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Food & Restaurants

Food & Restaurants in Kabul

The thousands of foreigners in the city since the fall of the Taliban has gradually turned Kabul into something of a restaurant Mecca. Restaurants can crudely be split into "places for locals" and "places for expats", with the latter having higher security, higher prices, but not necessarily higher quality. Restaurants that are UN-approved are particularly expensive. If you are looking for a place with a good mix of Afghans and expat diners the (dry) Lebanese, Turkish and Iranian restaurants are the ones to head towards.

Restaurants open and close with surprising frequency, so it is a good idea to check whether a place is still operating before heading out.


Budget

  • Afghan Fried Chicken, clean Western-style fast food restaurant.
  • Cafe, in the basement of Kabul City Center, Share-e Naw. Burger and banana drink for less than USD3.
  • Everest Pizza13 St Wazir Akbar Khan,  +93 799-317979, +93 70-263636. 9AM-9PM. Fast food, English menu. Phone orders/ home delivery available.
  • Kabul Fried Chicken, clean Western-style fast food restaurant.
  • Peshawar Kebab Shop (Shash Darak). 11:00-18:00. A great local place for a tasty lunch. They only serve one type of food; Pakistani style flat chapli kebabs, but they do it well and cost only AFN100 or so.
  • Shar-e-now Burgers (Shar-e-now, opposite the Shar-e-now park),  +93 799-300797, +93 70-255788. 10:00-22:00. Fast food, English menu. Phone orders available.
  • Street stalls, abound, and good ones can be found around Shahr-e Naw Park and near the Pul-e Khisti bridge in the old town. However, the hygiene is questionable particularly in the summer.

Mid-range

The vast numbers of foreigners in Kabul has lead to the city being perhaps the best place to eat in the region, and in the mid-range bracket there are dozens of good places to eat for USD15-25 per person for an evening meal.

  • Afghan International Pizza ExpressDarulaman Rd (near Ministry of Commerce and Ariana TV),  +93 700 383 918. Good pizza. Destroyed during the May 2006 riots, but has since been rebuilt and has a new chef.
  • Anaar Restaurant & BarCrossing of St 14, Lane 3, Wazir Akbar Khan(Between Wazir Akbar Khan circle and Heetal Plaza Hotel, towards end of St 14),  +93 700 284 315, e-mail: . 10:00-22:00. UN security clearance. Great Indian and Asian cuisine. English menu, English speaking staff. Phone orders - take-away and delivery available.
  • Le Divan Restaurant (frm L'Atmosphere)Str.4, Qala-e- fatullah,  +93 799-300264, +93 700 224982. 10:00-22:00. French cuisine, French and English menu. Phone orders available. Garden dining and swimming pool. Closed on Sundays.
  • B’s Place Restaurant (Guest House), Str.2, Qala-e- fatullah House No.3+93 70-276416, +93 70-276711. 11:00–23:00. Italian and Mexican cuisine, English menu. Phone orders available.
  • Bella Italia (Guest House), Street 14, near the Pakistani Consulate,  +93 799 600 666. open until 22:00. Italian food. Good pizzas and pastas. Expensive mains. Good appetisers. English menu.
  • Carlito's Restaurant & BarStr 15 Wazir Ak Khan+93 799 159697, +93 799 167824. 10:00-22:00. Mexican cuisine, English Menu. No phone orders/home delivery
  • Cafe du PelicanDaraluman Rd (on the west side of the road, look for an orange guard box and Landcruisers parked outside). closes at 17:00. Run by a French couple, good French cafe food with a bakery.
  • Chief BurgerShahre Naw (In front of Park Cinema). 20:00-midnight. This restaurant provides fast food; burger and pizzas.
  • Delhi DarbarCinema Zainab Rd, Share-e Naw (between the park and Flower St),  +93 799 324 899. Great Indian food including a USD6 thali. Indoor seating is intimate and spread through 3 rooms, or sit outside in the spacious garden.
  • Escalades RestaurantMacroian2, Matba block 104,  +93 799 473763.10:00–22:00. European cuisine, English menu. No phone hours/home delivery.
  • Golden KeyNo 284, Lane 4, Wazir Akbar Khan, (4th Turning on the left off St 13),  +93 799 002800, +93 799 343319. 10:00–23:00. Chinese seafood restaurant. Garden dining in the summer, Sheesha, Karaoke and English breakfast on Fridays. Phone orders for take away and home delivery.http://www.goldenkeykabul.com 
  • The Grill RestaurantStreet 15, Wazir Akbar Khan (on junction near British embassy). Lebanese food in pleasant garden surroundings, mixed clientèle.
  • Hong Kong RestaurantWazir Akbar Khan (near Pakistani embassy). Good Chinese food.
  • Istanbul RestaurantMacroian2, Matba block 104,  +93 70 200116, +93 799 356282. 08:00–21:00. Excellent Turkish cuisine, English menu. Clean, pleasant and frequented by middle class Afghans - a great place to sample good food and a slice of local Kabul life. Phone orders available.
  • Kulba AfghanShar-e-now, Esmat Moslim Str. 3rd floor,  +93 799 452151,+93 70 034979. 10:00–21:00. Afghan and Italian cuisine, English menu. No phone orders/home delivery.
  • Mai Thai RestaurantStr15 Wazir Ak Khan House No.124+93 70 297557,+93 70-278640. 11:00–21:00. Thai cuisine, English menu and English speaking staff. The reincarnation of 'Lai Thai. Inside is very nice or you can sit outside. Park outside on the dirt road. Good prices.
  • Mr CodKabul Tower, Shaheed Abdul Haq Square , Makroyan 3,  +93 78 505 0501. British style fish and chips
  • New World Korean RestaurantCharyi Ansari (Shar-e Now),  +93 799 199509. until 21:00. Now moved to a new location, but the food is still excellent quality. Good selection of Korean dishes, including excellent kimbab (Korean sushi).
  • Zadar Croatian RestaurantWazir Akbar Khan 13th St,  +93 70 0220884, e-mail: . Romantic restaurant and Divan lounge Bar. Catering, take away, provides for parties and ceremonial events.
  • Pamir RestaurantBagh-e Bala Rd (at the Intercontinental Hotel),  +93 20 2201321. Offers an excellent and cheap buffet.
  • Popolano Italian RestaurantCharahi Ansari, Share-e Naw,  +93 70 288116. 09:00-22:00. English menu, good pizza and pastas. Phone orders available.
  • The Springfield Restaurant &amp BarWazir Akbar Khan. Pizza and assorted Italian/Western fare, and has a weekly quiz night on Mondays.
  • Raven Rae Restaurant (Off Koche Qasabi, first left lane. Located in the Raven Rae Villa compound, 6th building on the right side),  +93 779 057640, e-mail:. 18:30-22:30. Serves grilled meat, seafood, steak, pizza, soups and salads. Serves brunch in the rose garden during the summer months. USD5-25.
  • Boccaccio Restaurant & BarStr 10 Wazir Ak khan (same street as Everest Pizza)+93 799 160368. 10:00–22:00. European and Italian cuisine, English menu. No phone orders/home delivery. Expensive, but the food is some of the best in Kabul.

Splurge

  • Café ZarnegarFroshgah St (In the Kabul Serena Hotel),  +93 79 9654 000. 06:30-22:00 daily, brunch 11:00-16:00. Tasty high-end international food and nice atmosphere, one of the nicest restaurants in the city. Their large buffet is probably the best in the country. Mains USD15-20.
  • Gandamack Lodge (Sherpur Square, next to the UNHCR). One of Kabul's classiest establishments serving a varied menu in a nice atmosphere. Alcohol is very expensive, even by Afghan standards, but that can be forgiven given the fairly reasonable food prices.
  • Raven RestaurantShar-E-Naw (Off Butcher St. (Koche Qasabi), take first left lane. Raven Restaurant (and Guesthouse) is the 6th building on the right.), +93 779 057640, e-mail: . 18:30-22:30.Grilled meat, seafood, steak and pizza. Vietnamese spring rolls and coffee served in the rose garden around back on F-Sa, 10:00-15:00. Restaurant is closed on Monday. USD5-25.
  • Silk Route RestaurantFroshgah St (In the Kabul Serena Hotel),  +93 79 9654 000. 18:00-22:00 daily. Specializes in Southeast Asian food in a luxurious atmosphere. USD15-20.

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