We did not know exactly what to expect from an Afghan restaurant, but considering the geography we were not surprised to find the cuisine very similar to Indian or Pakistani food. The lamb tikka kebab was cooked just right, not too rare but still a little pink in the middle, tender and moist. The brown basmati rice flavored with carrot, raisin, whole cardamom pods, almonds and spices was a nice accompaniment. The salad served with the meal was nothing special, but the yogurt based dressing was very nice.
My wife had the spinach and lamb stew served with basmati rice, but without the additional flavorings. We weren't sure why they served two very similar rice dishes, but in the end we thought it was a great complement to the well seasoned and flavored sauce the lamb was stewed in.
Hell's Kitchen is full of great small eateries, and this was a good example. This restaurant is very small, like many other great little places in the city, and we continue to be amazed at the quality of the food and service in these little gems.
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