Afrah: Put Some Garlic in Your Belly!
I recently visited Afrah twice in three days — one for the weekday lunch buffet and one for regular dinner service. Both offer the same food quality and freshness.
My love for Lebanese cuisine led me to Afrah on my birthday. I met my wife there for lunch on a Friday. The celebration continued on Sunday night when my parents treated me to a meal of my choice; Afrah narrowly won out over Zafaron, a Persian restaurant I wanted to try.
We arrived early — around 11:30 a.m. — for the lunch buffet. Many more items were available to sample than I could realistically try in one lunch session.
On one plate and a salad bowl, I managed to fit hummus, baba ghanouj (eggplant dip), grape leaves, falafel, fattoush salad, tabbouli salad, shish tawouk (chicken breast kabab), kafta (ground sirloin with onion and parsely), gyro meat, basmati rice, fried cauliflower, and pita bread. There wasn’t a single dud in the bunch.
What stood out most was Afrah’s Kafta, which is among the best I’ve ever had. Their dips (Baba Ghanouj and Hummus) are also hard to beat. Though not as moist and tender as my other favorite Dallas Middle Eastern restaurant (which will remain nameless for this post), the Shish Tawouk was delicious and well seasoned.
Two days later, Afrah was absolutely hopping. Shortly after we arrived, all inside tables were occupied. A fair number of people were dining in the outside patio area where a couple of hookahs were being passed around.
The service suffered a little because of the number of patrons. Our food was slow to arrive, and they gave me Vermicelli rice instead of the Basmati rice I had ordered. Nevertheless, I thoroughly enjoyed and devoured my Kafta plate, which also included (by choice of two sides) Baba Ghanouj.
If you go to Afrah with a group of four or more, consider one of their Family Feasts, which come with your choice of meat skewers, rice, fattoush salad, hummus, and baba ghanouj. As you make your way out the door, don’t forget to order some delicious pastries, including assorted cookies and baklava.
Afrah is located at 314 E Main St., Richardson, TX. Their complete menu is available at www.afrah.com.