I'm not sure I'm ready to visit Afghanistan itself, but I'm definitely ready for the food.
Kabul Afghan Restaurant. I've eaten at the San Carlos location many times over many years and really enjoy the quiet yet exotic atmosphere and excellent service. All the waitstaff appear to me mature men without much in the way of smiles - they are all business and very professional. The food is excellent over a variety of selections. In broad categories, the food tends to be either skewered meats or stewed meats or vegetables. These main courses are served with either white rice (South Asian style long grain fluffy rice with each grain separated and light) or seasoned (a sort of pilaf that is called pilau). I've often tried their chicken kebab and the tender white skewered and grilled chicken is simply the best chicken I've tasted anywhere, ever. The vegetable dishes, which can be ordered as main courses, are moderately seasoned and scrumptious. Most remarkable is the steamed pumpkin with yogurt cream sauce. It is a light textured very sweet dish that could almost double as a desert.
After many years of loyal patronage of the San Carlos restaurant, last night I was driving on El Camino in Sunnyvale. I'd just finished a client meeting and was starving. I noticed the Sunnyvale Kabul sign and decided I had to give it a try. Prominently displayed at the restaurant is a sign that says it is unrelated to any other restaurant. Nonetheless, the decor and menus are virtually identical. Fortunately, the food preparation measures up as well. If Sunnyvale is closer, be sure to give that store a try.
Gosh, I wish they'd give it a try in Palo Alto; I'm sure the restaurant style and cuisine would be very popular there.
Here are the contact information for the two restaurants:
135 El Camino Real San Carlos, CA 94070-2403 Phone: (650) 594-2840
833 W El Camino Real Sunnyvale, CA 94087-1154 Phone: (408) 245-4350