On Friday night I wanted some spicy take out fast. After some negotiation with the husband, we decided to try the Afghan Kitchen. They don’t deliver but take telephone orders. Our food was prepared in 10 minutes. It was not made to order, however this is fine as the dishes are stew based, and meat & veg taste much better if they’ve been marinating in their sauces for a while. We ordered Lavand-e-Murgh (chicken in yoghurt), Qurma-e-Goscht kachalo (lamb with potatoes), Banjon Borani (aubergines with yoghurt), and a portion of Afghan pickle.
The lamb was very tender and melted in your mouth. The tomato based sauce and potatoes were flavoursome but there was no kick to them. I’m not sure what the Afghan element of it was. I could have been served the same thing under the pretext of Irish stew and I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. The chicken in yoghurt was also a solid performer, and the hint of fresh finely chopped mint was pleasant on the tongue. However, just like the lamb, it was not particularly seasoned, and it did not have the undertone of chilli that was expected. Luckily, I had ordered a portion of spicy vegetable pickle, which gave the food the zing it needed. We were most disappointed however by the aubergines. The soft texture was good, but they tasted bland and were doused in oil.
Afghan Kitchen, 35 Islington Green, Islington, N1 8DU. 020 7359 8019