June 15, 2010 2:45 pm at 2:45 pm #82159
Has anyone tried the new Afghan restaurant, Cafe Kabul (scroll down), at Olentangy & Ackerman? It will have to be quite good to compete with Lavash & Alladin’s. Is it open?June 15, 2010 2:51 pm at 2:51 pm #380973
Interesting. From what I’ve seen, Afghani food doesn’t really have that strong of a relationship to what Lavash and Aladdin’s do (the owner’s insistence to the contrary nonwithstanding…)
I’m also eager to hear about their opening… anyone else heard anything?June 15, 2010 2:56 pm at 2:56 pm #380974June 15, 2010 4:00 pm at 4:00 pm #380975
I never thought afgani food was all that impressive but willing to give this new place a try. I drove by yesterday and I donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t think its open yet.June 15, 2010 4:08 pm at 4:08 pm #380976
is it in the Kroger shopping plaza?June 15, 2010 4:27 pm at 4:27 pm #380977
Yah. Its at the southern end at the old dairy queen.June 15, 2010 5:11 pm at 5:11 pm #380978
oooo…nice to see something cool going in there. that’s not too far from my office. lunch meetup sometime when I’m on bike not foot?June 15, 2010 5:15 pm at 5:15 pm #380979
This does sound pretty great. From what I’ve had, Afghan cuisine is more like Persian (lots of rice, nuts, dried fruit, pomegranate molasses, legumes.) I hope they do stay in that general tradition rather than broadening it into a “Middle Eastern” place with hummus, etc. There’s a lot of competition for that market.June 15, 2010 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #380980
joev wrote >>
This does sound pretty great. From what I’ve had, Afghan cuisine is more like Persian (lots of rice, nuts, dried fruit, pomegranate molasses, legumes.) I hope they do stay in that general tradition rather than broadening it into a “Middle Eastern” place with hummus, etc. There’s a lot of competition for that market.
That’s what I’m thinking.June 15, 2010 7:05 pm at 7:05 pm #380981
Oh my, I never thought I’d see the day. Now to see if it’s good.June 15, 2010 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #380982
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This is the Seekh kabab (beef). It was OK–I could not determine if the problem was execution, or that I may not care for Afghan food. This was not a spicy dish and I found it to be a bit bland. Wikipedia suggested that seekh kabab is often served with chutney or mint sauce–either would have been welcomed. I should have ordered bread as well.June 15, 2010 7:44 pm at 7:44 pm #380983
Years ago there was a great Afghan restaurant in DC I always tried to get to while in town. They had wonderful kebabs and a dish called manti (mantu?) that was like a cross between a ravioli and a pierogi, in a fruity tomato sauce.
Mmmmmm…..June 15, 2010 8:44 pm at 8:44 pm #380984
Khyber Pass on Saint Marks in New York has been my only real Afghani food experience. The food has always been good, thought a bit bland. I usually get the orange rice.
I have to admit I’d mostly go there though, because they had some low pimp tables with lots of cushions where you got to sit with your shoes off and eat.June 21, 2010 8:36 pm at 8:36 pm #380985
I haven’t had a chance to see if this place opened yet, but will definitely go.
I don’t really think there’s too much of a connection with the Lebanese style of food served at Lavash & the Afghani food at Cafe Kabul. If you want to compare it with something local, then probably Jeddo Kabob or maybe Cafe Istanbul (which is pushing it). But honestly, if you’re ordering food that’s overlapping on the menus of Cafe Kabul & Lavash, you won’t be getting the best each has to offer.
Jon its interesting you find the food bland, I’m curious if it was the restaurant you ate at or if you just find the food itself boring?June 22, 2010 5:21 pm at 5:21 pm #380986
Just had it Saturday. 1st time for this type of food. Don’t remember what we got, 2 dishes, asked what they recommended. Not flashy or spicy, but pretty darn good. Friendly, professional staff. I believe it was the owner who came up to ask us how we heard of the place, if we’ve had Afghan food before, to explain that they just opened Monday, and to explain that they are still a work in progress (getting the feel for what improvements are needed).
However, long, long, long wait. This may be because they just opened. On the flip side, we knew our food was being cooked, and not re-heated after sitting.
Will definitely get again when in the area, but will call ahead first.
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