Cheap Eats 2009: Bamian Afghan Cuisine
Great food, low prices, lots of fun
Reviewed By Todd Kliman, Cynthia Hacinli, Ann Limpert, Kate Nerenberg, Rina Rapuano
Comments () | Published June 18, 2009
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Bamian Afghan Cuisine
Address: 5634 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone: 703-820-7880
Neighborhood: Falls Church, Baileys Crossroads
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Saturday 11 to 11, and Sunday 11 to 10:30.
Nearby Metro Stops: East Falls Church, Ballston-MU
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Mantu with ground beef; aushak with chopped scallions; bulanee; carrayee, a lamb stir-fry; sauteed eggplant; sauteed pumpkin with yogurt; lamb-chop kabobs; qabili palau; baklava.
Price Details: Appetizers $3.95 to $4.95, entrées $9.95 to $14.95.

Why go: The window swags and crystal chandeliers might make you think you’ve wandered into a wedding reception, but the kebabs, palaus, and vegetable stews speak of stellar home cooking, long-simmered and lovingly tended.

What to get: Boolawnee, crisp dough filled with leeks or potatoes; delicate dumplings stuffed with scallions (aushak) or ground beef (mantu) and topped with meat sauce and yogurt; bouranee baunjan, a soft mound of stir-fried eggplant; quabili palau, fluffy rice with shredded carrots, raisins, and lamb stew to spoon on top.

Best for: Couples or groups who want to make an evening of it—there’s live music six nights a week.

Insider tip: If you like your food spicy, make it known. Otherwise, dishes such as the karahi stir-fries will be timidly seasoned.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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