The girls and I decided to have lunch in White City after a little retail therapy. We planned to have Pakistani food for lunch at Shola Kitchen. London is one of the best places to have a good curry. With summer in full swing in London, it is time to introduce you to some West London Hotspots for lunch with a more healthy attitude toward food.
Shola Kitchen & The Little Taste of Pakistani Food
Shola has something for everyone’s palate. From meat eaters to Vegetarians. Shola is chic and caters to those who work and live in the area. The place gives you the family feel from the owner and head chief Aida Khan.
Khan brings the Karachi cooking from her Shola supper club to White City for her first restaurant, dedicated to Pakistani food. Their aim is to translate the delicate spicing and complex preparation of Pakistani cuisine, to a simple, approachable modern style, whilst retaining the romance and vibrancy of South Asia’s food culture: it’s street markets, it’s royal dishes, and it’s home-cooking.
At Shola Kitchen, they roast and grind their own spices, select the very best ingredients, and take their time to make food that gives a true taste of Karachi in London. You can really taste the passion in the food. It is a great place to try for the first time the tastes of Pakastain.
Aida Khan started her career as a banker but gave it up for the love of her cultures and it’s cuisine. For the past few years, the chef had been cooking up Pakistani food in supper clubs, and now has opened her own restaurant in West London.- the latest to land in the White City Place development (that’s the place where the BBC used to be).
Now I have to admit that I was not a fan of okra until I ate the Okra chips at Shola. You can taste the soul in the starters prepared by Aida Khan at her 2nd home for good food.
We had to stop nibbling, but it was so good. More food was on the way. The plates made it too simple to share everything.
Pakistani Food in White City Place
Why is this place is so good you might ask? It is close to home, shopping and the plates taste amazing. We must not forget they make an amazing Chai tea too. At Shola Kitchen you enjoy a meal with friends like in a canteen or like on a first date.
The staff treat you as if you were dining in a 5-star restaurant. The chef often comes out of the kitchen to ask to give recommendations and if you enjoyed your food. She is such a darling and inspiration. Female entrepreneur living her best life.
At Shola Kitchen, you can expect authentic Pakistani cuisine, with a particular focus on Karachi. Which Khan was passed down through her family. Below we give you an idea of what is on the menu.
The menu is very precise with not a lot of plates to choose from. A good detector that the delicious dishes are made with soul and spices.
Shola Kitchen Menu
- Tamatar Kee Chutney – smashed tomatoes with a mix of curry leaves, roasted onion and coriander seeds
- Beef Behari Kabab, six-hour slow cooked spiced beef flavoured with pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and chillies
- Chicken Hara Masala, marinated overnight in a fresh herb yogurt base
- Khattee Daal, a mixture of lentils slow cooked and tempered with curry leaves and whole red chillies
- Beef Seekh Kebab – charcoal grilled beef kebabs.
- Naan Khatai, a crumbly semolina and flour cookie, glazed and sprinkled with freshly chopped pistachios.
Do you love home-cooking as we do? You will have to join the queue in front of this new dining hotspot. SK is a little spicey and naughty for afternoon lunch. To get a taste of Aida Khan’s family recipes at her new restaurant, Shola Kitchen. you might have to wait for a seat. This place is not open on the weekend, unfortunately.
I am essentially trying to change the way Pakistani food is portrayed and perceived in London. I grew up on very healthy, light food but Pakistani food in the UK is associated with stodgy curries.
Our curries are not supposed to be dripping in fat or laden with cream and that’s the ethos behind my cooking. I want to communicate the nostalgia I have for the food of my childhood.
Serving up authentic Pakistani food, if you walk by you will see it is the new rage of West London. How can we tell? Just by looking in the window at the clients? A mix of the neighbouring office workers and neighbourhood regulars?
From Pakora, Daal, Paneer and Roti the assurance of quality ingredients within the dishes is second to none. Fresh produce and colourful dishes are used to distinguish Shola as a place of simple and clean Pakistani food.
Shola Kitchen & The Little Taste of Pakistani Food in White City Place
Where: White City Place, 201 Wood Lane, White City, London W12 7TU