It's always good to try something new, especially when that something is food. And so for today's lunch I took a breath and plunged into the unknown world of Afghani food.
I randomly chose a dish called ashak - a staple meal, apparently, comprising dumplings made with coriander, garlic, yoghurt, runny egg, cayenne papper and chickpeas. Oh my lordy lordy. Such a tasty little dish. So good, in fact, that I intended having a small bite for taste before taking a photo, but once I started I couldn't stop because yum.
And also, perhaps, why I rushed this shot and blurred it. Because I wanted to eat the rest o'it. But this isn't about me - it's about you ... and the food!
Afghan Tasty Food in Dandenong is clean but its decor ain't nothing stupendous. Its seating, however, is comfy - the second most important element in a good eatery. Its menu isn't large, and at $15 a pop it's probably a little too pricey for everyday lunchtime fare. But if I could go there for lunch again tomorrow, I would - and I would be sorely tempted to have exactly the same dish all over again.
Other menu items include a variety of charcoal-grilled kebabs, pilau rice and mantu (beef dumplings). There are several vegetarian dishes besides the ashak, including borani banjan, an eggplant dish. I look forward to trying them all.
Located diagonally opposite the Dandenong Market, Afghan Tasty also has another outlet in the CBD. It's one of many Afghani eateries in Dandenong, but I was happy for my entry into the region's food to begin here.