On a recent lunch with co-workers, they voted for a new-to-us spot for lunch. On Fridays I give everyone two choices for lunch spots and the most votes win. I never place an actual vote since I choose the spots but I was happy to see the “new is better!” mantra come into play. Yay for my co-workers! We ended up hitting this spot in Carmel Valley called the Kabob Lounge. We don’t usually ever go north for lunch so it felt like we were going “far” away from the office. In reality it was only a few miles away, just north of Sorrento Valley. Funny how going in a different direction makes your mind think you’re “going far”.
The Kabob Lounge is located off El Camino Real, not too far from the I-5. It’s in a little office park area with solar panel covered parking. There’s a sushi place next door to the Kabob Lounge called Ken Sushi Workshop.
This is a walk-up and place your order spot. There was plenty of indoor and outdoor seating. It was stupid hot that day so we choose to sit indoors. Luckily there was enough room for all 8 of us.
There were lots of appetizers and salads to choose from as well as burgers (beef or chicken) along with kabobs. (See full menu here). I decided to go with an entree. First you choose a kabob, then your rice, and then your greens.
[ground sirloin kabob with sabzi polo and house salad / $9 + $1.50 for the fancy rice]
I picked the ground sirloin kabob with sabzi polo (a Persian herb rice pilaf) and a house salad. I really liked that there were other options for your sides to customize your meal. The sabzi polo cost me an extra $1.50 but I didn’t mind. The herbs in the rice made it much more flavorful to me and I really enjoyed it. The house salad tasted fresh with nice cubes of tomatoes, red onion, cucumbers, leafy greens and a nice slighty tangy dressing.
The sirloin was incredibly juicy and the meat was quite tender and well seasoned. I loved the bit of char that was on the edges of the meat. Everything was fabulous and tasted great – it’ll definitely be on my revisit list in the future so I can talk about some of their other offerings. I’m interested in trying a few of their chicken dishes, such as the Chicken Tandoori Kabob or the Cornish Kabob – yum!
11375 El Camino Real #170
San Diego, CA 92130
11:00AM – 9:00PM Daily