Bamian Afghan Cuisine

5634 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041


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

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

Cheap Eats 2008: Bamian Afghan Cuisine

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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