This family owned and friendly restaurant has taken over the Favorite Indian spot on A Street in Hayward. While I was very sad to see Favorite move away, I am thrilled by its replacement. Ghazni offers only five or six kabob choices; we've tried all but the vegetarian option. Chicken, steak, shami, chapli patty, and lamb, they're all well spiced, and cooked to tenderness and not a minute over. There is a nice flavor of garlic from the marinade. I keep coming back to the shami and chicken kabobs!
The kabobs are served with a light green salad with, unusual but tasty, green olives, a garbanzo and potato salad, and a hefty portion of good rice. The sauces are a very hot red whose name I don't know and the more typical cilantro and mint (very good, vibrant flavors) chutney. You can get a single meat or two or three meat combination.
The meal is served with fresh baked bread and more of the chutneys. But order the bolani! Chock full of spinach or potatoes and a perfect introduction to the meal. Some bolani is slightly mushy; not here, nice and crisped. The bolani is served with chutney and crema/sour cream. The portion is considerable; we took home over half and it toasted up well the next day.
The owners live quite near by and they watched with envy the growing popularity of Favorite Indian Food. They dreamed of opening a family friendly restaurant near by and when Favorite moved on, they moved in.
The service can be slow. Take out is a good option if you're in a hurry and want to call your order.
Love this place. Seriously.
Ghazni Afghan Kabobs
1235 A St
Hayward, CA 94541