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Bamian (Bailey's Crossroads) - Info

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Bamian (Bailey's Crossroads) - Info

Mike | Feb 1, 2006 02:39 PM

I've been curious about this place as I watched it being transformed in fits and starts (and stops) from a Lone Star steak house over a couple of years. They're now open, so I stopped by at lunch today to check it out.

I didn't stay. It looked decent (too decent - white linen tablecloths even at lunch) but it was too pricey for me to experiment with.

The menu is standard Afghan fare - kabobs and palou dishes, aushak, mantu, and sambosa apetizers, and some vegetarian entrees. At lunch, kabobs (2 skewers, I suspect, probably one too many for little ol' me) ranged from $9.95 to $13.95, with a $14.95 combo of two skewers each of chicken, shami (ground beef) and lamb. Served with Afghan bread, two skewers of vegetables are a $3.50 option. At dinner, the same list of kabobs range from $11.95 (chicken thighs) to $17.95 (the big platter). Rice is extra, designer water is $3.95, sodas are $1.95, juices and doough are around $2.50.

It was just hard for me to get excited enough to spring for what would have been a $15+ lunch but I might be tempted to go for dinner when I had someone with which to share a platter and side orders of rice and vegetables. Single dining sometimes sucks.

Hope this report of their existence prompts someone to give it a try and perhaps compare it with Shamshiry or Panjshir.

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