Restaurant Review: The Afghan Kitchen

13 Mar


I have lived in Hackney in the last 8 years and have been passing through Islington via the 38 bus route and have always been curious about this quaint restaurant called The Afghan Kitchen just on the corner of Islington Green as it merges with Essex Road. First off, I liked the simplicity of the restaurant with its canteen style wooden table and chairs and how it’s always full everytime I pass by there. A work colleague was due to have a leaving do here last Wednesday and I couldnt make it, then I realised I was going to be in Islington anyway to watch Duet for One at the Almeida with fellow theatre trotters Lynne and Tony, we decided to book seats and try it out for our pre-theatre meal. The excitement to finally dine here stems from the fact that I have never tasted traditional Afghan cuisine before, I have heard quite good praises about this place, and tonight that curiousity will be finally satisfied.

I booked the table for 6 pm but knew I wouldn’t get there till 630 pm so on my way texted Lynne my order to save us time waiting for the food to arrive. I ordered their Qurma Suhzi Gosht (lamb with spinach), rice, and Afghan mixed pickles, whilst Tony & Lynne both had the Banjon Borani (aubergines with yoghurt). Service was friendly and lightning quick, our food arrived just as soon as I got there. So how was it then? Decadently delicious! My lamb reminded me of the Indian sag aloo but as I am picky with my sag aloo and only ever orders it in my local Indian take away, this was just as tasty and the lamb very tender. How many ways can you describe the rice. I mean how did they cook the rice, it’s already a meal on its own! Tony and I both couldnt get over it. The portions are generous although their menu is quite limited with just 4 meat and 4 vegetarian dishes but I can say now that I would like to try them all! I had my eye on the Lavand-e-Murgh (chicken in yoghurt) and will also try the highly recommended Sarah’s (kidney beans, chick peas and potatoes cooked with yoghurt). What’s more is that it’s also very reasonably priced, our total bill was only £50 including a bottle of white, and superb cafetiere coffee. Be warned, they only accept cash or cheques but there’s lots of nearby cashpoints.


If you happen to be around the area, forgo your usual dining fare and try this little wonder called The Afghan Kitchen, and come back here and tell us all about it!

The Afghan Kitchen- 5/5

35 Islington Green, London N1 8DU
Telephone: 0207 359 8019
Eat in or Take Away
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Addendum: Lynne left her bag of strawberries so we returned at 2230 and the lady who served us very kindly gave it back to her, all 26 of ’em! More brownie points there!

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5 Responses to “Restaurant Review: The Afghan Kitchen”

  1. Carmi March 14, 2009 at 5:08 pm #

    Lamb is gamey but nowadays chefs only use the youngest of lamb to get the gamey taste at the minimum. Too bad there are no Afghan restaurants here. I’m glad London’s cuisine is very diverse.

  2. feignedmischief March 14, 2009 at 10:43 pm #

    Carms, London’s cuisine is VERY diverse, you’ll believe it when you come here, so plan that UK holiday already!

  3. Holly March 15, 2009 at 10:21 pm #

    I totally agree with you. What a surprise find this was. The aubergine dish was delicious and the atmosphere lovely.

  4. London Chow February 1, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Have walked past Afghan Kitchen every single day for the last couple of years but never once stepped in. Ah, so many food, so little time. I feel a bit odd having to share tables with another party given Afghan’s canteen style layout but will give it a go soon after reading your review. Cheers!

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