A revisit to an Adelaide favourite for those that like to venture out of their comfort zones when it comes to cuisines. Afghan food is the go at Parwana Afghan Kitchen, and a hit with most on their very first visit.
Starters of fritters and their popular dumplings to whet ones appetite before we dove into one of their rice dishes, famous eggplant dish and a grilled meat plate.
Pekowrah: spiced vegetable fritters, served with chutney; $9.00
Crispy fritters with a mixture of vegetables and aromatic spices paired with a fresh, light and tangy chutney. That chutney… so on point!
Steamed hand folded dumplings stuffed with carrot and sautéed onion topped with a mince sauce, dressed with garlic yoghurt and garnished with paprika and mint.
Another plate of dumplings, but this time, the fried variety! Fried dumplings stuffed with chives and decorated with the same assortments as the steamed variety, mince sauce, garlic yoghurt, paprika and mint.
Our pick out of the two dumplings? Definitely the steamed versions. They were more delicate in texture and tasted more ‘healthier’ without the oil and fried component present.
Kabuli palaw; $18.00
Mains started with a heaped plate of aged long-grain rice, topped with caramelised carrots, sweet bursts of sultanas, slivered almonds and pistachios. Delicately fragrant and a great base to pair with the eggplant dish.
Banjaan borani; $14.00
Parwana’s signature eggplant is simmered in a fresh tomato sauce which is then topped with garlic yoghurt and fresh mint for a touch of freshness. Soft and moreish but definitely one to share as the texture on its own can get a bit ‘too mushy’ after a while.
Gosfandeh degee; $25.00
One for the carnivores, lamb pieces marinated in a yoghurt, chilli and coriander sauce, served with naan, salata and Parwana chutney.
Dessert was not to be missed with scoops of their home made ice creams!
Pesta shiryakh; $8.00
Homemade rose and pistachio ice cream… strange that the ice cream isn’t a rosey or pink colour… no? Heh. The green, although artificially fake and neon bright, didn’t detract from the strong rose syrup that permeated through the ice cream; the pistachio bits gave each mouthful a nice textural crunch.
Zanjafil shiryakh; $8.00
The colour was more relatable when it came to Parwana’s ginger and walnut ice cream, but the ice cream really lacked the strong ginger flavour that we were expecting.
Overall, good food, good company, good times. We dined on their ‘Friday and Saturday’ menu, so prices and menu items may vary depending on what night you decide to visit on. Wine is BYO with all proceeds going to feed the homeless. Hooray!
Parwana Afghan Restaurant
124B Henley Beach Road
Torrensville SA 5031
P 08 8443 9001