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The Helmand

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Sun, 20/01

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Kaddo Borwani
Pan-fried‎ and baked baby pumpkin seasoned with sugar and served on yogurt garlic sauce.
Banjan Borwani
Pan-fried eggplant seasoned with fresh tomatoes spice baked and served on yogurt garlic sauce.
Homemade pastry shells filled with onions and beef, served on yogurt and topped with carrots, yellow split peas and beef sauce. (Vegetarian Mantwo also available).
Pan-fried twin pastry shells filled with leeks and spiced potatoes, garnished with yogurt and mint.
Afghan ravioli filled with leeks, served on yogurt-mint and topped with ground beef sauce. (Vegetarian Aushak also available).
Banjan Laghatak
Stewed eggplant with fresh garlic, tomatoes and peppers served with yogurt cilantro sauce.
Vegetarian Aush
Home-made boodles, and fresh vegetables soup served with yogurt-mint sauce.
Potatoes, chickpeas and spring onion salad served with cilantro vinaigrette dressing.
Lamb, fresh vegetables and bean soup.
Beef, mung beans, chick peas, black-eyed peas and yogurt soup.
Afghan styles mixed greens and tomatoes tossed in pomegranate dressing or in red onion vinaigrette.
Kabuli, Pallow
(Afghan style rice) baked with chunks of lamb tenderloin, raisins and glazed julienne of carrots
Sabzy Challow
Spinach sautéed with chunks of beef and Afghan seasonings, served with challow.
Koufta Challow
Combination of lamb and beef meatballs seasoned with sun dried baby grapes, paprika, turmeric in hot green pepper, green peas and fresh tomato sauce and served with challow.
Afghan ravioli filled with leeks, served on yogurt and topped with ground beef and mint.
Mourgh Challow
Sautéed chicken in yellow split peas and fresh tomatoes, served with challow.
Seekh Kabob
Char-broiled marinated lamb tenderloin served with pallow.
Seasoned tenderloin of lamb cooked with onions, sautéed with yellow split peas and tossed with onions lightly marinated in vinegar. Served with pallow.
Chicken Kabob
Marinated boneless chicken breast, served pallow and marinated vegetables.
Home-made‎ pastry- shell filled with onions and beef, served on yogurt and topped with carrots, yellow split peas and beef sauce.
Dolma Murch
Bell peppers stuffed with seasoned vegetables and beans simmered in sun-dried tomato and rhubarb sauce. Served with challow and side order of sabzy(spinach)
Vegetarian Mantwo
Vegetable and onion stuffed pastry shells steamed and served on yogurt, topped with yellow split pea and carrot sauce. Served with pallow.
Vegetarian Platter
Sampler of various vegetables dishes cooked with our special spices and herbs. Served with challow.
Vegetarian Korma
Assorted vegetables simmered with sun-dried grapes, herbs, and Afghan seasonings. Served with spinach and challow.
Vegetarian Dolma
Baby eggplant filled with spinach, simmered in sun-dried tomato and herb sauce. Served with challow.
Vegetarian Aushak
Afghan ravioli filled with leeks, served on minted yogurt and topped with yellow split peas and carrot sauce. Served with pallow.
Mushroom Lawand
Whole mushrooms sauteed with spices, fresh tomatoes, corn and green pea sauce, topped with yoghurt/sour cream dressing. Served with spinach and challow.
Bendi (Okra)
Kaddo Borawni (Pumpkin)
Banjan Kaghatak
Sabzy (Spinach)
Large $5.25
Small $2.50
Providing Baltimore with fine Afghan cuisine for over 23 years.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, After-hours
Middle Eastern, Afghani
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
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Reviewed 2 days ago

A little bit further away from Inner Harbor but worth a visit. Just before heading that way I had reserved online a table: smart move. It was Friday night and the place was packed - it did not help that there was a large meeting...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Victor K
Reviewed 4 days ago

I ate at the Helmand twice last year. Both times I was entertaining important guests so I wanted them to experience the best in Baltimore. Both times I went without a reservation. The owner recognized me so he accommodated me. On a Friday evening around...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ColasBaltimore
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food, nice atmosphere for a date night in Baltimore. Affordable for appetizer, two entrees, and drinks.

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank DayTrip694522
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our second time here. Food is very good and fairly priced. Wine prices are very reasonable. Portions are large, so no apps ordered. Must get the naan, however. ONE CAVEAT--get street parking if possible (n/c after 6:00 or $2/hr up to 4 hours), because lot...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank RonFG
Reviewed 5 December 2018 via mobile

Lived in Kabul for two years and this is one of the best, authentic Afghan restaurants that I have been to. Kabuli pulau, aushok, and kababs were all excellent

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Warren B
Reviewed 2 December 2018

Went for my birthday...delicious food...wonderful service...they even gave me a complimentary rice pudding with fruits and a birthday candle....we ordered mutton do piyaza and it was simply delicious

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Sparkle77123
Reviewed 20 November 2018

My wife and I were in Baltimore to visit our son and his girlfriend. We had been to the The Helmand on a prior trip and much to our delight, our son made reservations for a dinner on this trip. Excellent service. Got seated promptly....More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank LYT64d
Reviewed 18 November 2018 via mobile

We tried multiple items from the menu. Chicken, lamb, salmon and vegetarian. Everything was delicious. We will definitely be returning. The only thing that I would not get again was the jala ice cream. I had difficulty eating ice cream with noodles on it, but...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank JennaF362
Reviewed 9 November 2018 via mobile

Had the Pumpkin Appetizer which was excellent. Had lamb with carrots & raisins. Lamb melted in mouth

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank delyndah2016
Reviewed 8 November 2018 via mobile

This place is fantastic from start to finish. They have several vegan options starting with steamed pumpkin which of you've never had it, you need it. The portions are great and even the Turkish coffee was tasty. Make a reservation and enjoy yourself.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank VeganChefJustin
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19 December 2017|
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Response from SciFiGirl007 | Reviewed this property |
No Valet Parking
23 May 2016|
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Response from Giorgio G | Reviewed this property |
Casual, casual elegant or business, I have seen lotsa students and lotsa professors there, all going from casal to more formal..
22 December 2014|
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Response from Denver7889 | Reviewed this property |
I concur with the last answer. There are many rice choices and vegan items on the menu, but it would be best to call them. They are very customer oriented.
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