Bilal Afghani Restaurant
Budget Afghan cuisine in International City
Time Out Says
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.
By Time Out Dubai staff | 24 Mar 2011
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