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Afghani Restaurant in the LA-Area

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  • Chris Dec 30, 2001 04:26 PM
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Hi-

I *love* Afghani food and eat it wherever I can. But, thus far, I haven't been able to find any Afghan restaurant within any sensible distance of Los Angeles.

Does anyone know of such a place? I'll even drive to San Diego for such food!

Many Thanks!
Chris

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  1. Try AFGHAN HOUSE REST. 8516 RESEDA BLVD #8. I loved Golestan/Afghan Cuisine but it was firebombed I believe a week after the September attacks. I hope they reopen, great aushak, sambosas on request, and fantastic quail.

    G'luck

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    1. re: jerome

      I did a little search on your behalf.
      You're welcome

      Link: http://www.chowhound.com/cgi-bin/htse...

    2. In this message I've attached a link for a directory of Afghan restaurants throughout the country. In California they are understandably mostly in the north, but a few are listed in San Diego if that's close enough.

      Link: http://www.arianae.com/entrestaurants...

      1. Here I've attached a link for an Afghan restaurant in Northridge. Again I haven't been, so call ahead.

        I'm sorry to post three separate replies, but I don't know another way to provide three URL's.

        Link: http://www.laweekly.com/ink/01/12/din...

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          Cyrus J. Farivar

          I'm very familiar with Persian food, but I didn't know that Afghanis had their own distinct cuisine. I mean, that's not suprising, I've just never heard of an "Afghani" restaurant before. Afghani Bread (sort of like lavash bread, but better) is really good...but what else do they make? Is it like Persian food?

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          1. re: Cyrus J. Farivar

            Iranian people I know have told me that it used to be a mark of status to have an Afghani chef.
            The food is different. More use of leeks. The stews and soups are seasoned differently. They don't have some of the more typical Iranian dishes (fesenjon, ab-e gosht - dizi). The polo's are different. The lamb is marinated and seasoned in kebab's differently.
            Some typical dishes are aushak, a type of leek dumpling, and sambosas,a light filled fried triangular pastry, brought by Afghans like Babur to India where it became samosa.
            Much of the Mughal cuisine in India is originally afghan.
            Of course there is a continuum. In Europe for example, the food of Lombardy, Piemonte, and Savoie (French and Italian) are similar. And Northern Afghanistan is culturally very close to n.e. Iran (They're both known as Khorasan) while Southern Afghanistan is culturally close to the Northwest areas (Pashtun, Pakhtun, Pathan are all synonyms) of Pakistan so there is a continuum there as well.
            In fact, before the Mongol invasion in the early 13th century, the kingdom of Khorasan included Merv (today Mary in Turkmenistan) Balkh (outside Mazar-e Sherif) Kabul Herat and Nishapur (Iranian Neyshapur). Avicenna/Ibn Sina lived in Balkh as did Jalal-ed Din Rumi who's so popular recently in the West.

            Afghan food will be similar if you know Persian food, but it is somewhat different in flavorings.

          2. Don't know if this helps, but there is an Uzbekhistani restaurant on Sunset and La Brea.