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Chili Chutney Restaurant

24301 Muirlands Blvd., Ste. A Lake Forest, CA 92630 | Lake Forest | 949-859-1778

Location Description:

All meals begin at this Afghan restaurant with a wonderful bowl of aush (noodle soup spiked with yogurt and dried mint leaves, fragrant and delicate). It's best to order as many dishes as possible: golden-fried potato samosas; a smoky, almost caramelized eggplant dip; toasted slices of leek borani, stuffed Afghan flatbread to run through a huge bowl of yogurt dip. Dunk everything in Shalah Wadood's already-legendary chutneys―one emerald-green due to the jalapeños she minces for the condiment, but the better one a glowing-red version as bright as pimiento peppers and as sweet; while hellish, its lingering, nearly-cloying sweetness will motivate you to buy one of the bottles Wadood keeps in her soda fridge.

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  • Cuisine(s): Afghan
  • Hours: Sun 11am-8pm, Tue-Sat 11am-9pm
  • Price: $
  • Serving: Dinner, Lunch
  • Alcohol: None
  • Reservations: Not Accepted
  • Parking: Lot Available
  • Payment Types: All Major Credit Cards
  • Attire: casual
  • Features: Delivery, Kid Friendly, Takeout

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