Cheap Eats 2012: Bamian
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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.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
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.
Special Features:
Kid Friendly
Cheap Eats 2012

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.

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