Recently had dinner at Kabul House, an Afghani restaurant on Dempster west of McCormick in Skokie. Overall it was a pretty good experience. Here's what I tasted.
Appetizer: Ashwat--scallion dumplings accompanied by a spicy yogurt and meat sauce. This was very good. A lot of different flavors working together here--the creaminess of the yogurt, the heat of the spiced sauce, the ginger, garlic, cilantro and onion flavor of the dumpling. An interesting dish, highly recommended.
Entree: Lamb Stew (Pullao?)served with seasoned basmati rice. Not so good. The lamb was pretty bland, although tender. The rice had some interesting seasoning--sweet and spicy--but it couldn't compensate for the flavorless lamb. I would not order this dish again, although it was improved when I mixed in a green "hot sauce" (cilantro, garlic, hot spices) that the server gave our table on the side.
Entree: Chicken Kabob. Quite tasty and tender. The chicken had a pretty substantial black pepper flavor, and was well cooked without being dry. The kabob also benefited from the accompanying "hot sauce". Recommended.
Prices were in the $8-11 range for entrees and the service was OK. I recommend this restaurant, although I think the chef may moderate the seasoning to accommodate "American" tastes.