“What’s a Meyhane feast” we hear you ask? Well, dear readers, a ‘meyhane’ is a restaurant or bar (literally translating from Persian as ‘wine house’) found across Turkey and the Middle East that serves traditional food and drink. Berenjak, the Persian restaurant in covent Garden, will see head Chef Shwan Baban drawing on his Kurdish-Iraqi heritage and the recipes his mother cooked for him whilst growing up in the West.
It’s rare to get a full menu ahead of these things so let’s run through it: arayes – spiced lamb, khobez, taratoor, pine nuts, cigara borek – yufka, spinach, sqush, pideh – sesame, keans butter, malden salt, muhamara – Iranian walnuts, Romano peppers, feryal pomegranate molasses, Fattet Baghila – Broad Beans, garden dill, Tahini yogurt, burnt butter, tepsi Badinjan – grilled aubergine, beef kofte, Tomato Passata, Koble ba Tirsh – Corn fed Chicken, Egyptian rice, pomegranate, kishmish, fasolya – cannellini beans, plum tomatoes, amba, mom’s turshi – turnips, cauliflower, khiar baklava – orange Blossom, kaymak, chai– do ghazal, cardamom and bateekh – end of summer watermelon. Got all that?
If you didn’t, don’t worry, we’re sure the staff will be more than happy to take you through it on the day. The full menu including wine pairings is £80 and if you’re off the booze you can get just the food for £50.
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Sun 26th September 2021
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