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Time Out says
Wed Jun 13 2012
With its coloured windows, sculpted doors, and shaded shisha terrace book-ended by illuminated trees, Zeytoon is an oasis of exoticism amid the otherwise mundane surrounds of Cricklewood Broadway. Inside, no corner has been cut in embellishing the orientalist fantasy: brick alcoves are painted with scenes depicting dream-like Persian women in the ancient poetic tradition; doorways are hung with tasselled rugs; ceilings are set with coloured chandeliers. Chunky wooden tables and chairs are spread over two rooms.
The menu mixes dishes from Iran and Afghanistan; of the former, salad shirazi is a cold starter of diced chicken, eggs, potatoes and gherkins in citrus mayonnaise, while masto musir blends thick yoghurt with finely chopped shallots. There are various stews and an intimidating list of lamb and chicken kebabs, plus the traditional Persian workers’ breakfast of kaleh pacheh (a broth of lamb’s head and trotters), though we’d recommend the Afghan qabli polow (lamb shank with carrot, raisin and almond-infused brown rice): the house dish, and pretty unbeatable. On the downside, the restaurant can be awkwardly quiet – and staff tend towards surly.
Zeytoon 94-96 Cricklewood Broadway