100 Best Restaurants 2008: Faryab
No. 82: Faryab
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Ann Limpert, Cynthia Hacinli, Dave McIntyre
Comments () | Published January 1, 2008
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Faryab
Address: 4917 Cordell Ave., Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 301-951-3484
Neighborhood: Bethesda/Glen Echo
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
Opening Hours: Tuesday through Thursday 5 PM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 5:30 PM to 10:30 PM, and Sunday 5 PM to 9:30 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Nearby Metro Stops: Bethesda
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Recommended
Best Dishes Pastries such as bulanee (with leeks) and sambosa (with meat and chickpeas); open-faced dumplings known as mantu (with meat) and aushak (with scallions); quabili pallow, brown basmati rice with carrots, raisins, and braised lamb; stewed pumpkin with yogur
Price Details: Starters around $6; entrées $12.50 to $18.95.
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Good for Groups

Cuisine: The hearty stews, juicy kebabs, and gossamer dumplings of classic Afghani cooking. The dishes may sound exotic, but their flavors are likely to be familiar—the cuisine is related to that of northern India, minus the heat and vinegar.

Mood: Relaxed, even romantic, courtesy of a dimly lit dining room that Kipling might feel at home in. This is not a place to linger over a meal, however—the food fairly flies out of the kitchen.

Best for: Mixed groups of meat lovers and vegetarians, young couples looking for an affordable date.

Best dishes: Anything fried, braised, or baked; aushak, delicate scallion-filled dumplings with yogurt-and-meat sauce, and their meat-filled cousins, manti; crispy-skinned samosas; a luxurious stew of lamb with eggplant.

Insider tips: Order carefully—the menu can be confusing, and it’s easy to wind up with similar dishes without realizing it: Aushak and manti are both dumplings with tomatoes and a yogurty meat sauce. And there’s not much difference between an appetizer of “fried sweet potato with yogurt and meat sauce” and a side dish of “sautéed pumpkin with meat sauce and yogurt.”

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