Long stretches of Harrow Road are fairly unprepossessing, making Behesht a delightful – if slightly bonkers – surprise. The interior is a no-holds-barred hymn to the (real or imagined) aesthetic traditions of Persia. You’re greeted in the lobby by walls festooned with wooden instruments and hung with tapestries, by dashingly aloof waiters with slicked-back hair, and by an amorous pair of green parrots in a large cage. Through to the dining room, and the decor is yet more flamboyant – fountains trickle and songbirds chirrup among pots, paintings and sculptures. The food doesn’t let the side down; portions are enormous, and there’s real complexity of flavour. Kashk-e bademjan – a warm paste of aubergine, walnuts and fried onions scooped up with handfuls of gargantuan flatbread – was a star of the meze-style starters, as was mirza ghasemi, a smoky hot dip of grilled aubergine, eggs and tomatoes. Mains include rafts of tempting grilled meats, but we chose stews slathered in dark, rich sauces – ghorm-e sabzi with lamb, kidney beans, dried limes and herbs (sharp and moreish); and fesenjan chicken that managed the tricky balance of being sweet and savoury without becoming sickly. There’s no alcohol, so the final bill is gratifyingly low: extraordinary value.
1082-1084 Harrow Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11.30pm daily|
|Transport:||Tube: Kensal Green tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £5.95-£9.95. Unlicensed no alcohol allowed|
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Absolutely fantastic food, amazing place and very fresh meat and food, lovely decoration. Price is almost fairly and budget,very good abd calm area.
Great food, amazing portions, over the top decor (including parrots). With loads of Persian rugs, colourful table cloths and decor on the walls (not to mention the fish pond) you feel like you have been transported out of London for a couple of hours. The back room with no windows did feel a little claustrophobic, but its totally worth it! The starters where great and the mixed grill to share even better. Good service and affordable too. Ticks all boxes (except for the wine box as this is place is no alcohol).
I came across this place via a blog my friend manages and boy am I glad I did. We made the bus trip to Kensal Rise in search of grilled meats and baba ganoush and we were not disappointed by what we found. Don't be put off by the eclectic decor - yes it's a bit over the top but you'd expect that for a family run Iranian restaurant.
The food is second to none and a real piece of traditional Persian food made exceptionally well. The Persian naan bread is made at the front of the restaurant in a wood fired oven. Whilst we were waiting for our table it was a real joy to watch the man make the bread, roll it out and slap it against the side of the stone oven. The bread filled with lots of little bubbles and puffed up within minutes into a nice golden brown. Try the Sini Mazeh which is a selection of their best hot and cold starters. The Mirza Ghasemi is delicious with the warm bread, it reminds me of a Bengali curry. We also ordered a mixed platter of grilled meats. The chicken was moist and the minced lamb spicy. The portions are HUGE, bear that in mind when ordering and no alcohol is served. You might just fall off your chair when the bill arrives... as it is shockingly cheap. It's a regular haunt for me and my friends as the food is just so tasty!
Yes yes and a thousand times yes. This place is a little slice of crazy up in west London. Bird cages, a pond, a prayer room, ceilings covered in leather, this place has it all. And great food too! Go for the dried lime stew and tahdig, ya dig?
Was One of the best persian cuisine I have had in a long time. Friendly online ordering service, quick delivery and the food was hot on arrival Very Yummy food! Definitely will order again very soon.
Best Iranian restaurant in Europe , I have been to all Persia cousin in uk, but they are not even close to Behesht . Best food, nice design and reasonable price (start from 5.99) I've been there many times and is a only Persian restaurant I will go.