Nominated for: BEST Middle Eastern
Helmand is an Afghani restaurant named after Afghanistan's longest and most important river. Located in East Cambridge, Helmand is always packed with diners who swear by its authentic fare. Inside, the warmly lit dining room has mellow, butter colored walls covered with photos, and faded, comfortable Oriental rugs cover the burninshed wood floors. The dining room is flanked one one side by a small fireplace, and on the other by a woodburning oven, where the restaurant's famous flatbread is cooked. The Afghani food is very appealing: skewers of lamb and chicken, pumpkin topped with a meat sauce and yogurt, and stews of meat and lentils.
A friend with extensive experience in Afghanistan described Helmand as "truly authentic Afghan cuisine.... well not quite. It is actually much better than the real deal. Better ingredients, together with excellent preparation and presentation. And a safer environment."
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