When I visited the same restaurant twice within the same week, it was not only for the food on offer, which is delicious, but also for the gorgeous upmarket ambiance, the friendly and professional staff and the sheer convenience of Bamiyan Restaurant's suburban location.
This Afghan restaurant is a refreshing addition to the already multicultural culinary scene in the hills and the surrounding areas. Upon entering the dimly lit premises and being warmly welcomed by staff, I couldn't help but admire the traditional Afghan themed art adorning the walls while listening to the wafts of exotic music and traditional instruments.
-The lamb kuroot - a must try rice dish.
The exotic aromas emanating from the kitchen and saturating the air got me excited with the anticipation of savouring the cuisine at this near new establishment. Once we settled in, a friendly waitress explained the menu in detail. As we were unfamiliar with the cuisine, this really made the arduous task of selecting our dishes so much easier.
If you are a first time visitor, or part of a group, and don't mind diving right into a new cuisine, I would recommend trying the banquet. There is plenty of variety and definitely enough food to fill you up, while also providing a complete cross section of the dishes on offer.
-An eggplant dish that is an absolute delight.
Though the aromas wafting from the food in front of us implied we were in for a spicy feast, the food was actually a fusion of exciting flavours and spices, with nothing overwhelmingly hot. My favourite among the entrées is kachaloo bola nee, a traditional flat bread stuffed with vegetables, pan fried and served with a pot of flavoured yoghurt sauce.
The ashaak dumpling - a dumpling with a difference, came in second place among my favourite entrées. The dumpling, which melts in your mouth, is further enhanced by the rich red sauce drizzled over it. There are plenty of delicious entrée options to please both vegetarian and non-vegetarian palettes, with bold flavours that are quite different to the north Indian or other types of food that usually originate from this region of the Asian subcontinent.
-Kachaloo bola nee - stuffed flat bread served with yoghurt.
If you're big on rice you have to try the Kabuli pallow, a long grain rice coated with a rich cumin and cardamom sauce. Additionally, the lamb kuroot, with its caramelised carrots, sultanas and almonds peeking through saffron infused rice, is absolute heaven on a plate.
-The icing on the cake for sure was this plate of ice-cream.
As the night progressed, our table slowly filled up with dishes of many flavours and colours. From chicken, to lamb and potatoes, to eggplant, each dish had a unique texture and taste. The banquet portions too were definitely sufficient to fill us up and left us quite satisfied.
However full I was, I could not leave Bamiyan without sampling their creamy mixed ice-cream dessert. The dessert plate consisted of two scoops of ice-cream in two flavours, pistachio and saffron, topped with sweet rose scented ice noodles called falooda - this is a dessert dish I wouldn’t mind having often.
Like I stated before, Bamiyan really is the whole package; the food and atmosphere are great, and the service is enthusiastic and helpful. Although I have been there twice already, I definitely wouldn’t turn down the invitation to visit Bamiyan in Dural again.
Where: 12/829 Old Northern Rd, Dural, 2158
Cost: Dishes run from $8.00 - $29.90
When: Lunch Friday to Sunday 12pm till 3pm.
Dinner Wednesday to Monday 5pm till 10pm.
Good for kids: Yes
Take away: Yes