Balkh Shish Kabab House Afghan Food Astoria

Posted on September 4, 2008. Filed under: Astoria, Middle Eastern |

Balkh Shish Kabab House (23-10 31st Street btwn 23rd ave & Ditmars 718-721-5020) This unassuming restaurant serves authentic Afghan cuisine into the wee hours of the morning (12am) 7 days a week. If you are craving a unique taste that offers lots of variety in both halal meats and vegetarian dishes, this is a tasty alternative from the surrounding trendy restaurants. You will find mostly Afghani families gathered at this humble dining establishment, to ensure its authenticity. Many of the giant framed photos display the native landsmen on horseback. Other than that, the decor is sparse and nothing to um… write home about, but the food is worth mentioning ten times over again. Like many eastern based entrees, the taste is like no other. The bolanee kadu are fried turnovers filled with pumpkin and spices and mint yogurt sauce. If you want to make a meal of it and love the autumn squash as much as I do- order the borani kadu chalow- pumpkin with homemade sauce and delicious crispy bread. All of the Balkh special entrees are served with basmati rice, raisins and carrots- like the chicken kabab, tikka and ribs, salmon, lamb, and cow feet (!) It’s hard to go wrong at a place that offers so much variety. If you’re not sure about an entree- Balkh has many appetizers and sides to choose from. The lassi is made fresh to order and sweets include baklava and firny- a pistachio flavored milk pudding. Service can be scattered when the place is busy, but it’s well worth the wait, delivery available.

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I’ve going to this restaurant for years. It is a paradise for those that love Afghan food.


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