A little small corner place in what used to be a camera shop, it is quite a nice one. Cool and interesting paintings hang in the one wall and the large windows allow lots of natural lighting as well as views of the town and people walking by in this busy intersection and neighborhood.
The service is pleasant but amateurish. Plates and glasses were passed and handed over people and other already placed down plates and sometimes the bus boy would just stand there, waiting for us to pass him the plates and glasses... instead of coming around the table and placing them down for the patron. I felt like I was doing the waiter's job! Anyway, overall, the service was good and friendly. No alcohol is served but you can bring your own wine. Glasses are provided without a corkage fee. BYOB!
Looking at the menu, is almost the same as Ariana Restaurant (review available - 5 stars). In fact, it even seems to be a carbon copy in a smaller scale. The menu is a combination of Pakistani and Afghan food. We started with the soups of the day ($4.99 each). They were lentil based soups with one being a little spicier and with coconut milk and chicken, which is the one I ordered. However, we were trying to figure out where the heck the chicken was. None found in the soup. But the flavor was good and intense. I truly enjoyed it.
The main courses arrived. I ordered the Tikka Lamb ($14.99) which is boneless cubes marinated in spices. All dishes served with basmatic rice and yogurt sauce. Also ordered was the Tikka chicken ($9.99) and Tilapia fish kabab ($12.99). All of the main courses were filling, tasty and enjoyable.
We ended with desserts: the Ras Malai (two sweet paneer balls in clotted cream) and the Zarda rice (basmati rice with pistachios, almonds and raisins). All desserts cost $4.99. Both were good and sweet. I ordered the mint tea as well which was delicious and served hot in a very small cup.
One disturbing thing: the bus boy would not change the tablecloths. He will just flip the tablecloths to the other side, dropping any food particles in the floor and setting the table for the next person. Not hygienic, nice or even acceptable in a restaurant in front of other patrons.
The Final Verdict:
Restaurant Ambiance/Decor: 4.0 out of 5.0
Staff Service/Friendliness : 3.5 out of 5.0
Seating Arrangement/Layout: 4.5 out of 5.0
Seating Comfort: 3.5 out of 5.0
Food Quality/Flavor: 4.0 out of 5.0
Food Price Value: 3.0 out of 5.0
Wine/Alcohol Selection: n/a
Wine/Alcohol Price Value: n/a
Bathrooms Cleanliness: 4.0 out of 5.0
Overall Price Value: 2.5 out of 5.0
Final Score: 29 out of 40 (73 out of 100% or C grade)
Final Comment: A nice little cheap place with good food and friendly, amateurish service. However, for better ambiance, food and service, go to Ariana's Restaurant (review available - 5 stars).
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