Very good choice for low-key
Very good choice for low-key dining and out of town guests who'd like to try something different. The food's tasty, prices very reasonable and the atmosphere is pretty. Also, it's quiet!
3/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Food is quite good. Nice soft
Food is quite good. Nice soft background music which makes it easy to have a conversation. Attentive and polite service.
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great. It was some of the best lamb I had in the US.
5/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
I can't say enough positive comments about the food at this restaurant. Everything we ordered was amazing.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
I dine here several times a year & ALWAYS have great service & great food. And the best part is that they deliver:)
5/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't miss it!
My wife and I loved the the old location on Broadway, but the new location of Hellmand's. offers the same consistently wonderful and unusual dishes along with understated, friendly, and efficient service.
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Helmand Palace is just a great place to eat a great meal that is reasonably priced. The "chowpan" is just the best lamb rack I ate in a long time.
6/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
I am a fan of Afghani food. The food at Helamnd Palace was good, but not fabulous, if you have had Afghani food before. I recommend the Aushak. The vegetarian special plate was also very good. The Aush soup was disappointing, if you are having a craving.
For folks new to Afghani food, this restaurant gives a good introduction and you won't be disappointed.
6/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Quiet and romantic
Helmand has delicious food, a romantic atmosphere, and is quiet enough so that you can hear your date without having to raise your voice!
6/28/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food and service are superb. You have have a conversation with friends because the noise level is quiet. Although it is on Van Ness, don't think this is a tourist trap. It has the feel of a wonderful, neighborhood restaurant with caring staff. Love the place and bring friends frequently.
7/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always enjoy this place
Another excellent meal at Helmand. This is a pretty restaurant with white tablecloths, delicious and interestingly spiced food. The portions are large and the prices small. Order appetizers and take half your entree home. I don't understand why it isn't busier, except that it's not new and trendy. I often bring out of town visitors there, because the food is unlike what they can find at home, and it's quiet enough that we can talk.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great experience and food...
A wonderful introduction to Afghan cuisine. Similar to Pakistani and Indian food but with different preparations and seasoning. Lots of lamb dishes. Pallow rice was great. Restaurant reasonably comfortable and clean. One of our group noted a smell of disinfectant cleanser. No cocktails; beer and wind wine only. Baklawa was killer!
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
The Kaddo and Aushak...wow! My friends and I all loved our dishes. We sometimes had to burn some calories to get the server's attention, but it wasn't horrible. I look forward to my next visit.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
unique and delicious
Absolutely wonderful place. Dishes you will find nowhere else. The pumpkin kadoo is not too be missed, vegetarian and w/ meat are both fabulous. Our BD party of 8 could all converse together, and omnivores, vegetarians, and vegans were all happy. Highly recommend.
10/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Afghan food, nice and quiet!
Great Afghan food, nice and quiet. We've eaten at other Afghan restaurants (Kabul's in San Carlos and Sunnyvale), and even though some of the dishes had the same ingredients, Helmand's had much better flavors and textures.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great Food & Service
We had dinner at Helmand on a quiet Monday evening at the end of a Holiday Weekend. Everything was wonderful starting with the ambience and warm welcome we received on arrival and the very attentive service throughout. Ambience was lovely and dinner was delicious. Being vegetarians it was terrific to find such an array of vegetarian items on the menu. We ordered soup, appetizers, entrees and dessert and everything was well prepared and very visually pleasing. Can't wait to return.
11/10/2013 4:00:00 PM
Really well prepared and presented food, lovely ambience, superb authentic service - a restaurant that will become a favorite after the first visit.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
We found this place because it was highly rated and it didn't fail to disappoint. We ordered 3 entrees plus an appetizer (I can't remember the names but one was lamb, one chicken, one eggplant) and all three were absolutely fantastic. We will be going back again and I would recommend to anyone.
11/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Wish we'd discovered it sooner
Very friendly staff, excellent service. The restaurant is not "stuffy", we felt comfortable and welcome there. The food was incredible! We weren't sure what to expect but loved everything we tried. The pumpkin appetizer (we had it with the beef, which was great. It comes without beef too) lived up to it's much talked about reputation. I split an order but next time I'll get one myself. So many wonderful choices on the menu - the meatballs were flavorful, the pumpkin was so delicious, the lamb was perfectly cooked. And the portion sizes were very generous. We shared 3 of the 4 desserts on the menu. Everything was delicious. Our server was friendly and very helpful, providing recommendations when we asked. We will definitely come back here!
11/24/2013 4:00:00 PM