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Parwana- Afghan food in Santa Cruz

bwong | Mar 18, 200606:04 PM

Just came back from this restaurant on Soquel. Interesting place, very small but comfortable, with friendly service. The boyfriend and I had Mantu, a wonton/ravioli-like dumpling dish with peas and sour cream, and a soup called Aush, which was a very salty beef broth with tomatoes and dill (the dill was very strong) and ground beef. Both were very good, although the Aush was saltier than I usually prefer. As an entree, I had the Qabuli Pallow, a dish comprised of seasoned browned basmati rice, chunks of stewed beef, and julienned carrots with raisins. It was very nice, somewhat subtle but good. My boyfriend had the Sabsi Challow, a dish with white basmati rce, stewed beef, and seasoned spinach on top.

All-in-all, I had a good experience there, but it wasn't quite as impressive as my friends who had eaten there before made it sound. Anyone have any other recommendations if I go there again? They also had kabobs, but I wasn't sure if I really wanted to have just a kabob as an entree.

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