I really liked this restaurant, I have been going past it for years thinking that I really must stop in and give it a go and finally did on Sunday lunchtime. It certainly looks the part inside with moulded plaques and paintings showing Persian scenes adorning the rustic looking walls. The food was really nice, tender juicy marinaded pieces of chicken served with a tremendous saffron rice that is really piled on the plate. They certainly ensure you don't go hungry. The Khoresht Bademjan an aubergine and lamb dish was delicious and melted in the mouth. I also am at a loss to understand the negative comments surrounding the service and waiting staff in the other reviews on qype. I thought the various waiters were both friendly and efficient. Obviously being an Iranian restaurant it is dry but we embraced this and went with the Iranian tea (with a couple of lumps of sugar) which was delicious. The desserts as well were a revelation, very sweet but very satisfying. Noodles in a kind of rose water and lemon sorbet with homemade saffron and pistachio ice cream. Carrot juice and saffron ice cream and the special Iranian sweets which were like gulab jamun only sweeter if you can believe that. Very very sickly. All in all a great meal and a bit of a different experience to the norm. I left the restaurant feeling as if I had been somewhere exotic. A lot of people obviously feel the same as the place was packed. Three main courses, three desserts, a bottle of water and two pots of tea for £50 including service charge may have something to do with it, what a bargain.
I was not impressed with the service. The food was good, but they had none of the hot starters. They should have told us when giving us the menu that some dishes were missing rather than letting us look at it and then having to change our order once they came to take it. The waiters were not charming just put the food on the table and ignored us for the rest of the time. They were to busy talking to each other to notice we were trying to get their attention this is not good in a restaurant which charges a service charge. It is a shame the waiters were so poor because the food we did get was nice. Better service require and if half the things on the menu are not available please tell the customer when you hand out the menu!
I enjoyed the food and it was of good quality. I was dissapointed they had run of a dish called koo koo sabzi. Service was good. The decor was nice, however I would have preffered decor reflective of Persian yesteryear.
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