• LOVE FOOD, LIVE FOODIE •
Why do I love food?
There are many reasons why I have evolved (Pokémon GO reference) to a foodie. One key reason is that food brings people together and for this review, this was key. A catch up with friends is always needed and it had been a while. The choice of restaurant shouldn't be such an issue but we eventually decided to go to Lavash on Henleys Corner, near Golders Green. Why? Ask Monir.
Lavash classes itself as a contemporary Persian Grill. This Iranian restaurant has been around for a while, but for some reason I was not aware it was serving Iranian food. When I found out and being Iranian I was excited because I knew roughly before I got there what I was going to have. This would be the Iranian national dish - chelo kebab ( rice and kebab). A simple but an amazing dish.
One issue I have with Iranian restaurants is that they are never as good as my parents food. Dad and Mum have that familiarity and quality that makes you run back to theirs quicker than other places. There's no place like family and home.
As a restaurant Lavash covers for about 100 people and on a quiet Monday there were a few groups dotted around. Nice tables in dim lighting (the flash was needed for pictures) , Lavash and its menu surprised me. Halloumi? Steak? Chips? What is going on?
They have all the classics too such as Mriza Ghasami ( aubergine dish) and Mast Mousier (yoghurt with shallots) and rice and kebabs too. With such classic dishes there is no need for these western dishes. These two dishes were very tasty, with the aubergines nice and smokey and with a fair bit of garlic involved too, all Iranians would be very happy with this.
The Mast Mousier is a dish that I happily go to restaurants for. Here, i gobbled up the majority of two portions and thankfully my friends did not complain. Best eaten with fresh and warm Iranian bread (none here), this starter with its shallots was very creamy. Not so light and fluffy but quite dense, but packed full of shallots, I was still happy.
The main course of rice and kebab was good too. Lamb Fillet layered across my plate with a good helping of rice and cooked tomato. This was a big meal and I just about managed to finish it all. JUST AS ONE SHOULD.
Iranian Food is the ONE. My last meal will probably be rice and kebab; with a side of Steak, Sushi and lots more too. IT'S MY LAST MEAL AND I'LL EAT WHAT I WANT.
Lavash is what I would expect for Iranian. I think the one issue is that they are trying a bit too hard. Forget all the contemporary stuff and stick to the classics. Halloumi, Steak, there is no need for that. Keep to the good Iranian dishes and people will come and more importantly STAY and then come back again.