Food Review: Kish Persian, North London's Top Takeaway
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In hungryhouse.co.uk’s ranking of Top Takeaways, Kish Persian Restaurant on Kilburn High Road (NW6) comes out comfortably close to the top of the list, and deservedly. There are no greasy or questionable options on its selective menu – it’s clear that when creating dishes the chefs at this Maida Vale eatery go for quality and expertise rather than quantity. We pushed the boat out and ordered the special naan (£1.50), kooko sabzi (Persian herb omelette, £3.50) mahi kebab (grilled sea bass served with saffron basmati rice, £11, pictured), and the chelo kebab momtaz (a skewer of marinated boneless chicken and a skewer of minced lamb, both charcoal grilled and served with saffron steamed basmati rice and grilled tomato, £11.95), which is starred as one of Kish’s most popular options. The bill came to £28.45, including a 50p card surcharge. It arrived promptly, within half an hour – although it was late on a Wednesday evening, hardly peak takeaway time, so I can’t say how long it would take at the weekend. The portions were enormous and the food was delicious, taking the whole idea of a mid-week takeaway to a new level. The meat in both dishes was extremely tender and packed with taste – my companion had this to say about his chelo kebab momtaz and accompaniments: “Firstly I was very impressed with the size of portions. There was plenty of lamb, chicken and rice. The salad was very fresh and a bonus as it wasn’t mentioned on the menu. The meat was tender and tasty and overall I felt it was very good value. I would definitely recommend it to a friend, especially if they’re extra hungry!” Kish is on the expensive side of the takeaway scale – but considering I had an entire sea bass and enough basmati rice to feed a small army (I only ate a third of it) and the quality I feel that the £11 cost was worth it. There are of course numerous options that are less heavy on the student pocket.
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