Colourful, crowded and charmingly bonkers café-cum-deli proudly located in Peckham.
This little café inside Peckham’s Persian delicatessen, Persepolis, is a fun place serving fun food. Sally Butcher has made it her mission to bring the flavours of Middle Eastern and Levantine cooking to South East London with her shop, and with three cookery books: ‘Persia in Peckham’, ‘Veggiestan’ and more recently ‘Snackistan’.
The vibe is colourful, crowded and charmingly bonkers. A handful of chairs and tables have been shoehorned between shelves stuffed with shisha pipes, embossed glassware, musical instruments, spices and specialist foodstuffs. They provide the setting for a liberal vegetarian interpretation of Iranian and Levantine dishes, with Peckham influences: Moroccan harissa is used with fried plantains, for example. Meze and wraps form the bedrock, with seasonally inspired fillings such as quince, halloumi and caramelised celeriac. Drinks go from Afghan green tea to pomegranate juice via date and cardamom latte.
And it’s excellent value, with a large meze costing just £5. Share one of these followed by a saffron banana split or ‘Hot Paklava Meltdown’ (all £3.50), and you won’t be hungry even by teatime. And do save room for pudding. We thought that the best dish of all was the Turkish delight sundae, which had my 12-year-old daughter in raptures: chunks of Turkish delight and slivers of halva in clouds of whipped cream, vanilla and saffron ice cream, drizzled with rose cordial and rose petals. Sounds sickly, but tasted divine.
28-30 Peckham High Street
|Opening hours:||Open 10.35am-9pm daily|
|Transport:||Peckham Rye rail or 36 bus|
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I only got an account to write a review but I'm doing so begrudgingly because I wanna keep it for me. I'm in love with this place. If I lived in this area, I would eat there as often as I could. We shared a delicious and carefully arranged meze, eggs, tea, and a banana split. All for 14 quid. Each bite was frakkin' exquisite, no less. You can tell the chef, red hair lady pictured above, is methodical and genuinely loves what she does and wants to share it--I'm guessing she's English. There's an older man there, her (Middle Eastern, Turkish?) husband perhaps, who is quite chatty and friendly. And the server, sweet dreamy pretty eyes and hair, an absolute doll who takes the time to explain and recommend; he did forget to bring me tap water and this basic need is usually a deal breaker for me, but it was my first time there so, we'll see if it happens again next time. Ugh--I can't say enough good things about my experience at this place. I love everything about it, the ultra delicious food, the care and careful display and arrangement in terms of flavours and aesthetic, that not many people know about it, the prices (which I hope don't go up as Peckham is transformed), the handsome server (swoon!), and the overall service and attention to detail. Go here for the best nom noms you can find.
Wonderful Persian cuisine prepared personally by the lovely flame-haired Sally Butcher in her cosy cafe/shop. Her cookbooks are must-haves and make great Xmas gifts!
A really different and interesting vegetarian take on traditional Iranian and Midfle Eastern dishes in a unique setting where you can then buy ingredients for your own cooking.
Absolutely amazing. Tried 3 dishes from the menu and all 3 were yummy.
A very creative menu in a very creative space.
Will definitely come back.
The food is divine and all produced from the tiniest kitchen I've ever seen - I don't know how they do it but wow!
Wonderful food, glorious staff and the most brilliantly witty handwritten "shelf talkers" I 've ever seen. Also, Persian ice cream in Peckham?! Yes please.
I love, love, looove this place!!! The food, the staff, the shop, the funky interior, the food. Oh, and did I mention the food? It's heaven served up on small plates (or bowls if you're having something runny). Yummers.
I absolutely love their plantain spicy scrambled egg dish - out of this world! She is a wonderful, charming hostess. They also do fab diary free ice cream and other puds for those, like me, who sadly cannot stomach dairy.
Spontaneously popped in for a quick bite to eat on Saturday. I'm told we were lucky to get a table straight away. As
I was beginning to get a little disgruntled about the half hour wait (not helped by the pretentious waffle-spouting hipsters sat on the next table) when the food arrived. It's not that often you have something that's completely unlike anything you've eaten before...and is absolutely amazing.
The wait-time and mustachioed buffoons faded into the background as we melted into two plates from the specials board, whose names escape me. Whatever it was, it was incredible (and involved pomegranate molasses). The cheesecake afterwards was just as earth-moving.
... writing this review is actually making me hungry.
Wonderful pastries! Just this would make Persopolis 'go to' but then you'd be missing all the other wonderful foodie delights, homewares and incidentals. The owners are knowledgeable, friendly and so passionate about their enterprise one cannot help but be inspired.
Tasty, affordable, healthy, slightly exotic lunch fare, and a shop full of great stuff to browse before during and afterwards.
What an amazing cafe!! We went for a late lunch and enjoyed the Meze, one of the specials, 4 different and wonderful drinks and a Paklava Melt down to finish - all for £20. We'll be back!