internationally in July 2003 as
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Taken from the first and second issues of AFGHAN SCENE MAGAZINE – June and July 2004.
The restaurant scene is still thriving in
The mix of restaurants on offer to those who are restricted to six by organisational house rules and curfews and those who can go anywhere offers a varied dining experience.
The Deutscher Hof German Restaurant in Qali Fatullah and the Lai Thai in Wazir Akbar Khan have been open for more than a year now and continue to remain firm favourites with their customers.
Gunter Volker, the manager of the DHK, has brought prices down and is looking forward to the Summer Thursday nights “eat as much as you can” BBQs in the beer garden.
Lalita at the Lai Thai has an interesting
The Gandamak Lodge continues to be a “rice free zone” with the menu changing every three days and a good solid English breakfast on offer every morning, though a lunch choice is lacking (Friday breakfast tends to extend into brunch).
New dining experiences are offered by the Elbow Room Restaurant and Bar (see Review in this magazine) and the Bahn Thai next to the old Soviet Embassy (diners report the food is better here than the Lai Thai though the décor is basic).
The stress of living on top of each other in guesthouses means that there will always be room for bars such as the Feelings Club on Street 13 in Wazir Akbar Khan and the Tree House on Street 1 in Qali Fatullah.
Garden seating is now offered at the Zadar Croatian Cuisine restaurant. Saska has a charming manner with her guests and the supply of prsut and good cheese is a treat.
The UNICA bar still remains the closest thing to a dirty student
union bar in
UNAMA staff working at the Jalalabad
road HQ are lucky to have an excellent pizza and coffee bar on site
The Popo’lano at the Insaf Hotel and in Wazir Akbar Khan are still firm favourites
with some people for Italian food and Pizzeria Milano
For Afghan food the Roz restaurant on
Karwansara Guesthouse has a great compound but most people report that the food is not particularly exciting anymore.
For Chinese food there’s a huge choice in town between a number
of places such as the Li Li,
For “Tex Mex meets TGI Fridays” in
For your big meat dishes the Shandiz
Iranian restaurant is popular but don’t forget the Haji
Baba at the
Restaurants do tend to come and go in post conflict zones: few remember the Irish Club which opened on St Patrick’s Day 2003 and lasted for about six weeks.
Recently opened in Karte
Parwan the Med Club (Club Med?) is
Tel: 079 44 77 33; Email: email@example.com
The Club on Street 13 in Wazir Akbar Khan has just upped
its status from any old bar in a house to a restaurant. Yes, at last! The men
who make the pizzas for ISAF and the UN are now in central
Tel: 070 23 76 87
Talk of the Town Café
Once again signs that the Intercontinental Hotel is taking shape, it’s just such a shame it takes so long to get there otherwise this café would be full all day! Open from you’ll have great cappuccino, Italian coffee, American full roast, or espresso for about $3. Although the sign says “Coffee makers in training. Please be patient.” they are doing wonders. The snacks menu is for the sweet or savoury tooth, choose from mini pizzas, toasted sandwiches and great cakes. Lounge around on the leather chairs and pretend you are in your favourite café or bar in any city. There is also an internet terminal and CNN or BBC World on the TV.
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