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Lunch at my desk: The Kati Roll Company

  • Cuisine: Indian 
  • Ideal for: grab n' go, open late, cheap eats
  • Price: cheap!  All single-menu items under $10
  • Phone: 212-730-4280 (39th Street location)
  • Location: multi; mine came from: 49 W. 39th St. (btwn 5th and 6th Avenues) 
  • Website: click *here*
  • Directionswww.hopstop.com/?city=newyork

    If your work environment is anything like mine, then you probably don't feel very comfortable taking leisurely 1+ hour lunches.  It's not that leaving the desk is looked down upon at my company, but every single one of my coworkers eats their street-meat or 'ham & cheese on wheat' at their desk.  When in Rome...

    Yesterday around noon, I ran out of the office on a hunger mission; the only problem was that I wasn't craving any one thing in particular.  And then, about five-minutes in to my lunch prowl, the words 'Kati Roll' seemed to appear in flashing marquis lights.  "Sweet," I said to myself, "I've been meaning to try this place for years."

    I returned to my desk armed with a bottle of some fancy new Nestea concoction ($1.50) and two Kati Rolls: Chicken Roll ($4.75) and the Achari Paneer Roll ($5.25).

    The Kati Roll Company: my rolls came in the insulated brown bag; love the packaging!A Kati Roll closely resembles a burrito, in that savory ingredients are spread atop warm paratha or roti flatbread and rolled/wrapped.

    The Kati Roll Company: Chicken Roll and Achari Paneer RollEach of my rolls was constructed atop buttery, blistered paratha flatbread.  Pickled red onions and a spicy, green coriander spread bound each protein (chicken, paneer).   I wasn't sure whether the key ingredients of each roll - chicken and paneer - would find compatibility with the above 'binders,' but I was pleasantly surprised.

    • Chicken Roll: large chunks of grilled white-meat chicken breast were moist and juicy with a subtle curry aftertaste, which was fragrantly accentuated by the coriander spread. 
    • Achari Paneer Roll: I don't think that I've ever had paneer this soft and dewy.  The slightly-crunchy, pickled red onions contributed the gift of texture to the otherwise delicate paneer.  Each "cube" of cheese had the slightest buttery crust, leading me to believe it was stir-fried/sauteed prior to service.

    Conclusion: at least 30-minutes had elapsed from the time that I left The Kati Roll Company, to the moment that I actually began eating.  Regardless of the fact that my rolls had gone from warm to 'room-temperature,' I found them to taste delicious.  Kati Rolls are not only portable, but they are made with precision (no sauce-spillage/leakage, ingredients stay intact).  And best of all?  They make for a cheap, filling, inexpensive, and delectable meal.  I can't wait to try the other eight versions!

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    Reader Comments (2)

    Yup, I know how guilty you might feel to take a break with workaholics around :-P You must have been very lucky if your didn't have to share your rolls!

    Btw, these rolls are very easy to make. The dish goes by the name "Frankie Roll" in India and the recipe can be found here...http://recipes.wikia.com/wiki/Spicy_Potato_and_Frankie_Roll

    My friends recommend this place close to their college that serves similar rolls. http://www.bombayfrankie.com/

    July 21, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterThejaswi Puthraya

    Hey Theju! Great to hear from you! Thanks for this info...would LOVE to be able to make my own! How are you?? Hope all is well...

    July 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterThe Lady Who Lunches

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