Thursdays in the Heights: Helmand

Afghan Delights Done Impeccably At Helmand

By: Jenny Liu

Published: Wednesday, March 10, 2010

If there is one thing that will compel me to take two buses, one train, and then forge onward by foot through the frigid northeastern winds, it is very good food. Helmand, an Afghan restaurant in Cambridge, is capable of such seduction, singing its siren song.

Before making the intrepid trek out to Helmand, you must know that reservations are a necessity. Those who have the misfortune of arriving more than 15 minutes late will have their reservation brusquely passed on to the next lucky person on the waiting list. Dressed in earthy Persian tones, with the surrounding air fiery and thick from Indian spices and graced with a Mediterranean flair, Helmand is a pretty thing with many suitors vying for an opportunity to indulge in its goodness.

[Continue reading: education on the gastronomic state of Afghanistan, Middle Eastern Royalty, & hardcore metal references]

For visual reference and photos of frolicking grass-fed lamb post-application of heat, see earlier post.

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