The name of the restaurant was Balkh Shish Kebab House. It's in the Astoria section of Queens. It's a small place with a lot of Afghan decor inside. W and I started out with Manto (beef dumplings) and Bolanee Kadu (fried pumpkin turnovers). Those were pretty good. For the main dish, W had the combo kebabs (2 pieces each of chicken, lamb, and beef) on a big plate of brown basmati rice. I had Kabli Palow, which is a huge lamb shank on a plate of the same rice but with raisins and shredded carrot on top. They also brought us a plate of lamb curry, which was delicious mixed into the rice. I don't even like lamb, but this was so good. W loved his kebab - especially the chicken. We ordered some sweet lassi to drink. It came in a small pitcher and we each got a cute stemmed glass. This was not our favorite. It was plain, liquid, warm yogurt. For dessert, we split an order of firni, which is a rice pudding custard with toasted crushed pistachios on top. It was perfumy but nice and 1 order was the perfect amount to split.
|W trying the sweet lassi|
|Afghan decor inside the restaurant|
Argentina is next! Stay tuned...