Anar Persian Kitchen

Ladbroke Grove

There’s nothing conventional about Anar’s approach to contemporary Persian cuisine. You’ll find none of the gaudy orientalism prevalent at other Iranian restaurants in London, but rather a bare-brick interior lit by candles, a mix of modern banquettes and small cubic stools, and tall windows overlooking the residential end of Portobello Road. There’s even a wine list (but only one bottled beer). Music on our visit was Arabic, not Iranian, and the downstairs toilet promoted an Ancienne Ambiance candle called ‘Persia’ (‘as recommended by Vogue’).

Will London’s stubbornly traditional Iranian set be swung by such tactics? It seems an idle question, given that Anar’s target audience appears to be experimental Notting Hill locals, of which there were many on our visit, mispronouncing starters and struggling to locate main courses not featuring lamb. Not that the food should trouble even staunch traditionalists; a starter of ash-e reshteh (bean and noodle soup) was fine, if served in an unnecessarily dramatic terracotta pot complete with lid, and zereshk polo ba morgh was a decent version of a Persian kitchen classic: a mound of saffron rice with sour barberries, served with a side of braised chicken. A worthy addition to the area.

Venue name: Anar Persian Kitchen
Address: 349 Portobello Road
W10 5SA
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Thur; noon-11.30pm Fri, Sat; noon-10pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Ladbroke Grove tube
Price: Main courses £7-£25. Set meze £8

Average User Rating

4.9 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:9
  • 4 star:1
  • 3 star:0
  • 2 star:0
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i had an amazing time in this restaurant!, the food is really tasty, nice atmosphere and very friendly staff, will be back very soon!!


love this restaurant. Their persian food taste very home made. I have had birthdays parties there and have a lot of takeaway as seems like its easier than cooking at home with same taste. love it x


Wow! what an amazing place! Nice and relaxing... Friendly staff. Love this place.


Very friendly staff, delicious food and relaxing ambiance! what else do we need ;) I had my birthday in there, what an amazing night...


An amazing place! I love it... try Their Fesenjan and Barg. so tasty


Perhaps 'A' below was unlucky. We had good food and found the place pleasant and relaxing.


I live about five minutes from the restaurant and just love this little place! It feels like stepping into someone's living room and the food, classical music and staff are amazing. No idea why Timeout gave this 3* only.