It’s been a while we have been to The Kati Roll Company, a restaurant that serves these delicious street food wraps that originated in Kolkata, India. There are many variants, but, at The Kati Roll Company, they are made by wrapping warm paratha, a type of Indian flat bread, around a variety of meats, vegetables and cheese. But I would not compare them with wraps that you can find anywhere else: these are so flavorful that one is not enough, even if some are spicy…We went on a Saturday, at 7pm, and the place was already full. I should even say packed and we got lucky because our friend Caleb got a table and was able to resist the various attempts by hungry customers to storm it. I love the atmosphere and decor, with its Bollywood posters (the Indian Cinema Mecca) all over the walls.
We ordered some rolls at the counter and then waited several minutes to get our order. It was composed of:
Unda Chicken Roll, a Chicken tikka roll with a layer of beaten eggs.
Unda Shami Roll, a Shami kabab roll (made of a minced lamb and lentil patty with herbs and spices) with a layer of beaten eggs.
Chana Masala Roll , chickpeas with tomatoes and blackening spices. This was one of the few vegetarian options they have.
My favorite is the shami roll, simply because I love lamb and find this very flavorful, without being too spicy, although, if the spiciness builds up, know that you can get some mango lassi, one of my favorite Indian drinks. The others are good, quite tasty, with or without meat: yes, the vegetarian rolls are definitely not bland and boring.
The Kati Roll Company is a must have if you love Indian cuisine and never tried a kati roll before. Not expensive, it is the perfect casual meal that will satisfy your appetite. I still wish they were offering desserts like gulab jamun or jelebis, but still, it is a place I highly recommend.
Enjoy (I did)!
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The Kati Roll Company - 49 W 39th Street, New York, NY 10018