Afghan Spice is a colourful restaurant and a new addition along Norbury, Croydon’s London Road that brings together the lesser-known cuisine of Afghanistan, flavourful shisha, and a whole lot more in one funky venue. Of course, there’s plenty of cross-communication between typical Afghan dishes and those of Pakistan and northern India, but there’s a lot for even the most learned connoisseur of Asian subcontinental food to explore at Afghan Spice.
The town of Norbury in Croydon, was blessed when Afghan Spice opened its doors. There’s plenty of Indian and Pakistani restaurants in the London region (of course, many of them are among some of the best in the world), but the cuisine of these countries’ more northerly neighbour, Afghanistan, is less likely to get a showcase. The time has come, and, along London Road, here’s a stellar example of a restaurant that has gone the extra-mile to bring diners a little Afghan Spice.
Looking at Afghan Spice’s menu, in a Norbury, Croydon restaurant down the unassuming London Road whose banquet hall look sets the tone for a feast, you can already see how the cuisines of Afghanistan and other countries of the Asian subcontinent are related. But unusual dishes like the bourani banjaan starter (sliced aubergine cooked in a tomato-based sauce and served garnished with garlic and mint yoghurt), or the bolani gandana (crushed leek mixed with onion and black pepper, served with a spicy, Afghan chilli chutney) are were the real journey from London to Kabul begins.