Kabul Kabob House514A S Van Dorn St.
Alexandria, VA 22304
Although the name of this welcoming restaurant is Kabul Kabob House, it's the native stews, curries, and rice dishes that are the winners here. Appetizers, like sambosas filled with beef and the leek and beef aushak are also good.
The Washington Post has not reviewed this restaurant.
Unrated (6/15/2015) — Cheap Eats 2015
"Afghan cuisine, typically rich with meats and yogurt sauces, is served with a surprisingly delicate touch at this spare strip-mall cafe. The fried beef-filled pastries called sambosas emerge with a wonton-like lightness and a dusting of dried mint, while eggplant borani has an elegant, silky texture beneath its cloak of garlicky yogurt. Even the hearty qabili palow conveys a softness, with tender hunks of lamb buried in a heap of rice, sweet carrots, and raisins. A few caveats: Though the place’s name emphasizes kebabs, an herb-and-onion-studded ground-beef skewer is the sole star of that otherwise standard lineup. …" See Full Review…»
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London Curry House191 Somervelle St.
Alexandria, VA 22304
London Curry House is the latest and biggest Indian restaurant from Asad Sheikh, who also owns three others under the name Curry Mantra. This one serves "UK-inspired Indian fare" in a festive atmosphere with a bar. There's also a popular lunch buffet.
"… London Curry House in Alexandria is the latest taste of India from Asad Sheikh. … The food, says Sheikh, is inspired by the curry houses of London. Diners looking for guidance can count on the owner to steer them to what he considers choice eating. After the menu’s descriptions of, say, goat in caramelized onion sauce and salmon tikka masala are printed words of encouragement: “Must try!” I was glad to have followed the prompt for chicken saagwala…. Not every pitch delivers, however…. The buffet calls to the lunch bunch with a generally appealing collection of dishes. …" See Full Review…»
Unrated (5/5/2016) — Cheap Eats 2016
"With its ornate chandeliers, starched tablecloths, and paprika-red valances, this 125-seat dining room is among the biggest, and most opulent, settings on this list. The food can be equally impressive. Biryanis, served in copper pots, are revealed from beneath their cover of naan at the table. Curries tend to be vibrantly spiced, and salads—such as the cool mix of puffed rice and tamarind known as bhel puri—are well balanced and full of texture. …" See Full Review…»
Italic — Recommended
"From Curry Mantra, by far the best restaurant in this area, good curries, breads, and tandoori cuisine, very expensive for its genre." See 8/30/2015 Review…»
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Price is based on the average cost of a dinner entree, which generally reflects a third of the cost of a full meal. Please note, however, that appetizer and beverage prices vary widely. Tasting menus are indicated with an asterisk (*).