Savory, traditional Afghan dishes off the beaten path

Afghan Kitchen –

Salt Lake City, UT – Middle Eastern, Afghan – $ to $$ – Casual
Sifter Critique

Nicole O. - Pro SifterJan 25, 2018

Overall 4.2

4.3

Food

4.6

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.0

Value

Overview

This was our first time trying Afghan food and we can see ourselves going back. Afghan kitchen is in a rather dumpy neighborhood but you’re greeted warmly and felt welcome instantly. The dishes are traditional and have a resemblance to Indian food although they seem less heavy and focus more on meat and veggies.

Value

Two people could eat here for about $20 but you’ll want to try multiple dishes and keep some for leftover

3 most popular dishes

Mantu (beef dumplings), Kabuli Palow (Qabuli Pulao), and Mix Kebab.

What I ordered

The three most popular items, mantu, kabuli palow, and mix kebab.

Food quality

The quality was there for most items. All the food brought out seemed fresh. The mix kebab had chicken and hamburger (not sure how they got it to stay on a skewer). While the chicken was good, the hamburger didn’t have great flavor.

Mantu – so delicious! The beef wasn’t flavored adequately but the sauces on top made up for that tenfold. The dumpling was soft and beautifully plated.

Kabuli Palow (with lamb) – our favorite entree. The rice was al dente and had the perfect amount of salt to balance the sweetness of the carrots and raisins. The lamb was tender and mixed well with all the flavors. It also comes with a side of Burani Banjan which was amazing! The eggplant was cooked perfectly and the flavors were best mopped up with naan.

Mix Kebab – this was an okay dish. Like I said before, the hamburger didn’t do it for me. Even with the sauce and side of veggies, it lacked flavor.

Ambiance

It’s not a great location nor does it have nice interior but we felt welcome upon arrival. We were greeted warmly and seated immediately (at 5pm).

What I liked most

The Kabuli Palow and Mantu.

What I disliked most

The lack of flavor in the Mix Kebab.

The verdict

Although this was our first time trying Afghan food, we loved it and want to go back to try more of their dishes.

 

Overall 4.2

4.3

Food

4.6

Service

4.2

Ambience

4.0

Value

Overview

This was our first time trying Afghan food and we can see ourselves going back. Afghan kitchen is in a rather dumpy neighborhood but you’re greeted warmly and felt welcome instantly. The dishes are traditional and have a resemblance to Indian food although they seem less heavy and focus more on meat and veggies.

Value

Two people could eat here for about $20 but you’ll want to try multiple dishes and keep some for leftover

3 most popular dishes

Mantu (beef dumplings), Kabuli Palow (Qabuli Pulao), and Mix Kebab.

What I ordered

The three most popular items, mantu, kabuli palow, and mix kebab.

Food quality

The quality was there for most items. All the food brought out seemed fresh. The mix kebab had chicken and hamburger (not sure how they got it to stay on a skewer). While the chicken was good, the hamburger didn’t have great flavor.

Mantu – so delicious! The beef wasn’t flavored adequately but the sauces on top made up for that tenfold. The dumpling was soft and beautifully plated.

Kabuli Palow (with lamb) – our favorite entree. The rice was al dente and had the perfect amount of salt to balance the sweetness of the carrots and raisins. The lamb was tender and mixed well with all the flavors. It also comes with a side of Burani Banjan which was amazing! The eggplant was cooked perfectly and the flavors were best mopped up with naan.

Mix Kebab – this was an okay dish. Like I said before, the hamburger didn’t do it for me. Even with the sauce and side of veggies, it lacked flavor.

Ambiance

It’s not a great location nor does it have nice interior but we felt welcome upon arrival. We were greeted warmly and seated immediately (at 5pm).

What I liked most

The Kabuli Palow and Mantu.

What I disliked most

The lack of flavor in the Mix Kebab.

The verdict

Although this was our first time trying Afghan food, we loved it and want to go back to try more of their dishes.

 

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