berenjak to open

Soho’s getting a new kebab house this autumn and it’s going to be a bit more spesh than the places you swing by for a late-night snack. Berenjak, run by Kian Samyani (who’s spent time in the kitchens of Gymkhana and Brigadiers) and backed by the JKS restaurant group, will take inspiration from the kebab shops of Tehran and from childhood meals with his Iranian family.

The place will look the part thanks to an open kitchen, featuring a mangal grill and doner rotisserie, Persian carpets, stained glass windows, and a mix of counter and communal seating. As well as kebabs like lamb’s liver, bergamot and lavash and minced lamb or beef Koobideh, the menu will include Ash E Reshteh (Azerbaijani bean and noodle soup), Khoresht E Karak (quail and barberry stew), Ghormeh Sabzi (slow-cooked lamb shank with fenugreek, dried lime and kidney beans), and Torhsi (brined and pickled veg). You’ll be able to wash all that down with Persian sharbat, which you can garnish with your choice of herbs from Berenjak’s living wall, and yoghurt-based drinks, which can be spiked with booze. YES PLEASE.

Opens Thurs 25th October 2018
27 Romilly St, London W1D 5AL
berenjaklondon.com