Kabul City – Edgware
Not only was it a finalist for the Best Takeaway in North London at the British Take Away Awards 2016, but was also a top ten “Tried & Tested” winner, receiving a certificate from online delivery service, Just Eat, which reads: “Loved locally, and rated by you for consistently great quality.”
For those seeking extra privacy, there’s an area at the back adjacent to the kitchen with a partition barrier too.
But, what we were interested in on the back of said recognition, was some good quality food.
KABUL CITY SPECIAL
These large jumbo wings were a touch dry, but with a light lemony marination and a nicely charred exterior.
Extremely poor chapli kebab this.
This, however, was just a confused chewy mass of tasteless, greasy meat!
Slightly dry, but these large lamb chops were well marinated, well charred, and with a hint of salt, pretty good had with the mint sauce.
Large chunks of chicken that had a good smoky, barbecue marination, badly let down, though, by its cooking – bone dry!
Default is 500g, but ours was 250g.
While one Lion considered it to be salty, the others insisted that the mild spicy and oily tomato base helped balance things out.
The meat was soft and beautifully cooked though making this a decent dish.
SIDES & STARTERS
A tad oily, but this aubergine starter was good – soft textured and tangy tomato and onion base.
What a delightful dish this was.
The pasta was soft, the tomato and onion mince well spiced with hint of sourness. Thoroughly enjoyable dish and arguably the best of the evening!
Terrible! Dry, tough, chewy and poor. AVOID!
The humus standard humus, albeit bland.
As for the Sabzi Bourani, then it had a strange slimmey texture with a taste that’s okay.
What do you get when you add yoghurt to cucumber? A Mast-O-Khayal.
And the Olive Salad is what it is, and that too your standard ones.
Your basic salad lacking any vinaigrette; thus, it desperately requires a squeeze of that lemon.
Premade naans that can be bought from any good store or supermarket.
And these were barely warmed up!
The chilli sauceseems like the standard stuff you can find at any good cash ‘n’ carry. Hot, but with a vinegary undertone, not bad.
The mint sauce is the one to get though. With a strong, vinegary kick, this watery sauce is particularly good.
Aka lassi; and that’s what it is. Refreshing. Would be better if there was ice perhaps.
Thick, very thick in fact; almost milkshake in texture.
Ergo, far too much mango pulp.
Fresh orange juice that’s nice and sweet.
Cold! We received this… cold, which was a pity because the cinnamon came through well enough.
With premade, standard custard, this was a disappointing let down.
These soggy, non-crispy baklavas had obviously been sitting around for some time
Both types were sweet enough with the sticky green pistachios soft and gentle in taste, and the other with a subtle hint of cardamom.
- NO/ NO
- CHILD SEATING
- JUST EAT
Anyone who's been following FtL's reviews closely will know that whilst we'll always praise good food innovation, and criticise mediocrity, what we can't stand is claims made that border on delusion.
In this case, it was the claim, as printed on the front of their menu card: "Fine Dining Afghan Cuisine"!
With an informal setup, jugs of lassis, and food which, though at best wholesome, wouldn't qualify as gastronomically adventurous, let alone cutting edge, Kabul City is NOT "Fine Dining" by any stretch of the imagination.
There was one dish which we'd definitely go back for; otherwise, the rest was, at best, standard, and, at worst, edible.
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