The concierge at the Sonesta recommended this as the top restaurant in the area and it was barely a block away from the hotel. Our server was superb, knew the menu, guided us to great choices, and kept us well attended. My colleague knew something about Afghan food and seconded the pumpkin recommendation. We ordered two vegetarian dishes and divided these large portions between two people: "Special" was baked pumpkin (delightful!), eggplant, sauteed spinach, and small whole okra served with pallow rice; "Kourma Challow" included green beans, cauliflower, turnips, potato, onions, and tomatoes, with garlic/ginger/cilantro over challow rice. These two preparations of rice were boiled, spiced differently, and then baked. We also ordered two sides: spinach and Kaddo (seasoned baby pumpkin). This was an absolutely extraordinary vegetarian taste treat, with each element beautifully prepared and spiced. Will have to try the sister restaurant in Baltimore and sample the lamb dishes (both restaurants are apparently owned and operated by Mahmood Karzai, a brother of Hamid Karzai; as US taxpayers, we felt that perhaps we count as part owners...).