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The Helmand Restaurant
Helmand Restaurant entrées include tasty choices like qabelee, which is pallow rice baked with chunks of lamb tenderloin, raisins and glazed carrots or mantwo, a homemade pasta shell filled with beef and onions. If you like spicy dishes, try the koufta challow, consisting of beef meatballs with Afghan seasoning sautéed with sun-dried tomato, hot peppers and green peas in a fresh tomato sauce. Several vegetarian entrées are also available such as the kaddo and banjan challow, which is pan fried and baked pumpkin and eggplant served with challow rice and yogurt garlic sauce.
- Surfaces sanitised between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
- Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Leg of Lamb sauteed with onion, tomatoes, garlic, mushrooms, fresh cilantro, yogurt and spices served with sauteed spinach and challow rice
Pan-fried then baked baby pumpkin seasoned with sugar and served on yogurt garlic sauce, topped with ground beef sauce
Rice boiled then drained of water, seasoned with canola oil, cumin seed and then baked
We went to Helmand for the first time in a few years. Everything we ordered was amazing. The service was also accurate and attentive. We went Saturday night at 7 and it wasn't too crowded. But by 8:00 it was full, so make a reservation.
We ordered some vegetarian items and everything was delicious
As vegetarians , the Hellmand has great food! Quality has not changed over the last 15 or so years when we first visited.
It took more than an hour from our arrival to get food. Customers who came before us got served before us. It seemed the wait staff were untrained and confused. You could tell by the temperature that the food was sitting on a plate in the kitchen before it was brought to us. This used be a good restaurant some 15 years ago but obviously it’s on the steady decline. They did take off a $20 entree from our tab after we complained about the service.
Delicious food, plus the maître d' is a very welcoming guy.
The food was amazing and the service was impeccable! The bread, the lamb, the pastry and the homemade cake was so delicious. Everyone was attentive and make sure we were happy!
Wonderful restaurant with delicious food. It was not crowded during our weekday visit. People are well spaced due to COVID (we were seated indoor)
wonderful restaurant ; food never disappoints. Service was great. Now with full bar available.
We had an outdoor table, excellent service, and delicious food and wine. Helmand is an absolute treat - not to be missed.
Love this gem of a place! The staff is so attentive and kind. Our food was amazing and hot. Love this place and recommend it for all sorts of occasions.
Fabulous timeless place. Food is always great as in the service and ambiance.
We can't wait to go back and try all the other entrees!
Our favorite restaurant in Baltimore. Delicious food and good value. Beautiful decor and great service. What more can one ask for?
Hidden Jewel in Cambridge! My new favorite place in Boston. Staff is amazing, food is extraordinary in quality and value and the ambiance was great.
Very nice food and experience.
Always start with an order of Kaddo! There is a vegetarian version as well although it is not as good as the original version.
the good is always amazing. the value is umbeatable. the manager and the staff are very nice and attentive: we were there just this past Saturday after many months and this place is going back on our frequent diner list!
Overall excellent food and service during these COVID times.
We have been to the Helmand several times, each time the food is wonderful, the waiters are friendly, and the experience is great. It is one of our favorites!
I've been going to Helmand since they opened about 25 years ago. The quality is always outstanding!
Some of the best food I’ve ever tasted. It was flavorful without having over powering flavors. It was different and unique. Do yourself the favor and get the 2 popular lamb dishes. You will not regret it!
This was our first time at The Helmand, and it won't be our last. The dining room is beautifully decorated and the service is prompt and friendly. Best of all, the food is all cooked to order, with fresh ingredients and so many interesting spices--really a taste treat!
Food was great! Service even better
The food was amazing. The staff was more than welcoming. I can't wait to go again
My girlfriend and I celebrated Valentines Day here and enjoyed a wonderful meal near the warm brick oven. Both of our meals were delicious; they cooked the lamb superbly and our desserts were a splendid finish to the meal.
Great and very different food
Great food and waiter was very attentive.
I love this quiet place. Exceptional vegetarian offerings too!
Exceptionally good food and attentive service - many goof vegetarian offerings and a good wine list as well.
Food was well prepared and delicious. Service was quite friendly. We very much enjoyed our visit as a family.
Great Afghan food. The kabab is soft and juicy. The service exceptional!
Haven’t been to Helmunds in years but the food was as good as we remember it. We went early on a Sunday night and had the place to ourselves - the new normal with Covid challenges. The wait staff were friendly and helpful. They offered fresh baked bread which was good but not as good as what they bake in the open oven - we were told it’s only used on Friday and Saturday’s. A number of customers came and picked up take out. A nice evening out!
One of our favorite Boston area restaurants. Excellent food and reasonably priced. Try the Kaddo appetizer- outstanding. And even if you’re not a vegetarian, the Vegetarian Special is highly recommended..wonderful plate of perfectly seasoned vegetables.
Great staff, delicious food. Beautiful decoration. Love this place!
Delicious food and a very nice setting that is distinctly middle eastern behind inauspicious doors. Food was wonderful especially the vegetarian meals. the venue is very comfortable and quiet. service was attentive.
We were first here years ago and loved the food but never made time to come back. Even after all the years that went by the food is still excellent. The service is attentive and top notch. We felt safe eating here during the pandemic, so don't let that scare you.
The Kaddo is divine. I don't know how they get the pumpkin so tender and sweet. It's like eating custard.
Their pallow rice is exquisite. Light and fluffy and just the right amount of spice. It's subtle but you never forget it's there.
Try the Our Cake for dessert. It's an original dessert highlighting and complimenting all the flavors of the menu.
Wonderful food, service and experience. One of my favorite restaurants in Boston.
Great food / service/ ambiance. Great taste in every bite.
It was the first time that we had Afghan food and we loved it. The waiter was extremely friendly. We are definitely going back.
Great experience and friendly staff . Highly recommend for all.
The Helmand Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates and Uber Eats. The Helmand Restaurant also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (617) 492-4646.
The Helmand Restaurant is rated 4.8 stars by 234 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.