When Ramy Amir started writing his dissertation on the rise of street food in the UK, few could have imagined that he too would one day be contributing to this rise. Besotted with the capital’s diverse and multi-cultural cuisine, the savvy food entrepreneur sought to bring about popular dishes from his native country, Egypt, to the streets of London. Thereafter, Amir graduated from Regent’s University and established Koshary Kitchen, named after Egypt’s national dish. Evidently, he found a receptive market: what began as a university pet project has since transformed into a fully-fledged catering and takeaway company.
The menu combines traditional elements of Egyptian cuisine with the more carnivorous elements of its English counterpart. According to Amir, meat seldom features in the Egyptian diet and instead, rice, lentils and other carb-heavy foods form the basis of most meals. That theme is largely honoured in Koshary Kitchen’s menu, which allows diners to choose one of three bases: 1) classic (white rice, pasta and lentils) 2) whole grain (brown rice and lentils) and 3) low carb (cauliflower rice, spiralized zucchini and lentils). We only arrive at the point of betrayal from Egyptian cuisine when a selection of six toppings, ranging from prawn to merguez to chicken are then offered.
The KCW Today office opted for two classic dishes, one with a chicken topping and the other with meat balls. Both dishes had a punchy tomato flavour, accentuated by a pipette’s drop of garlic on each one. The chicken was well-seasoned and a good match for the macaroni, which was substituted for the rice. The mini meatballs were also impressive, though the portion was sparser than the chicken.
The proliferation of the food delivery industry has thus far allowed Amir to keep Koshary Kitchen agile. Avoiding the heavy fixed costs associated with a restaurant, Amir reinvests any surplus into new ingredients and dishes. The prices are reasonable and the service would be ideal for office lunches, palatial soirées and even hungover students. Overall, Koshary Kitchen is an exciting new addition to an already vibrant food scene in the capital.