Ariana Afghan Cuisine Coupons and Deals
Exquisitely spiced delicacies are Ariana’s specialty, making this authentic Afghan restaurant a must-visit for any Atlanta foodie.Take one of Ariana’s staple dishes—the lamb kebab. This savory dish presents skewers crowded with chunks of lamb tenderloin, marinated to perfection in a most delightful blend of juices. And like many of the entrees, it comes with a small side of eggplant and rice cooked with almonds carrots and raisins. Whether you prefer chicken, lentils, or eggplant, you’re sure to find something that suits your fancy at Ariana Afghan Cuisine. And if you’re a fan of sweets, don’t forget to round out your meal with a bowl of Czala—vanilla ice cream mixed with rosewater, ground pistachios, and dessert-style noodles.
SCOUT NOTES: Alright, it’s time for a history lesson. We all know that Istanbul was Constantinople, but seeing as no one ever wrote such an annoying awesome song about Afghanistan, you may not have known that it used to be called Ariana. You also may not have known that Afghan food is pretty darn delicious, and this family-run joint in Sandy Springs is doing it up right. Brothers Azim and Jalil have a combined 60+ years in the restaurant biz, and five months ago decided to open up an eatery of their own. Serving up traditional Afghani dishes with a heaping side of tradition and culture, Ariana Afghan Cuisine is bringing a little bit of the Middle East to Sandy Springs. For those unfamiliar with Afghan cooking, imagine Mediterranean-style flavors, lots of lamb, and pretty much anything on a stick (holy kabob deliciousness, Batman). With crowd favorites like manto (beef and onion filled dumplings topped with mint and yogurt) and qabeli palaw (chunks of lamb with brown rice, topped with shredded carrots, raisins, and almonds), just the smell of this stuff is going to have you drooling (I’m speaking from experience). And make sure to save room for dessert: while you might not be surprised to see baklava on the menu, step out of your comfort zone and try the czala, an Afghan take on ice cream, served on a mound of shaved ice and topped with noodles, sweet cream, rosewater, and ground pistachios. So whether you’re from the region and looking for a taste of home, or you’re an Atlanta foodie on your latest gastronomic adventure, the eats at Ariana definitely won’t disappoint. MENU HIGHLIGHTS: Manto, $5.25 Buranee Kadu, $4.99 Qabeli Palaw, $16.95 Chapli Kabob, $15.95 Salmon Kabob, $15.95 Czala (Afghan Ice Cream), $6.45 HOURS: Monday – Thursday, 11:30am – 3:00pm and 5:00pm – 10:00pm Friday – Saturday, 11:30am – 11:00pm Sunday, 12:00pm – 5:00pm
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