"A wonderful introduction to Iranian cookery"Review Rating: Reviewed by Leila
After a 10 minute walk from Queensway tube station and much moaning about the cold winter air, we stepped into Hafez. Abba was playing in the background, which struck us as being a little odd.
Before we’d ordered we were brought olives, naan and hummus, all of which promptly disappeared only to be replenished without even asking (at no extra cost). Salad olivieh, a rich potato salad with mayonnaise, chopped up gherkins, eggs and pieces of chicken, was delicious. Aubergine-based baba ganoush was creamy and tasty, and ‘ash’ was the perfect starter for the current climate. A very thick soup made with barley, rice, lemon and herbs, it’s great nourishment for freezing weather.
For the mains we ordered ‘bademjan’, an aubergine stew with tomatoes and onions. As with baba ganoush the aubergine had been blended finely into a paste, and it was served with saffron rice. Gormeh sabzi, another stew with kidney beans, chives, fenugreek, parsley and dried limes arrived in a bowl and had been cooked till the kidney beans had perfectly absorbed the flavour of the limes. The minced lamb and chicken kebabs were faultless too, well cooked and tasting of saffron and lemon.
We ordered a cinnamon tea which came with complementary baklava while we pondered the dessert menu. We’d eaten enough to feed a small principality, but it just looked too good to pass up. We opted for ice cream, made with rose water, saffron and cinnamon, ‘faloodeh’ which is a sort of noodle sorbet with rose water, and almond cakes.
The meal came to around £30 a head for four people, including two bottles of wine, impressive given the amount of food we’d consumed and the Bayswater post code.
A fantastic meal and a wonderful introduction to Iranian cookery.
Leila reviewed Hafez on Thu 08 Jan 2009