Iranians either relish or refuse to have anything to do with Patogh, a kebab joint more akin to one of Tehran’s cluttered cafés than its cosmopolitan restaurants. Walls the colour of cold coffee peel and crack; shared tables leave little room for intimacy; and decoration is limited to a handful of Persian paintings, a pair of red lanterns, and a string of coloured light bulbs such as grace the galvanised tea huts at the base of the Alborz mountains. Luxuries are rare (tap water at this BYO venue arrived in a scuffed plastic measuring jug), but few places serve Iranian street food with such an eye for detail. A starter of masto musir was whipped to a pleasing thickness, and made the ideal accompaniment to fresh bread peppered with sesame and poppy seeds. Both chicken and minced lamb kebabs were artfully seasoned and cooked just so: charred on the outside, juicy within. A heaped portion of rice was served traditionally, with butter melting at its centre. Those seeking subtle Iranian stews and soups should look elsewhere, but for an authentic taste of downtown Tehran, Patogh can’t be beaten.
8 Crawford Place
|Opening hours:||Meals served 12.30-11pm daily.|
|Transport:||Tube: Edgware Road tube|
|Price:||Main courses £6-£12. Unlicensed. Corkage no charge.|
Average User Rating
4.3 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:1
- 3 star:0
- 2 star:1
- 1 star:1
I love this place! the food is fresh and delicious. the staff is friendly and eager to please, they make you feel welcomed. I highly recommend this place! my go to Iranian place in London.
I love it! Every time I get to London I cannot help making at least one visit to this amazing place! The bread is the best ever! Simple but unforgettable!
I am Iranian and have to admit this was one of the worst kebab I ever had, the rice was tasteless and I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone.
This is one of my favourite restaurants in London and go here at least once a month to sample the great food and friendly atmosphere. Patogh serves the best kebabs I have ever eaten. The prices are fantastic too - just £6 for 2 large minced lamb kofte kebabs with rice... I don't know how they make a profit! Try the big special bread to start, its almost the same size as the table and is cooked fresh to order, it tastes amazing. This grilled fish is also very good if you fancy something lighter.
I went here last night for dinner with my brothers and their girlfriends, we waited a few minutes outside as we were a party of 5 and the place is small. we ordered a starter each and us three girls ordered a main each and the boys had 3 between the two of them. I can recommend the feta cheese started and ordering your main with bread which is under the grilled meat to soak up the lovely juices. Great cheap and cheerful place to eat.
I finally ate at Patogh last night having been recommended it months back. We were lucky enough to get the edge of a shared to order our food but the atmosphere is fantastic. I've travelled a lot through the middle east an it genuinely felt like I was away from home. And all the food was fantastic!
Having travelled throughout Iran, I have visited numerous UK based Iranian restaurants and have been left disappointed- until coincidence took me to Patogh. This is some of the best Persian cuisine I've tasted, in fact the bread IS the best I've ever tasted. I also recommend the lamb and salads/pickles -lovely staff too.
I've only moved to London recently from the States, but I've known about Patogh for years and I make sure to eat here whenever I'm in town. This is some of the best Persian kabob I've ever had eating out. The lamb and sea bass are fantastic. The generous serving of feta, mint, and taragon is a wonderful complement to the oven-baked bread. Service is quick. Food quality is excellent and consistent. Bring your own wine too!
Whether this is akin to food joints in downtown Tehran or not, I cannot attest to. What I can say that is a poor example of of what Persian Kebab is supposed to be. The seasoning and marinating is woefully short of the goal on the lamb. Although closer to the mark in flavor, the chicken was dry. The Shirazi Salad had no dressing whatsoever, which is half preparation for this dish. The Hummus (not a Persian dish) is similarly tasteless and ill prepared. The only positive is that the bread was fresh and tasted good.