People often think that Burgers are my favourite food; well I have to say, that this is not true.
Iranian Food has always been my favourite cuisine and type of food. My parents cooking has always been so great and growing up with this food, almost daily meant that it was the first cuisine I fell in love with.
The Iranian restaurants in London are good, but do not have much of a wow factor. To be honest, I prefer my parents cooking anyway.
When I saw, however, that the group behind Gymkhana were opening up a Persian restaurant, this got me excited. Gymkhana, itself has Persian influences so I was confident that this would be good too.
Persian/Iranian, Iranian/Persian, whatever you call it, Berenjak promised quality food done right.
From their site:
With Berenjak I wanted to evoke the style of a rustic hole-in-the-wall eatery from Tehran, and reinterpret signature dishes using seasonal British produce. “Spices, dips, pickles and handfuls of herbs are the flavours of my childhood, so it’s great to be reinterpreting them in Soho. For me, it wouldn’t be an Persian dinner without sitting elbow-to-elbow with friends and family, sharing each dish until every scrap has gone” – Kian Samyani (Founder)
Updated from Last September:
Smoky Boys has continued to expand and this time they have ventured to Wembley and the fabolous new Boxpark. Boxpark from its trendy scene in Shoreditch has now expanded across London and its latest venture to the Wembley Stadium walkway is a great one.
Once inside, you are greeted with a familiar vibe and smell. Chilled out, exciting and lots of food being cooked and grilled. Alongside competitors such as Cut & Grind, Smoky Boys welcomes you with their classic burgers and vibrant chicken wings and char grilled shrimp.
My experience of Pizza Union in Kings Cross.
In. Find your seat. Go to the counter, crook your neck up to see the menu. Pick the Pizza of your choice. Go to the fridge and grab a drink. Pay up and take the buzzer. Wait. Then eat. Finished and you're out.
All this in under 30 minutes.
Pizza Union is fast food for sure. This is exactly what they tell you.
ITALIAN PIZZA BAR
FIRE-BAKED ROMAN STYLE
THIN & CRISPY 12" PIZZAS
SUPERFAST ALL DAY
EAT-IN OR TAKE-AWAY
They weren't lying when they said super fast. As above, after sitting down we had our Pizzas ready in five minutes. I ordered the Calabria; the ingredients were Tomato Sauce · Mozzarella · Mascarpone · Nduja Spicy Sausage ·
They had indicated on the menu that this was a Spicy Pizza and they weren't lying. It wasn't eye watering hot, but enough for me to slow down after each bite and reflect on life.
The Pizza was nice and as described, a crispy base, with gooey cheese and hot sausage. A good pizza at a really good price. Filling, but not stuffed, and definitely much better value than what the older chains such as Pizza Express or Zizzi would give you.
Pizza Union, won't win best Pizza of the year award, but it does represent good food. Quick, Hot, tasty Pizza is what you will get from Pizza Union. Go On. Enjoy it.
November 2018 Update: Original July 2017.
This is an update for Bayleaf restaurant, aimed at letting you know of their special Duck Dish, called the Battakh. The duck breast dish is a bid by Bayleaf to win best dish for the Channel S TV show, Restaurant Star Show.
We got to try this duck to see how good it was; and I have to say, it was tasty. The best dish for a special night, with camera crews, balloons and more; celebrating both the TV show and five years of Bayleaf.
An enjoyable evening and you could see by the number of people that evening, how popular Bayleaf is in North London.
Please see below for more info from my previous visit and there brave menu.
The decision of what I cook during this challenge, is usually decided by the people. I actually enjoy it when the decision is taken out of their hands, such as on this occasion.
With only one country/nation starting with W, the decision was made for me. Other areas can lay claim to want to be involved such as The West Bank, Western Sahara and Wallis and Futuna, but I wanted to avoid any real difficulty, so went for Wales.
The added benefits of this, is that the National Dish is Welsh Rarebit.