On very short notice, eight hounds gathered at Salang Pass in Fremont for some Afghan food last Monday evening. During the month of Ramadan, they have a dinner buffet for $11 per person. We took a look at the buffet, but all the dishes in it could not be ordered from the regular menu, so we decided to order a la carte instead. I think the buffet would be worth it for a single dinner or two people, but larger groups are better off ordering a la carte and sharing.
Salang Pass does not serve wine, but they do allow customers to bring some for a modest corkage fee. Since this was the month of Ramadan, they asked us to be discreet about the wine and keep it away from other tables' view. We brought three bargain wines that all showed well with the spicy food.
I've listed what we had below, I'll let my fellow diners comment on what they thought of each individual dish.
Borani Kadoo ($5.50) - The classic Afghan roasted pumpkin dish.
Bolani ($6.50) - Flatbread filled with potatoes and chives.
Aushak ($5.50) - Afghan ravioli filled with leeks and topped with a yogurt meat sauce.
Mantoo ($5.50) - Afghan ravioli filled with ground meat and topped with a yogurt sauce.
Borta ($5.50) - Baked eggplant with tomato sauce.
Quabili Pallow ($12) - Braised lamb shank topped with a yellow rice pilaf, shredded carrots and raisins. Also a classic Afghan dish.
Fish Curry ($12.95) - Catfish in a yellow yogurt curry.
Chapli Kabob ($9.95) - Grilled thin flat patty of beef and chives.
Chicken Kabob ($12.50) - Grilled chicken skewer.
Chopan Kabab ($13.00) - Grilled lamb chops.
Sabsi Lamb ($10.95) - Spinach curry with lamb.
Faloodeh ($5.50) - Rice vermicelli topped with ice cream, shaved ice and rose water.
Rasmalayee ($4) - Dessert made from milk solids that are then baked, somewhat analogous to an Indian Rasmalai.
Firni ($4) - Milk pudding flavored with rose water.
Wines we brought:
2002 J. J. Christoffel Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Kabinett ($8.00 at Premier Cru)
2001 Dry Creek Vineyards Old Vine Zinfandel ($6.99 at Grocery Outlet in Newark)
2001 Chilean Cabernet Sauvignon, Colchagua Valley ($2.99 at Grocery Outlet)
I can't remember the producer name for this wine.