turnover, something tells us KBF will stick around.
After all, where else can you have kebab and burgers, but also kebab in burgers?
Montreal restaurant and bar reviews brought to you by two regular guys who like to eat and drink. We will go anywhere and we will say it like it is.