Persia – June 2012 ***CLOSED***

Following on from Anatolia, we were in the mood for more food from that part of the world (and beyond!). We spied a graduation dinner deal on 5pm for Persia on Great Western Road, neither of us were graduating but I didn’t see any other dinners with mortar boards or gowns and no one asked for proof so…

To begin,

Spicy Pomegranate chicken wings

Spicy Pomegranate chicken wings

Spicy chicken wings (£4.90) in a pomegranate sauce, which weren’t all that spicy and I’m not sure where the pomegranate was either but 4 char-grilled chicken wings with salad still made for a decent starter.

Dolmeh felfel

Dolmeh felfel

A large stuffed green pepper (£5.50) delicately spiced with a rather random mish-mash of salady bits around the edge. It was all tasty though.

Ghaimeh bademjaan

Ghaimeh bademjaan

For the mains, we both opted for curried lamb stews and Ghaimeh bademjaan (£9.90) consisted of diced lamb with chana dal and cinnamon in a light tomato sauce with baby aubergine, served with white saffron rice. Again, I don’t know if my taste-buds were failing me but I couldn’t detect any cinnamon or saffron, but once again it was still tasty.

Ghormeh sabzi

Ghormeh sabzi

Ghormeh sabzi (£9.90), in addition to lamb it contained spinach, parsley, green onions, coriander and shanbalileh (whatever that is!?) with dried lime, red kidney beans and served again with saffron rice. I ordered this because it looked unusual, and it was…a bit too unusual. It was very…green! My taste-buds were definitely up to no good, all I could taste were the parsley and coriander, which I like in moderation, but this was a bit overkill. The lamb was cooked nicely so I ate it up but I don’t think I’ll be ordering this again.

Onto dessert…

Strawberry Cheesecake

Strawberry Cheesecake

I love cheesecake (£3.90) and this was decent but tasted shop-bought.

Baghlava

Baghlava

The Baghlava (£3.50) was a bit hard for me, I was hoping for soft and syrupy not crunchy.

Total cost for 3 courses and a drink each – £33.80. The prices in brackets are the regular A La Carte prices though and not the special price we paid for the 3 courses (as that menu is no longer available). Overall decent food but not great though service was friendly and attentive.

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