We had never been to a Persian restaurant before so we decided to try Sadaf which is located in West London. This cozy place is located about a five minute walk from Bayswater station which is just long enough to build up the appetite after a long day at work.
We were warmly welcomed at the entrance by the manager – there is no reception but as the tables are well spread out waiters have the opportunity to welcome you at the door. This is refreshing from a lot of the Middle Eastern restaurants in London where they squeeze as many tables into the room as possible.
The restaurant is warm and welcoming with Persian paintings and art work on the wall (could be slightly tacky but it does emphasis the Persian menu I suppose). We ordered a bottle of merlot and decided to go for the mixed starter which included a mix of traditional cold dips and pitta bread. The dips were authentic and clearly homemade but it would have been nice to have a change from the regular dips that you find in most Middle Eastern restaurants.
For main course we ordered the mixed grill for two which included; chicken kebabs, lamb chops, minced lamb and a baby chicken. This was served with a spicy rice. The meat was well cooked and had a nice heat to it and the rice was al dente but I would have liked it to have more of a kick to it. We got through the first bottle and ordered a second as eating lots of protein and carbs is thirsty work! Seriously though I think the dishes could have been improved with a yoghurt or equivalent dip – yes I know that may not be traditional in Persian cuisine but still.
We really liked this place; the manager came to check on us at the end of the meal and even had time for a quick chat. Our waiter was efficient and friendly, the atmosphere is warm – although trying a little hard in its décor and the food was well cooked and seasoned.
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