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Bamiyan Afghan Restaurant

Dec 31, 2008 04:00PM ● By Super Admin

Bamiyan Restaurant owner Mousa Amiri and his family emigrated from Afghanistan in 1983, but through his love of cooking, Amiri has made sure that home is only a “spoonful away.” Amiri opened his first Afghan restaurant in Connecticut in 1988 (the restaurant is still in the family, now managed by his sister). After moving to California in 2002, Amiri opened his second location in Citrus Heights in 2003, now a mainstay on “Best of Sacramento” lists and attracting diners from Midtown, Davis and even Napa “weekenders.” His El Dorado Hills restaurant opened in July and it promises to be just as popular. For diners unfamiliar with Afghan cuisine, Amiri promises a feast for the senses. An ancient culture with over 5,000 years of turbulent history, he says guests can look forward to a fascinating blend of Chinese, Indian, Mediterranean and Armenian influences, showcasing ingredients like lamb, eggplant, flavorful rice dishes, and even pasta.

Family plays a huge role for Amiri – all of the dishes come from his mother, wife and brother, co-owner of the restaurant. Amiri describes the Bamiyan dining experience to be just like eating in his mother’s kitchen. Just like home, all Amiri’s dishes are made from scratch; everything from the sauces to the yogurt is made on site. For Amiri the most rewarding aspect is social; talking to his diners as they are eating the food that he’s prepared for them. Amiri loves what he does and truly believes in sharing the joy of his traditional cuisine. You can taste that joy in every bite at Bamiyan Restaurant. Amiri’s own cookbook, Classic Afghan Cuisine, is available for sale at the restaurant if you’d like to experience Bamiyan in your own kitchen.

For more about Chef Amiri, including his recipe for Soup Hash (Afghan Noodle soup), be sure to pick up this month's copy of Style-Folsom El Dorado Hills edition. Click on the "Get Your Copy" link on the bottom of this page for some of our newsstand locations. Or, to order a copy of this issue, please email Gloria Schroeder at [email protected], or call her at 916-988-9888 x116.