Today I tried Kabobi Fire Roasted Grill located at 13250 Technology Drive in Eden Prairie. A newer establishment located near some places I normally frequent (Bear Rock Cafe and Noodles and Company) and owned by Hemisphere Restaurant Partners, I decided that I had to check it out.
With a setup and decor *very* similar to Noodles and Company, I was a bit surprised to see it located right next door. Honestly, if it had been a bit more crowded and their menu didn’t include fries, I would have sworn I was in Noodles. The menu was simple, something similar to that of Chipotle in that there were very few items, but gave you enough options to work with for lunch.
I ordered their $6.99 lunch special of a kabobwich and fries that comes with a drink. The other choices, including large and delicious looking deserts for $2.50 and their kabobs (at $8.50) seemed a bit out of my price range for lunch. After sitting down, I was quickly served with the kabob plate. I took a bite of the kabobi salad and realized I was missing fries ;) I went up to the counter and asked that they swap my meal out with what I actually ordered. After my first bite I realized I should have stuck with the kabob plate…
The kabobwich was a couple pieces of meat (very much like frozen fajita meat that you can get at Target) in a pita with tomatos, some sauce, and a ton of uncut cilantro. I like cilantro and all but this was a bit nuts. The meal itself was ok but certainly nothing I’d return to have again. I can get a far more impressive sandwich at Bear Rock at the other end of the strip.
To be fair, and because they looked so delicious, I had to try one of their desserts. I chose the Roulette, a spiral shaped cake that included some cream center and chocolate shavings. I split it with my co-worker because it was a bit large for me and we both found it to be quite tasty. The price of $2.50 wasn’t too bad, especially when you get two desserts out of it, but as I said before, it’s still a bit steep for lunch.
This restaurant has been reviewed in both Eden Prairie Magazine and the Star Tribune. The Star Tribune said, “…you’re gonna love this” according to the sign in the foyer. I can’t really say I agree. It’s ok but I certainly don’t “love it”.
I suggest they lose the Noodles and Company mirror effect as well as the two plasma screens along with all the Noodles and Company furniture. Maybe then it will have its own identity and perhaps I would enjoy the experience a bit more.