I stumbled across these boards yesterday while trying to help a friend find a place to take a first date.
We never did solve that problem, but I found so many good things said about the Helmand that I scored a reservation for last night and took my girlfriend there.
Everything said on these boards turned out to be true: The food was magnificent and the space really elegant.
Two minor complaints: the reectanglular tables for two are arranged with the seats at the long end, making intimate conversation difficult. Also, for those of us choosing water as our primary beverage, a larger glass would be nice. The water glasses they give you are slightly larger than a wine glass.
So how about a recommendation for my friend? His date is not fond of anything more exotic than a Japanese steakhouse, but he's looking for something a bit more intimate. Price is also a consideration here.