I mentioned there were three halal restaurants in Fort Collins, one was Thai food which is no longer halal (Cafe de Bangkok), and another is African (Nyala Ethiopian Cuisine). Here comes the third and final one that I know of so far.
Maza Kabob is a restaurant that claims to serve Afghanistan cuisine and they specialize on, well, kabob. In case you are wondering what kabob means, it is basically just a different pronunciation to what we call kebab. Yes, marinated meat roasted on a skewer.
It was actually not that easy to find this place. Our American coworker introduced this place to us back in 2011. At that time this place was fairly new. According to our coworker, this place is “along the South College Avenue (main road of Fort Collins), in that same cluster of shops as where Radioshack used to be“. Still, it took us 2 wrong turns to be able to arrive here.
Okay let’s talk about the food…
Each table is given three different seasoning powders: salt, pepper, and paprika.
I think they have been through a revamp or something, they now have a website (here), and the menu seems more extensive than I remember. Back then, maybe because they were new, the menu was very much simpler.
The beverages were standard American stuff, plus Chai Tea. Obviously we went for the latter…
I loved this Chai Tea, it has a very wonderful fragrance that we could not get from the usual tea back home.
And then the food selection was less too. They only do 2 types of meat: chicken and lola (beef). And they only do 2 types of dishes: kabob and korma. So there was like, 4 choices. No, wait. 6 choices, because you can also choose to mix both type of meats.
This was what I had my first time there:
Chicken and Lola Kabob – One skewer of chicken, one skewer of lola. Served with rice, potato korma, yogurt and a side Afghan salad. I eat beef when in the US by the way, remember?
You know, we didn’t quite connect with Ethiopian cuisine. This kabob cuisine though, we definitely could connect with. It’s nothing to do with the food quality, but more towards familiarity and personal preference. I mean, white rice, marinated and roasted meat, potato in familiar tasting gravy, what’s there to not connect with for a Malaysian?
Halal food that looks and tastes somewhat familiar, you can bet that we keep coming back for many times. I hope this might end up being of some help to any Muslim students from Malaysia (or from anywhere in the world actually) who are going to study in Colorado State University in case you need to look for halal food nearby…