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.
Very enjoyable meal, a great place for dinner, big or small.
Overall the food was flavorful; however, our experience was very much jaded by our waiter. He got one of the drinks wrong and served us an entree that was not ordered. He said he mixed it up. Just to make it worse, he delivered us the wrong table's bill. Ugggh. 3 huge mistakes with just an apology and not trying to make up for it. We unfortunately, would not be able to return.
A bit dark (hard to see food), and it would be nice if it were a bit quieter.
Great food every time
Great food, excellent service and perfect ambience for a get together. Enjoyed all the meals we ordered. Cocktails would be a great perfect addition.
Food was impeccable. Servers were all very fun and kind
Wonderful served by happy people. Delicious appetizers and lamb and rice dishes!
This is a nice restaurant where I’ve dined before, but last night’s experience wasn’t great.
The table they gave us was awful. It was at the edge of the restaurant in a drafty area looking onto a waiter station and a bare concrete floor. We were right on top of other diners on one side and my arm banged into a wall on the other side.
The service seemed aimed to getting us in and out as quickly
The food was good and there are a lot of vegetarian options.
Delicious food. Generous portions. Attentive service.
Love this spot. Chose a delicious vegetarian dinner. Must have pumpkin at this friendly savory spot.
This is the first time I have not thought the food was excellent. My appetizer was watery, and my entree lacked it usual flavor. Disappointing, I’ve never had a bad meal there.
lovely ethnic food, well priced, friendly atmosphere
The food was excellent. The waiter was very polite and helpful. But he was not available enough and we had to keep waiting for water, the next course etc. as he had tables in the front and back to tend. We were at the back so nice and quiet as we started dinner but a little tight as that section filled up too. They need more wait staff for the value.
This is my 3rd time visiting this restaurant. The quality has been very consistent (and very good). Highly recommended.
We received a warm greeting upon arrival. Our server was at our table immediately, and the food was prepared as described.
We hadn't been there for at least 20 years and were pleased to see it remains just as pleasant a dining experience as it was all those years ago.
Food was good but nothing special.
Food was incredible, service was outstanding - appetizers served within about 5 minutes of ordering! Everything was delicious - a perfect Valentine's Day dinner!
Great food, friendly service, will definitely eat here again. (Already picked out what we want next time.)
Amazing food and service. I cannot wait to go back. The staff was very attentive and accommodating. The food was delicious and savory. I cannot wait to go back.
I had a great dinner with our server Ahmed! I ordered three appetizers and they are all of them fantastic. They also serves a complimentary which made our dinner more interesting and rich. I wanted to have dessert but after ate all of them, I was stuffed and did not make it. Definitely, I'll come back and have dessert as well!
P.S. Music was boring, but it's a simple thing to just ignore it.
The food here is so amazing. I’ve never had better eggplant! Service was great and friendly. I’ve been here a number of times and will be back!
Delicious food. Bonus for me that there were plenty of non-spicy options. Staff are all very warm and helpful. Our actual server had us waiting a bit too long a couple times because he didn't understand what we were saying but he was otherwise an attentive and knowledgeable server. The pumpkin with sugar and meat sauce (who knew?) was excellent. So was everything else but that one stood out to me. The spinach side is too spicy if you're sensitive to spice. We had the custard and the cake desserts. Both were awesome and unlike anything you'll have elsewhere.
The atmosphere of The Helmand is cozy and easy to dine in. Food is excellent and the prices are unbeatable.
I asked for warm water to drink 4 times, and still came too late, in addition the restaurant was not that warm as well. But overall, the service is not impressive at all.
We had a fabulous dining experience. We started with the pumpkin and eggplant appetizer. Delicious! Lamp chops for dinner were cooked to perfection. The spices used in the cooking was amazing. Lamb was served with challow rice and a sautéed eggplant. Definitely coming back.
Food, though good, is barely above median quality. Service is polite, but spacy.
For over 20 years we have been dining and the Helmand and it has consistently offered wonderful food and good service.
We go to Helmand every couple of years for a special occasion, or to treat out of town guests. It never disappoints!! Food, service, ambience are always absolutely fantastic, and this time was no exception. If only we lived closer, we’d come a lot more often!
Took my wife here for our 26th wedding anniversary dinner. The food was so good that words can’t explain. I had the grilled Lamb chops and my wife had a beef tenderloin dinner with rice and veggies. The restaurant is so much better than all its hype. Come eat here. It’s out of this world
Lovely place, great service and food
No issues...have been here many times....
This was a fantastic experience! I and some friends came here for my birthday on New Year's Eve and were seated after a short wait. All the waitstaff were very knowledgeable and helpful in telling us about the different dishes on the menu. The food was so delicious and portion sizes are excellent. Will definitely be coming back here!
The food is always exceptional with a wide array of flavors. The service is friendly and the space is cozy.
Restaurant was full and we had to wait a little longer than the reserved time. As my son put it “It was well worth the wait”. Enjoyed the friendly service and awesome food
We had a 7:45 reservation. We were seated promptly. The waiter took our order. One of the appetizers we ordered was unavailable because the according to him the oven was being rebuilt.
We waited for 45 min. without any of our order coming out. I called the waiter who for 45 min. never came to see if we got the order. He came back saying that they were cooking the appetizer fresh, then he apologized saying that the cook was new and learning then he refilled our wine and beer on the house. It took an other 10 min for the main dishes to come out.
The music was playing so loud that we had to scream to each other to be heard.
It used to be a very pleasant restaurant with good food. Not anymore.
Hello Panni, Thank you for your feedback. I'm very sorry about your unpleasant experience with us. I can assure you that there was no new chef and that should not be any excuse for you order being late. The waiter should have paid more attention because that is their job to do so and I can assure you that we will have a talk with your waiter to improve this. I hope you will visit us another time because we are still the same restaurant you have visited before. Thank You, Manager of The Helmand
Excellent food, service and place to eat! I would come back.
Most tender lamb dishes in the city. Reasonable prices. Always enjoy eating at Helmand.
Excellent food and reasonable wine list. Will return again. Noise level is high, but less than the current trend toward deafening.
Lovely delicious dinner. Back room is very noisy (despite having requested weeks back a quiet table).
Great friendly service. Will definitely return but will only eat in the front room.