About Afghan Kitchen

From Afghanistan to Salt Lake City

Delicious food

If you have never had Afghan food, you are in for a treat. Salt Lake City is home to Afghan Kitchen, a popular authentic Afghan restaurant serving selections of this ancient country’s most delicious cuisine.

The cuisine at our Middle Eastern restaurant is prepared with traditional favorites such as lamb, flatbread, and yogurt. But due to our country’s large size and Kabul’s location, Indian influences are also present.

Although we are not a wholly vegetarian restaurant, our Salt Lake City establishment is a great place for parties that include vegetarians and meat-eaters who want to dine together and leave completely satisfied.

We have many vegetarian dishes, and they are all traditional recipes, not afterthoughts to appease those who avoid meat!

Dietary Restrictions and Allergies

Going Beyond

Since gluten sensitivity and intolerance continue to grow in the U.S., our team is pleased to have a number of gluten-free selections on the menu, including beef, lamb, and chicken dishes as well as vegetarian selections including potato fritters and potato fries, dal, okra, and butternut squash.

At Afghan Kitchen, we understand that American tastes vary widely. Many Americans love spicy foods while others simply cannot tolerate it. Luckily, at our Afghan restaurant, you can enjoy our food with just the level of spice you like. That’s because we serve all our food with a selection of four sauces, ranging from mild to very spicy. Simply dress your food with the amount of heat you prefer.

True to the Afghan Culinary Culture

Our Philosophy

While most of Afghanistan practices Islam, other religions are also represented, including Hinduism and Buddhism. This is one of the motivations for our large number of plant-based dishes. Although we are not a wholly vegetarian restaurant, our Salt Lake City establishment is a great place for parties that include vegetarians and meat-eaters who want to dine together and leave completely satisfied.

On the menu at our Middle Eastern restaurant, you will see some familiar foods that you may have associated with other cultures. For instance, a certain type of mango is native to Afghanistan, and cilantro grows in the Afghan fields right next to the cumin and the coriander. So although you may have associated these foods with Latin cuisine, the truth is they are widely cultivated.

Familiar Food, Delicious Recipes

Middle Eastern Cuisine

On the menu at our Middle Eastern restaurant, you will see some familiar foods that you may have associated with other cultures. For instance, a certain type of mango is native to Afghanistan, and cilantro grows in the Afghan fields right next to the cumin and the coriander. So although you may have associated these foods with Latin cuisine, the truth is they are widely cultivated.

In The News

Salt Lake Magazine
2022 Dining Award Winner

Afghan Kitchen brings a new and necessary element to the SLC culinary landscape. It’s like discovering a new color or a new sound.

 

Utah Stories
Flavors of Afghanistan: A Visit to Afghan Kitchen

Perusing the Afghan Kitchen menu you’ll see an array of kebabs, rice dishes, vegetarian offerings, appetizers and more.

 

Slug Mag
Afghan Kitchen: Nosh-E-Jaan or Good Eating

As we arrived to  Afghan Kitchen, I knew that it could possibly be one of the best off-the-beaten-path meals I have had in Salt Lake.

 

A Story of Family, Food, and Freedom

n the heart of a bustling city, under the neon glow of a modest signboard reading “Afghan Kitchen,” lies the culmination of a journey filled with adversity, courage, and an unwavering spirit of hope. This is the story of Wali Arshad and his family, who transformed their trials into triumphs through the universal language of food.

Once, Wali served with the United Nations Development Programme, committed to rebuilding and enhancing the infrastructure of his beloved Afghanistan. His dedication, however, drew dangerous attention from the Taliban, forcing him to make a heart-wrenching decision for the safety of his family: to leave everything behind and flee his homeland.

The journey was fraught with challenges. Crossing borders, navigating bureaucratic labyrinths, and facing the cold shoulder of unfamiliar lands, the Arshad family persevered, their resilience fueled by dreams of a peaceful life. Despite the struggles, there was always a glimmer of light-heartedness among them, a testament to their unbreakable bond. They shared stories of their homeland over makeshift meals, their laughter a balm for their aching hearts.

Upon settling in their new home, Wali noticed something; despite the vast array of cuisines, the authentic flavors of Afghan cuisine were hard to come by. It was then that an idea sparked within him, a dream that soon became a shared vision for the Arshad family. They would open a restaurant, a slice of Afghanistan to share with their new community. With every dish, they would weave a tale of their homeland, inviting others to taste the rich history, the warmth, and the love that had sustained them.

Afghan Kitchen was more than a restaurant; it was a beacon of hope, a place where people from all walks of life gathered, drawn by the aroma of spices and the promise of a story in every bite. Wali, with his wife and children by his side, found joy in the kitchen, experimenting with traditional recipes and adding their own twists. Each dish was a celebration of their journey – from the succulent kabobs, tender and seasoned to perfection, to the delicate layers of bolani, filled with the freshest local produce.

The community embraced Afghan Kitchen, enchanted by its authenticity and the warmth of its owners. Patrons often found themselves lingering over cups of fragrant green tea, lost in conversations with Wali about his adventures, dreams, and the beauty of Afghan culture.

Through Afghan Kitchen, Wali and his family discovered a powerful truth: food has the remarkable ability to heal, to unite, and to tell stories that transcend borders and generations. Their light-hearted resilience, a beacon of hope, reminded everyone that even in the face of adversity, it’s possible to rebuild, to laugh, and to find joy in the simple act of sharing a meal.

In the end, Afghan Kitchen became more than a testament to survival; it was a celebration of life, a place where pain was transformed into passion, and strangers became friends, all gathered around the warmth of an Afghan hearth.

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