As a young girl living in the suburbs of Bombay, I have fond memories of the long journey to Opera House with my family – the icing of the cake was Sizzlers at the ever famous Kobe Sizzlers! I recall my first experience- watching a sizzling cast iron tray come out of the kitchen, and placed on our table, loaded to the nines- with meat, veggies, and rice. What a treat it was!
Note: Kobe’s has a footprint of more than twenty five domestic and international locations.
With the first bite of my meal, I was transported to the late 80’s and early 90’s- to the streets of “town” in Bombay, the restaurant which opened in 1975, and stands strong to this very day. I moved to Dubai after graduating in the late 2000’s and Kobe’s opened a few years later- thus satiating my craving for this piece of home.
Soon after, I moved to North America- where I read every yelp review, every titbit of information I could, for news on Indian styled sizzlers. I tried various cuisines in search of the perfect sizzler, but nothing could match up to the ones I was used to. A couple of years later, my friends in Canada- Toronto to be specific, were abuzz with excitement! Kobe Sizzlers was finally opening in Mississauga! October came, and this was the first restaurant I set foot in, once I was in Canada to meet the family!
On entering, the proprietor Kennth Lobo (a banker by profession), was courteous and friendly. It was not too crowded, on a Saturday afternoon of the Thanksgiving weekend. Having discovered he lived just a few minutes away from us in Dubai, before he moved to Canada, we got talking, and he told us the story of how his business partners and he bought the franchise rights to “Kobe Sizzlers” in Canada. He says “We wanted everyone to know what Indian sizzlers are- they aren’t part of Indian cuisine per se but encompass so many different things. People of all nationalities come and really enjoy this meal”. They’ve maintained the essence of Kobe’s- being a family run restaurant. He further went on to say “My daughter is going to go to university, and for now she works here too. It’s great to have the kids know the basics of the business and learn”. Impressive I say!
He went on to tell us that if what we wanted wasn’t on the menu, he would be glad to have it prepared for us. His daughter who took our orders was knowledgable, and her young vivacious personality added to the glamour of the place.
Finally, to end our meal, we really couldn’t resist the lure of their Sizzling Brownie, for old time’s sake.
a. Make space in your tummies before you head here. Portions are pretty huge and comprise of meat, veggies and rice with sauces of your choice.
b. Try their iced tea
c. Be prepared: it’s a lot of steam and smoke when your sizzler comes out of the kitchen, your clothes may absorb the sweet smell of sizzlers- which may just get on your nerves once you’re overstuffed!