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35 Islington Green
A calm oasis at the edge of Islington Green, this tiny, tidy restaurant (two tables downstairs & three on the first floor) is decked out with pale walls & blond-wood tables, barely a hint
of its eastern origins on display. It’s undeniably cosy (hope for good neighbours), but the food’s just fine. The succinct menu lists four meat & four vegetable dishes – delicately spiced yet
richly flavoured curries such as qurma suhzi gosht (lamb with spinach) & banjon borani (aubergines with yoghurt). There’s freshly baked, sesame-studded bread too, as well as Afghan pickles
& chutney. No dish costs more than £7. You can sip on green tea for 50p, or a dogh (yoghurt & mint drink) for £1.50, but boozers won’t find a bottle below £18 on the rather uninspired wine
35 Islington Green
Angel Tube Station 388m
Essex Road Station 720m
The Screen on the Green Cinema 142m
Business Design Centre 202m
Tues-Sat 12N-3.30pm 5.30-10.45pm
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Food + drink: 4
I adored the Afghan Kitchen. Despite comments from some reviewers about surly staff, we had a charming lady looking after us for the evening who was quite happy with seemingly unendless requests from us for more bread, yoghurt, drinks etc.
We ordered nearly everything on the menu (there's only about 8 items ) – daal, succulent lamb with spinach, chicken in yoghurt, Afghan pickles, and wonderful flatbread studded with sesame seeds. The pumpkin with yoghurt was moist, sweet and spicy. Covered with plain yoghurt, it was unlike anything I've tasted before. The rice was that deliciously oily kind that I've normally only experienced in Iranian restaurants.
The only thing I would say is that the food took quite a while to arrive, and while I thought the atmosphere was lively it was also a little too intimate – my elbow only just missed mashing our neighbour's curry and we had to carefully stack our dishes on the table every time a new item of food arrived.
It was great value too, worth booking an early table as it was quite quiet on a Friday night at 7pm. It was completely full by the time we squeezed past and leapt over other people's tables / belongings in order to leave!
I went to the Afghan Kitchen before a saturday night in Islington on the back of reviews I had read. It did just the job! I'd never had Afghan food before, and was impressed. The owner is an Afghani former Channel 4 camera man who came to England almost 30 years ago. The small menu was refreshing in its simplicity. I had the aubergines in yoghurt, and my friend the lamb. We wanted bread, but the lady (the owner's wife I think) who also does the cooking, said the bread is delivered fresh later in evening, so we had the rice only. The food was simple and tasty. The meal came quickly, and the service friendly and efficient. The food is all prepared in advance, which leads to microwave use, but I didn't mnd that, as it was lovely. I expected the interior to be a bit more ‘rough and ready’ but it was quite modern . As we left, there were people ordering food to take away. Next time I'd love to try the fish stew! If you're in the area, and want a tasty bite, definitely reccommend The Afghan Kitchen for a good value, and novel meal.
We finally made it to the Afghan after passing by the window for the last 6 years and always saying we must go. This certainly isn't the place to linger; the communal seating is incredibly cosy and relatively uncomfortable but the food made the experience worthwhile. We ordered three meat and two vegetable dishes between four of us which, alongside the rice and bread, was just about right. Both the fish and pumpkin mains were particularly memorable and most unlike any other curry we have ever had. The bread is quite different too; much harder and more wholesome in texture than Naan. We had to remind the waitress about our Qurma Suhzi Gosht (lamb with spinach) dish and were rewarded with free baklava at the end of the meal for the delay – a nice touch. The lamb dishes were good; reminiscent of Indian-style curries. While the prices and portions are reasonable, the alcohol isn't; expect to pay at least £15 for a bottle of wine.
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