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Posted by John Boddie on 12/20/2006
There are a number of things to like about Ariana - 1. The main dishes were perfectly prepared, absolutely delicious. My friend had the beef kabob and I had the spicy fish kebab (which isn't all that spicy - a fact that was provided when we ordered). 2. The appetizers were very good. I had the spinach samusas, and our waiter/part-owner recommended the green sauce with a bit of yoghurt to accompany them. It was a first-class suggestion. The taste was light with a hint of spice (it reminded me of cilantro). 3. Taj Mahal beer is served. It's excellent. 4. The service was attentive and good natured without being smothering. 5. The portions were perfect. I came away without feeling that I overate and without the feeling that I wanted more. Ariana is very small, 8 or 9 tables, but not cramped. The owner told us that Tuesday nights were normally a bit slow, but that it gets crowded on weekends. Seeing that it doesn't take many people to crowd it, I believe him.
Posted by hannahb on 11/27/2006
My friend and I stumbled on to this place by accident and found it a wonderful surprise. The lamb kofta is excellent, as is the aushak and the pumpkin curry. The eggplant curry was less successful, but still decent. Unlike others, I LIKE that portions aren't grossly oversized. I had as much as I needed and then some, and didn't feel pressure to eat more than I needed or wanted. Portions are perfectly ample, not so huge that 4 people could eat them. I suggest getting a few dishes and trying different ones. The pumpkin curry, especially, was a wonderful surprise, creamy and full of flavor, but still light.
Posted by an Afghan critic on 08/12/2006
This place hardly gives you any food for the price they charge you. The food is descent but it is way over priced for afghan food. There are other afghan and persian restaurants that give you much more food for what they charge you. The portions here are very small. For example an ashak appetizer they charge $7 and it only consist of three small pieces of dupplings. Overall, the place is okay...i wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/26/2006
Found the place inadvertently and tried it. Lamb kebab is excellent, but didn't like the lamb curry. Lunch special portions are small. The Afghan drink "dough" is for those who are daring and willing to acquire a taste for those who are unaccustomed to yogurt drinks. Just have the lamb kebabs and you can't go wrong. Friendly service.
Posted by open palate on 07/20/2006
I tried this restaurant with friends based on the mostly enthusiatic reviews on this site. The experience was very disappointing. We skipped starters and ordered a variety of main courses. The food arrived within minutes - all of it had been pre-cooked and reheated - none of the chicken or lamb was hot - just lukewarm and on the dry side. The plates contained loads of rice (tasty) and lots of salad - very little meat. In fact, an elderly couple at the next table asked the waiter, "Where's the beef?" I've had much better Afghan food in the city at a much better value. I doubt my friends or I will return.
Posted by by far, the best afghan on 07/10/2006
My boyfriend and i stopped in here one friday night and i'm so glad we did. The service was excellent, our server was hilarious but wouldn't tell us the secret to their specialty tea. I wasn't particularly hungry but as we waited for our food, the aroma of the spices and the meat got my stomach going. Ordered the lamb kebab and wow. The lamb was delicious and succulent. My boyfriend gobbled down his kebab e-berk, and then proceeded to order the salmon kebab b/c he was still hungry. And oddly enough, after eating all this, we were full but not grossly stuffed which is how you should feel. The food here is delicious and surprisingly light. Am waiting to go back.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/05/2006
After reading all the great reviews here, I made it over for lunch. The food wasn't bad, but for $10 it wasn't a great deal- there wasn't even enough to make a meal of it. I spent the whole meal wondering where I should go to eat afterword. It would have been acceptable with double the portions or at half the price, but I would not recommend lunch the way it is.