Kateh

Restaurants, Iranian Maida Vale
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Kateh

Roaringly busy throughout the week, this Persian restaurant is well hidden among the elegant houses of Warwick Avenue. Just a handful of tables are packed into a tight, conspicuously plain space.

The atmosphere is provided by elbow-to-elbow diners and by furiously enthusiastic staff who tear around delivering refined, modern Iranian dishes, and chip in with friendly chatter. If you’re after a bit of privacy (or peace), head for the small basement room, which features a communal table and a pretty courtyard; romantically low lit, it’s ideal for an intimate party. In fact, Kateh is a great special-occasion destination. With a menu that’s a touch more expensive than the average for its type, and an arty, contemporary approach to plating up, it has the air of a smart European brasserie and the clientele to match.

Hearty classics, such as ghalieh mahi (an excellent fish stew made tart with tamarind) and saffron-marinated grilled meats, feature alongside less defiantly Persian dishes – a charred sardine, basil and lemon starter, for example, minced veal kebab, or a frozen blueberry yoghurt dessert. It’s a creative and appealing mix, made more so by the quality of ingredients, the warm service and the stylish surroundings.

 

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Venue name: Kateh
Contact:
Address: 5 Warwick Place
London
W9 2PX
Opening hours: Lunch served noon-4pm Fri, Sat. Dinner served 6-11pm Mon-Sat. Meals served noon-9.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Warwick Avenue tube
Price: Main courses £11-£17.50.Meal for two with wine and service: around £60.
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