Taking inspiration from Tehran’s hole-in-the-wall kebab houses, founder and chef Kian Samyani reinterprets traditional Iranian dishes with seasonal British produce. If you sit in front of the open kitchen, you can witness this cooking take place in a theatrical display over a flaming tandoor, mangal barbecue and vertical rotisserie.
Inside the restaurant, the atmosphere is a mix of chic and homely, with stained-glass windows and bare brick walls overlain with cheerful Iranian rugs and cushions. A kebab is priced at £16.50 and we’d recommend you try the juicy poussin kebab marinated in sumac.
Alternatively, there’s aubergine baba ganoush with walnuts, or Khoresi, an Iranian stew made up of guinea fowl legs swathed in a saffron broth with onions, potatoes and barberries. There’s only one dessert on offer but it’ll perfectly round off a meal in traditional Iranian style: a Baklava ice-cream sandwich from Persian ice-cream store Darlish.
|Where||Berenjak , 27 Romilly Street, Soho, W1D 5AL | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Leicester Square (underground)|