Cheap Eats 2011: Kabul Kabob House
Comments () | Published August 17, 2011
Cheap Eats 2012 Cheap Eats 2010 Cheap Eats 2011

Kabul Kabob House
Address: 7531 Somerset Crossing Dr., Gainesville, VA 20155
Phone: 571-445-3089
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
Opening Hours: Open Monday through Thursday 11 AM to 9:30 PM, Friday and Saturday 11 AM to 10 PM, Sunday 11 AM to 9 PM.
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes
Kid Friendly: Yes
Price Range: Inexpensive
Dress: Informal
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
Best Dishes Sultani Kabob platter, with both lamb and chicken kebabs and rice dusted with sumac; qabli palaw, lamb chunks with rice, shredded carrots, almonds, and raisins; daal chalaw, a stew of yellow lentils with herbs; sambusa, a fried pastry filled with spiced m
Price Details: Appetizers, $2.50 to $3.95; entrées $8.50 to $10.95
Special Features:
Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly, Valet Parking Available, Delivery, Good for Groups

Although this drab cafe bills itself as a kebab house, the skewers aren't the most interesting things to order. What makes it stand above others is the meal's accessories, including soft, flavorful naan--rolled and placed in the tandoor oven minutes after you order--and the herby green dip that comes with many dishes. Appetizers of sambosa and bulanee, perfectly fried triangles filled with beef, potato, or leeks, make for outstanding starters. For entrées, forgo the typical gyro and try one of the stews or rice dishes, such as the excellent qabili palow, a plate of fall-apart chunks of lamb smothered in brown rice with carrot shreds and raisins, and the addictive dal chalaw, a curried lentil stew that begs for a swipe with that wonderful bread.

Also good: Aushak and mantu dumplings; lamb kebab with a poached egg; side of eggplant; mango lassi; cardamom tea.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Subscribe to Washingtonian
Posted at 12:00 AM/ET, 08/17/2011 RSS | Print | Permalink | Restaurant Reviews