Ariana II – Afghan in Kilburn

Arranging a spontaneous evening out last Friday, L suggested eating at Ariana II, an Afghan restaurant in Kilburn, North London (a bit of a distance from the first Ariana in New York). We’d both had plans to exercise/go to the gym that evening. Both were swiftly forgotten.

Ariana II is one of L’s favourites, and as Afghan cuisine was new to me, I was intrigued. Not least by the down to earth ‘caff’ style and bring your own booze (BYOB) with no corkage charge.


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Prompt friendly greeting @ Ariana II


Booking only at tea time, the first available table was at 8.45pm. And sure enough, every table was occupied when we arrived, though service was speedy and friendly.


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Aushak starter


For starters we shared aushak, boiled dumpling filled with leeks, spices and topped with ground meat and yoghurt @ £4.00, and baudinjan buranee, fried aubergines in olive oil and mixed with herbs and spices with Naan @ £4.00, both of which were absolutely gorgeous, especially the ‘dumpling’ which was really light and squidgy.


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Baudinjan Buranee starter


For main course, L had chicken shish kebab, chunks of tender chicken cooked with tomato, onion and over grilled wood charcoal @ £9.00, while I had an Ariana Special (and ‘Chef’s choice’ at that): Kabuli palow, tender cooked lamb shank seasoned with basmati rice, topped with carrots, raisons, almond and pistachios and a with side dish (spicy beans in a tomato-ey sauce) @ £9.00. Double yum.


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Chicken shish


The meat of this slow cooked lamb shank just slid off the bone. But as I was already full from the starters I ended up taking most of my Kabuli palow main course home in a doggy bag (win: tomorrow’s lunch sorted too).


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Kabuli palow


All in all: great food, very reasonably priced (particularly with BYOB) and something a bit different.


Restaurant info:
~ Lardbutty rating: 3.5 / 5
~ Type: Afghan
~ Address: 241 Kilburn High Road, London
~ Postcode: NW6 7JN
~ Tel: 020 3490 6709
~ Nearest station: Kilburn
~ Website + menus: Ariana II website
~ Photos on flickr: images of Ariana II food
~ Location: Ariana II map



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