Kabul Afghanistan Restaurants
On the edge of a busy street in Kabul, Afghanistan, there is a restaurant that feels like an oasis. The U.S. military has lifted its occupation of the city, but not its war against the Taliban, and the restaurants have been oases.
Cafe Kabul is located in a strip known as University City Center and is the first and only Afghan restaurant in Columbus to my knowledge. The cafe, which is run exclusively by women, opened its doors in the Afghan capital in September last year.
There are two bars serving cocktails, wine and beer (Afghanistan is an "Islamic state" and Muslims are not allowed to drink) and outdoor and indoor restaurants serving exotic French cuisine that would be welcome in Paris. Experiencing local cuisine is not a given for soldiers stationed abroad, but Afghanistan has a plan to open its restaurants to all soldiers, with a small percentage moving forward, embedded, and working closely with local officials.
Fortunately, a member of President Karzai's family, who runs a think tank in Kabul, told me that there are several restaurants and water points in and around Kabul.
Of course, this is a very healthy dish to enjoy if you are looking for something refreshing and less heavy. I can't compare this trend to the local Afghan restaurants, as there is no similarity in taste of these dishes, but there are some similarities in taste (in Austin, to my first knowledge anyway). Afghan cooks have to use a separate masala for each dish, so the extra effort definitely comes into play in the flavours. That is definitely not the case here, and if I were to go to a dry Lebanese, Turkish or Iranian restaurant, these would be the ones I should be heading for.
I hope that Cafe Kabul will be more diverse as it is established and that we will open more Afghan restaurants in Columbus. I have to say I'm hopeful that things will only get better when more restaurants like this one in Austin are added, because I'm sure there are many more and things will get better.
Matt, who has done a lot of research on Afghanistan as an embedded military adviser to the US Army in Afghanistan, explained that it is the relativity of the kitchen that makes it particularly easy for Americans to enjoy. I like kebab skewers, "he said of the kindness of many of the military guests, and while Kabul and expatriate Afghans have been resilient through years of sporadic violence, Rafik's optimism may soon be tested. Many of our guests here, whether from Kabul or Wallingford, are from Afghanistan and look forward to remembering this meal.
Aref Yousefi has sought to create the same hospitality that soldiers in Afghanistan find at Hungry Eyes, albeit with far less risk. While the restaurant appeals to both local elites and foreigners, a group of young Kabulis have used the attack at the Taverna du Liban as an outcry against terrorism in Afghanistan. The January attack occurred just days after the opening of the new Hungry Eyes restaurant in Kabul.
I met Noori at the restaurant with American military personnel working for the U.S. Department of International Development. As I have written before, reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan have increased following the expulsion of the Taliban, and more than 200 young Afghans have gathered at Hungry Eyes to deliver a message to Kabul: "We will win. This was news to me because I had spent most of my previous trips to Afghanistan. I left Afghanistan in 2001 to join the Mujahideen and lived in the country for four years before returning shortly after the collapse of the Taliban regime, but I returned shortly before.
Sometimes American involvement even brings innovation to local cuisine, but kebab kebabs are not necessarily what men are looking for when they search for "Afghan food" on American soil. Everyone in the US agrees that Afghan food is not as good here as it is in Afghanistan. American soldiers like Matt and his teammates found themselves without their gear.
Naomi Tomky hopes to try "Afghan kebab bread" in Kabul, Afghanistan, one day, but for now she's tucking into a meal at a Kabul restaurant. Kohzad has trained the staff and designed the interior, which is a blend of traditional Afghan cuisine and modern, modern design. The restaurant is undoubtedly his baby, and he is training staff for the next phase of his career as a restaurant owner in Afghanistan.
The Afghan pantry is brimming with fresh fruit and vegetables, as well as a variety of spices and spices.
Most main courses are dishes familiar to those familiar with Middle Eastern and Indian cuisine. The best dish that involves lamb is the Afghan lamb skewer, best served with naan and an Afghan green sauce. This is a slow-cooked meat dish that comes in a variety of flavors, from mutton, which most people use, to lamb cabbage. A popular dish in Afghan cuisine, baklava, is served on salt marinated lamb skewers and is best served with naans and Afghan green sauces.