With its ornate chandeliers and small stage, this Afghan eatery feels like a banquet hall—for a more intimate experience, ask for one of the cozy booths. Appetizers such as the mantu, oversize dumplings stuffed with ground beef, and the potato-filled pastries called sambosas come with tasty dipping sauces, but the stir-fried eggplant, topped with tangy yogurt, is the standout starter.
Entrées include a terrific rendition of qabili palow—chunks of lamb topped with shredded carrots and sweet raisins and served with a meaty stew. A sampler called the Bamian Platter lets you try that along with tender ground beef, lamb, and chicken kebabs.
Also good: Aushak, scallion-stuffed dumplings; kadu, a dish of sweet sautéed pumpkin; firnee, a pistachio-topped cornstarch pudding; baklava.