Every now and then I am overwhelmed by sharp cravings for Middle Eastern Food for which I need immediate treatment. Naturally, I head over to Faanoos.
The first thing you need to do as soon as you walk in is order the pita bread. The restaurant has an on-site clay over in which they freshly bake the pita bread. A good excuse to eat more of the pita bread is to order the humus to start. It is smooth, has a natural flavour and is enough for two or three people to share.
Then, after you've ordered and gluttonously eaten more pita bread you are ready for mains get the okra-lamb stew with jasmine rice and the beef kebabs (meal size). It is more than enough to give you a couple of food babies.
Let me start with the okra stew. Its light, has a very soft yet full of flavor. The rice is light and fluffy. I am sure they have a rice cooker to end ALL rice cookers. The kebab's are really juicy. It's just all very good. Very very good. Just go. Please. Now.
East Sheen is well endowed with restaurants and cafes, many of which come and then disappear with alarming speed. Faanoos has been there for a couple of years or so but, although I've heard glowing reports about it from various friends, I had never been there myself... until tonight.
The decor is authentic, the music pleasant without being intrusive and the clientele a mix of families, couples and friends. It's smallish (probably about 30 covers), with a large bread oven in the window giving out a comforting heat on a cold night. The food was tender and delicious with generous portions - and incredibly good value! Between the two of us we had three starters, two main courses, wine, juice and coffee and our bill came to just under £28!
I will definitely be going back!
Exceptionally good Persian food, freshly cooked and served by friendly/efficient staff.
I thought hard about recommending Faanoos. It's already difficult to get a table there. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.
I've eaten here a few times, and it's fairly unremarkable - the fresh breads are very nice, but everything else isn't that special. The reason I rate it so low is because I live on the same block, and I've seen where they keep their vegetables (a small cupboard in an alleyway - yes, basically outside) so I really don't want to return here before they make some changes to their hygiene.
Excellent food that's fantastic value for money, which is why it's always packed. Nice atmosphere too, though it can get very hot in there due to the clay oven they use for the bread.
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