Persepolis

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Peckham

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.

Venue name: Persepolis
Contact:
Address: 28-30 Peckham High Street
London
SE15 5DT
Opening hours: Open 10.35am-9pm daily
Transport: Peckham Rye rail or 36 bus

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QueerVultures

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. 

Adam M

amazing find in South London - you have to pop in for a Meze to share and then banana split :)

Megan P

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!