In case you thought Afghan food was all rice and kebabs, Lapis sets the record straight on its menu: “Yes, Afghanistan has lettuce and other green earthy stuff.” The stylish bistro from the owners of Georgetown’s Café Bonaparte offers lamb skewers and meaty stews, sure, but vegetables star here. Creamy baked egg-plant comes draped in tomato sauce with yogurt and dried mint, and pan-seared flatbread called bolani is stuffed with leeks and cilantro. No meal here would be complete without the beef-stuffed mantu (dumplings) topped with tomato-and-yellow-split-pea sauce. Moderate.
Also great: Pakowra (vegetable fritters); okra in tomato-onion sauce; cauliflower in spiced tomato sauce; qabili palow(rice pilaf with julienned carrots and raisins); aushak (leek-stuffed dumplings with ground beef).