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Team behind popular Surrey Afghan restaurant opening new Vancouver location

"Being in Vancouver has always been the dream."
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The team behind South Surrey's Afghan Kitchen restaurant are opening Zarak, a modern Afghan restaurant, in Vancouver's Mount Pleasant neighbourhood

The team behind a well-loved South Surrey Afghan restaurant is making their dreams come true as they prep a brand new location in Vancouver.

Called Zarak, the new restaurant from the people at Afghan Kitchen is currently under build-out at 2102 Main Street, and will offer "elevated Afghan cuisine" with "unpretentious elegance," using family recipes, according to a social media announcement. 

Zarak has been in the works for quite some time; Afghan Kitchen explains on its Instagram page that their real estate agent started showing the team spaces back in November 2019, landing them ultimately on Main Street at the Elenore Residences building at 5th Ave.

The team used the "downtime" of the pandemic to plan Zarak. 

That plan is to complete renovations of the new  space and kit it out with handmade clay mugs, plates, and bowls, and tighten the Zarak menu - it will be different from what's on offer at Afghan Kitchen, but still feature many of the same key players in and out of the kitchen. 

"Being in Vancouver has always been the dream," explains the Afghan Kitchen and Zarak team.

We can expect to learn more about Zarak in the coming weeks and months; the restaurant indicates opening will be later this year. Follow @zarakvancouver on Instagram for updates.