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Mar 1, 2010 03:12 PM

A restaurant

I am starting an A to Z supper club with my friends, eating cuisine from a country beginning with the letter A, then B etc, all the way to Z... to kick off I am ideally looking for the best Armenian or Afghani restaurant within zone 3, suitable for eight or so (ie should take bookings or not be too busy). Any ideas (or other unusual suggestions for A) appreciated.

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  1. W and X will be interesting.

    But A should be quite easy with lots of other A's including Argentina, Algeria, Austria and even Australia, does the Walkabout pub count?

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    1. re: PhilD

      I have actually just been doing the same thing with friends, and we're currently up to Y. X is actually quite straightforward, as everyone here knows a good Xinjiang restaurant. :-) (Okay, not a country, but still…)

      Anyway, it's definitely quite possible. We did Argentinian for A.

      1. re: PhilD

        The World Bank website has "W" as the "West Bank and Gaza" - although I always prefer the real name of Palestine.

        Or, noting that one of our "leading" politicans has recently described Belgium as a "non-country", the OP could get ahead of the game with Wallonia?

        1. re: Harters

          One could use Waziristan for W and go to New Khybar UK in Plaistow. It's hard to 100% pin when it's open though and I've only eaten there twice (only one of the two times was when the restaurant was officially open as well.) It's a general NWFP restaurant but some of the staff are from Waziristan.

          Similarly, the food there is basically Afghan. There's literally no difference. You can use it for A just as well.


      2. When you refer to "zone 3", do I assume you refer to the London Underground zoning and are not interested in reccs elsewhere in the country - or am I missing something?


        1. Not sure about Armenian but you could try the Afghan Kitchen in Islington. Easy to get to but I can't vouch for it personally.

          (Think I'd prefer an Aussie brunch at Lantana; Austrian lunch at Kipferl; an Argentinean steak; or even an American burger!)

          Sounds like a fun project - good luck!

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          1. re: DollyDagger

            Afghan Kitchen has good food but can be crowded. Don't know if you can book. The food is all pre-made and kept behind a glass counter. so you can have a look before ordering. Service is fairly prompt as it only involves reheating.

            1. re: medgirl

              Thanks for your suggestions. Yes, sorry, I did mean zone 3 of London underground, as we all live in all corners, so it should be relatively central. I know there are plenty of lovely Argentinean places out there, but I wanted to kick off with something a little more unusual, but in the end I am sure everyone likes a good steak.

              1. re: daisyK

                Sorry I can't help then - don't live near London.

                You should find it a really enjoyable exercise - a few years back, we cooked Saturday dinners in a similar way (although we also extended it to regions for some countries - extra Spanish & Italian dinners for example). Took us a couple of years.

                1. re: Harters

                  It's a slight cop out as a couple of us have been before, but we are going to the Tiroler Hut in Bayswater (Austrian) - food average but never a dull moment there, and a good way to kick off the fun.