Pamir Afghan Cuisine, Emeryville
Hunger pangs while driving down 80 urged me to get off the road in search of a quick snack. It had been a couple years since I'd checked out the food stands at the Emeryville Public Marketplace and thought it would be worth a try. I picked Pamir as the most unusual of the offerings, and my chowhound instincts were right on.
Scanning the extensive menu, I first asked for beef boulane which was described as a stuffed bread, but couldn't wait the 10 mins. of prep time. Instead I asked the lady server to choose two items from the steam table for me. She offered up saffron chicken and lamb with spinach, which came with rice, salad (with ranch dressing!), afghan bread, and a medium-size soft drink for $6 and change including tax. The chicken was a bit bland but had a wonderful texture - tender and toothsome. The lamb was also of high quality, not a speck of gristle, and mild in flavor with creamy spinach flavored with exotic spices. The bread was too dry, but all in all, this was a very satisfying meal. Plus, I was in and out in 30 mins. and was back on the road quickly. Next time I'll ask for something a little spicier.
Looked like a lot of other intriguing choices and I'm wondering what are your favorites at the Marketplace?