I always like to eat out of my comfort zone. It helps me appreciate what’s out there and at the end of it all, I discover a new taste and add that to my list of favourites. When I caught wind that Afghan House was sending over some food to our office, I definitely had to have some. Afghan House is a home-based delivery service run by a husband and wife. The Chef, Abu Bakr, is an Afghan from Kabul and brought his expertise and love for food to Nairobi when he relocated here with his wife. Their food prides itself in being authentic, flavourful and value for money.
Our office can be a tad bit tricky to find but props to their delivery guy. Although he was visiting our office for the first time, he was prompt and by 1.30 our food was with us, piping hot and with the most inviting aroma. We had, before us in all its glory, a generous helping of Mantu, Creamy Chicken Curry, Qalbi and Baklava! After the gathering over to take pictures of the food our Intsagram, we brought out the plates, and dug in! I was quite intrigued by the Mantu. Mantu are Afghan dumplings. They are traditional beef dumplings served with a lentil and yoghurt sauce and topped with freshly cut coriander. These had to be everybody’s favorite. Especially since we didn’t know what was in them before. It was a new and very pleasant experience. I’d eat them, all day, everyday!
The Qalbi was something special. So special in fact, that by the time I was trying to get a second helping, it was all done. Qalbi is a traditional afghan dish made with rice, goat meat, raisins and carrots cooked in sesame seed oil served with afghan salata. It was, hands down one of my favorites. The creamy chicken curry was absolutely delicious especially with the naan that they had included. It wasn’t peppery at all, incase your wondering. The blend of spices and flavors would excite any pallet and soften the pickiest of taste buds.
The moment we had all been waiting for had finally arrived. It was Baklava O’ clock. We were having the coconut baklava. Afghan House’ specialty is the Baklava. A rich sweet, savory pastry made with layers of filo filled with chopped nuts and held together with syrup or honey. This was the icing on the cake. Every single person in our office who had some, fell in love with its rich taste. If you haven’t had baklava, you my friend are not living life. And not just Baklava, if you haven’t ordered your lunch from Afghan House, you need too. Seriously.