The Village

I’ve taken a deep interest in Somalia ever since Captain Philips did so well during awards season. I haven’t seen it, but the market has spoken and so the instant (+3 months) that it hit the screens I found myself at The Village (http://www.somalirestaurant.co.uk/) with Horse. Horse and I perused the ambiguous menu which told us which meats had been paired with which carbs but little else about preparation or flavour.

It was very early and therfore empty so we had the undivided attention of the friendly waitress, who was also giving nothing away. Horse ordered the Kutulai iyo basrils (Kutulati chicken and rice) and I the Bawdo aro iyo Baradho sheedan (Lamb shank and mash). From this I’ve deduced that the word for “and” in Somali is iyo. So now I’m basically fluent in Somali. Iyo iyo iyo, as they rarely say in Mogadishu or another Somali town.

The food arrived in short order and was excellent. Big portions of beautifully flakey lamb accompanied by a a huge glob of mash with spinach. The best addition was an incredibly spicy avocado based condiment which I want more of. Horse put away the chicken and rice as though he had a gun to his head. Or as though another minute in my company and watching me feed would cause him a brain hemorrhage. Some people are so fussy. Especially all those people who’ve ever dined with me. £22 for 2 people; they don’t serve booze.

SOOMAALIYA!

Kutulai iyo basrils. Apparently yummy.

Kutulai iyo basrils. Apparently yummy.

That's a lot of food, and seemed a little Caribbean. In a good way.

That’s a lot of food, and seemed a little Caribbean. In a good way.

My battery died so I didn't get to take a photo of the outside. So please don't sue me Local Data Company. Sue Exxon.

My battery died so I didn’t get to take a photo of the outside. So please don’t sue me Local Data Company. Sue Exxon.

They were out of Lamb Shoulder but let me me substitute a shank in there.

They were out of Lamb Shoulder but let me me substitute a shank in there.

Anywhere that offers a jug of Vimto doesn't need to sell booze.

Anywhere that offers a jug of Vimto doesn’t need to sell booze.

the big board somalia
The Village
95 Fulham Palace Road
London
W6 8JA
Tel: 0208 741 7453
http://www.somalirestaurant.co.uk/

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