Tom's Weekly Dish in yesterday's Post reminded me to post on a lunch here a week or so ago.
It is a white tablecloth restaurant with pretty much white tablecloth prices. A mixed kabob platter at lunch is $15 and $18 at dinner. The waiter said that portions at dinner are larger. However, lunch portions are definitely large enough for us, even though we share one between us.
We had aushak, scallion-filled dumplings with meat sauce; sambosay goshti, fried pastry stuffed with beef; mixed kabob platter, chicken shami, and lamb chunks; a side skewer of broiled veg's for $3; and a side order of kadu, pumpkin. We thought everything was significantly better than at Panshijir, including the rice and bread. It's been a few years since I've been to the place in Bethesda, so I can't compare. The food wasn't greasy, as it frequently is at Panshijir, and the spicing and flavors was more complex and subtle. My only criticism is the lamb chunks, which didn't appear to be marinated and were cooked to medium well and thus a bit dry.
I say it's worth a try if you want Afghan food, and we intend to go back and try the mantu and baunjuan that Sietsema mentioned, as well as the sambosa and one of the stewed meats.
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