Our last stop on the recent "Spring Break" stay in Boston is a unique restaurant serving cuisine from Afghanistan.
Ariana, Cuisine from Afghanistan 384 Western Avenue, Brighton
www.arianarestaurantboston.com (617) 208-8072
Ariana is a family-owned Afghani restaurant located in Brighton.
The chef prepares each dish to order with the highest quality ingredients. We have had Afghan food at another location, however, these dishes were tops.
The room is attractive and large. The waiter was attentive and the food came quickly, but we were never rushed.
We split two appetizers, the Kaddo (pumpkin) and the Banjan (eggplant). which has a touch of sweetness. The other was lamb with split peas,onion and mushrooms in a vinegar marinade. Both were excellent, especially the Kaddo.
The next three dishes were the Chopan which is rack of lamb marinated and grilled served with sauteed eggplant and pallow rice. Next was the Mantu with homemade pastry shells filled with onions and beef served on yogurt and topped
with carrots, yellow split peas and beef sauce. Last but not least was the Qabili, pallow rice baked with chunks of lamb shanks, raisins and glazed carrots.
I highly recommend this restaurant and look forward to dining there on our return to Boston.
See the photo gallery below for a sampling of Ariana's unique and colorful dishes. [All photos are by Pat Brooks]