Wednesday, 27 May 2009

The Afghan, Rusholme

Following on from the delightful trip to Habesha, it was decided that we should take a trip to one of Rushholme's more understated cafes. Unlike a great deal of the other venues along the curry mile the Afhan Cuisine is not adorned from pillar to post with neon lighting, nor is there a slightly overweight, middle-aged man trying to tempt you in with offers of a 15% discount. Its certainly not another '£10-for-a-plate-of-slop' curry house.

There are two parts to the Afghan, upstairs, and downstairs. Upstairs offering more of a restaurant feel, and downstairs a cafe atmosphere. I prefer downstairs. Simple, diner-style furniture and large glass windows that allow an excellent, almost panoramic, view of the the curry mile.

[photo: joe sheffer]

We ate Quabily Pillow, Ashek, Challow Kebab. The food was hot, tasty, and arrived within minutes. The Quabilly Pillow is text-book, traditional middle eastern cuisine - the national dish of Afghanistan. It is essentially rice (lots) raisons, sliced fried carrot and lamb. The Challow kebab - served with white fluffy rice, cooked tomato and a roasted whole onion.

We drank a mint tea from dinky glasses.

Overall the Afghan offered a laid back, authentic (and cheap!) evening out. Varied flavours and spices, very friendly staff.

A selection of quotes from the evening:

"definitely got mint leaves going on" [rory on the subject of tea]

"nice foliage"

"I'm not sure if I have any thoughts ever" [rory, on life in general]

"its a dough that becomes crust with a filling of almonds, butter and sugar" [Morgane - talking about her crusty dough].

Props to Morgane - our French correspondent - for joining in on the trip, and taking the photos.. though the less said about the melodica the bettter.


Charlie.. (boucher, pompier, dompteur, et pĂȘcheur de haute mer)



Article from the BBC about Rusholme - The curry / kebeb mile.

Wikipedia Article on food from Afghanistan

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