Kabul Restaurant Afganistan Cuisine

★★★★☆
  • 106 Chestnut St.

    Philadelphia, PA 19106

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  • 215-829-1500

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If you like Middle Eastern food then Kabul is the place to go next time you are in Philly. They make a fantastic hummus. The ambiance is fantastic and the service great too.

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★★★★★

If you like Middle Eastern food then Kabul is the place to go next time you are in Philly. They make a fantastic hummus. The ambiance is fantastic and the service great too.

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I had never been to an Afghan restaurant, and realized that the food is very flavorful, and a great mixture of cuisine from Persia and North India. The ambiance is nice and the food is very tasty. I'd rather go here any day over Cafe Spice.

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★★★★☆

I had never been to an Afghan restaurant, and realized that the food is very flavorful, and a great mixture of cuisine from Persia and North India. The ambiance is nice and the food is very tasty. I'd rather go here any day over Cafe Spice.

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I regularly go to the Kabul Restaurant, which serves fantastic Afghan Cuisine, in Old City Philadelphia. The atmosphere is calm and quiet compared to the busy streets outside. The walls are decorated with photographs and traditional Afghan textiles.

I highly recommend the Kabuli Chalaw which is chicken served with delicious saffron rice, orange peels, rosewater, pistachios, almonds and cardamon. The flavors are a treat. The traditional Afghan tea is a wonderful way to finish a meal.

5
★★★★★

I regularly go to the Kabul Restaurant, which serves fantastic Afghan Cuisine, in Old City Philadelphia. The atmosphere is calm and quiet compared to the busy streets outside. The walls are decorated with photographs and traditional Afghan textiles.

I highly recommend the Kabuli Chalaw which is chicken served with delicious saffron rice, orange peels, rosewater, pistachios, almonds and cardamon. The flavors are a treat. The traditional Afghan tea is a wonderful way to finish a meal.

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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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★☆☆☆☆

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!

Pros: Appetizers and Salad

Cons: Entrees were tasteless and expensive

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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.\r\n\r\nWe are seated promptly, and the service is attentive without being overbearing or rude.\r\n\r\nThe 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.\r\n\r\nFor 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.\r\n\r\nI 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.\r\n\r\nAll in all: very pleasant with really yummy food. And not just 'more good food' - it's distinctively different and wonderful.

2
★★★★☆

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.\r\n\r\nWe are seated promptly, and the service is attentive without being overbearing or rude.\r\n\r\nThe 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.\r\n\r\nFor 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.\r\n\r\nI 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.\r\n\r\nAll in all: very pleasant with really yummy food. And not just 'more good food' - it's distinctively different and wonderful.

Pros: Yummy food in a pleasant place. Parking lot right across the street

Cons: The parking pirates across the street raised their prices again!

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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).

2
★★★★★

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).

Pros: Cozy ambiance

Cons: mediocre dessert

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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.\r\nWe 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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★★★☆☆

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.\r\nWe 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.

Pros: Close to bars in old city

Cons: Parking, Service

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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.

2
★★★★★

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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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.

2
★★★★☆

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.

Pros: romantic, good food and service

Cons: dessert not so good

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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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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Exotic yet accessible, Excellent Service, Very unique

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The cuisine of Afghanistan is offered at this simple storefront in Old City, its distinctive flavors evidenced in kebabs and stews. Specials include pumpkin with meat sauce and kebabs of beef and chickpeas with cilantro sauce; there are…

 

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