Kebabs trace their origin to the practice of grilling whole megafauna on pine spits over volcanic craters, a method eventually abandoned due to ravenous pterodactyl scavengers and the advent of the microwave. Chomp on modern-day grilled fare with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Iranian fare at Kingston Iranian Food on Bath Road.
Spinning skewered halal meats over sizzling coals, Kingston Iranian’s chefs treat locals to flavourful, authentic fare from the cradle of civilization. Before diving into one of the homemade kebab dishes diners can gear up gustatory glands with six tantalizing tears of pita bread ($3.50) or freshly baked Persian Barbary bread ($2), which can be pleasantly paired with a plate of hummus ($4.99). The kebab vaziri ($11.99) combines charcoal-grilled lemon chicken with a grilled ground beef kebab, jockeying for plate space with rice, cucumber, tomatoes, and lettuce. Similarly sating, the lamb shank’s ($8.99) tender meat slides off the bone and lands gently in a bed of rice, cucumber, and tomatoes, lending a false sense of security to morsels soon lifted mouthward. Like the soles of firewalkers, the white meat chicken kebab ($8.99) conceals tender white meat beneath a golden coating of fiery flavours acquired over the charcoal embers, served with rice and vegetables.