TimeOut London Eating & Drinking 2010
The Middle East meets the Indian subcontinent in this unsung corner of harrow, with gratifying results. Sited on a rundown shopping parade, Masa looks incongruously smart. With there's a certain glitziness emphasised by shiny floor tiles heavy wooden furniture and a sparkling chandelier. A large flat screen TV and an open kitchen provide further entrainment. Few diners were present during our Sunday lunch, though local Afghans often eat here. The menu is attractively priced and appealing, with North Indian/Pakistan-style Karahi curries sharing space with Middles Eastern kebabs and a few distinctively Afghani dishes. Sadly , a couple of the latter-ash afghani (macaroni and vegetables with meatballs) and ashak (pasta stuffed with leaks) were unavailable, but we relished the emantoo: chewy pasta parcels overflowing with spicy minced lamb topped with yoghurt quroot sauce. Flatbread, challow rice (lightly spiced with cardamom and cumin) and the juicy seared kebabs (lamb, chicken wings, chicken tikka) were Middle Eastern-perfect too. Drink dogh (yoghurt with cucumber and dried mint) bring your own alcohol. A great place for a culinary adventure.