Afghan Restaurant is a new, only a couple of weeks old, addition to Devon Street. Set in a single storefront, next to Turkish Grocery, Afghan Restaurant is clean and well lit with nicely spaced tablecloth covered tables, albeit tablecloths covered with clear plastic. (think your Great Aunt's couch)
When I walked in for an early lunch on Wednesday they, man and woman who I am assuming are both married and the owners, seemed surprised to see me, in fact the woman came up to me at the entryway and gave me a very curious look. When I inquired as to lunch her husband came around the counter, where the grill for kababs etc are cooked, and they had a brief consultation.
Just as it seemed as if they were about to have a full scale argument with each other, I asked as to the lunch special, which served to remind them I was still standing in front of them. This was actually humorous, in a very odd way. The special of the day was lamb shank, sounds good to me, let's eat.
Food to prepare served as Round over and they returned to their respective corners, task at hand. From that point on everything, and I mean every little detail, from water being constantly refilled by the silent and stealthy busboy, to the wonderful spicy pureed jalapeno condiment, was above reproach.
First up was okra/tomato soup, full flavored with halved baby okra and the occasional small piece of garlic, a nice starter. I was also give a basket of grilled flat bread and a small salad. The salad was not dressed, there are cruets of oil and vinegar on the table, and, while a simple mix of iceberg, tomato and cucumber and jalapeno, was quite fresh.
On to the star of the meal, lamb shank, incredibly delicious lamb shank. The lamb shank was served on a bed of basmati rice, each grain individual with a faint buttery flavor and was tender and flavorful. The lamb shank, in addition to being so tender that it fell apart with just a touch of the fork, was huge, I'm talking bigger than the leg from a 30-lb Thanksgiving turkey huge.
I am not familiar, to say the least, with Afghan food so I am unable to say what, if anything, made the lamb shank uniquely Afghan, though there was a dusting of sumac on the lamb shank and a shaker of sumac on the table. The lamb shank special, including soup, salad, rice and bread was $7.95.
I'm quite looking forward to exploring Afghan Restaurant's menu.
2818 W Devon