My date and I decided to try something new so I figured it’s time to face the unknown.
It was relatively busy when we arrived – a (rather rowdy) tour group occupied the full middle row of tables and a few surrounding tables have started to fill up with yuppies looking for post-work grub.
We were served pretty quickly despite the commotion. All starters go for £4.95. I chose the chicken liver which was a bit risky because my date and I are quite particular with how we like liver cooked. Good choice though! The liver was perfectly cooked with a simple concoction of tomato, onion, garlic and spices. I would have eaten a whole bowl of it for mains.
Everything came with a side salad drizzled in house dressing, ground nuts and sesame seeds. Nothing fancy, and I actually thought everything was shop-bought.
My date went for the salmon rashti (£13.95). The saffron and lemon marinated fillet is char-grilled and drizzled with a yogurt-basil sauce. I wasn’t too keen on the sauce as it tasted like a creamy pesto which I thought was peculiar in a Persian restaurant. This dish was just okay.
It came with three types of rice: plain, dill and cinnamon rice. I’m not a fan of dill so that was my least favourite. The cinnamon rice was sweet and savoury, giving me a confused feeling as my head said it wasn’t quite right while my palate seemed to disagree. Curious. It’s definitely an acquired taste.
My chicken stew was delicious. I seriously can’t remember the last time I’ve had fall-of-the-bone chicken that soft and in a restaurant. The whole chicken leg just swam away with my fork strokes and had a buttery, melt-in-your mouth tenderness that was quite mind-blowing. The dish itself was interesting. It was a sweet- savoury dish, one I’d seriously snub in most occasions but I actually liked it. A lot.
I can’t help but stare at this woven ceiling decor. It’s gorgeous.
Even the mosaic at the bar looked awesome.
Reviews of the restaurant are either super great or super bad. In my case, the first visit wasn’t exactly outstanding but it wasn’t bad at all. The ambience is pretty neat and the service was quite friendly. I wouldn’t mind revisiting again to try more of the stew. And that delicious chicken liver dish.
17 Garrick St, London WC2E 9BL | +44(0)20 7240 7811
Ave spend pp: £20