Faanoos

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© Hayley Harrison
Mortlake

Faanoos is a great local restaurant – cheerful, cheap and bustling even midweek. It’s also an oasis of colour on an insipid stretch of the Upper Richmond Road: sit facing the windows and you’ll look out on stagnant traffic and furniture showrooms; face inwards and your eye alights on straw-matted walls hung with Persian rugs and unframed paintings of bearded merchants, a ceiling strung with coloured lanterns (faanoos) and a turquoise clay oven. All seats were taken on our last visit, but none of our fellow diners was Iranian – a geographical issue (few expats stray south of the river), but one that has allowed standards to slip slightly over the years.

A starter of stuffed vine leaves lacked texture and had the limp outer warmth of a dish hastily reheated, while a plate heaped with sabzi khordan (mixed fresh herbs) was bereft of the all-important coriander. Mains were better: joojeh (chicken kebab) was suitably aromatic from the lemon and saffron marinade, the accompanying grilled tomato nicely blackened, and ghorm-e sabzi (lamb and herb stew) was generous in size, but lacking citrus kick due to insufficient dried limes. Still, at these prices – and with decent house wine at £10.95 per bottle – complaints are rare.

Venue name: Faanoos
Contact:
Address: 481 Upper Richmond Road West
London
SW14 7PU
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm daily
Transport: Tube: Mortlake rail or 33, 337, 493 bus
Price: Main courses £4.95-£8.95

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Cici Tak

I celebrated my birthday last Saturday in Faanoos restaurant in Chiswick. Delicious food, excellent Service and great entertainment... all with very reasonable price. The staff, manager and the Owner went out of their way and well impressed me and my nearly 40 guests at the party. I highly recommend this wonderful place to anyone who would like to have great party. oh just to mention that even the drinks at Faanoos are very reasonable. They get 10/10 and the 5 star from me and all my guests!!!