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Jun 6, 2007 07:51 PM

Whazzat? Afghani food at Fisherman's Wharf?

Looping back home via Fisherman's Wharf today (and stopping for a plate of just so-so Imperial Rolls at the Saigon Grill), I did a double-take when I happened to look back from the corner of Taylor and Beach: there, where a gringoized Mexican place used to be, the awning read "Kabul City" and the window signs promised "Authentic Afghan Food" under the legacy neon caricature of a man in a serape having a siesta by a cactus.

I stopped in for a look. There were no customers at 4:00 in the afternoon but the tables were all set with white tablecloths, folded cloth napkins and the lot and the place looking pricier than it is (a mistake?) The owner or manager (the only person visible) told me that they had been open for about a month. A news clipping in the window indicated that the owners had previoiusly run restaurants in Chino and Upland and briefly in Fremont, which was too competitive.

Natch, a couple of Yelpers (who rush in where Chowhounds fear to tread, even to places like Fisherman's Wharf)) had been there and both posted very positive reviews. The paper menu I took away lists the following:

Chopan Kabob
Tekka Kabob
Shami Kabob
Chicken Kabob
Qabely Pallow
Sabzi Challow
Bamia Challow
Badinjon Burani
Kadu Burani

The menu also briefly described each dish, though I'll be damned if I'm going to type it all out. Plates run from $7.99 to $16.99

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    1. re: Melanie Wong

      I must have been out to lunch when that thread was active. I tried CH's trusty search function but.....

      1. re: Gary Soup

        I had to use Afghan and Wharf to find it. (g)

        So go, eat there, and tell us about the food.

        1. re: Melanie Wong

          I naievely thought the restaurant's name would work.

          I'm going for the Qabely Pallow. How can one not like a dish that sounds like it was named by Lewis Carroll?

    2. I tend to take the yelp reviews with a grain of Maldon salt. I've been burned too many times. One of the reviews looks reliable, one questionable, and one is negative.

      That being said, if in fact these are the same owners of salang pass in fremont, then that seems to have promise. There are quite a few positive reviews on Chowhound including this Chowdown ... though of SP it was said " I thought the restaurant was ok. The food was good, but not incredible."

      Butt for the most part the reports were good.

      On the other hand, maybe that one Chowhound dissenter was correct. In Fremont which supposedly has a large Afghani population, if SP wasn't competitive ... maybe not the place for authentic if that's someone's goal.

      >>>> Natch, a couple of Yelpers (who rush in where Chowhounds fear to tread, even to places like Fisherman's Wharf)) had been there and both posted very positive reviews.

      Well, the Digest has a few FW reports.

      Maybe Chowhounds aren't so into the ambiance and would rather frequent places with good food. You can't eat a view, ya know, no matter how pleasant and pricy it might be.

      Hopefully Kabul City will give another good option in that area. Looking foward to your report on the Qabely Pallow

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      1. re: rworange

        Alright, that's it. They have an all you can eat buffet at lunch. I know this is usually the worst showing of a resto's abilities but what the heck! Anybody who wants to join me next Friday for lunch, email me (sfchaddict at gmail). If there are no responses, I'll move it to dinner the week after for a proper chowdown. I am just tooooo curious about the possibility of edible food at the wharf. I know, I know...there are a few options. Just not a lot.