An Iranian grilled chicken and tomatoes served on rice in white

The fact that Hafez has been doing brisk business since 1983 is testament to the restaurant’s devotion to delivering a quality Persian dining experience. Head chef Farshid Ziafat has been in the industry for over a quarter of a century. It’s fair to say he knows his stuff – especially when one makes that pronouncement after enjoying a full-on feast.

It’s not just food traditions that are honoured here, but also the typically Persian values regarding warm hospitality and the convivial nature of sharing food. You’ll be advised to share a few starters – this tip is worth heeding. Choose the ‘hafez mazah’, which delivers the house selection of five fine items.

The aromas emanating from a charcoal grill always make kebabs hard to resist, especially when there’s the option of ordering an extra koobideh skewer to make any of the meals even more meaty. But a slow-cooked stew like gheimah allows you to savour the subtle, spicy flavours found in Persian cuisine.  The best solution? Order broadly across the menu, and share the spoils.

From the concise dessert list, iced treats feature typical tastes – rosewater, saffron, pomegranate. Or opt for something stickier in the form of a plate of Persian pastries.

5 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB | hafezrestaurant.co.uk

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