Came here over the weekend to try out some Afghani food. If you're not familiar with its location, it can take a while to find it. It's hidden in a huge East Indian strip mall complex. We had to go complex to complex looking for it, and we finally found it in a quiet part of the building around the corner beside the rail tracks.
It's a nice clean restaurant with comfortable space between the tables. When we came in though, because there is a stone waterfall wall blocking the view of the door from the kitchen side, and no hostess podium, there was quite a wait before anyone came out to seat us. The restaurant was quiet besides the two women sitting at the counter to the right. The have a traditional elevated seating area in the back left where you can sit on the ground, but we were seated in a booth.
This restaurant isn't owned by Afghani's though. It appears like it is run by muslim east indians instead. The server was very nice and took his time with you, but once the order was taken you'll never get waited on again. There was no other floor worker on staff, and as mentioned before, no hostess or even a bar staff behind the counter, so you were literally left sitting there in an empty restaurant with no way to get anyone's attention.
We ordered the couples combo for about $30. It comes with the Qabelli Pallow and some kabobs. The pallow was pretty plain. Not much meat and it was tough. The raisin and carrot rice was ok, but not amazing. Was kind of youthful in taste because of the sweet raisins. The chicken kabob wasn't bad, but nothing was that different or flavourful to bring me back. I tried the dough drink that they had. It's yogurt with salt and mint. It is interesting and refreshing in a way, but because of the salt, it is hard to drink too much at once and a small glass of it should be enough to satisfy most people. I saw the other reviews that said this place was authentic, but while we were eating, a group of teenage Indo Canadian kids in tracksuits came to eat here, and the guys started talking to someone in the back, and you could over hear the kitchen guy saying that he went from washing dishes to cooking the food. Not that a 18 year old can't cook good food, but it makes you question the authenticity or care that goes into it.
So, average food, and nice service when they're actually serving you, but probably not worth the drive to come back.