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Bura-nee ka-du. Practice saying that a few more times. That's one of the best dishes on the menu -- butternut squash dressed in yogurt and meat sauce. And don't confuse it for heaven until you've had the manta (lamb dumplings). The food is good because the people who make it are kind and the owner is warm... and its prepared perfectly. The silver fox crowd, the young professionals, the snooty, the casual, the families, and the singles know that you come to experience the food. Just let it happen.
4/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was looking for something new for a birthday-weekend pre-theatre dinner. We love ethnic food, so after checking Yelp (4.5), decided on this. We are very glad we did! The ambience is very nice. Service was excellent. Food was brought promptly, and we didn't have to hunt for a waiter when we wanted something. We started with the Sambosa, which is very similar to Indian Samosa, and comes with a spicy green chutney. It was very good. For dinner we had the chicken with carrot and raisin rice, and the Aushak, which was like ravioli. Both dishes were very good. Dinner comes with a salad with a flavorful yogurt dressing, and bread. We also had pistachio rice pudding-very good. My husband's office is nearby, so he may bring home dinner!
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was amazing. Every bite was full of flavor!
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Such Friendly Service
The people at Azeen's Afghani are so nice - they treat you as if you are a longtime friend.
6/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
the food here is delicious, affordable, and served in reasonable portions. I highly recommend this place.
9/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
We love this place. The owners are very friendly and welcoming, the food is exceptional, the atmosphere is cozy and the prices are great. Non-pretentious, cozy, great value.
9/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definitely will go back!
The food is excellent and we are anxious to go back and try other dishes. The portions are generous and the entrees come with a salad. We split a lamb and chicken kabob meal and a pasta dish with ground lamb pillows topped with sauteed vegetables. Must go with more people next time so we can try more options :)
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Happy out of towner
I want in Pasadena for a business conference and found Azeem's. Having never had Afghan cuisine I decided to try. I was very pleased with my experience. I was their first guest of the evening, so seating was not a problem. During dinner the place filled comfortably. Of particular note was that the majority of the other customers were non-european. I had the sense that the Afghani community frequent this restaurant. One group was a family of 6 and another was a large group (>8). All seemed quite comfortable and content. The service was good for this level of restaurant. The food was quite interesting and tasty. I don't know how well it stacks up to food in Afghanistan, but I quite enjoyed it. I would go back.
9/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
Azeen - great find
I found Azeen on Zagat, and I was glad I did. The food was very good. It was a very pleasant experience. We had a vegetarian meal, which is just what we wanted. They also have beef, lamb and chicken. I would definitely go back again when in Pasadena.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
We ordered the chicken and lamb kababs as well as the spinach and lamb and roasted eggplant dishes. They were all excellent. The meats were flavorful and perfectly cooked. I took my family there on Thursday night and then took my fiance on Friday for lunch because I didn't want him to miss out of the food! Overall, our food at dinner was better than the food we ate the next day, but the kababs were consistently fantastic!
10/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Azeen's is a good representation
Azeen's is a good representation of a great cuisine. Once we actually got seated, things were fine, but there was that pregnant pause by the door looking at lots of empty tables and no staff coming to offer us one. In the oft-told tale, the appetizxers, especially the Aushak, stole the culinary show. Tea goes best with the cuisine and the wine list is unlikley to tempt you. Service at the table was professional and attentive. Art depicting Afghanistan adds to the ambiance.
10/31/2013 5:00:00 PM
We were caught in traffic, needed to be at the Pasadena Playhouse by 8, and so needed to order food that could be prepared quickly. We were served a fresh, green salad immediately and delicious bread with a dipping sauce. We ordered two entries. The lamb and spinach was my favorite, but both were good. Portions were generous. Everything tasted fresh and was seasoned perfectly; the spices blended with none dominant. The dining room is small but feels elegant with white table cloths and painted murals of Afghanistan. Other diners included an Afghani family who ordered a feast. We plan to go back to the restaurant with friends when we have more time and try some of the other dishes.
11/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Beautiful interior, interesting food, attentive and patient service.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM