The Helmand Restaurant

4.5
26 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Middle Eastern
Helmand Restaurant offers Afghani dishes with a wood-burning oven where the famous flatbread is cooked on one side of the room and an intimate fireplace is on the other side. Appetizers include aushak, mantwo, kaddo and several soups such as aush and mushawa. Several vegetarian appetizer items are also available.

Helmand Restaurant entrées include tasty choices like qabelee, which is pallow rice baked with chunks of lamb tenderloin, raisins and glazed carrots or mantwo, a homemade pasta shell filled with beef and onions. If you like spicy dishes, try the koufta challow, consisting of beef meatballs with Afghan seasoning sautéed with sun-dried tomato, hot peppers and green peas in a fresh tomato sauce. Several vegetarian entrées are also available such as the kaddo and banjan challow, which is pan fried and baked pumpkin and eggplant served with challow rice and yogurt garlic sauce.
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1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 3service 5ambience 1

The portion of my lamb entree was really small and I'm not a big eater. What was there was good. The noise level, however, was just awful. I had to yell just to heard at my table.

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1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is excellent. We need to go back and try some of the other dishes. Our server (Mohammed) was excellent. He knew all the menu items. Recommend a great appetizer.

We sat near the wood fired oven and Rizz (probably spelling his name wrong) the Baker was friendly, entertaining.

Just a wonderful night out.

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CC
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent food and good ambiance. Vegetarian starters are the best on the menu. I recommend them for a main course. Also very good is the freshly cooked bread and the savory dips/sauces that accompany it. We go there regularly

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C
New England
41 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

The Helmand is a wonderful spot that deserves its long-time fans. A variety of foods that anyone can enjoy as they explore an exotic cuisine. The service is always on point. They seem to genuinely love what they are doing.

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New England
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Unchanging menu of interesting food. The fabulous bread they bring was very overcooked, almost crisp. Hope that doesn't reflect a recipe change.

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New England
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentine's Day

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OT
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday but I didn't receive any special attention. Just the same as all clients

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BS
New England
15 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Helmand isn't quite as good as it was before but still worthwhile. We had 2 problems - one was the level of the music which was loud and not conducive to having a quiet conversation among old friends. Second was about an allergen in one of the dishes that wasn't clear. But I would still go back. Some of the appetizers are just delicious and it is still a good choice for a nice dinner with friends.

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HS
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

The management has changed at Helmand and the food quality was very different. The cooks might have changd too.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

I had not been to Helmand since I moved from Boston to FL in 1998. At that time it had recently opened. I was searching for a place to take an acquaintance that had good reviews and was in Cambridge. It was nice to see the restaurant was still there and had high ratings. It shows the longevity of a good, consistent restaurant.We enjoyed the food and service.

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AK
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding Afghan food. I've been there many times and enjoyed all the food. Delicious home-made breads and hot sauces, many vegetarian option. This last time I tried the signature Chowpan lamb, which was good but I think I will try something else next time. This is a very special restaurant that has been open for many years and quality has remained high for many years.

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HO
New England
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food! It has a nice combination of meat dishes and also vegetarian dishes. For the lamb lovers, there are several options. The area by the fire, where the bread is baked, is excellent during the winter time. The service is great as well. We didn't try the alcoholic beverages so no comment there. I would go back again to try more dishes.

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PS
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have been to Helmands a couple of times and have always enjoyed our meals there. The meals have a flavor that are significantly different than other cultural food. They have a number of vegetarian options but nothing that would be satisfactory for a vegan unless, you cherry pick the menu and leave out certain items in each dish.

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IO
New England
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant, food, staff, and ambiance. Went there to celebrate my birthday with friends and the staff brought out my desert with a candle, which was a pleasant surprise. Our waiter also spoke multiple languages and thanked us for coming in all the languages we spoke. The food was absolutely amazing-well seasonsed and absolutely delicious. Will definitely recommend and intend to go back!

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C
Chicago
13 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came here for the first time, it had been a place we had wanted to come to for some time. We were not disappointed, the appetizers and main course was very good. I cannot wait to return. We (two of us) enjoyed 2 glasses of wine, I had a Turkish coffee along with our lovely meal and apps all for under $100 for a wonderful dining experience that was both tasty and satisfying. Service was friendly, and the manager came by our table to both greet and thank us for eating with them. Overall, a great experience.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This quality of the food has consistently been good for many years. It is always a special treat to go there.

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GD
New England
83 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

the food is great but always slow service and the last 2 visits both times forgot to bring an entree for a member of our party

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LS
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

If you like lamb & Spice this is the place to go. It was good value for money. Get the pumpkin starter.

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T
New England
78 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I've been here periodically over the years and it just isn't what it used to be: the atmosphere is gone - the fluorescent lights above take away from the ambience, the fire wasn't on, the floor needs to be refinished, everything just looks tired. At least the bread was being baked this time. I had the mantwo app and it was very good. Then I had the spicy beef meatball and rice, which was not really very spice and was ok but not really a restaurant level dish, especially as that was all there was to it.
I used to like this a lot when they first opened. I noticed that over the years they had the same special - it never changed - and the rest of the menu is the same - nothing changes. There's no spark here. I really wish they would freshen up the place and wake up the chef, I really want to like it more. Like many "ethnic" restaurants that never change anything, it feels like its nearing the end of its time.

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New England
16 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific meal in every respect. The menu highlights vegetarian selections. The vegetarian aushak was superb. The eggplant and, surprisingly, pumpkin were also tasty and satisfying. Dessert of bucklawa and sheerekh (homemade pistachio ice cream) was the perfect ending.

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PJ
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

The only thing missing was better, moodier lighting such as candles on the tables.

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HM
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Pleasant ambiance, good service, interesting and different tastes, lots to chose from/

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JC
New England
14 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food. Tis place is underrated.

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OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic meal, everything fresh and tasty, oven fresh flatbread was amazing, as was lamb with spinach. Appetizer of ravioli with beef sauce was wonderful - great food and a value. We will be back soon.

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AM
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

My friends and I enjoyed our recent dinner at Helmand. Food tasty and authentic. Thank you!

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JS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Some of the food came out a little under-cooked (very rare compared to medium rare). Even after re-fire it was still purplish. Aside from that dish, the rest of the meal was great.

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