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Posted by Peder on 03/31/2006
My girlfriend and I had a delicious chef's choice dinner at this lovely restaurant. Ariana is the perfect place for an authentic Afghani dinner off the main street. The service was personal and knew what we wanted.
Posted by Stu on 03/12/2006
Stopped in after a Saturday matinee as a result of reading about it here. We weren't disappointed. The food was simple and delicious. Rafi was a charming host and waiter. The price was right. The place only seats about 30 people so we were lucky we came early. It was almost empty when we arrived at 5 and full by the time we left at 6:15. Only negative comment was from my wife who wished they had more than one bathroom for all patrons, male and female. But we all agreed that we would come back, and that it was worth recommending.
Posted by Kamran on 02/20/2006
This place is much better than Bamiyan, which was rated higher by Time Out. Everything we ate was quite delicious, from the eggplant appetizers to the firnee desert. The kebab was not the highlight (though it was fine). I thought the other flavors were better served. The decor is quaint and pleasant, and the service very friendly. I would definitely go back.
Posted by piccola on 02/11/2006
Had an impromptu dinner here on Friday night. The food is healthy and light, with just the right amount of spice. The appetizers are fabulous, as are the various eggplant dishes. Service was friendly and informal, but very attentive. All in all, a great place to go for a casual dinner. But don't bring a large group - the place is small.
Posted by foodmd on 02/01/2006
I first went to this restaurant 2 months ago and have visited two more times. All of the food was outstanding and the friendly owner went out of his way with his excellent service. I recommend the fried pumpkin appetizer, Aushak, and "HappyTea" which tastes like lemonade.
Posted by True afghani on 01/12/2006
Cant beat the kebab and rice!
Posted by David on 01/09/2006
Met the standard suggested by other reviewers. I ordered lamb shish kabobs and a side of okra. Both items came promptly along with some hot and compact Afgan bread. The lamb was well-spiced and served with a simple salad of cucumber, lettuce, tomato and a bit of yogurt. On the other side of the lamb was a bed of lightly-saffroned rice and barely grilled chunks of onion, tomato and green pepper. Delicious. The okra was tender and in simple tomato sauce. I cook okra with more spices, but this was good, especially with a bit of the red or green sauce found on every table. Including tax, this came to just over $19. Ariana has 10 tables and is cozy and good place for a comtemplative supper. All the food was prepared with a minimum of oil and salt. Clearly, the chef cares about the food she or he cooks. I look forward to coming back.