Darvish is a traditional Persian tea house and has been open since 2005 and is a proper family run restaurant. The menu is not massive, but there are some interesting dishes on there. They also don't serve any booze, but do let you bring your own for £3 corkage which is pretty reasonable.
For starters, we wanted to try something a bit different and asked our waiter for recommendations. He said that the mirza ghasemi was very popular, and we also opted for the houmous (on a twitter recommendation). Mirza ghasemi is a dip made of grilled aubergines, tomatoes, egg, spices and garlic, and is one of the best things I have eaten recently - really full of flavour and perfectly balanced. The houmous was also really good and fresh, and both come with naan, which are enormous! I am a huge fan of the naans - fresh, crisp and light, cooked in a tandoor in full view of the restaurant, they are a true revelation!
|Mirza ghasemi - aubergine dip|
|The first of our three naan (three!!!)|
|ghaymeh bademjan - lamb with split peas and dried lime|
|Grilled marinaded chicken|
|Saffron rice, which accompanied the lamb stew|
|The saffron ice cream|