Last month I continued my survey of Afghan restaurants in Little Kabul and the area around Fremont. The next stop was the lunch buffet at De Afghanan Cuisine & Catering, the big brother to the Kabob House down the block that I tried a few months back.
At 12:30pm on a Tuesday, I was the only customer in the place. None of the food on the buffet line had been touched yet, and in fact the trays were not yet full.
I started with a bowl of the vegetable soup. Full of mushy noodles and frozen peas, carrots, and corn, the watery tomatoey broth tasted like industrial food service standard issue. I skipped the mixed green salad.
The pallow made with seasoned and browned basmati rice, chicken legs and lamb was quite nice. I was faked out by the potatoes coated in orange-y colored tomato sauce, thinking it might be my beloved pumpkin kaddo when I first lifted the lid. No, it was mealy chunks of potato with more frozen peas and carrots. The kofta beef meatball in tomato sauce was okay, nothing special about it. The plain yogurt that accompanied gave it a little more zest but it was still pretty bland. Some warm bread was brought out and it was nice to have this fresh and not hard and stiff.