LYD Recommends: Step outside the mundane and venture to the colorful culture and cuisine of Afghanistan at Afghan Grill in North Dallas. Enjoy the exotic Afghan entrees in a relaxing environment with live traditional music on Friday nights and exceptional service from the owners and staff. The flavors stand out as unique and sultry combinations that will delight all the senses and soothe the adventurist soul!
Middle Eastern restaurants are hard to come by in the greater Metropolitan area of Dallas, and even more rare is one representing the culture and unique culinary specialties of Afghanistan. Afghan cuisine is a hybrid of its influential ancestry with Italian, Mediterranean, Indian, and Turkish roots and heritage that have coalesced over the centuries to create the flavorful dishes they are today. The hospitable owners, Matt and Rosalind, opened Afghan Grill two years ago in order to enhance the relationship between Dallasites and the historically definitive Afghan cuisine. After establishing a clientele base who can enjoy an immaculately well-thought out menu night after night, Afghan Grill has become one of Dallas' premiere culinary establishments. Conneissuers have the opportunity to revel in Afghan aestheticism with the beautifully designed interior of Afghan Grill; take in the vibrant painted walls, folk-style paintings, Middle Eastern themed decor, and flowing floor to ceiling drapery that delight the senses for a royally refined type of elegance.
The gracious hosts invite guests in as family and will joyously explain the menu so that you can make the most informed decision for your exotic eating adventures. Many Afghan dishes are figure-friendly but are always made with filling and substantial fundamentals. Afghan dishes use invigorating fresh ingredient staples like yogurt, saffron, rices, breads, hearty desert vegetables, garlic, coriander, and many other earthy herbs. All of Afghan Grill's fare is served hot and with pride and hospitality direct from the owner himself when he can. Afghan Grill's menu explores all the tastes of Afghani traditions and gives eaters a chance to choose palate-pleasing dishes that are prepared with precision-like excellence and meticulous preparation. One way to start your Middle Eastern experience is a dish named Kadu Burnee which is made with sauteed pumpkin that is drizzled with creamy garlic yogurt and a layer of savory meat sauce. Also available are a few desirable light and healthy salads; the noticeable standouts include the Afghani Salad and the Panir Salad, which directly mimics its Italian heritage but with a Middle Eastern twist. The Afghani Salad is prepared with a combination of diced cucumbers, vine ripe tomatoes, green bell peppers, cut onions, and all lightly tossed with crisp mint dressing. It is a very refreshing and light treat that can cleanse the appetite and ready it for the main course! Afghan grill offers spectacular entrees and kabobs, meat dumplings, vegetarian dishes, and out of this world cooked rice dishes. The intricate preparation behind these meals makes for the most perfectly delicate and exquisite flavorful rice; an intense procedure which the Afghani people have been perfecting for centuries! The main style of cooking the long-grain Basmati rice is called Chalao and is first soaked over night, steamed, then boiled, and finally baked in the oven with herbs and butter. This rice is truly unlike any other you have tasted and stands alone or as the base in a casserole or stew.
Qabili Palao is a known as the staple entree for the Afghani people and involves pepped up pieces of lamb or chicken with thinly sliced sweet carrots and plump raisins piled high on saffron-infused rice. Many of the cuisine samples are perfect for sharing as the portions are family-style and also good to know is that most appetizers can be enjoyed as entrees or vice versa. Another extraordinary in taste yet ubiquitous Afghan meal is the Mantoo; made of beautiful beef dumplings covered with a sweet vegetable sauce and drizzled with a lacy, silky garlic yogurt. And if fish is your delight, Afghan grill offers an array of fresh catches from the sea, including the Salmon Kabob which is superior-cut and seared fillet cubes seasoned with salt, pepper, lime juice, and flawless Afghan spices. All Kabobs including the Chicken, Beef Kofta, Beef Teka, Lamb, Salmon, and Shrimp Kabobs rest atop Afghan's specialty rice and sit along side colorful grilled bell peppers, tomatoes, onions, and a perfectly matched yogurt sauce. One of the meals that exhibits all of the specialties and flavors that make Afghan food unique is the Sabzi Chalao, a dish of slowly simmered, savory, spinach in a stew of garlic, onions, tomatoes, and peppers, in sauce of impeccable flavors and warmth. Just let the wonderfully infused spices and expertly crafted rices dance to the sitar music in your mouth! We recommend to never skip out on dessert, and enjoy an end to the Afghan experience in the form of a cool, fluffy pistachio treat called Firnee; a flan-like custard blasted with mint and bathed with finely chopped pistachio nuts.