On the advice of a previous discussion I dragged my sig o to eat at The Helmand, and I am sad to report it was entirely underwhelming. The bread was great. But both our apps and entrees were nothing to talk about. Seriously, we're trying not to talk about them. Had the raviolis w/ leeks, the oven baked pastry shells suffed w/ ground beef and onions, the famous sweet pumpkin, and the lamb w/ raisins and carrots. Nothing was particulary good, but the lamb wasn't awful. The flavors were bland and seemed as if they were indecisive -- what exactly were they? Not at all what I expected from all the raves. To boot, the service was painfully slow, but I can deal with that anytime, if the food is good. And it wasn't even close. Sorry. Will try Tangierino next.