I had a Groupon to Afghan Restaurant, so we headed over there for dinner on Saturday night.
From the setup, it was obvious that the restaurant is also a very nice banquet hall. There was also a mural of what might have been buzkashi on the wall. We were given a table by the window, which was nice. The service was friendly and attentive. After I completely missed his joke due to exhaustion, the gentleman taking our order brought me a lovely cup of cardamom tea.
We started with the Boolawnee with leeks, which I forgot to photograph. It was a large, triangular, bread filled with tiny pieces of leeks and scallions. It was good on its own, but amazing with the accompanying cilantro-mint yogurt sauce. I cannot say enough good things about this yogurt sauce; I could have just eaten it with a spoon.
The first time I go to a new Afghan restaurant, I always order the same thing: the vegetarian sampler. Most places offer a version with rice or a version with bread, and I always choose the one with bread (mainly because you still get bread if you order the rice and that is a little carb-heavy for me). It almost always consists of spinach, eggplant, and pumpkin.
The serving was generous, but not extravagant. The sautéed spinach was served with a vegetable sauce and the eggplant and pumpkin were topped with yogurt. The spinach was very good, although I did add some more of the cilantro-mint yogurt sauce to it. The pumpkin was also good, but not the best I have ever had. However, the eggplant was absolutely incredible. It was perfectly cooked and the flavors were expertly balanced. It was definitely the winner of the night.
We were stuffed, so we didn’t try any dessert. But we will definitely be back again.