Friends recently discovered this restaurant and were so impressed they organised a group of eight of us to try it out one recent Saturday night. My husband and I were the first to arrive. It was easy to find even though the entrance is just a staircase but it was really well signed which always helps.
Once up the stairs and inside my first impression was one of exotica - I informed our hostess we had a booking for 8 - the booking was duly found and we were strangely shown to a table for 6 and two more chairs and extra cutlery were quickly added. As I sat down I noticed the chairs seats could have done with a wipe and I thought the carpet could have done with a really vacuum.
No matter, I had a chance to take in our surroundings while we waited for the rest of our party. The lighting was perhaps a little dim, but the decor was deliciously kitsch, ornate wooden carved chairs and marble tables with lazy susan's in the middle. Traditional afghan dress hung on the walls in various places and overall there was a feel of homey hospitality.
Soon all were present and a banquet at $35 a head was decided on and the first dishes were very quickly brought out. Salad, bread, dips and an interesting very tasty type of dumpling. Fragrant rice, meat balls, and lamb & chicken on skewers. Plenty to eat and salad, dips and rice were refilled if desired as part of the deal.
If this banquet was designed to peak your curiosity and give you a desire to delve deeper into this type of cuisine it did a great job. I would love to go back and explore the menu further.
BYO drinks made this a very inexpensive night out and they were doing a roaring trade the night we were there. This is not a polished group of professionals (although the service was good) but a family run kitchen and dining room producing food from the heart.
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