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Review of Afghan House (semi-longish)

Cyrus J. Farivar | Jan 12, 200201:00 AM

After hearing about the Afghan House in an earlier posting (scroll down a bit), I took my folks and a couple friends and we made the trek out to Northridge to check out the Afghan House.

When we walked in tonight at about 7 pm, and I was suprised to find the place nearly deserted. With capacity for nearly 20 or so, and two near-to-the-ground tea tables for 4 each, the place seemed like it could be popping. It had 4 people in the entire place when we walked in.

To it's credit, it did have nice decor. Featuring a large painted map of Afghanistan on the wall, and beautiful carpets on the wall...and a picture of Gen. Massood near the kitchen.

The people who we sat down next to, who were nearly ready to leave, quickly recommended an appetizer that they had had called Aushak, which was described in the menu as "Steamed dumpling filled with leek and spring onion topped with yogurt and meat sauce, sprinkled with mint". It resembled a Persian dish that I am familiar with called Kashke bodom'joun, and was very good. ($3.99)

My Dad ordered everything for us in Persian (turned out that our waitress was Persian, from Isfahan), so I'm not exactly sure what we ordered, but we had two dishes of chicken kabob, which were pretty good.

The best thing though, and my Dad agreed, which we ate as an hors d'oeuvre, was the "Sabzi" (sauteed spinach cooked with ginger, tomatoes and spices), which was eaten as on the Afghani bread (we observed the waitress coming in later in the evening with a new bag of bread that she bought from the Afghani/Pakistani/Indian grocery store next door. (Dad suspected that they were owned by the same people.)

All in all, I was not that impressed with the food at the Afghan House. I've had much better Persian food at places in Westwood, and this place was very similar to the Persian food that I have had. I was looking forward to savoring the differences between Persian and Afghani food.

I'm willing to accept that this was an off-night...I'd like to know when the "prime time" to go is. They advertised outside an all-you-can-eat buffet during the week for lunch. Maybe it's better then...I don't know.

I did enjoy the prices (highest thing on the menu was $9.99) and also my dokh (Blended yogurt, cucumber and mint drink) ($0.99).

I'd be interested to hear other people's reaction to this place and if other people know of other Afghani places in LA.

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