It’s a warm and sunny Friday evening in Soho, the heart of London. Where better to grab a bite to eat than Berenjak. Having been recommended this Persian cuisine restaurant, I was keen to book a table, after perusing the menu online. Serving up a number of delicately fragrant, sharing dishes, Berenjak is perfect to catch up with friends.
Located on Romilly Street, it’s a little hidden gem in the heart of bustling Soho. You’ve probably never walked down this street, but it’s worth a detour. The restaurant is small with some bar seating and a couple of chairs outside, but a little like Narnia, it opens up at the back, into a very sweet court yard style seating.
We were lucky enough to get a table here, surrounded by beautiful decor and incredible flavours wafting in from the kitchen.
What to order?
To start, we devoured both the Taftoon and Sangak breads. The Taftoon is a clay tanoor baked sourdough seeded flatbread, whilst the Sangak is a whole wheat flatbread cooked on pebbles. Both were divine, and for dips, we chose the black tahini, walnut and chickpea hummus. Plus the Kashk e Bademjoon – coal cooked aubergine with walnuts, dried mint and onions. Both were heavenly. I could’ve eaten this alone!
For main, we decided to share the Jujeh Kabab – a wonderfully succulent chicken breast kebab, marinated in saffron, lemon, yogurt and tomato. To accompany this, we opted for a chopped cucumber and tomato salad, and a saffron house rice.
What to drink?
The drinks menu at Berenjak is really interesting, and great for those not wish to drink alcohol. They serve a number of non-alcoholic Persian fruit cordials, that you can either choose to have as they are with sparkling water. Otherwise you can choose to ‘spike it’ with a range of different alcohol that they’ve pre-selected for each cordial, based on their unique flavours.
I chose saffron and apple cordial on its own, and Charlotte chose the pomegranate iced tea. Both were great, and super refreshing on a hot day.
- A hidden gem in the heart of Soho
- Great food, great atmosphere
- Really good drinks selection for those not wishing to drink alcohol