Guys, if you have just three hours before a flight in SF and have time to eat at only one place, do like we did and visit Fremont Afghan Kabob — because you’ll have good food and be really happy and then pass out immediately right after *takes a breath.
The plan was actually to go to De Afghanan upon a fairly solid recommendation from our friends, but we got there only to find it was opening later than schedule (not sure if it being Memorial Day had anything to do with that). We took a chance at the newly opened Fremont Afghan Kabob since it was the first time for us all, and the short story is it did not disappoint. The restaurant has two areas. The entrance has regular tables and seats, but a level up is a carpeted space with low tables where you can eat family-style sitting on cushioned floor mats and pillows. Fine for us — maybe not so much for our little 6 foot 4 friend, but he managed to sprawl out in his own little corner without complaint.
The decor (replete with traditional Afghan clothes, shoes and crocheted pakols pinned up high on the walls) wasn’t its strong suit (no pun), but the food was definitely the star of the place as we hoped for. We ordered boorani kadoo (butternut pumpkin cooked with garlic, peppers and onions topped with their homemade yogurt, boolani (grilled bread filled with seasoned potatoes) to start.
We moved on to mantoo (Afghan style pot sticker filled with ground beef onions and spices, topped with homemade yogurt ground beef tomato sauce), chicken kabob (charbroiled chicken breast marinated with seasoning and served with brown rice), beef kabob, and chapli kabob (grilled ground beef with cilantro, green onions, and spices).
The meat was succulent, well-spiced, and perfectly cooked. The whole meal left us simply satisfied — enough that four hours into my flight, I was so mad at myself at not taking the leftover boolani like my friend told us to. PSA for the day: don’t ever say no to leftovers here.
Occasion: Pre-flight meal
(Out of three stars)
Would I go back?: Yes, yes, yes
Fremont Afghan Kabob
5379 Mowry Ave,
Fremont, CA 94538