What happens when Persian, Indian, and Greek flavors merge? Find out on your next night out with friends with a visit to Azeen’s Afghani Restaurant, which specializes in the eclectic cuisine of this fascinating country. Enter this inviting Pasadena restaurant and take a table alongside murals depicting Afghan landmarks. The feast begins with some mantu for the table, a delectable beef dumpling topped with yogurt that will prep your taste buds for what’s to come. Follow it with an order of quabili pallaw, a house specialty that combines sweet brown rice, shredded carrots, tender lamb, and raisins, a truly delicious combination you’ve probably never had before. Pick a few other random dishes off the menu—it’s impossible to go wrong—and before long, you’ll forget who ordered what, as a makeshift buffet featuring maize, rice, dried fruit, pomegranates, and melons engulfs your table. Hands and silverware reaching from all directions, heaping piles of deliciousness being passed to and fro — these moments of gastronomic sampling among friends are to be treasured. As you leave with full bellies and fond memories, you’ll wonder why there isn’t an Afghan restaurant on every block.

Azeen's Afghani Restaurant

110 E Union St Pasadena CA 91103

(626) 683-3310

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