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Posted by Ben B. on 01/30/2010
Afghan Restaurant has an excellent buffet (and cheap - a little over eight bucks with tax) on non-holiday weekdays. The menu changes based upon what day of the week it is...check out their menu on their website. The regular menu is a bit more expensive, but is still delicious. They are a little slow at filling your water or taking your plates, especially with how few customers are in the restaurant at any given period of time (probably because the restaurant itself has a fairly unattractive exterior), but the food makes up for this problem. I only wish that they offered the buffet on weekends or holidays...it is hard for those not working in the general vicinity to make it there.
Posted by KLG on 04/12/2009
I had great expectations for this place since the restaurant was full, but as I went through the menu and was served I wasn't too happy. For appetizer my wife and I shared a Boolawnee which resembled a vegeterian baked somosa. Basically it was an afghan bread turnovers filled with leeks and potatoes and baked (served with mint and chili chutney). Not bad. My wife had the Vegetarian Combo combination platter of bouranee bounjan fried eggplant, subz fried spinach and rao (sauteed pumpkin). Don't worry its not fried, probably stirred fried. This dish wasn't bad, only thing was the pumpkin reminded us off baked yams (sweet potatoes) that we eat for Thanksgiving dinner. I had the Chapli Kabob with a skewer of roasted veggies and Afghan Bread. Honestly for the price I paid for the Kabob, 12.95 plus 2.95 for 5 tiny pieces of veggies (3 quarter tomato, piece of green pepper and a piece of onion) , it wasn't really worth what I paid for. I don't see how a piece of meat and bread costs 13 bucks. Honestly the food wasn't anything spectacular, and the prices weren't reasonable. I rather go somewhere else next time.
Posted by Johnny Mack on 09/30/2008
The reason for the title of this review? Years ago The Afghan had strung lights over its parking lot, mainly when weddings were being held there. It certainly did look like a used car lot. marooned out on Route 1. And also indicating there's plenty of parking then and now. The Afghan has some of the best Afghani food in the area. bar none. The building is stark, so is the interior and it can be rather loud, but service is attentive. The food is wonderful, and if you're confused, try the daytime buffet which at $8 serves some 30 Afghani dishes. The aushuk, scallion-stuffed dumplings with yogurt sauce, are a great way to start a dinner. The entrees, breads, vegetables and kabobs are all winners. Wonderful values all. If you get a chance, look into the room used for wedding receptions it's got a great throne used for the wedding couple. As for the waiters' humor, a friend asked if they had any genuine Afghani beer (kind of hard to brew in a fundamentalist Islamic country). Answer: "No sir ... not yet."