• Afghan Kitchen
Fairly tender pieces of chicken breast in a rich sauce made with yogurt and herbs. The sauce is very good -- tangy and minty, with a mellow range of herb flavours. It doesn't penetrate the chicken much, so probably no deep marination, but the full body of the sauce takes over on the palate, so it doesn't matter too much. OK rice, nice individualized grains but still a bit wet at the bottom of the bowl, presumably from microwaving, perhaps something that the Afghans, and their neighbours, fastidious with rice, might frown on. The baklava is fine but not exceptional. On the whole it's quite nice for a decently priced meal. I wouldn't mind returning for a casual bite, but I'm certainly not dying to go back right away.
A gorgeous cheesecake with all the right curves. Light and almost fluffy in texture, but also rich and filling. Good solid coffee, but won't break my Monmouth habit. They also have another branch in Hoxton Sq.
• Masala Zone
An ok thali. I liked the bright mango chutney and the mint chutney wasn't bad either; The smokey bits of flavour in the daal was quite good. The potato with coconut milk and mustard seed was a tad gloppy, but the coconut flavour kept me interested. Cauliflower cooked with tomato for a tangy flavour was decent butnothing special. However, the pakora was flat and mealy, the undhiyo & lentil khichdi, a dish of lentils, sweet potato, potato and brinjals was oily and lifeless. Decent salad and rice. The berry raita was undistinguished.