Middle Eastern and African

0.5 miles
29 Connaught Street, Hyde Park, W2 2AY

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The area around Edgware Road is well known for its Middle Eastern restaurants, but for a low-key, truly authentic establishment, it's worth heading off the main road to seek out Pardis, a warm and friendly destination in the heart of Connaught Village.

The word paradise is derived from the word pardis, so in naming their restaurant as such, the family team at the helm are setting expectations sky high. Luckily, they deliver. This family-run restaurant has succeeded in building up a strong reputation by focusing on Persian home cooking and good old-fashioned hospitality. Right from the start of the evening, we could see that they took pride in the latter as every guest who walked through the door was greeted like an old friend. We quickly got the impression that the restaurant has a loyal following and we couldn't wait to sample the food.

Following the recommendations of our host when it came to ordering, we sampled a selection of classic Persian starters, including smoky aubergine, earthy beetroot and yoghurt, olives soaked in pomegranate juice and a side of gorgeous taftoon flatbread with sesame seeds, all of which were deliciously moreish. As for the main courses, they were even better: gheymeh, a hearty lamb stew cooked with tomato and sun dried lime, along with ghafghazi, juicy grilled lamb and chicken served with saffron rice, were both fi ne examples of traditional Persian cuisine and were packed with exotic flavour. For dessert, we headed downstairs to the magical garden, draped in Eastern fabrics and twinkling with lights, where a young crowd could be found relaxing, chatting and smoking shisha pipes. Here we enjoyed aromatic black tea with a sweet, syrypy baklava - divine.

Pardis doesn't have a licence, so diners are invited to bring along a bottle of their favourite tipple. Opting to complete our experience in typical Persian style, we instead tried a delicious traditional mint yoghurt drink. With such warm hospitality and high-quality cuisine on offer, it's no wonder Pardis' popularity has grown quickly by word of mouth - it's a success that's well-deserved
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