This place doesn't look like much from the outside, set behind a gas station in a kind of seedy looking strip mall. It's a large building, w/ a huge neon sign (which generally is a turn off) outside, big windows that are covered by drapes so it almost looks like it could be a bordello. My friend highly recommended it so we tried it out last night. Very surprising on the inside, nicely decorated, tables well set w/ tableclothes/linens, much nicer than we expected. We started with aushak (ravioli filled with leeks and yogurt mint and topped w/ meat sauce), boolawnee (pastry stuffed w/ scallions, leeks and potatoes), and mantu (pastry shells filled w/ onions and beef, served on yogurt and topped w/ carrots, yellow split peas and beef sauce). They were all excellent, and we particularly liked the mantu. Both mantu and aushak looked like they were made in house (they look like large tortolloni). The boolawnee was nice and crispy on the outside, chewy inside--like their nan served with the meals. Salads had a great yogurt mint dressing but it's January and the vegetables in the salad showed it. I had palau kebab w/ chicken--very good flavor and nice and tender (it's hard to do good chicken breast kebab and keep it this moist). The rice came w/a side meat sauce, probably the same one on the aushak. Meat sauce was good but the patties in the sauce a little dry. My husband enjoyed his deluxe grill of chicken, steak and shami, served on nan. We also split the flame kebab--basic grilled vegetables on nan. Lots of food, we were stuffed. The service was great. Helpful but unobtrusive. The owner makes his rounds, chats, makes sure everyone is happy and answers any questions about the food, restaurant, etc., though from the looks of the other patrons, we were one of the few non-regulars. We will be back. Don't let the outside discourage you! Skip the iced tea. Tasted like nestea powder but they do give you some nice spiced hot tea at the end. Great way to end the meal.
Afghan Kabob Restaurant
6357 Rolling Rd, Springfield, VA 22152