Cheap Eats 2008: Bamian Afghan Cuisine
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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:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly

Why go: Many local Afghan restaurants lack a certain ambiance. Here the proud, ancient cuisine is given its due with wooden booths and chandeliers in a dining room as expansive as the menu.

What to get: Bouranee baunjaun, a silky eggplant purée; rich mantu dumplings with ground beef; garlicky lamb kebabs; kadu chalau, sweet chunks of sautéed pumpkin with a tangy yogurt sauce; firnee, a cool white pudding sprinkled with crushed pistachios.

Best for: A power lunch—the food may be Afghan, but the vibe is pure steakhouse.

Insider tip: The dining room is sometimes understaffed, making service spotty.

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