Azeen’s is an elegant white-tablecloth restaurant with a restful, welcoming atmosphere. Squint at the menu you’ll recognize derivatives (or ancestors) of such Indian, Pakistani, Persian and Chinese dishes as pakoras, curries, dumplings, kebabs and pilafs. Share a sampler plate of appetizers, then try tender beef kebabs or quabili pallaw (lamb with carrots and raisins). Sweet, translucent butternut squash (kadu) is a delicious side.
110 E. Union St., Old Pasadena, 626.683.3310, azeensafghanirestaurant.com, Afghani. L Mon.-Fri., D nightly. Beer & wine. MC, V. $$