Chella

Chiswick

Iranian restaurants seldom do glamour. Most forsake frills for the simple warmth of a family dining room, catering to a national belief that eating out is a poor substitute for dining at home. Not so with Chella, which retains the artful bistro feel of its predecessor, Brit-fusion restaurant Gravy. Champagne bottles cool in ice buckets at a glittering mirrored bar; bejewelled mirrors and framed prints of ballerinas adorn the walls; and the chunky wooden tables and eccentric upholstered chairs are bathed in candlelight.

Nor was the food strikingly authentic: a starter of aash-e reshteh (noodle and mung bean soup) was pleasingly thick but over-salted; another of kashk-e bademnjaan (aubergine and garlic mashed with whey) was bland by comparison. Only the delicate herb omelette known as kookoo sabzi was spot on, bursting with fragrance and light as a soufflé.

Mains were equally erratic: minced lamb koobideh and chicken joojeh kebabs were succulent, but the latter needed longer in the traditional saffron marinade; ghorm-e sabzi (lamb stew with vegetables and dried limes) featured overcooked meat and was similarly over-seasoned.

Despite all that, Chella has clearly struck a chord: service was superb, and the place was packed on our Thursday night visit, although few customers appeared to be Iranian. Given the live flamenco Sundays, extensive wine list and absence of Middle Eastern hygiene hoses in the toilets, that may all be part of the plan.

Venue name: Chella
Contact:
Address: 142 Chiswick High Road
London
W4 1PU
Opening hours: Open Noon-midnight daily
Transport: Tube: Turnham Green tube
Price: Meal for two with wine and service: around £40

Average User Rating

5 / 5

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Michael

We love this place. The food is superb and the owners are fantastic. We go at least once every two weeks and it has been high quality each and every time!

FS

The food is fantastic in Chella. I cannot agree with bland kashk-e bademnjaan (aubergine and garlic mashed with whey) or the over-cooked ghorm-e sabzi (lamb stew with vegetables and dried limes) mentioned in the review. All dishes in Chella taste like real high quality home made Iranian food. It is one of the best Iranian restaurant in London in terms of food and the professional service. will definitely recommend.