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.