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[MSP] Crystal Bistro (Afghani) chowdown report, Crystal, MN


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[MSP] Crystal Bistro (Afghani) chowdown report, Crystal, MN

The Dairy Queen | | Jul 21, 2007 05:56 AM

Thank you to everyone who came out to Crystal Bistro for our chowdown.

Because we wanted to do our usual thing of sampling a bunch of different things from the menu, we just asked the owner/chef, Hadi, to prepare us a sample platter of his “most famous” appetizers (I think we tried them all, actually) and his “most famous” and best entrees. And we couldn’t help ourselves, we had to order every dessert on the menu. Here’s what we ended up trying:

Sambosa(#1)—baked pastries with seasoned ground beef & onions with yogurt sauce
Boulanee (#2) – stuffed and pan-fried turnovers, one with spinach and green onions, the other with seasoned potatoes, served with yogurt sauce
Spinach pie(#3)—spinach and feta cheese, with yogurt sauce
Stuffed grape leaves (#4)—chilled grape leaves stuffed with seasoned rice & vegetables with yogurt sauce
Gyros (#5)—seasoned & sliced rotisserie beef and lamb
Combo spread (#8): Baba ghanoush-roasted eggplant, tahini, garlic, olive oil AND hummus –chick pea spread with tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, served with pita bread

Combo pasta (#33): Mantu with mint—homemade dumplings with ground beef AND Aushak—homemade steamed pasta filled with chopped sautéed spinach and oni, with tomato, yogurt and garlic sauce

Bouranee banjaan (#42)—eggplant with sautéed onions, tomato sauce. Topped with garlic yogurt sauce and dry mint.
Chicken tendori (#45)—baked chicken in light curry hot sauce, served with vegetables and basmati rice—red sauce on the side
Kabeli palaw (#35)—sautéed lamb with tomato sauce, julienne of carrots, raisins, and sliced almonds
(#36) Kofta chalow --ground beef meatballs, with onions garlic and tomato sauce

The entrees come with lentil soup, two sauces (red—chili, spicy-- and green--cilantro), and Afghan flat bread. Many of them come with basmati rice, too.

Baklava (two variations, sorry, I don’t know the names, you can hopefully see them in the photo)
Shir-berinj (rice pudding)
Some kind of chocolate cake
Bread pudding with ice cream

He brought out complimentary chai tea for us all at the end of our meal.

And, indeed, there are carpets, clocks, paintings and all kinds of housewares for sale in one corner of the restaurant. We didn’t buy any, though tempting.

City pages review:

And I believe Hadi brought out a sandwich of some sort and French fries, plus a couple of pieces of candy, for the one toddler among us.

EDIT: the photos won't seem to post. I'll try to post them later.

Crystal Bistro
6408 Bass Lake Rd, Minneapolis, MN 55428

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