Why are there so many rave reviews about this place online? My only guess is, most of Monterey, has never had really good traditional Afghan/middle-eastern fare and so they think this place is amazing.
My fiancee and I really wanted to love this place. It had great reviews and from what we could tell from the pictures, great looking food. Oh how wrong we were. It was a slow night when we stopped in. We were the only table at first. Not until after we got our entrees did people start coming in.
We decided we'd order the Mantu. We've had it before at the other restaurants so we knew what to expect. What we got though was a couple of plain beef raviolis over a bed of *canned* mixed vegetables (carrots, lima beans, green beans) with some yogurt and herbs on top. When we were given our "naan", it was a basket of triangle crackers.
At this point we were hoping our entrees (lamb kabob and chicken kabob) would save us from all the disappointment. Sadly, it failed. Both of the meats were way over done and the rice was just so-so.
Pretty non-existent. He came and took our order and brought the food out as it was made. There really was no conversation with him at all.
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