Gourmet Shish Kebab has a modest exterior but once inside you will find that there is ample seating for easy availability most any time of the day and adequate for smaller sized gatherings if you wanted to plan an event inside. There is plenty of parking in their onsite parking lot which is readily accessible immediately off of 198/Fort Meade Road between 295 and Route 1. The interior of Gourmet Shish Kebab is decorated in Mediterranean touches of various artifacts, curtains, rugs, and pictures, to include what appears to be the interior of a formal tent, draped in curtains for a feel of being someplace far from Laurel.
New on the menu one item TML ordered is the Lamb Chop platter which comes with basmati rice, fresh made naan bread, and a green salad. The chops are tipped with foil, and cut into large portions, satisfying to anyone, likely to have left overs. If you choose to order the Lamb Chops, expect to wait for 15 minutes as they are prepared to order….and so worth the wait! When ordering its up to you if you want them prepared spicy or not, and the seasoning is a fantastic blend of savory seasonings done to tender perfection so that it pulls right off the bone, then melts in your mouth. These great chops are deserving of fine China but you will get these in the casual setting Mediterranean on Styrofoam plates just like every dish served at Gourmet Shish Kebab. You would expect to pay more than the $15.95 which they charge for this platter.
Additionally, Gourmet Shish Kebab lives up to all kebab expectations with their chicken kebab, served with rice or fresh naan and two vegetable curry sides. Your choices include curried cabbage, eggplant, spinach, chick peas and more depending on the day. TML ordered a side of Tabulah for a fresh vegetable side as well. The Tabulah was served with Kalamata olives and a slice of lemon for you to add to taste, and it was very fresh, still crispy not soggy. Gourmet Shish Kebab has a great variety of kebab meat choices, there are three options for chicken including spicy or peppered. These are grilled to order over flames you can see from the ordering counter, and the marinades releases the delicate flavor blends with each bite. TML got the spicy chicken kebab and was pleased with how truly spicy it was, not overpowering but truly spicy. Both the curries were great flavors, but not the same, so it was enjoyable to have two actually different curries on the side, and the warm naan bread was a perfect compliment. Mango Lassi is on the beverage menu, along with tea, coffee and standard cans of soda.
Gourmet Shish Kebab is a clean, welcoming space, with friendly people behind the counter and quick service. The food tastes great, is clearly made of all fresh ingredients and prep time is reasonable for either take out or dining in. Be sure to enjoy their freshly made naan and maybe one of their great desserts to finish a fantastic meal, of large portions at reasonable prices. It’s so good to have this option in the Laurel area but worth driving a long distance for this quality of food.
Cuisines: Middle Eastern
Address: 3493 Laurel Fort Meade Rd, Laurel, MD 20724
Hours: Monday-Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm