Rating: 4 paws out of 5
Date Friendly: Not really
Note: Cash only and they have table service.
6826 Fresh Meadow Lane (cross from an Indian movie theater)
Queens, NY 11365
After a long movie this ferret was very hungry. Looking through his ferret super manly purse (I got no pockets) he saw that this ferret was pretty broke and didn’t have very much money. There are been tall tales of a place where the food was plentiful, good and doesn’t hit he wallet too hard. This ferret decided that this is the day to go exploring for cheap eats. After the long travel from Flushing to Fresh Meadows, he spotted this oasis of neon palm trees that beckoned to his empty stomach. Luckily for this traveler, the movie didn’t let out yet across the street yet and decided to hurry and finish his quest to a full stomach. We will see if, this little guy will pay for food with a bad case of heartburn and a queasy stomach.
Menu of the items for consumption. For those not too familiar with some items, the pictures in the menu helps with the decision making and amount of food that you will receive.
Interior of Bakhter, the numbers are for the wait staff to drop off your food. The interior is pretty simple nothing fancy unless you count the neon palm trees in the corner. Not a very romantic place but nether-less a good place to each compare to the other Afghani restaurants out there.
Salads at this place is pretty basic. The basic lettuce and tomatoes are staple vegetable you can get at a Afghani place besides the grilled tomato. You can drizzle the white yogurt sauce to give it a nice tang and is common practice for visitors of this type of restaurant.
The Hot Wings are cooked to a very nice golden brown deliciousness (G.B.D.) that would make a grown man cry at times. The bread is very thin, crisp and attaches itself well to the wing. Once you crack open the shell of this wing, you expose the trapped steam within the chicken wing. The moist plump texture inside the wing is just waiting to be discovered.
Rice here is excellent and pretty much comes with all the grilled dishes. The basmati rice is firm and separated, not mushy. It is well flavored and seasoned,I can’t tell what is in it besides some oil and possibly a stock with very mild spices. These places usually keep it a secret anyways.
Chicken Tika and Beef Kufta over rice is a very popular combination. The chicken has that very nice grilled exterior that many people love. Even with the nice grilled outside, the inside of the chicken was still moist but not watery or oozing with the juices. The Beef Kufta is similar to a Indian Seekh Kabob. It is basically consist of ground beef, root vegetables, seasonings and then reformed into a long cigar. Then the meat is skewered and grilled over charcoals. It was very good and has the texture of meat balls.
Chicken Tika and Beef Kufta Kabob is a good combination if you enjoy solid chunks of meat. The chicken Tika is the same chicken as the other combo dishes. The Beef Kufta Kabobs are well done, most middle eastern places frown upon bloody meat since it generally not considered good practice by them. This though does not make the meat dry or tough. The marinade that they used did its job and kept the meat moist. The beef kabobs were very delicious and had a nice chew to it.
White sauce here is very tasty and one of the better ones that I have tasted. It is not oily, greasy, too watery, too salty, or just taste plain weird as many other places. It works well with almost everything that they serve here. Chicken wings, fries, salad, kabobs and even the bread will be complimented well with this. Keep an eye on your squeeze tube and make sure that it well stock at all times.
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