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The Helmand Restaurant
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.
- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Leg of Lamb sauteed with onion, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, fresh cilantro, yogurt and spices served with sauteed spinach and challow rice
Pan-fried then baked baby pumpkin seasoned with sugar and served on yogurt garlic sauce, topped with ground beef sauce
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Food and service were excellent. Colorful and interesting decor. Loved it!
Awesome experience, as always. Meals are prepared at class with fantastic ingredients. Only a minor thing happened this time, the waiter forgot about a drink order - no big deal. I really like Helmand and come back soon.
We went in knowing absolutely nothing about Afghani cuisine and I can’t imagine a better introduction.
Every single bite of every single dish was absolutely delicious!
You may have preconceived notions and if so, allow me to say;
It’s not like Indian food (which I also love)
It’s not spicy
It’s not complicated
It is however, uniquely its own thing and it’s fantastic.
We were waited on by the owner and he was perfect. Proud of his food and made us feel like we were guests in his home.
Atmosphere, cuisine, value and service were all on point and we can’t wait to go back.
The way they flavor/spice the food is amazing. We have had several meals—always cooked perfectly. Great service. Highly recommend it.
Very good food and friendly service. Surprisingly quite a spacious dining area.
Beautiful atmosphere, love the new design on the menus. The food is as wonderful and flavorful as ever, and portions were large— we took leftovers home. The server was kind and attentive. High quality and a good value.
Me and my friend had a great dinning experience last time we visited so I came back the second again to try out other dishes! Their rack of lamb is AMAZING! Meat is cook to perfection — tender, juicy and well-seasoned. Enjoyed everything we ordered!
This is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently excellent and the staff is great! I go out of my way to have dinner here when I am in Boston.
Amazing lamb dishes. Loved the pumpkin appetizer.
Delicious food, great service, wonderful ambience
I've been here 3 times in my life, twice 20 years ago and now in 2021. Each time I've absolutely loved the food and service. This place is one of Boston's best for all kinds of good reasons.
Wonderful find in Cambridge! Very authentic, and they are proud of their service and food ! I would recommend it to friends and family !
I recently visited with a friend for a celebration dinner and we absolutely loved the flavors and unique dishes at Helmand. I would love to come back with a large group so that I can try more dishes from the menu. The servers had good recommendations and were extremely kind and friendly. The homemade ice cream and cardamon pineapple cake were incredible! We'll be back for sure.
Great service and tasty food as usual!
Great food. Well worth a try, and the price is excellent.
A truly great value for excellent food. Definitely recommend it.
Food was phenomenal! Still thinking about it. Very fun evening!!
Wonderful food both for meat eaters and veggies. Very friendly service.
Excellent food love the bread made in oven in the main dining area. It was unexpectedly very busy (4th of July) so service was slower then usual and it was noisier then usual. I guess word is out that this is a great find!!!
Excellent food, extremely thoughtful service staff. Love this place and the overall experience.
I always enjoy the food, the outstanding service, and the friendly environment at Helmand. It's like stepping into another world - gracious, authentic, sincere, and welcoming.
I love this restaurant. The food is really really tasty and so different from the usual fare. It may be hard for some people to imagine what Afghani food is like, but, give it a try, you will be a fan.
I highly recommend the Kaddo (veg or meat) appetizer and the Qabelee for dinner. You will not be disappointed.
We are from San Francisco, where there are many Afghan Restaurants. We thought this was at par with the best. Loved the food and the ambience.
Terrible food, not fresh, service was slow and over all experience from 1-10… 1! I wouldn’t recommend or go back!
I love this restaurant! Delicious food and a great atmosphere. I definitely reccomend it!
We were recommended this restaurant by a friend that is from this area and I’m so glad we came! My son and I really enjoyed the entire experience. Fresh and delicious with perfect spices.
Delicious food, fast and friendly service, outdoor dining available! A little on the pricey side, but worth it.
Food always outstanding at this restaurant. Great ambiance. Great service.
The Helmand is completely charming in all ways. We all had different lamb offerings, and they were all beautifully cooked, tender, and delicious. This place is a treasure.
The food was delicious with generous servings. The service was terrific.
It had years since we went and we were so thrilled to get reservations. The food is incredible - amazing flavors. We love trying food you can’t get anywhere else. The only reason I couldn’t give it 5 years was the service, but they were understaffed just coming back from the pandemic, so easily forgivable. A perfect night out!
Really authentic Afghan food - everything was very tasty including the Afghan bread! One of my favorite places in Cambridge!
First time eating indoors since the pandemic began. Such a great experience! Diners were very spread out, which was also great since we could hear each other at the table without having to shout as you have to do in many restaurants.
The food was absolutely delicious (recommend the Aushak, Mantwo, and especially the Chowpan which is one of the pricier dishes but worth it). We were really excited to eat there because we have also often eaten at another Helmand restaurant in San Francisco. Turns out the two used to be owned by the same people, so the menu was very similar and I was so happy to eat my old favorites again.
The wait staff were very attentive considering how short-staffed they (and all restaurants during the pandemic) seem to be. They were working hard — please be sure to thank them!
Food, service and ambiance were excellent. Can't go wrong with any of the lamb dishes. Always delicious.
Marvelous food. Exceptional service. Lovely atmosphere.
As a scholar of Vedic Afghanistan, the Seleucid Empire, and the Silk Road, I highly recommend Helmand!
This place was completely empty and the server placed my wife and I all the way in the back against a wall, the server even pulled our chairs out to face the wall.
We went to Helmand for the first time in a few years. Everything we ordered was amazing. The service was also accurate and attentive. We went Saturday night at 7 and it wasn't too crowded. But by 8:00 it was full, so make a reservation.
We ordered some vegetarian items and everything was delicious
The Helmand Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Helmand Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 492-4646.
The Helmand Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 272 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.