You can always tell how good a restaurant is by how busy it is. And when it comes to Persian Palace, you know the food is going to be amazing as soon as you walk inside because it is jam packed with diners devouring their meals. Despite the rush, the restaurant doesn't drop its standards as you're instantly welcomed by friendly staff who escort you to your table so that you can begin your culinary adventure.
Food: You will need to loosen your belt during a visit to Persian Palace as the generous sized portions will leave you feeling full very soon. The restaurant specialises in Iranian food and the starters definitely tickle the taste buds. The hummous is flavoursome, and goes well with the Taftoon bread which is made to order in a massive oven that is at the entrance of the restaurant. You also can't go wrong with Ash-E-Reshteh, which is a delicious soup made with Persian noodles, pulses and fresh herbs. But if you fancy a bit of everything then opt for Sini-E-Mazeh which is a selection of five starters. Although the kitchen offers a good variety of hot and cold meze, the piece de resistance is the selection of grills for main. A popular dish is Momtaz. This includes a skewer of marinated chicken and another skewer of mince lamb kabab. The lamb kabab is particularly soft and seasoned well, so if you love red meat then perhaps opt for the Makhsus which features a skewer of lamb fillet and a skewer of minced lamb kabab. Chicken lovers should try Joojeh Kabab, which is a whole poussin that is delicately marinated in lemon juice. All grills, which are cooked to perfection, are served on a massive platter of rice and salad. And although most of the grills are aimed for one person, the portions are large and will easily fill up two people. There are also three sauce based dishes. Lamb lovers will adore Khoresht-E-Ghormeh Sabzi. This delicious lamb stew is made of mixed herbs, red kidney beans and dried limes. The limited yet yummy selection of desserts are a nice way to end the meal. I’d recommend Bastani which is a Persian ice cream made with saffron and pistachios. It's light and refreshing - which is just what you need after a heavy meal. However, for an indulgent treat, try the Paloodeh which is a Persian sorbet mixed with rice noodles and lemon juice. It’s very filling so it is a great option if you want to share.
Atmosphere: Although the decor is not as grand as the name suggests, the restaurant is nonetheless stylish. It combines east and west with its modern tiled walls which provide a modern backdrop for the rustic Arabic lamps and wooden furniture. The welcoming decor is echoed by the friendly staff who are on hand to explain and recommend dishes. The restaurant is packed most days so it’s best to book a table in advance. The slight downside to this busy restaurant is that the tables are close together, which may not be the ideal setting for an intimate dinner. However, if you can overlook this and enjoy the buzz, then you're bound to have a good time.
Cost: Starters range from £2.50 - £ 12, mains range from £7.50 - £38 and desserts are £2.50.
Information: Visit the restaurant in Uxbridge Road, Ealing, W13 9AU. For more information call 020 8840 2015.