Afghan Bistro

Middle Eastern

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Overview

Afghan Bistro is a casually charming restaurant in Alexandria serving Afghani and Middle Eastern fare like grilled chicken kabobs atop basmati rice, spicy beef dumplings dotted with yogurt garlic sauce or the mixed grill mazza of grilled lamb chop, beef tenderloin and roasted salmon with toasted Afghan bread and avocado chutney. Drink offerings include international wines, beers and house cocktails.

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ACCOLADES

  • Two stars from the Washington Post 2016
  • Winner: Diner's Choice 2016 — Opentable

Menu for Afghan Bistro

Lunch Menu

Daily Lunch Specials

  • Chicken Kabob Your choice of boneless breast or thigh. Marinated in house spices. Charbroiled to perfection.
    $9.95
  • Chicken & Ground Beef Combo A skewer of either boneless breast or boneless thigh, and a skewer of ground beef, charbroiled to perfection.
    $11.95
  • Beef Tenderloin Kabob & Chicken Combo A skewer of succulent beef tenderloin, and a skewer of either boneless breast or boneless thigh, charbroiled to perfection.
    $14.95
  • Lamb Chops with Qabuli Tender and flavorful Rack of lamb charbroiled to perfection, served with long grained seasoned basmati rice topped off with carrots and raisins.
    $15.95
  • Seekh Kabob {ground beef} Two skewers of our ground beef seasoned in house spices, charbroiled to perfection.
    $8.95
  • Beef Bistro Burger A ground beef pattie seasoned with house spices, charbroiled to perfection, and served on a brioche bun.
    $6.95

Appetizers

  • Potato & Leek Turnover {Boulanee} sautéed to perfection, stuffed with potato and leek, served with an avocado chutney.
    $4.95
  • Roasted Eggplant or Butternut Squash {Bouraanee} served with a side of bread topped off with a rich demi-glace, infused with special seasoning, finished off with a mint yogurt puree.
    $5.95
  • Roasted Eggplant Puree {Barta} A cold meze made with garlic and yogurt puree served on top of a crostini.
    $4.95
  • Leek and Scallion Dumplings {Aushak} steamed and topped off with a flavorful kofta paashaan (minced beef and lentil korma.) Finished off with mint and yogurt puree.
    $4.95
  • Spicy Beef Dumplings {Mantu} minced beef flavored with bistro spices. Steamed to perfection with a carrot and peas qorma, finished off with a yogurt garlic sauce and topped off with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper.
    $4.95
  • Hot Mazza Assortment A variety of our appetizers including our spicy beef dumplings, roasted butternut squash bouraanee, roasted eggplant bouraanee, and leek dumpling.
    $10.95
  • Cold Mazza Assortment roasted eggplant puree, yogurt with cucumber and dill, salate, and julienne sweet carrot slaw.
    $10.95
  • Carrot Slaw sweet julienne carrots tossed with fresh lemon juice and garlic.
    $4.95
  • Yogurt with Cucumber & Dill Mediterranean yogurt with fresh dill and cucumber.
    $4.95
  • Mix Grill Mazza Grilled Lamb Chop, Beef Tenderloin, Salmon and Seekh Kabob served with toasted Afghan bread and Avocado Chutney.
    $11.95
  • Seekh Kabob One succulent Ground Beef Kabob served with Yogurt and dill.
    $6.95
  • Quroti traditional afghan dish consists of toasted afghan bread, topped with a warm yogurt puree infused with garlic and topped off with minced beef and walnut sauce finished with crispy onions.
    $4.95

Soups & Salads

  • Salate mirepoix of fresh tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers tossed with cilantro and finished with fresh lemon juice.
    $5.95
  • Mixed Green Salad combination of mixed greens tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette served with garlic croutons.
    $5.95
  • Spinach Salad fresh baby spinach tossed in a pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette topped off with crumbled bleu cheese and walnuts.
    $5.95
  • Bistro Signature Lentil Soup prepared with mung beans, lentils, chick peas, minced beef, special spices and yogurt. (vegetarian option available)
    Small $4.95
    Large $7.95

Burgers & Wraps

  • Beef Bistro Burger our signature ground-beef burger is marinated with fresh herbs and spices, charbroiled to perfection.
    $7.95
  • Chicken Wrap marinated chicken topped off with mixed greens and wrapped in lavash bread.
    $8.95
  • Beef Wrap marinated charbroiled minced beef topped off with mixed greens and wrapped in lavash bread.
    $8.95
  • Salmon Wrap marinated charbroiled salmon topped off with mixed greens and wrapped in lavash bread.
    $10.95

Entrées

  • Beef Shank {Palaou} slowly braised with spices from the Silk Road, served with baked seasoned fragrant basmati rice.
    $12.95
  • Rissoto & Beef {Sholah} beef shank slowly braised with lentils, chick peas, and fresh dill.
    $9.95
  • Braised Beef with Greens {Sabzi Chalaou} spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip leaves, collard greens and fresh herbs. Slow cooked with beef, served with saffron infused basmati rice.
    $11.95
  • Qabuli Palou beef shank slowly braised then baked with long grains of basmati rice infused in house spices. Topped off with raisin and julienne carrots.
    $13.95
  • Leek and Scallion Dumplings {Auskak} steamed to perfection, topped with a flavorful kofta paashaan (minced beef and lentil qorma). Finished off with mint and yogurt puree.
    $9.95
  • Spicy Beef Dumplings {Mantu} minced beef flavored with bistro spices. Steamed to perfection with a carrot and peas qorma, finished off with a yogurt garlic sauce and topped off with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper.
    $9.95
  • Braised Veal and Rhubarb (seasonal) beef slow cooked until perfectly tender then combined with a tangy rhubarb and cilantro qorma. Served with saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $16.95
  • Braised Veal or Beef {Lawaan} Classical Afghan dish slowly cooked in yogurt sauce, infused with cilantro served with saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $16.95

Chops and Kabobs

  • Chicken Breast Kabob chunks of chicken breast marinated overnight in our special bistro spices charbroiled to perfection served with a saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $10.95
  • Ground Beef Kabob {Seekh} marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs charbroiled to perfection served with a saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $9.95
  • Frenched Rack of Lamb {Chopaan} succulent rack of lambs, marinated overnight in our special bistro spices, charbroiled to perfection, served with seasoned long grain fragranted basmati rice.
    $15.95
  • Beef Tenderloin chunks of tenderloin marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs, charbroiled to perfection, served with a portion of seasoned long grain fragranted basmati rice.
    $15.95
  • Salmon chunks of salmon marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs, charbroiled to perfection served with a saffron infused long grain basmati rice.
    $12.95
  • Chicken & Ground Beef Kabob Combo skewer of chicken Kabob & skewer of seekh kabob served with long grain basmati rice, salate, avocado chutney, and fresh afghan bread with potato bouranee.
    $12.95
  • Beef Tenderloin and Chicken Kabob Combo Skewer of tenderloin kabob & skewer of chicken kabob served with long grain Basmati palou, salate, avocado chutney, potato bouraanee & fresh Afghan bread.
    $15.95
  • Bistro Signature Lamb Chops & Tenderloin Kabob Combo New Zealand French rack of lambs including a skewer of Tenderloin Kabob served with your choice of Palou or Qabuli, served with Salate, Avocado Chutney, Hot Afghan Bread, and Butternut Squash.
    $19.95
  • Surf and Turf Combo Skewer of salmon and skewer of Tenderloin Kabob served with combination of white Chalou and seasoned fragrant brown basmati Palou. Served with hot Afghan bread, salate, avocado chutney and your choice of Butternut Squash or Eggplant Bouraanee.
    $19.95
  • Boneless Juicy Chicken Thigh Kabob Skewer of boneless chicken thigh kabob, served with long grained basmati rice (Chalou), salate, avocado chutney, Afghan bread and sautéed potato bouraanee.
    $9.95

Vegetarian

  • Sabzi Chalou slow cooked spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip leaves, collard greens, and fresh herbs. Served with baked long grained saffron basmati rice.
    $7.95
  • Kadoo Chalou stewed butternut squash served with long grained saffron basmati rice.
    $7.95
  • Baadenjaan with Chalou roasted eggplant served with long grained saffron infused basmati rice.
    $7.95
  • Kachaloo Chalou potato korma served with long grained saffron infused basmati rice.
    $7.95
  • Qabuli Combination Platter sabzi, kadoo, baadenjaan, and kachaloo served with a fragrant spice infused long grain basmati rice topped off julienne carrots and raisins.
    $11.95
  • Spicy Rissotto with Eggplant and Butternut Squash Rissotto cooked with chick peas, lentils, and mung beans then infused with fresh dill served with eggplant and butternut squash bouraanee.
    $11.95

Desserts

  • Baklava sweet pastry made with layers of filo, topped with chopped nuts and cardamon.
    $3.50
  • Cardomom Ice Cream Freshly crushed cardamom sprinkled on top of vanilla flavored ice cream.
    $3.25
  • Firni afghan pudding infused with cardamom and topped off with crushed pistachios.
    $3.95
  • Sheer Birinj afghan rice pudding infused with cardamom and topped off with crushed pistachios.
    $3.95

House Wines

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
    $6.95
  • Chianti
    $10.95
  • Merlot
    $6.95
  • Pinot Noir
    $7.50
  • Sangiovese
    $9.95
  • Shiraz
    $8.95

House Wines

  • Chardonnay
    $6.25
  • Pinot Grigio
    $6.25
  • Riesling
    $10.95
  • Sauvignon Blanc
    $6.95
  • White Zinfandel
    $5.95
  • Prosecco
    $9.95

Dinner Menu

Appetizers

  • Potato & Leak Turnover {Boulanee} sautéed to perfection, stuffed with potato and leak, served with an avocado chutney.
    $5.95
  • Roasted Eggplant {Bouraanee} served on top of a crostini topped off with a rich demi-glace infused with special season finished off with a mint yogurt puree.
    $5.95
  • Roasted Eggplant Puree {Barta} made with garlic and yogurt served on top of a garlic crostini, served cold.
    $6.99
  • Butternut Squash {Bouraanee} served on top of a crostini topped off with a rich demi-glace infused with special season finished off with a mint yogurt puree.
    $5.95
  • Leek and Scallion Dumplings {Aushak} steamed to perfection, topped with a flavorful kofta paashaan (minced beef and lentil qorma). Finished off with mint and yogurt puree.
    $5.95
  • Spicy Beef Dumplings {Mantu} minced beef flavored with bistro spices, steamed to perfection with a carrot and peas qorma, finished off with a yogurt garlic sauce and topped off with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper.
    $5.95
  • Yogurt with Cucumber and Dill Mediterranean Yogurt with fresh dill and cucumber.
    $4.95
  • Carrot Slaw Sweet Julienne Carrots tossed with fresh lemon juice and garlic.
    $5.95
  • Seekh Kabob Succulent Ground Beef Kabob served with Yogurt and dill.
    $8.95
  • Hot Mazza Assortment A variety of our appetizers include leek and scallion turnovers, roasted butternut squash, roasted eggplant puree, and leek dumpling.
    $10.95
  • Cold Mazza Assortment Roasted eggplant puree, Yogurt with Cucumber and Dill, Salate, and Julienne Sweet Carrot slaw.
    $10.95
  • Mix Grill Mazza Grilled Lamb Chop, Beef Tenderloin, Salmon and Seekh Kabob served with toasted Afghan bread and Avocado Chutney.
    $14.95
  • Pumpkin Dumplings flavored with bistro spices, steamed to perfection. Finished off with your choice of yogurt garlic sauce or minced beef, topped off with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper.
    $5.95
  • Quroti traditional afghan dish consists of toasted afghan bread, topped with a warm yogurt puree infused with garlic and topped off with minced beef and walnut sauce finished with crispy onions.
    $6.95

Soups & Salads

  • Salate mirepoix of fresh tomatoes, onions, and cucumbers tossed with cilantro and finished with fresh lemon juice.
    $5.95
  • Mixed Green Salad combinations of mixed greens tossed in a sweet and tangy balsamic vinaigrette served with garlic croutons.
    $6.95
  • Spinach Salad fresh baby spinach tossed in a pomegranate balsamic vinaigrette topped off with crumbled bleu cheese and walnuts.
    $6.95
  • Bistro Signature Lentil Soup healthy lentil soup cooked with mung beans, kidney beans, chick peas, minced beef, special spices and yogurt.
    $5.95

Burgers & Wraps

  • Beef Bistro Burger Our signature ground-beef burger is marinated with fresh herbs and spices. Charboiled to perfection.
    $9.95

Entrées

  • Beef Shank {Mahicha Palaou} slowly braised with spices from the Silk Road, served with baked seasoned fragrant basmati rice (palou).
    $15.95
  • Risotto and Beef {Sholah} beef shank slowly braised with lentils, chick peas, and fresh dill.
    $14.95
  • Brasied Beef with Greens {Sabzi Chalou} spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip leaves, collard greens and fresh herbs. Slow cooked with beef, served with baked saffron basmati rice.
    $14.95
  • Qabuli Palou beef shank slowly braised then baked with a long grain basmati rice infused with house spices. Topped off with raisin and julienne carrots.
    $16.95
  • Leek and Scallion Dumplings {Aushak} steamed to perfection, topped with a flavorful kofta paashaan (minced beef and lentil qorma). Finished off with mint and yogurt puree.
    $14.95
  • Spicy Beef Dumplings {Mantu} minced beef flavored with bistro spices. Steamed to perfection with a carrot and peas qorma, finished off with a yogurt garlic sauce and topped off with crushed dry mint and cayenne pepper.
    $14.95
  • Braised Veal and Rhubarb (seasonal) beef slow cooked until perfectly tender then combined with a tangy rhubarb and cilantro qorma. Served with saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $19.95
  • Braised Veal or Beef {Lawaan} Classical Afghan dish slowly cooked in yogurt sauce, infused with cilantro, served with saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $23.95

Chops and Kabobs

  • Chicken Breast Kabob chunks of chicken breast marinated overnight in our special bistro spices charbroiled to perfection served with a saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $13.50
  • Ground Beef Kabob {Seekh} marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs charbroiled to perfection served with a saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $12.95
  • Frenched Rack of Lamb Choopan} succulent Frenched rack of lamb marinated overnight in our special bistro spices charbroiled to perfection served with a seasoned then baked long grain fragrant basmati rice.
    $22.95
  • Beef Tenderloin Kabob chunks of tenderloin marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs charbroiled to perfection served with a seasoned then baked long grain fragrant basmati rice.
    $19.95
  • Salmon chunks of salmon marinated overnight in our special bistro spices and herbs charbroiled to perfection served with a saffron long grain basmati rice.
    $15.95
  • Chicken & Ground Beef Kabob Combo Skewer of Chicken Kabob & skewer of Seekh Kabob served with Long grain Basmati rice, Salate, Avocado chutney, HOT afghan bread and Potato Bouranee.
    $14.95
  • Beef Tenderloin and Chicken Kabob Combo Skewer of Tenderloin Kabob & Skewer of Chicken Kabob Served with Long grain fragrant Basmati Palou, Salate, Avocado chutney, Potato Bouraanee & Hot Afghan Bread.
    $19.95
  • Boneless Juicy Chicken Thigh Kabob Skewer of boneless chicken thigh kabob, served with long grain basmati rice (Chalou), salate, avocado chutney, hot Afghan bread and potatoe bouraanee.
    $12.50
  • Bistro Signature Lamb Chops & Tenderloin Kabob Combo New Zealand Frenched Rack of Lamb & a Skewer of Tenderloin Kabob served with your choice of Palou or Qabuli, served with Salate, Avocado Chutney, Hot Afghan Bread, and Butternut Squash.
    $24.95
  • Surf and Turf Combo Skewer of Salmon and Skewer of Tenderloin Kabob served with combination of white Chalou and seasoned fragrant brown basmati Palou. Served with hot Afghan bread, salate, avocado chutney and your choice of Butternut Squash or Eggplant Bouraanee.
    $23.95

Vegetarian

  • Sabzi Chalou slow cooked spinach, kale, mustard greens, turnip leaves, collard greens, and fresh herbs. Served with baked long grain saffron basmati rice.
    $10.95
  • Kadoo Chalou stewed butternut squash served with a long grain saffron basmati rice.
    $10.95
  • Baadenjaan Chalou roasted eggplant served with a long grain saffron basmati rice.
    $10.95
  • Kachaloo Chalou potato qorma served with a long grain saffron basmati rice.
    $10.95
  • Qabuli Combination Platter sabzi, kadoo, baadenjaan, and kachaloo served with a fragrant spice infused long grain basmati rice topped off julienne carrots and raisins.
    $14.95
  • Spicy Rissotto with Eggplant and Butternut Squash Rissotto cooked with chick peas, lentils, and mung beans then infused with fresh dill served with eggplant and butternut squash bouraanee.
    $14.95

Family Dinner

  • Appetizer Choice of either Spicy Beef Dumplings OR Leek Scallion Dumplings
  • Entrée 2 skewers of Kabob : Choice of Chicken Breast, Ground beef, OR Chicken Thigh
  • Dessert Your choice of Firni or Cardomom Ice Cream

Desserts

  • Baklava sweet pastry made with layers of filo, topped with chopped nuts and cardamon.
    $3.50
  • Cardamom Ice Cream Freshly crushed cardamom sprinkled on top of vanilla flavored ice cream.
    $3.25
  • Firni afghan pudding infused with cardamom and topped off with crushed pistachios.
    $3.95
  • Sheer Birinj afghan rice pudding infused with cardamom and topped off with crushed pistachios.
    $3.95

House Wines

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
    $6.95
  • Chianti
    $10.95
  • Merlot
    $6.95
  • Pinot Noir
    $7.50
  • Sangiovese
    $9.95
  • Shiraz
    $8.95

House Wines

  • Chardonnay
    $6.25
  • Pinot Grigio
    $6.25
  • Riesling
    $10.95
  • Sauvignon Blanc
    $6.95
  • White Zinfandel
    $5.95
  • Prosecco
    $9.95

8081-D Alban Road
Springfield, VA 22150

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Details
  • Price Range: $$
    Atmosphere: Casual, Intimate, Modern
  • Dress Code: Casual
    Good For: Family, Foodies, Groups
  • Noise Level: Average
  • Wine Spirits: Full Bar
    Phone: (703) 337-4722
  • Private Dining Room: No