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Bringing even more authentic flavors to the Ulferts Center’s “Little Asia” is Pamir, serving Afghan food. Owner Farid Akbar says Afghan families are driving up from Fremont for his lamb kabobs and eggplant dip. He focuses on bulanees, squares of fried flat bread filled with potatoes or leeks and herbs, and kabob pizzas. His wife, Shanaz, is in charge of stews and sauces, making sure the buranee badenjan (sautéed eggplant) is topped with the right balance of tomato and yogurt. Many entrées are available as appetizers, so if Afghan food is an infrequent indulgence, try an assortment of dishes, such as mantu (steamed beef dumplings smothered in meat sauce and dried herbs) and aush (noodle soup with garbanzo and kidney beans). Don’t miss the sheer yakh and zhala (vanilla ice cream and rice noodles, topped with pistachios and cardamom) for dessert. Lunch and dinner daily.
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