Local Eats & Places to Meet: Caravan Kebab

By Mario Lotmore | Lynnwood Times Staff

Nestled in the Edmonds Firdale Village Shopping Center, Caravan Kebab awaits your discovery. Upon entry your senses are filled with the exotic aroma of freshly ground spices and lavish vibrant décor reminiscent of the Silk Road.

Shahzad Raja, Owner and Chef

When we sat down with owner and chef, Shahzad Raja, we knew we were in for a treat. Shahzad shared his humble beginnings in a small village in the Punjab province of Pakistan. There he walked two miles a day along the mountain side gathering wood for his mother to cook for the family.

On the menu is Haandi Curry, a dish from chef Shahzad’s mother. “It reminds me most of home,” he said.  This and other dishes on the menu represent a “personal collection” he wants patrons to remember.

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After high school, Shahzad moved to Lahore to study psychology; however, cooking was his passion.  There he teamed up with a renowned local chef who became his mentor.  Every dish on the menu is a personal favorite that he experienced and mastered during his travels. The origins of the dishes range form Persia, Greece, Turkey, Pakistan and Eastern Europe.

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We started off with borscht and his signature cauliflower soup.  The next course was fresh Persian salad garnished with Bulgarian feta cheese – delish!

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Borscht Soup

Shahzad’s experience has shown him, “The ethnic rhythm of cooking is simple, slow, healthy and its originality comes from the fields and not just the restaurant industry.”

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Cauliflower Soup

The veggie kofta was simply perfect and tasted like spiced mutton. We then enjoyed the house specialty beef nihari, which was almost too beautiful to eat but we didn’t let that stop us. We ended on a sweet note with saffron fresh mint ice cream, baklava and carrot halwa.

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Saffron Fresh Mint Ice cream
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Baklava

Caravan Kebab lived up to its motto: Dining is the celebration of hospitality. Cooking is a translation of care and affection. We are honored to share that with you.

Caravan Kebab is located at 9711 Firdale Ave. in Edmonds and is open Tuesday thru Sunday 11 A.M. to 9 P.M. and is closed between the hours of 2:30 P.M. and 5 P.M. For reservations or catering call (206) 546-7999 or visit www.caravankebab.com.

The comfortable and inviting atmosphere coupled with the wide spectrum of culinary delights, makes the Caravan Kebab experience one to saver and revisit.

Mario Lotmore

Mario Lotmore is originally from The Bahamas and for the last seven years has called Mukilteo, WA his home. Having lived in every region of the United States has exposed him to various cultures, people, and approaches to life. Lotmore created the Lynnwood Times to represent the character of a diverse and growing Lynnwood. The launching of the city’s free community newspaper will only help bring neighborhoods together. Lotmore was an industrial engineer by trade and proven success implementing and managing lean accountable processes and policies within his eighteen years of operations excellence, strategic development, and project management in the aerospace, manufacturing, and banking industries. Over his career he has saved and created hundreds of union and non-union jobs. Lotmore is the President of a Homeowner Association, an active Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics volunteer in his community, and former Boeing 747 Diversity Council leader. Mario’s talent is finding “that recipe” of shared destiny to effectively improve the quality of life for others.

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