Using the Lonely Planet Travel Book as the definitive list, this is an A to Z of sampling every country's cuisine....without leaving the confines of the M25.
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Afghanistan: Afghan Kitchen
Tuesday night, we began our quest, with a trip to the Afghan Kitchen in Islington.
This restaurant is tiny. Minute. But we'd found a little gem. We arrived early, about 6.30 on Tuesday night, but that was probably fortunate as it soon filled up and we hadn't booked. They do market themselves as eat-in and takeaway. This is not a place to come if you want to linger over your food, we were in and out within about 40 minutes.
For dinner, we chose the following from the limited menu
Lamb with potatoes
Lamb with spinach
Chicken in yoghurt
washed down with green tea (supposedly a popular beverage in Afghanistan according to the Travel Book), a yoghurt and mint concoction (a bit like drinking tsatsiki) and diet coke (well, I guess you can get it anywhere!)
All three dishes were excellent. We had some nicely cooked, fluffy plain rice to accompany the mains. And the highlight of the meal had to be the fresh bread (only cooked for the evening session). Similar to a naan, but slightly crustier texture and smothered in poppy seeds. Absolutely delicious.
Then a portion of Baghlava for pudding...honey and pistachios, always a good way to end a meal.
Like all good food review sites, we need a ratings system. Out of 5 stars for each category, Afghan Kitchen scores as follows: (Happy to be challenged, fellow diners!)