Authentic Afghan cuisine: kebabs, naans, pallows, and more!
My family went to Afghan Chopan a few times. When the restaurant started out we all got good helpings of food and the last two times we were disappointed with the quantity of food. So, they lost our business and we used to come from Pitt Meadows, not exactly just down the road. A little hard to find as it is in an industrial setting. Food is delicious but nobody wants to go home stuffed but they do not want to go home hungry either after dropping $40+ for supper out.
Better half was out of town and I always wanted to try Afghan food, so I venture to this restaurant bymyself. I had to look for the host to be seated as there was none to greet me when I entered. I ordered the lamb and beef kababs. Both dishes came with salad and naan. Both meats (beef and lamb) were prepared exactly the same way, spicy and hot. The meat was decent but the salad was nothing special. The salad reminds me of the bag salad you get at a grocery store. The naan was nothing special. The price for the lamb kabab was $15.95 while the beef kabab was $14,95. Fortunately I had the entertainment coupon as if I had to pay full price I would be unsatisfied as the whole experience for Afghan food was just plain ok. The service was slow, the waitress did not come by to refill my water while I was there. From this barely satisfactory experience, I would not rush back anytime soon.
Afghan Chopan Kabab House located in Surrey, BC is one nasty place to dine, and I will never ever go there AGAIN. The restaurant is supposed to be an Afghan Authentic Restaurant....,but all they play on the stereo and TVs are Indian, Arab, and Islamic songs, but that is not all. The descriptions of some foods listed on their menu does not match what they serve. Their servers does not seem to care at all if you need anything and totally ignore you. When you order food for the kids, the servers suggest you straight out to order "French Fries" instead Afghani food, because all their foods are too spicy for the kids, or do not want to take an extra step to prepare meals for the kids that are not spicy, or have a kids menu. As far as customer service is concerned... there is NONE and do not even ask because, they will give you attitude straight out. If you are not careful, or do not keep a good track what you have ordered, they over charge you for items you have not ordered at all, or multiply some of your orders by two or three. So, if you do not want to burn your money, have a pleasant experience, and true Afghan Cuisine please DO NOT GO THERE !!!
The food is GOOD. We ordered the Couples Combo which came with chicken and a couple of skewers, all very tender and juicy - done well. The rice with raisins along with the two dipping sauces (one mint? and one similar to yogurt?) were the highlights of the meal. I loved them! The only disappointment in the food department was the bread, which was a little hard (wish they would serve it hot).
Service wasn't great... we went in on a Saturday around 8pm and there was a larger group just finishing up their meal. The sole server was busy with this group and we had to wait a while to get seated. We waited again to get the menu after we were seated. Dirty dishes were on multiple tables which may suggest the poor server was really over worked. She was polite and did her job but food took a while (although it did all come at once) and it was hard getting her attention for the bill at the end.
Ambiance was ok... clean (except for the uncleared tables), table, chairs and carpet seemed new but it's not as creative in decor as another Afghan restaurant in Vancouver. Don't expect a lot of cushions, fabrics and ornate things here... just a straight forward place with some small Afghan touches.
This is a restaurant I would visit if I was in the neighbourhood, but probably wouldn't seek it out and make the effort to go if I was further away.
Whenever I read books based on the Middle East my mouth waters when reading the food descriptions of legendary feasts. One of my main fears when eating at ethnic restaurants is that they can't cook. Often because it's ethnic foods they think that their customer won't know better. This is why I didn't try Afghan Chopan for the longest time. However Afghan Chopan is a true hidden gem, where the skilled chefs in the kitchen turn out sublime food. The food is all freshly prepared and it's flavourful without being overly spiced or hot. The kitchen does a nice job with seasonings. I tried their chicken kebabs and it reminded me of tandoori chicken but tasted a bit more gamey as if it were free-range chicken. Their pallows here are excellent I love the addition of the sweet garnishes of plump raisins and carrot slivers. They rotate veggie dishes and there is often four to choose from they reminded me of Indian curries but were a bit different. I wish they offered a fish option on their menu but they don't. The appetizers here are amazing, don't come here without trying them. The bolani is deepfriend half circles of dough stuffed with potato's. This is a refined version of a samosa, it was great. It also reminded me of the Mexican flauta. I love mantu's and this Afghani version was pretty good, it's filled with beef and topped with peas and lentils and a yogurt sauce. The Afghan bread served on the side was also delicious as it was freshly baked, I liked that it was made of whole wheat. Even though we were stuffed we did try the thickened milk dessert, and it's different but was good without being overly sweet. It was like a mild pudding. All in all I was pleasantly surprised with this visit, and will be returning because the food here is very good! Once you are inside the restaurant its nice but the location itself is a bit awkward to find as its in a sort of strip mall beside a banquet hall. I also like their website design.
From reading all the reviews on this site, I didn't know what to expect when a couple girlfriends and I came here for dinner. I've heard that they can get very busy, but when we went, we were literally the only ppl there. I guess the key is to go on a weekday.
Looking around the restaurant, there are many seating options: tables, booths or raised platform floor seating. We chose the platform, which had its pros and cons. It's great to get the full experience of eating cross-legged on the floor (no table), but we constantly had to switch sitting postiions as our legs kept falling asleep on us.
The food was very yummy. You must try the Bolani (appie of a potato-stuffed pastry), especially with the sauces - it's excellent. My Chaplee Kabab combo was delicious. The prices are very reasonable - 3 entrees and 2 appies cost us under $50 including tax and tip.
Service was very good (but then again, we were the only ones there), and the atmosphere was clean and modern.
Whenever I'm in the area again (not often in Surrey), I'd definitely pay a return visit.
We received HUGE portions for the price, and the food was absolutely delicious and fresh. Great kebabs, loved the rice, and we got to sit on the raised platforms with cushions.
The Afghani bread was plentiful, we got a nice pitcher of tea in the end. We could hardly move we ate so much.
My only complaint is that the food lacked the herbed complexity that Afghani food is supposed to have, but it could be many of those herbs are unavailable / out of season.
I would go again in a heartbeat.
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.
A very authentic place with good flavours. When I was eating meat I ordered the chicken dish, would highly recomment it. Now only eating vegetarian, the vegetarian dishes are good too, however, I wish they came with rice like the chicken dish. The bread/naam is good. The decor is interesting, I don't know a better word to describe it. I had trouble finding this place because it is in an industrial complex and does not seem like a place where a restaurant is found.
This is a family owned restaurant that serves fresh Afghani food. We used to go to the original restaurant and they then expanded and opened a newer restaurant in Surrey. We usually order the combination dishes with lamb kabob, rice, chicken, and the eggplant dish served with a yogurt based chutney. The food is very flavorful and the staff are friendly. The only disappointment is the service is sometimes a bit on the slow side. If you go during a weekday then it should be ok. I recommend this place!
We went to this restaurant as a party of four. We made reservations but when we arrived, we found out that they had overbooked. When we got seated, the sole waitress took too long to take our orders. She only gave us three sets of forks and spoons, and we only recieved half of our food. Overall the food was tasty. The service was pretty bad, we will not be visiting that restaurant again.
After reading the reviews on here, we thought that we should try this place. We haven't tried this type of cuisine before, so why not. Everything on the menu sounded good. We started off with cardamom green tea. We had one order of the assorted kebob plate, which had one of each, (chicken, beef, ground beef) it came with a fresh green salad. We also ordered the ground beef kebobs, also came with green salad. The food tasted fresh, nicely spiced and we also had some bread which was nice. The place was clean, our server was polite. Will have to go again and try the other items on the menu.
The service in this restaurant needs to be improved. However, the food is fantastic. Every dish is full of flavor. The prices are reasonable. They recently moved to a newer location which is much bigger than the original restaurant. This is a great family restaurant. Definitely worth your while.
Although the location is slightly out of the way in an industrial park, the owner told us that he is expanding to a larger and more convenient location soon.
In any case, while the food may be slightly pricey, it provides good value in terms of its quality and quantity. The restaurant serves a variety of kebabs as its main dishes, which includes a very tender chicken kebab. Usually we also get their rice dish (Quabeli Pallow) which comes with pickled carrots and raisins on top of it, inside it is a very tender beef shank. Warm Afghan naan also comes with every meal it seems.
I would highly recommend this place to bring a group of friends to, but a word of warning to vegetarians- although they have a selection of vegetable curries, the dishes primarily contain meat in some form or another.
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