All reader reviews by farhad


I had lunch at Iran e Ma today with another Iranian friend. This restaurant is in a dark and dingy basement. The decor is a copy of Behesht in Harlesden. Even the menu on their website carries the same English errors and typos of Behesht's website (Aborigine means Aubergine!!!!!), but the waiter said they are not owned by the same people.

My friend and I ordered "Joojeh Makhsoos", which was Chicken Kebab off the bone, a skewer of Koobideh (minced lamb), basmati rice, grilled tomato and some salad. It was good and tasty and the right quantity of food for the price.

Being across from the South Bank Poly, there were a few students there munching on Burger & Chips and Spaghetti Bolognaise. Now that is the first time I have seen an Iranian restaurant serving what your local cafe serves and it was surprising.

The waiter was a pleasant and nice chap, but had to be reminded to bring our drinks after we had been given our food and had to be reminded to get our bill.

Although we had arrived at 12.45pm, he apologised and said they could not prepare any Iranian bread as the Tanoor (oven) was not on and warm. I can understand that, judging by the burger and chips munchers.

The food was good and tasty, but there are better Iranian restaurants in London if you are looking for somewhere that looks cleaner and attentive to your needs.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008
Overall rating 6 stars
Food 9 | Service 5 | Atmosphere 3 | Value for money 6

Spice Bollywood

This restaurant replaced a not so memorable Chinese restaurant. I have been here twice for take away.

The meat samosas were fresh and obviously home-made. very tasty indeed. The meat dupiaza was a big and delicious portion. The lamb meat was fresh and looked right and tasted well. Nothing was iffy and for us it is now our good local curry house.

Thursday, August 21, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 9 | Value for money 9


I took my wife, my kids and my old mum to Friends on Sunday. We had 3 haddocks & chips, 1 cod & chips, mushy peas & garden peas. The food was absolutely superb, as was the excellent service. It looks as if this restaurant has been redecorated, as it showed and they had done an excellent job. The bill for 4 plus a 3 year old came to £64 plus tips. The fish were huge, with 1 being big enough for two people... so we had to take some of the fish and the chips home.

Monday, January 21, 2008
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 10 | Service 10 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


I have eaten here 2-3 time and more recently had deliveries to my house for parties of 10-20 people.

Great value for money and the food is always top notch. It is a small cosy venue, suited for groups of up to 6 at most. Not the best of locations or easy for parking, but that aside the food is tasty and vfm.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Overall rating 8 stars
Food 8 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 6 | Value for money 8


The food At Simurgh is not 100% authentic Iranian/Persian food and is rather expensive compared to the more popular Persian restaurants of West & North London.

Nevertheless, I have been to Simurgh 4 times whilst working in their vicinity, but on my last visit to celebrate Persian New Year (norooz) with some other Iranian colleagues I ripped my trousers on a screw that was exposed on the seating. I managed to get £25 from the proprietor of Simurgh, but with a threatening letter telling me to "Watch out, watch out, watch out!"

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 7 | Service 6 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 6

Aji Japanese Canteen

I have been to Aji half a dozen times with friends or colleagues. The fresh juices are great. I had a Carrot/Apple/Ginger juice today. The fried sides were great and the Ramen Miso soup with Chicken, seasonal greens, bean sprouts and Shitake Mushrooms was yummy. Meal for 2 including drinks came to £26.50 plus £2 tip for the waitress.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Overall rating 9 stars
Food 9 | Service 8 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 9


I went to Galleria at lunch-time on a Monday.

Ordered Kabab Koobideh with Rice (£8.70), and glass of Doogh (£2.20) to drink.

First observation was that this place is over-priced. You can get Koobideh in many of London popular Iranian restauarants for around £5.00-6.00 and a glass of Doogh much nearer £1.00. They even had itemised Onion and Egg Yolk on the menu for £1.00 and 50p respectively. I have never had to pay for these elsewhere and just asked for them if I wanted them.

That aside, the food came... the rice was somewhat over-cooked and resembled the rice you would eat in an average Iranian home, not nice fluffy Basmati rice that most restaurants are capable of serving. The Kabab Koobideh was 3/4 length of most other restaurants and I think it was low in onion.

The restaurant was clean, the service was speady and polite.

Monday, December 17, 2007
Overall rating 7 stars
Food 5 | Service 9 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 5

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