Bilal Afghani Restaurant
Budget Afghan cuisine in International City
From Time Out Dubai Eating Out 2011Nestled in a corner of the gloomy, ghetto-like complex that is International City, this Afghani eatery used to be a honeypot for local residents looking for cheap and tasty eats. Unfortunately, since the restaurant changed hands and became Bilal Afghani from Afghan Cuisine, the once high standards have slipped to lows. The room itself is small, clean and inoffensive, but there’s been no effort made with the decor, and the staff, along with the one or two customers you’ll find in here, sprawl out across the chairs watching whatever’s on the wall-mounted telly.
Still, if it’s quantity you’re after, you can’t argue with the prices – Dhs18-20 for a traditional Afghani pulao, a greasy rice, served with either shami kebab (lamb, allegedly) or chicken boti (like shish taouk, minus any flavour), all of which is served tepidly re-heated, but in gargantuan portions. The highlight of the meal is the lentil appetiser, that's somewhere between an Indian dhal and Arabic lentil soup, and freshly-made ‘spacial’ bread. There is nothing inter-galactic about it but it does come garnished with poppy and sesame seeds. The verdict? Try it if you must, but there are better places around town. Bilal Afghani Restaurant
muhib Apr 10, 2013 08:45 am
Amazing Afghani food !!
Billal May 08, 2012 09:03 am
I wants to Thank Every one for their nice comments and msgs, i will try to bring more facilities for you and your respected family to get better servinces for you in Future Insha Allah.
Hamza May 09, 2011 11:23 am
I have to say this restaurant is perfect in every way except the decoration which needs some renewals and the tables as well.Other than that the waiters are super friendly, the management is engaged and fast reactors. I would say it is the best restaurant in international city.
Jd Rose Apr 19, 2010 11:02 am
After the renovation and change of ownership, the new Afghan Cuisine in International City is a disappointment compared to its predecessor!
There are no more succulent, mouth watering lamb chops or any of those surprisingly delightful mantu's on the menu!
Where can i go now to get some good Afghani Food?
Jd Rose Dec 03, 2009 09:41 am
Sniff sniff!!! The owner with a 'californian drawl' has sold Afghan Cuisine. I am saddened to see the 'CLOSED - Under Renovation' sign on the doors! Im gonna miss the Chopan Kababs and Mantu!
I hope the new restaurant can live up to his predecessor...