Went to Bahar on Saturday night. It is an Afghan restaurant located on Queens Blvd. slightly west of Grand Ave / Broadway. There was a fire on this block many months ago, however, they rebuilt and reopened recently.
Started off with Manto - very tasty beef dumplings in a warm tomato-yogurt sauce. The complexity of the dumpling meat was amazing - a mix of many spices and herbs with ground beef in dough shaped like a three-cornered hat. I was a bit uneasy about the sauce combo (tomato & yogurt?) but it too was very nicely done - a perfect combo of flavors. I don't think they usually provide bread with this dish, but get some if you go - that sauce is just too good to waste a drop.
Our pretty and charming waitress told us that Manto and Samosa are her two favorite apps - something to try next time....
We then had the Tandori Chicken and Khoresh Bangan - the chicken was moist tender and flavorful, with a cinnamony taste, very nice, but could have been spicier. I really liked the Khoresh - lamb, tomatoes, eggplant, all stewed together. Both dishes came with their homemade bread and about 2 pounds of tasty rice.
The kebabs here look very nice - they have a huge charcoal grill in the kitchen - something else to try in the future.
Between Bahar and Kazan, the Turkish place farther east on Queens Blvd, we are fortunate to be getting some nice, carefully prepared food from the mideast. Give them both a try, and focus on the fresh appetizers- from my experience, I always seem to like them better. My M.O. at these places in the future will be to do 2-3 apps and then split a main dish. Bonus: BYOB is permitted and happily welcomed at both places. God, I love eating in Queens!
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