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“Good prawns”
Review of Amir's Kabob House - CLOSED

Amir's Kabob House
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 28 January 2014

I had the prawns on skewers - very good. Nice selection of beer on tap. A bit noisy, but easy to get a table even on Saturday night.

Thank PeterBSanFrancisco
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Reviewed 13 January 2014

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.

The appetizer:
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.

Entrees:
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.

The service:
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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1  Thank SeaOtt3r
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

Amir's is one of my favorite restaurants on the Monterey Peninsula, an area known for it's many excellent restaurants.

Unique, authentic Afghan food - warm spices, chicken, beef, lamb and seafood and a number of excellent vegetable entrees. Everything prepared onsite in the kitchen.

Bulani, an potato turnover, is a great choice for an appetizer. Banjan, the baked eggplant with tomatoes, onions and garlic, is my favorite. With pallaw, the beautifully seasoned rice along with a green salad, it is a delicious, satisfying meal.

Treat yourself to a change in dining - go to Amir's!

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Thank iamTHardy
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

This is the real thing for Middle Eastern food, served up with some of the best coffee you will find this side of Istanbul (or is it Cairo/Kabul?). Hard to know but it is delicious, with nice service and reasonable prices. Go on the belly dancing nights if you aren't adverse to close contact, as it is a small place. Convenient to the Row and far superior food wise.

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Thank nancy y
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Reviewed 12 April 2013

I had never had Afgan food and thought so can't comment on authenticity but what I can say is that it was very good. Had the Chopan ("lamb chops") with Cauliflower side and thought they were very good

Thank Mike_C227132
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