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“Skillfully spiced, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Kabul Afghan Cuisine - CLOSED

Kabul Afghan Cuisine
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $15
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghani, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Montana
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78 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Skillfully spiced, great service”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Third location for this delicious family restaurant - busy on a Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. but the wait was about 5 minutes. Try the pumpkin curry - I just had two appetizers (a type of dumpling in sauce and the lentil-barley soup), unusual spicing, piping hot - everyone at our table was satisfied. If you haven't tried Afghan food before, the names sound kind of Indian-ish but the tastes are more subtle, somehow feel more sophisticated. Also, lamb was in several of the dishes but not at all greasy. Go before the waits get too long! Also, beautiful table settings but prices were moderate - about fifteen without drinks.

  • Visited March 2013
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Burlingame, California
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60 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Top-notch dining: both exotic and comfortable”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

As a long-time local, I frequently eat at the various restaurants in downtown Burlingame- Kabul is my go-to place I bring guests ever since it opened. For those who haven't tried Afghan food: it can be best described as a combination of northern Indian and eastern mediterranean (Turkish and central asia)- with excellent grilled meats and vegetarian dishes. Dishes are wonderfully flavorful but not as heavy and spiced as Indian. The lamb kebob is a must order- perfectly marinated, cooked, and tender. Mantoo is another classic Afghan dish, and all of the vegetables are excellent: spinach, eggplant, cauliflower, pumpkin- I find a way to order all of them if I can. Somehow, I feel as if it is both "comfort food" but interesting enough to check the box for being exotic. Whether my friends are foodies who have traveled the world or are trying Afghan for the first time, they all end up talking about this restaurant for months afterwards.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank Marc C
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Tucson, Arizona
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186 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
“Baaa Baaa”
Reviewed March 7, 2013

If you fancy lamb this is the place to enjoy it. The lamb kebabs provide very generous and tasty portions. I found the quality of the meat to be among the best I've had. Lamb can often be riddled with gristle, but the lamb served at Kabul was perfect. The lentil soup was also particularly good. As others have pointed out, the place has a nice atmosphere. Service was attentive.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Yanni_Pannimayoo
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Columbia, Missouri
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357 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 240 helpful votes
“Always satisfying, great value and atmosphere”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

very few restaurants manage the trick of serving great, original food, at fair prices while making you feel at home. Kabul accomplishes that every time. The lamb kebab is the signature dish. But pumpkin and eggplant with meat are not far behind. You will enjoy the food as much as warm, friendly and efficient service. God place for large families, birthdays, and work functions.

Visited February 2013
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Miami, FL
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108 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Adventures in Eating”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

If you have a layover in SFO area, a walking trip around cute downtown Burlingame will satisfy. And dining at Kabul will give you an exotic experience of deliciousness. The restaurant is ideally located at the corner of Burlingame and California, across the street from the train station. The decor is comfortable, with dark furniture, textiles and wood carvings which suggest a visual trip to that far flung place.
We were in the area for lunch and decided to start our overseas vacation by lunching at Kabul - trying Afghani cuisine for the first time. We each ordered the lentil soup, which was excellently spiced and hearty. We also shared the chef's platter to give ourselves a sampling of dishes we would never normally encounter, and each of the three appetizers were very tasty and quite different from each other. The waiters were Hispanic, which was a slight disconnect, but they spoke good English and were able to explain the dishes. A hearty recommendation.

  • Visited January 2013
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