TimeOut London Eating & Drinking 2011
On a down-at-heel precinct, Masa is a well attired Afghani restaurant that transcends its surroundings. Inside, you'll find a spacious dining room with maroon and cream walls, an open kitchen, shining floor tiles, heavy wooden furniture, a sparking chandelier and a flatscreen TV. Local residents, some of them hailing from Afghanistan, dine here. The menu makes an alluring read, encompassing Middle Eastern cuisines (especially kebabs) North Indian and Pakistan-style food (Karahi curries, for instance) as well as a few distinctively Afghani dishes: ashak (pasta stuffed with leaks) and a lush Afghani (macaroni and vegetables with meatballs) among them. Prices are low, making them a great spot for sampling the likes mantoo (chewy pasta parcels packed to bursting with minced lamb, then topped with yoghurt quroot sauce). We also enjoyed the kebabs (well seared and juicy), the moreish flatbread and light-as-a whisper challow rice (spiced with cardamon and cumin). Dogh, a yogurt drink with cucumber and dried mint, makes a refreshing accompaniment, or you can bring your own alcohol. Staff are quiet and kind.