Thursday 23 July 2009

Nights of Kabul

Don’t be alarmed, you haven’t walked into the home of an Afghan family. Those intricate Persian rugs cover the floor and a mini stage complete with a few traditional instruments for presumably a karaoke session later in the night, art and picturesque landscape shots decorate the walls. Bring your best table manners, as you should feel guilty about spilling anything onto the tables draped with tablecloths filled with beautiful motifs worthy of framing.

Though it is difficult to not make a mess, as you attempt to inhale as much of the truly excellent food as physically possible. The chicken and lamb kebabs are fabulous, lovely marinated in a mixture of spices and herbs then charcoal grilled taking on a great flavour. Mantu are a must that will appeal to less adventurous Asians, an Afghan version of lamb dumplings lathered in a tangy tomato puree and yoghurt. Do try the meatballs and definitely the kabuli pulau, kind of like a lamb briyani with the sweetness of sultanas. Desserts take on a middle east slant, with a cigar shaped baklava, a sugary syrup soaked deep fried milk dough balls gulab jaman and crumbly halwa or a custardy banana pudding called fernee sure to give dentists plenty of work.

The only disappointment was the lack of a song and dance. Such high but unrealistic hopes. What you can pin your hopes on is being fed like a member of the family, at a very good price.

3.5 / 5 yums!
Where? 39 Portman St, Oakleigh, VIC
What? Dishes under $15

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