Across the road from London’s Hyde Park is Pakhtoon Restaurant, an Indian restaurant that endeavours to unlock the authentic flavours of subcontinental cuisine to diners around Marble Arch. The team at the Edgware Road eatery have the highest standards in food and service, and there can be no doubt that diners are rewarded when they visit this part of west London. The food is served under the watchful eyes of head chef Iqbal Ahmad whose penchant for Nawabi and Nizami cuisine is writ large in the menu here.
Pakhtoon Restaurant on Edgware Road, moments from Hyde Park, looks from the outside like a run-of-the-mill curry house. Don’t be fooled. This is an Indian restaurant that takes specialty cuisine very seriously indeed. Drawing on head chef Iqbal Ahmad’s experience leading Nawabi and Nizami cuisine kitchens, the menu is a tribute to the blending of Afghani and Indian traditions. Diners at this Marble Arch favourite return again and again for this inventive take on familiar classics and new, innovative dishes.
As a first time diner at Pakhtoon Restaurant on Edgware Road in London, you’d be forgiven for being a little apprehensive. The terms in which the restaurant frames itself, Nawabi and Nizami cuisine isn’t what you could call reassuringly familiar, but diners’ sense of adventure are princely rewarded. There are, of course, concessions to the local palate (there’s a fine selection of tandoori meats) but there’s also exotic dishes like machili amritsari – fresh fish, marinated and then deep fried and seasoned with lemon juice and kebab spices. This is a curry house with a difference, and west London diners are encouraged to be brave and take the plunge.