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 2009: Bamian Afghan Cuisine

Great food, low prices, lots of fun

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.

Open daily for lunch and dinner.

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