Maza Reviews

Authentic Charcoal Grilled Afghan Cuisine. Fully Air Conditioned...

TimeOut London Eating & Drinking 2009

It may be commuting equivalent of a long haul flight for central Londoners, but if you are seeking the capitals most authentic Afghan eating experience, don't think twice about hopping on the overland to Harrow. Masa defies its drab High Street surroundings with an exotic interior blending burgundy walls, engraved wooden furniture and neon-back lit ceiling dominated by a central chandelier. Not that's anything formal about a meal here - many local Afghan families eat with one eye on the big screen (tuned to Bollywood station B4U on our last visit) Nor does the food stand on a ceremony, with starters like smoky mirza ghasemi (grilled aubergine with garlic, yoghurt and wall-nuts) and sabzi bourani (steamed spinach, yoghurt and herbs) best tucked into with flaky nan fresh from the oven. Ditto to the mains, which include various tender lamb and chicken kebabs chargrilled in the open kitchen, and a good range of curries. We plumbed for a chicken Karahi that was richly flavoursome with just the right level of chilli kick, and a slightly over-salted lamb sabzi that was thick with spinach: both accompanied by a glass of yoghurt dogh flavoured with fresh mint and chunks of cucumber.

2 Comments

Masa is the greatest foreign cuisine restaurant so far we have tried in London, with reasonable price and good service, except slightly slow in deliver dishes. Every dish, from drinks, starter to main courses, really tasty!! However, dessert is just fair, most are British style, like chocolate fudge cake, ice cream, only few are Afghan style, so, we didn't try it. For drink, we tried mango lassi, like mango yugort, not too sweet, fresh mango taste, love it. Starters are pea mash (hummus) and grill aubergine with Afghan yogurt sauce, served with naan, really much delicious than I expected!! The main courses are mixed grill meat, succulent lambs and chicken (both breast and wings) and mantu (dumpling) with minced lamb sauce served with Afghan rice, can't believe there is dumpling dish in Afghan, extremely yummy!! Masa Restaurant is thoroughly recommended!.

Grace Cheung Sat Jun 11 2009

Just made the great trek to NW London for lunch and was not disappointed by the huge amount of tasty, very reasonably priced food. Service was slightly slow, but friendly, and not a problem as we weren't in a rush. I just wish this place was closer to home.

Sue Sun Jun 5 2009

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