What: Lamb Shank
Where: Afghan Horseman in Vancouver
Cuisine: Middle Eastern
With Dine Out Vancouver starting on January 15 until the 31st, we decided to check out Afghan Horseman on the very first night. We’ve been wanting to go to this restaurant for a while now as they have been awarded many Golden Plate Awards throughout the years and I think it’s always fun trying out a completely new cuisine. There are two distinct sides in the restaurant, one with tables and chairs, and the other side called the Afghan Room, where guests are required to take off their shoes in order to sit on cushions on the ground. It was surprisingly quite comfy, with lots of throw pillows for back support – definitely a unique dining experience.
The Dine Out menu was $20 per person where you can select an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. Here’s what we got:
1. Potato Boulany – Whole wheat crust stuffed with mixture of potatoes, sauteed onions, green onions, cilantro, pan fried & served with Chaka (yogurt dip)
-> we had no idea what this was, but it was so delicious, almost like a Chinese scallion pancake with fluffy perogy filling inside. Can we get another order of this please?
2. Salad with Feta Cheese – Mixed tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers & onions, served with our homemade Cilantro dressing & feta cheese (Dressing contains Walnuts)
-> nothing exciting here, just a plain salad…and we couldn’t tell whether there was dressing or not. Probably wouldnt order this again.
3. Lamb Shank and Lamb Shoulder with Baked Rice with Kabui, Stewed Vegetables, and Potato Pawkra.
-> I enjoyed the Lamb shoulder better than the lamb shank, but both were roasted to perfection and fall-off-the-bones tender
The rice was interesting as it came with raisins which added another dimension.
The potatoes on the other hand were amazing!! You should eat these first while they are hot. Its basically a thinly sliced piece of potato, battered, then deep fried, accompanied by some sort of yogurt dip sauce. Probably not the best health wise, but its like taking hashbrowns to the next level. You won’t regret ordering these!
4. For dessert, we settled on Degcha (GF) – Rice Pudding Mixed With Almonds And Topped With Pistachios.
-> I’m not going to lie, after the first spoonful, I wanted to put down the cup, get the bill and call it a night. I can’t really pinpoint why, perhaps the blend of flavours were so foreign to my tastebuds. But then I tried it again and after a second, third, and fourth bite, I couldn’t stop eating it. The flavours definitely grew on me, with each bite tasting better than the one before. The combination of creamy rice pudding, with crunchy almond slices, fragrant pistachios made this a yummy dessert and I’m so glad I gave it another chance.
So I hope I’ve convinced you to check out this restaurant – be sure to make a reservation, I hope you like it as much as we did!