Expanding one’s own food horizon isn’t always easy. We all get into ruts when it comes to what we eat daily, whether it’s buying the same types of groceries every week or going out to our “regular” restaurants. If you’re like most people, once you find something you like it, you stick with it. And that’s not a bad thing. But really – isn’t there more to life than pizza, tacos, and hamburgers? I think most of us all crave that something different every once-in-a-while – something eclectic, even…exotic. If you’re that person, then allow me to introduce you to the world of Afghan cuisine.
Similar to both Indian and Persian, Afghan food is fresh and light, neither too spicy, nor too bland. It’s centered on rice (many different styles), yogurt, fruit (both fresh and dried), vegetables, Nan (bread), and typically lamb and chicken. And nowhere in the Temecula Valley will you find such foods prepared so elegantly as our very own Pamir Kabob House.
Owners Noor and Diba Amiri opened their doors here in Temecula in November of 2008, a few months after packing up their original restaurant in Poway and heading north up the 15 fwy. They named their restaurant after the Pamir Mountains in Central Asia, one of the highest mountain ranges in the world. The name symbolizes Noor and Diba’s lofty and “sky-high” dreams as entrepreneurs.
Their menu is extensive – from appetizers (Sambosas are amazing!) to salads/soups to meat entrees & Kabobs (try the lamb) to vegetable dishes and curries. A couple of my favorites are the Tandoori Chicken Salad (with Italian dressing) and the Chalow Banjan (sautéed eggplant with tomatoes and garlic topped with yogurt sauce and Basmati rice). Their meats are tender and flavorful and their veggie dishes have just the right amount of spice – enough to get your attention, but nothing tongue-burning hot. Every dish is perfectly balanced.
Become part of the cool crowd and join Taste of Temecula this Wednesday, October 13th @ noon for our weekly Lunch Meet-Up. You’ll have your choice of the Beef or Chicken Kabob or the All Veggie Plate (either choice comes with Basmati rice & vegetables) for a mere $6.95. It’s not only a fantastic deal, but it’s an easy first step into the world of Afghan cuisine. It may be time to treat your taste buds to something a little out of the ordinary.
Pamir Kabob House
41257 Margarita Road, Suite B101, Temecula, CA 92591
(At Bel Villaggio Shopping Center, right next to Macaroni Grill)