My husband and I selected this restaurant because of TA reviews and its location to a relative's house where we had spent the afternoon. We weren't disappointed. Having experienced several trips to Afghanistan and other areas in the region, my dh says the restaurant most reminds him of upscale establishments in Dubai. He says even the restroom was reminiscent of Dubai and Afghanistan with the "washing up" jug of water in the men's room.
We arrived at 6PM on a Saturday night, without a reservation, and were greeted formally. Our first impression was "Wow! What atmosphere!" White raised-patterned walls that look like lilies, set off by black and white chairs and napkins create a clean and modern vibe. The main attraction, a water fountain in the middle of the room, was encased in a gorgeous blue-mosaic tiled square pool. The flooring has also been created with thoughtfulness- stunning blocks of black and white mosaic tiles arranged throughout the space. The only glaring intrusion was a staple of Mid-East restaurants- a TV screen (in this case, huge) set to CNN-close captioning the news (one headline "10 officers killed in Afghanistan").
Our waiter greeted us formally and asked our seating preference; we chose a table next to the fountain. We ordered a bottle of BV Napa Valley cabernet sauvignon from the wine list (bargain to moderately priced wine selections) and started with the four piece sampler, which uncluded a large slice of Nan bread, hummas, and a yogurt/cucumber dip. Delicious and very fresh ingredients.DH had the surf and turf (a bit pricey at $25.99) and I chose the lamb kebob plate ($14.99) that came with Basmati rice. We shared sauteed spinach ($3.99). My lamb was cooked too well done to my liking and the rice was on the dry side, but dh's mixed fare suited him just fine. The spinach was very tasty. We ended by sharing a carrot and pistachio type cobbler and baklava- the carrot specialty being especially delightful.
I could have stopped at the sampler starter and may do just that next time- and there will be one! Except for the TV- Wonderful atmosphere and overall- mostly moderate prices and some good food. The full restaurant an hour after we arrived, and the Middle Eastern families who frequent the place, illustrate the restaurant's appeal and authenticity.