Experience a culinary journey to the high mountains of Afghanistan, where the cuisine is similar to the flavors of the Middle East and Pakistan. ... More
Experience a culinary journey to the high mountains of Afghanistan, where the cuisine is similar to the flavors of the Middle East and Pakistan. Appetizers here are perfect for sharing. Try the Afghani ravioli, filled with ground beef and scallions. Vegetarian dishes are also a highlight - pumpkin cooked in tomato sauce with yogurt, and eggplant and spinach stew are among the favorites. Lamb, beef or chicken kebabs are nicely seasoned and served with rice and Afghan salad. A second branch is now open at 224 West Maple Street, Vienna, Virginia (+1 703-281-4183).
My husband and I love this type of food, we went to this restaurant based on the previous reviews..it just goes to show you that not everyones taste is the same. The food here all taste the same..no flavor distinctions..everything was very bland, usually after eating spiced food you can still retain some of the flavors in your mouth, but this food had no flavors to retain. I definitely would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
If you've been to the Middle-east or southern Asia/India you'll feel right at home in Panjshir. The ambiance is simple yet elegant with numerous native crafted elements to the decor. There isn't a bad item on the menu, and the service is typical warm middle-east/Asian hospitality; warm and friendly. The servers typically have English as a second language, so don't expect lively banter, but rather efficient, quite-mannered table-side assistance. Worth the drive from surrounding region. Fair prices, excellent food. Plan to spend an hour or more as it is a place to relish the experience, not to rush through.
Afgahn food is awesome! Having been conquered by almost everyone, the food is a melting pot of flavors and textures. Try the pumpkin, but ask for the meat sauce on top.
The kabobs are fine, but be adventurious and go for the aush, the aushak, the dummplins, the PUMPKIN!
My five kids have grown up at Panjshir; now that they're grown, it's still their favorite when they come to visit. The family who owns it is lovely, very welcoming. The food is delicious. What a treasure for Falls Church.
I really do 'crave' this food and I LOVE the Pumpkin dish and the fried dumplings are my favorite! I also love the steamed dumplings- there lamb and chicken curry is excellent, but if you're a vegetarian-you have much to choose from-spinich/eggplant/rice and fresh warm middle eastern bread-yummie! I love this place and the staff is very warm and inviting! Nice for a romantic dinner for two or for the whole family to enjoy!
I discovered this restaurant about 20 years ago and have enjoyed it immensely several times since then. I re-visited it on Monday Sept. 26, 2005 for lunch. It is a very small but pretty place. I think there were about three or four other tables occupied (out of maybe 20). I know it gets crowded for dinner.
My friend and I shared two appetizers of Mantoo, one scallion, one meat. I had Sharwa Palal, as wonderful as it has always been, the lamb was fork-tender; while she had a kebob. Be sure to specify how you like your meat cooked: I've had the kebob rare and I'd be hard-pressed to decide between it and prime rib elsewhere. She did not specify and it was a shame to see pinkish-grey meat, but that was her oversight, not the kitchen's.
A good note: They have replaced the token iceberg lettuce-with-orange French dressing salad, between courses, with a more traditional soup, which is delicious. On a bad note: The music was ambient and appropriate to the setting when we arrived, but by the time we were finishing (say, 1:30 or 2:00) it sounded more like rock or rap.
All in all it's a wonderful restaurant, not expensive, and, with a small parking lot in the back, easy to get in and out of. Several of my friends say they know and love this place and it's too bad nobody has written a review yet. Just goes to show how comfortable one can get with a neighbor after 20 years!
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