The first European explorers set sail with hopes of finding new, exotic spices to placate the palates of epicurious monarchs, but all they found were heaps of inedible gold. Pick up where they left off by broadening your mouth's horizons with today's Groupon: for $12, you get $25 worth of Afghan dinner fare and drinks at Chopahn Authentic Afghan Cuisine.
Chopahn's dinner menu takes diner's senses on an adventure through seasonally rotating Afghan cuisine. Begin the flavor field trip with the aushak appetizer—steamed dumplings packed with spring onions and leeks, dashed with mint, and drizzled with a yogurt and meat sauce ($6.95). Entrees include the braised lamb shank ($18.95) or seven kinds of kebabs, such as a skewer of jumbo shrimp and marinated salmon ($25.95). Creamy mushroom sauce extinguishes the spice of the chicken curry ($16.95) like a volcano doused with Gatorade, while vegetarian entrees such as the stewed spinach with onions and garlic ($14.95) plant flora at the base of the evening's food pyramid. Guests with a finned sense of tastes can send taste buddies swimming with the seafood kebab of ginormous shrimp and marinated salmon ($25.95), or wake the mahie, a grilled salmon steak getting 40 winks on a savory bed of stewed spinach ($18.95). Each dish can find its Disney-perfect match on Chopahn's ample wine list.
Chopahn Authentic Afghan Cuisine
At Chopahn Authentic Afghan Cuisine, guests dine under warm golden light as the scents of seasonal Central Asian dishes swirl around them. Meals often begin with an appetizer of sauteed eggplant drizzled with yogurt before the entrees arrive. These range from hearty lamb loin kabobs to beefy stews poured over beds of basmati rice. Feasts are completed by a litany of wines drawn from all over the West Coast and Europe, as well as desserts of creamy pudding, elephant ears, and baklava.
750 6th Ave.
San Diego, California 92101