As you duck through a reimagined, typical Persian shopfront you are greeted by an open kitchen, giving a full view of our chefs manning the flaming tanoor, mangal barbecue, and vertical rotisserie – all the traditional tools of the Persian chef.
Exposed brick walls hung with delicate artworks contrast with stained glass windows and the richly-hued, Persian-inspired mosaic lining the floor of the ‘Hayat’, with flickering candlelight casts a warm glow over the reclaimed marble and bronze tables.
“Like many Persian families in London, most of my childhood memories were made around the dinner table, where household dishes become life-long favourites – every Persian will tell you that their mum’s cooking is the best! With Berenjak I wanted to evoke the style of a rustic hole-in-the-wall eatery from Tehran, and reinterpret signature dishes using seasonal British produce.
“Spices, dips, pickles and handfuls of herbs are the flavours of my childhood, so it’s great to be reinterpreting them in Soho. For me, it wouldn’t be an Persian dinner without sitting elbow-to-elbow with friends and family, sharing each dish until every scrap has gone”
– Kian Samyani (Founder)