St. Paul >Food & Dining > Khyber Pass Cafe
1571 Grand Ave, St Paul, MN | Directions 5510544.940216 -93.166399
Mon. - Thu. 11am - 2pm;Fri. - Sat. 5pm - 10pm;Sun. CLOSED
Neighborhoods: Macalester - Groveland
Great food, great atmosphere – I brought my co-workers to the Kyber Pass for our annual get together and everyone loved it. Their chutney is something really special. My vegetarian co-worker was very pleased with the options. I am mostly vegetarian, usually only eating meat when there are no other options, but their lamb chop special is so perfectly grillled and tender and tasty that I have to eat it, even though there are lots of other delicious options. My boss sprang for an assortment of three desserts and they were all delightful. My co-workers are both wine connoisseurs and they loved the wine choices. We will definitely come back.
Divine Lamb Chops – I ordered the Lamb Chop special on a Saturday evening. They were perfectly prepared and served with basmati rice, cilantro chutney! the cost was only $18. i think that this is very reasonable for such a special dish that in any other city would cost much more. I loved the chutney so much that i wish that they had it available at whole foods or something. Also, the ambiance is very peaceful and welcoming with many lovely painting and photos on the wall. I will be back to the Khyber Pass soon on a Saturday for the lamb. so, so good!
There are better options out there – Staff was sullen & slow. Bread was stale. My dinner companion received the wrong dish but went ahead and ate it. I received spoiled, uncooked chicken next to a bed of rice that looked and tasted as if it had been sitting all day. This is the first time in my life that I have sent food back in a restaurant but the meal was not edible. The manager took the meal off the bill (I only consumed 2 bites) but no apology was offered. Perhaps the restaurant was having an "off" night but with so many wonderful options in the Twin Cities area why take the risk?
great aptmosphere, flavorless overpriced food. – i ate at kyber pass last night and was quite disappointed. while their chai is good their food is not nearly as good.
the entrees are largely lacking in flavor. it seems weird to say, but their food is very BLAND. you wouldn't expect it, but it is too mushy and flavorless. on top of that it is rather highly priced for the little amount that you get ($13 for a little bit of spinach and boiled potato on rice, $16 for some pieces of lamb and side of pureed spinach).
the desserts are not horrible, but like the food, they are not as good as what you would pick up at the coop if you were to get something equivalent there.
overall khyber pass cafe will do if you are looking for nice atmosphere and quick service, friendly staff, convenient. but the food itself is not satisfying.
quaint – We were on our way to a near by restaurant but it was closed. A co-worker told me of this place, so we gave it a try. The service was less than accommodating, but we learned 3 servers had called in and the owner was serving us and the bartender was helping out too. There was a large group of close to 20 people demanding most of his attention. When the meals arrived, we were pleased with our choices, but as i continued I realized that this wasn't the dish I had ordered. We told the owner everything was good but I asked if the dish I got was what i ordered. No it was not, but I said it was fine, I liked it and would just have this one. He would have nothing of the sort and quickly ordered my requested dish and apologized. My husbands dish was to his liking and I thought it tasteful too. When mine arrived it was delicious! I had ordered the lamb ( one of many lamb dishes) and mmmmmmmmmmmm....It was tasty. The wine we chose was nice as well ,not an extensive list, but moderately priced. The owner removed my entree from our bill which really was not necessary and he let us keep the mistaken dish and we took it home to my daughter. We decided to leave the price of my entree as an extra to his tip. The genuine effort and care he took was worth every penny. We will not let the unusual and unfortunate lack of staff affect our experience here. I have never been to Afghanistan so I cannot say if it was authentic, but I don't care, it was flavorful and delicious and we will return. The decor ambiance were nice and I loved the music! Reasonably/affordably priced.
Worst Restaurant I've been to in St. Paul – I had a horrible experience at this restaurant.
We were charged $50 for two people. We ordered an appetizer, two juices, two dishes, two teas. They charge us $2 for a small thing of dipping sauce. They even charged $5.00 for juice because my husband had asked for a refill ($2.50/per refill).
Their glasses are super tiny. I could drink my water in one gulp.
The juice that he ordered was not fresh as he had expected, it was very stale and from a container. You can buy the entire bottle for 99cents at Holy Land.
The pita bread was microwaved and soggy.
The spinach was canned and tasted just horrible.
The plates were also very small, so the dinner portions were small.
The food was cold.
We never got water refills.
The food had no spices, very bland tasting.
We had to ask for sugar with the iced tea and it took forever to get it.
We got more hummus than bread for our appetizer.
The tea was super sweet, it gave us a headache.
The food does not taste very good at all. It also did not taste Afghani. I've had good Afghani food at Crescent Moon, this was just fast food for $50.
I'm never going there again. What a rip off!
Overpriced, Stale, reheated lunch buffet, ..... – what happened to good afghan food?? The Bread was bad....it was like old stale Holyland Bread.not homemade. Not traditional- microwaved yuk!! The appetizers were below mediocre. Entrees and sides were reheated, and not even that hot from lunch, very weird texture of microwaved paste. $5 for frozen weird tasting spinach side dish. Server made "face" at entrees, appetizers and did not know what they were. Water glasses not refilled. Overall....bad. Scared for what dessert might taste like.
A tour of the sizzling kebabs and piquant chutneys of Afghan cuisine. – The Scene
Cozy and casual: College students, elderly couples and families with young children sit side by side in the flickering candlelight, spider plants droop from the windows, and the air sizzles with recorded Afghan music and the aroma of spices. Since ancient times, the Khyber Pass has served as a gateway into Afghanistan.
The chefs use cayenne, cumin, coriander, garlic and mint to coax the exotic flavors from slow-simmered stews and grilled kebabs. Offerings include marinated chicken broiled on a skewer and topped with chutney, stewed lamb and kofta (balls of ground beef spiced with onions, coriander and hot peppers). But vegetarians won't get headed off: The menu includes several meatless dishes, including an excellent kachaloo (potatoes and green peas spiced with turmeric and garlic) and bouranee baunjaun (eggplant cooked in tomato sauce until tender). The short dessert menu includes sticky-sweet baklava and puddings.
Never been to Afganistan, but this was good!! – I really enjoyed my experience at Khyber Pass Cafe. My companians and I split 2 appetizers, 3 meals, and a dessert and I was suprised by how good everything was! I wish I could remember the names of what I tried, but I do remember that 2 of the dishes were quite similar, although tasty. The ravioli style appetizer was soooooooo good, and the rose water dessert is quite flavorful.
Not Authentic Afghan food! I was dissappointed! – After being deployed to Afghanistan twice, I had the fortunate mission to work with the local populas on a daily basis. Therefore, I had the opportunity to eat different Afghan food throughout the region. It did not taste like the Afghan food that I remembered eating. For example, that is not traditional Afghan flat bread (it seemed liked regular store flat bread found at Cub Foods); the real stuff is great. Actually, in Afghanistan, there are many types of foods used from other countries near by such as India. The wait staff could not answer most basic food questions about the Afghan menu. I found the Afghan person in charge not to be that friendly. I hope that the people who patron this restaurant understand that it is not Authentic Afghan food. It is like going to a China Buffet restaurant thinking that you are eating Authentic Chinese food.
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