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!)

Atmosphere: **
Value for money: *****

More photos available at my lourobbo flickr account

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  1. Seems like you have stumbled across a hidden gem that would have remained hidden unless you had embarked on your challenge - enjoy the rest of your culinary journeys! x

  2. Photos of the food next time please.

  3. Point taken, Phil. I'm new to this blogging malarkey. Going to edit this now!

  4. I'm so excited to be here as you embark on your voyage.. I feel like the nervous parent of a 13 year old, holdng back the tears a you set out to circumnavigate the globe. Good luck.

  5. Would prefer a points based rating system - with a total for each country. That way, we'll know which is the best. I do hope you're going to keep a running scoreboard somewhere.