About Bamiyan Kabob:
On 62 Overlea Boulevard in Toronto, Ontario, there is place serving Afghani food in a friendly atmosphere, aptly named Bamiyan Kabob, after the Bamiyan region in central Afghanistan. This restaurant is a part of a local franchise, with several places in the Greater Toronto Area.
There is some street-side parking nearby, and this place is wheelchair accessible. There is not much in amenities, as this is an eatery that is all about the food. There is no TV and waiter service, as the food is served counter-side, and there is no need to make a reservation.
This place serves lunch and dinner and works from 11 AM to 11 PM from Monday to Saturday, and from noon to 10 PM on Sunday. The menu is completely Halal, with traditional Afghanistan dishes. Bamiyan kabob has been reviewed online on Google Reviews, Yelp, and Trip Advisor, and from these, I bring you a list of pros and cons.
- Large portions
- Traditional Afghanistan meals
- Simple, pleasant interior
- Good tandoori dishes
- Friendly, polite staff
- Notes about slow service on occasion
The Bamiyan Kabob began as one family-run place, but due to the popularity, it became a local chain, with six restaurants in the GTA. The Toronto location is nicely decorated, with brown tiles on the floors and half the walls, warm burnt orange walls, and white ceilings, with plenty of lights. The walls have some framed photos from historical places around Afghanistan.
There are simple brown granite tables, black granite counter where people place their orders and take their food, and a semi-open kitchen. There is no wait staff, and people take their own food from the counter to the tables. It is not the interior that attracts a plentiful crowd, it is the menu.
The menu is classical Afghani dishes. Their famous kabob dinners offer tandoori chicken kabob, grilled salmon dinner, chicken qorma, and different types of kabobs like barg, kofta, tikka, chapelee, Sultani and choppan kabobs.
The menu has a good variety of wraps with kabobs or veggies to accommodate people that don’t eat meat. There are fresh salads and a good selection of sides. All the dishes are served with brown basmati rice prepared with traditional Afghani spices as well as fresh salad and naan – traditional middle-eastern flatbread.
To finish a meal, people can enjoy a firnee, a traditional Afghani homemade pudding spiced with crushed cardamom seeds and shredded pistachios. The restaurant only serves soft drinks, water, and tea, but no alcoholic beverages. People can order a mango smoothie, which is another common Afghani drink.