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Cafe Sophia: Palo Alto, Afghan food

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Cafe Sophia: Palo Alto, Afghan food

jsaimd | Mar 1, 2008 07:38 PM

I heard about this restaurant on Chowhound and tried it about a year ago. I liked it, but hadn't gone back, partly because of my kids' insatiable appetite for Indian and Mexican food. But tonight we banned Indian and Mexican and went for Afghan and everyone was very pleased. The ambiance seemed nicer than last time we went. The service was very friendly, if a bit slow. We did have to bring our check up to the counter, but they were very apologetic and nice.

I don't have a ton of experience with Afghan food, but I did think this was rather tastey and am happy to have it in Palo Alto. Menu is mostly Afghani, with some American burgers and some afghan inspired burgers.

They have a kids menu, which includes actual Afghani food, instead of thinking all kids must eat chicken fingers and fries and nothing else. They also have American food on the kids' menu, but we didn't give that option to our kids and they were perfectly happy. They shared a chicken kebab and a kofte challow. They preferred the chicken, but the kofte was flavorful. Both came with salad which they mostly ate, and two types of rice.

DH and I shared a quabili pallow and a vegetarian sampler entree with pumpkin, eggplant and spinach and rice. Both came with salad. The lamb in the pallow was a bit dry, but the pallow had a lot of flavor, and the chutneys at the table were good (a walnut and a chili). The veggie platter was great, and I loved the silky eggplant. Portions are generous.

It was pretty quite at 6:30 PM on a Friday night. Worked very well for a nice family meal with the kids.

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