I'm eating around the world without leaving London and this week I had Afghan food at Zeytoon in Kilburn. To be honest, my choice of this Afghan restaurant happened totally by chance as I had planned to eat at Uzbek restaurant Navrus. They however, have seemed to have closed down for business, but lucky for me Zeytoon, a few doors down was next door and open for business.
Even though this restaurant was part of my back-up plan, it turned out to be a lovely place to spend a Friday evening. The decor had a real Middle-Eastern feel to it with homely wooden tables and wooden chairs, huge Afghan mirrors and tapestries hanging on the wall. There were lots of plants positioned between the tables which kind of made the atmosphere even more intimate.
I was sat there waiting for my friends to arrive for quite a long time, so I wanted to stop my stomach from growling a bit and ordered a portion of Mirza Qasemi which was a dish of grilled aubergines topped with a spiced sauce and quark. Unfortunately they ended up at the next table and got eaten there as well.
I went for Qabli Polow with Lamb which was a very large piece of lamb shank with brown rice topped with juliennes of carrots, plump raisins and crunchy almonds. There was a little bowl of broth nudged in the pile or rice which was meant to be poured over the rice. It gave it a lovely flavour.