Bamian Afghan Cuisine
5634 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA 22041
Neighborhood: Falls Church, Baileys Crossroads
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Afghan
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
Noise Level: Intimate
Reservations: Not Needed
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.
Appetizers $3.95 to $4.95, entrées $9.95 to $14.95.
Special Features: Wheelchair Accessible, Kid Friendly
Why go: The window swags and crystal chandeliers might make you think you’ve wandered into a wedding reception, but the kebabs, palaus, and vegetable stews speak of stellar home cooking, long-simmered and lovingly tended.
What to get: Boolawnee, crisp dough filled with leeks or potatoes; delicate dumplings stuffed with scallions (aushak) or ground beef (mantu) and topped with meat sauce and yogurt; bouranee baunjan, a soft mound of stir-fried eggplant; quabili palau, fluffy rice with shredded carrots, raisins, and lamb stew to spoon on top.
Best for: Couples or groups who want to make an evening of it—there’s live music six nights a week.
Insider tip: If you like your food spicy, make it known. Otherwise, dishes such as the karahi stir-fries will be timidly seasoned.
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