This place is so good. It is a relatively small restaurant located in Cambridge, right next to the CambridgeSide Galleria, a popular mall. It's a non-descript looking-place, with a white stucco facade that blends in to the otherwise drab atmosphere in that area around the mall. But the food is well worth it.
To start, there's a massive oven in the center of the restaurant, where a man shovels fresh naan in and out of the oven. He then slices it into small pieces that the waitstaff dutifully brings to all patrons, along with a traditional array of sauces and spices. And this is even before you open the menu, which offers a wide variety of traditional and less-known Afghani-inspired dishes. Although many of the dished, entrees and appetizers, contain meat, the Helmand also offers them in vegetarian versions, which are tasty as well.
The Helmand has a full selection of moderately priced wines, and the waiters have a good feel for what wine will complement what dish. Bravo. All this, and it's inexpensive by Boston standards. Next time you're in Beantown, hop in a cab (or drive and park at the mall) and head to the Helmand for a great Afghani meal.