I've found something that's relatively unique and undoubtedly excellent! Much thanks to the Chinese Embassy for the free use of their internet while I wait to finalize my visa...
I was riding down Barking Rd in the process of moving house to Whitechapel the other day when I noticed a restaurant which declared itself to be authentically Peshwari. It looked open, but upon returning a few days later it seemed to be closed. Well I returned yesterday and I was rewarded massively for my persistence (and the epic bus ride from Whitechapel. Damn the tubes.)
Upon entering it still seemed closed (the gate was half down) except for one Pashtun speaking man eating and a collection of cooks at work at both the making of chapli kebabs and the installing of a tandoori oven (which looks outrageously heavy, btw.) Shortly the owner came over and the rest was pretty much a family visit to my long lost Pashtun relatives house. In the midst of North West Frontier Province antecdotes and a historical discussion on Afridis tribes and the region (I heart the Great Game)
To be continued... Alright I now have a visa to enter China for the next 6 months.
I was given an absolute mountain of chapli kebabs free of charge. Basically they're running a bit of a free period to attract mostly Pashtun customers but I just happened to show up right on time. They serve the best chapli kebabs I have ever had. They were also making incredible (veeeery thin) Peshwari naan with fresh slices of garlic, though the authentic version won't be complete until the oven is finished. The one I was given was a bit closer to a perfectly made yet incredibly thin normal naan while the finished product is supposed to more closely resemble the outrageously large flat breads that you'd find in Iranian establishments. As a whole the food is pretty close in its spicing and what not to Iranian and Afghan food. They have brown basmati rice, Afghan pilau, etc. On the other hand, the kebabs are a much stronger sign of the sub-continent (and they're probably the spiciest thing on the menu. They're not big on spice. They use a similar amount of dried fruit as Kashmiris btw.)
So in a nut shell the place opens on this coming Tuesday and it looks to be incredible. It's very small inside, but I'd love to get a chowdown together and I'm going to post on the Facebook group regarding just that ASAP. One thing that I am set on getting in the future is their whole lamb, arranged with all fixings. 150 pounds... One can dream.
The staff are the nicest and most hospitable guys I've ever encountered since Thattukada by the way. Absolutely amazing.