last night hubby and i met m & j in baltimore for dinner at THE HELMAND. decor was plain but tasteful and their was already a full house by quarter to seven.
we all got the same appetizer (sugar glazed pumpkin with yogurt garlic sauce, strange sounding but just the balance of sweet and tangy that hits all the right spots) and the same dessert (afghani ice cream- vanilla with cardamom, figs, mangos and dates,very nice end to the meal).
our entrees were different and wide reaching a fair reflection of the menu. m got a vegetarian dish (eggplant stuffed with other things), j and hubby got lamb dishes (hubby the traditional kabuli, and j some sorta stewish thing in a tomato sauce of some sort) and i got the winner of the evening-- sea bass in sauce scented of ginger with baby grapes, tomatos and some other stuff i can't remember. the fish nearly melted on the fork. i've never had something so tender.
other than feeling a little rushed at first, we all pronounced the restaurant a great success and could understand why they were so busy. we'll be back there i'm sure. we also enjoyed walking around that part of charles street (near "he other"washington monument) until it started raining more than was tolerable