Restaurants & Bars

Terrific Covent Garden Persian - Simurgh

Joan Kureczka | Mar 18, 200305:35 PM

We ran across a terrific little place on Garrick Street called Simurgh on Sunday. They are billing themselves as "Modern Persian" and the food definitely was a bit different take on what I've had of Persian food in the past. Very very fresh flavors, nicely done. Prices were quite reasonable for London also. My husband had one of the best renditions of jujeh kabab we've ever tried... very moist chicken with buttery flavor, served with 3 different rice pilafs. I had an interesting grilled duck with a very bright-flavored fresh pomegranate sauce that was served with a tart-sweet orange pilaf. Sort of seville orange marmelade like flavor, which sounds over the top but it really complemented the pomegranate sauce. Our starters included the simple fresh herbs and feta (onion, tarragon, mint, dill and radish) plus lavash, and a nice grapeleaf dolma rendition served warm with a chunky tomato onion sauce. A lot of things on the menu sounded wonderful.

It was rather a lovely place also, with blond wood tables inlaid with silver repousse plaques, moorish tile work and fabric hangings and some lovely modern paintings. Friendly service and modern middle eastern/moorish roots music (definitely to our taste, although a little loud). Would not hesitate to go back. With wine, sparkling water and Persian tea, the bill was about 57 pounds.

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