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Boston Restaurants

The Helmand

  • 143 1st St. Map It
  • Cambridge
  • Afghan

Updated 11/13/2013

Fodor's Review

The area's first Afghan restaurant, named after the country's most important river, welcomes you into its cozy Kendall Square confines with Afghan rugs, a wood-burning oven, and exotic, yet extremely approachable food. Standouts, beyond the chewy warm bread, include terrific aushak (ravioli stuffed with leeks), chapendaz (marinated grilled beef tenderloin served with cumin-spiced hot pepper–tomato puree), and a vegetarian baked pumpkin platter.

Restaurant Information


143 1st St., Cambridge, Massachusetts, 02142, United States

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Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No lunch
  • Reservations essential

Updated 11/13/2013


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Nov 25, 2008

Excellent and unusual

Afghan restaurant near the Cambridgeside Galleria Mall, serves up a splendid rendition of this cuisine. Warm space with decent service. Good spot for vegetarians. A very rewarding choice, especially for somewhat more adventurous diners.

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Apr 4, 2007

Herd you out like cattle, but with less respect

My fiance and I made reservations for a busy Saturday night with high expectations. The food came very quickly and we had cleared our plates in about 30 minutes, though we hadn't yet finished our glasses of wine. Although we had only been seated for about 40 minutes total, a server came by twice and, in a purposefully rude manner, checked to see if we had put our credit card by the check. At about minute 45 of our stay, the waitress said that she

was very sorry, but the management wanted us to leave, since "a stay this long on a weekend was not part of the owner's business model." We were shocked that we couldn't spend a full hour at a restaurant at which we'd made a reservation - I've spent longer than that at a fast food joint! Unless you want to eat and run, I don't recommend this place.

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