Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Falls Church: Bamian Restaurant

Bamian Restaurant, a gourmet Afghan restaurant named after Bamian City in Afghanistan is a family favorite. I have only been twice but other members of the fam have been a ton of times. The outside looks a little deceiving but the inside is clean and slightly upscale. 
We sat in an adorable nook, they have a couple along the wall that allow for privacy for diners. They also had a guy playing the keyboard and some other instrument which made for a very nice ambiance. It was not really busy on a Sunday night but this place gets packed so it wouldn't hurt to make reservations.

Appetizers
Aushak scallion-filled steamed dumplings topped with spicy yogurt and meat sauce, sprinkled with mint. This appetizer and the one below are the exact same except for the one below has ground beef mixed in to the middle. I prefer the scallion only one, but both were great. 
Mantu ground beef and scallion filled dumplings topped with spicy yogurt and meat sauce, sprinkled with mint.
Bowlawnee Clay-oven baked pastry stuffed with scallions, choices of chopped leek or potato and herbs, served with a side of homemade yogurt.. This was probably my favorite appetizer. I like how the outer layer was more substantial/solid (then the two above) and the filling was awesome. A lot of people compare this to an empanada but it reminds me more of the spinach pies I can get at Lebanese restaurants. 

Entrees
Bamian Platter combination of Quabili (seasoned rice with carrots and raisins) and chalau (white rice) served with meat sauce (qurma) and one skewer each of shami, chicken and lamb. This was a ton of food. The chicken and the shami were good, but I was not a fan of the texture of the lamb (not tender enough). I prefer my carbs straight forward so I enjoyed the white rice best while my mom preferred the quabili with the carrots and the raisins. They serve this dish was a bowl of lamb tomato sauce (not shown) which was really good, particularly when you dip your naan in it or pour it over the rice.
Vegetarian Platter combination platter of baunjan (eggplant), subzi (stir-fried spinach) and kadu (sautéed pumpkin) served with nan. I really liked the eggplant (bottom left) and spinach (top) while my mom loved the pumpkin-it was too sweet for me (bottom right).
Quabili Palau Seasoned rice with tender chunks of lamb under a heaping sweet carrot strips and raisins, served with meat sauce (qurma). Jeff got this and thought there could be a little more seasoning but said it was a solid dish.
The service here was great, our waitress was very friendly and informative. All of the dishes were pretty tasty but I have to admit I prefer Moby Dicks for kabobs (particularly the shami...or kubideh as Moby Dick calls it-outstanding). However the vegetarian options have blown all of the other kabob restaurants I have been to out of the water with seasoning and quality.

What makes this place stand out/differ from other Afghan/Kabob restaurants is their extensive menu. There are a lot of good appetizers, vegetarian options and non-kabob dishes. This is a restaurant to sit down and have a lovely dinner to catch up with friends or family. 

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1 comment:

  1. I have not been to a kabob place in ages. All the food looks so good. YUM!!

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