Lavash

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The ‘Lavash’ of the restaurant’s title is a thin Persian bread; but if you mistakenly heard the name as ‘Lavish’, you’d not be let down. Service is attentive, the cosy atmosphere is family-friendly, and portions definitely err on the ‘generous’ side. Thankfully, the buzzy atmosphere does not distract one from appreciating the food.

The dining room’s decor may be in a contemporary style, but the menu offers all the classics of Persian cuisine. A selection of dips shared between your party is a pleasant way to begin – try hummus; mirza – an aubergine, garlic and tomato melange; and the grilled courgette and yogurt salad, ‘boorani’, all served with fresh house-made bread.

It’s hard to choose between rice specialities like tachin – a dish of chicken-and-aubergine-stuffed oven-baked rice, heaping helpings of flavoursome stews, or kebab combinations like the ‘Momtaz’, which delivers one skewer each of marinated fillet of chicken and minced lamb. Sabzi polo mahi – seabass served with herby rice, is equally tempting. Mast khyar, a thick, raita-like yogurt relish, is a tasty side.

A dense halva cake is a very indulgent finale, but ends a meal at Lavash on a note that’s sufficiently sweet to complete with the rest of the experience.

8-10 Monkville Parade, London NW11 OAL | 020 8905 5353 | lavash.co.uk

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