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25

years

in Business

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General Info:
Kabul is recognized as one of the area's restaurants for "consistently delightful," "absolutely delicious" and "wonderfully spiced" authentic, Afghan fare. Rated Excellent as reviewed in "Philadelphia Restaurants" by Zagat Survey. Dress code is casual. All major credit cards are accepted- BYOB-There is only one small step before the entrance, so wheel chairs are welcome. Parking is available at the E-Z parking lot across the street. Kabul Afghan Cuisine is a non-smoking restaurant. American taste buds have been changed forever. Kabul, an adventure in exotic dining, uncommon to Philadelphians, is the city's first and original Afghan restaurant since 1991. Kabul is the kind of restaurant people return to again and again for the best of all possible reasons: fine, fresh, attractively presented food; attentive, agreeable service; pleasant surroundings; reasonable prices plus a profusion of discounts. The restaurant is chef and family owned and operated. That means that everyone involved with your order equates your pleasure with their prosperity. Kabul's menu is characterized predominantly by uniquely spiced lamb and chicken main courses, recently expanded to include an ample sampling of vegetarian dishes. Everything bread to salad dressing to desserts is prepared on the premises. The sauces are subtle and sophisticated. All the food is marinated in herbs and spices in order to achieve the true flavor of Afghan cuisine.
Services/Products:
Takes Reservations
Payment method:
amex, discover, master card, visa
Neighborhoods:
Center City, Center City East
Categories:
Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information:

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Good For Groups: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Family Style

Alcohol: No

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

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(215) 922-3676

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Colfax824

Posted: 7/26/2008

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Overall
Head to Arianna's

Poor service and small portions made for a miserable night out. If you go stick to the appetizers, salads, and side dishes. We ordered two vegetarian entrees and received two large plates of rice and two tiny cups of dal. Our bread was burnt and the dal lacked not only spices but salt. Our server was inattentive and bordered on rude. Head down the street to Arianna's!

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ben_stein

Posted: 5/16/2008

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Overall
Great food. Gracious and attentive service.

I go to Kabul often and like it quite a lot. The owner / front-of-the-house guy; Wali, is always wonderful. Very gracious and always charming.

We are seated promptly, and the service is attentive without being overbearing or rude.

The food has some spice, but it is what I would call genuine spice - not just hot-pepper-hot. Not hot just for the sake of being hot. There are lots of vegetarian choices. I like the lamb too. And the skewered meatballs are always yummy. Oh; and make it a point to order something with pumpkin.

For dessert get a milk pudding with the pistachio nuts ground on top. The dairy perfectly balances the spicy -ness of the food. (again: it is not Hot ) I think this is why some dishes come with a sauce which includes yogurt - the dairy balances everything out.

I always feel very comfortable at Kabul. It's somehow as though you are eating at Wali's home. The restaurant is dark, cozy, and romantic, with exotic decorations everywhere.

All in all: very pleasant with really yummy food. And not just 'more good food' - it's distinctively different and wonderful.

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phlfrdm

Posted: 12/24/2007

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Overall
yummy Afghan treat

If you are looking for amazing Afghani food in the city, don't go anywhere else! Aushok here is out of this world, and the fragrant chicken and rice dishes (laden with saffron and flavored with cinammon) are unbelievable. Samosa-type appetizers are also great too (order a few; portions are not too big here). Dinner comes with sesame seed flatbread and a yummy dipping sauce. Service is friendly; once we told the host we did not have a reservation, and he told us we might have to wait a while but then managed to sneak us in for a seat :) Skip the wiggly, flavorless deserts and the chai-like tea (which was more strong then sweet).

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felipe_bardeaux

Posted: 11/4/2006

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Overall
It's quite average for me...

I was quite excited when I found this place from citysearch. The 3 previous reviews were pretty much giving this place a highmark. However, I believe the restaurant was a bit overrated by the 3 previous reviews.
We were seated promptly which was good, the table service was not all that good however. Our waiter was not attentive. Once they brought out the food, nobody asked us if we need anything at all during our meal. I am afraid I can only say the food was ordinary - don't get me wrong, it's not bad but I was just not wow by it.

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missymcgee

Posted: 8/25/2006

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Overall
Excellent food

The food was tasty as was the tea. Nice quiet atmosphere. If you are looking for something a little different you should check this place out.

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rkp2006

Posted: 8/2/2006

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Overall
Nice Quiet Restaurant - BYOB

Recently went here with my wife. It is a nice small restaurant and the best thing it is a BYOB. Food is good... really liked the grilled vegeterian on the skewer. Friendly service. Avoid the rice pudding (custard)... too sweet.

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jbshabadoo

Posted: 3/31/2004

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Overall
Not Indian, Afghani!

First of all, Kabul is not an Indian restaurant as the entry says, it's Afghani (that's two countries away!). This is simply one of the most enjoyable restaurants in Philly. The food is interesting, rich, and exotic. It seems like something you would have eaten in a rich trader's tent on the spice route 300 years ago. If you don't like spicy food (I do), don't worry--it's completely palatable, even to the most uncultured American palate. The service is respectful, professional, warm, and knowledgeable--all increasingly rare qualities nowadays. The atmosphere is a little sparse, but it doesn't matter. I bring out-of-towners here whenever I want to make a good impression.

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106 Chestnut StPhiladelphiaPA 19106

(215) 922-3676

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