22 August 2014


17 Garrick Street Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BL

Persian Covent Garden

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Simurgh has all the ingredients for a fun night out with friends – good food, good wine and belly dancers. Who could ask for anything more? Located in Covent Garden on Garrick Street, Simurgh is a Persian/Iranian restaurant which is ideal for work parties and birthdays, and the dining room – with exposed brick walls, Mediterranean blue accents and Persian carpets – has a laid-back and friendly atmosphere. The chefs at Simurgh are inspired by centuries-old Persian recipes with a contemporary twist, and we love the duck and walnut stew cooked in a thick pomegranate and walnut sauce with cinnamon and saffron, and the lamb and lime curry cooked with yellow lentils and aubergine in a saffron and tomato sauce.

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  1. Simurgh

    17 Garrick Street Covent Garden, London WC2E 9BL
    Overall rating:
    Dee Fatima

    Awful place and a rip off


    • Food & Drink: 4
    • Service: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4
    • Value: 4

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  1. Last week I had dinner at Simurgh, "the first Iranian restaurant in the heart of London". It's a stone's throw away from work but I never thought of entertaining guests here for a slight fear of the unknown; my knowledge of Persian food is limited to the ubiquitous kebabs/mezzes so I wouldn't have anything exciting to say about the lot. Also, there's been mixed reviews about the place so I stuck to nearby established restaurants. A bit too safe, I have to admit. My date and I decided to try something new so I figured it's time to face the unknown. The restaurant is a knockout inside. It's a teeny space but it was quite pretty: exposed bricks adorned with tapestry and murals, wood carvings, lamps and carved tables that transport you to ancient Iran...
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  2. You dip the way you want to dip. I'll dip the way I want to dip George Costanza (Seinfeld episode “The Implant”) A month ago I was with my friend Gabriel wandering around Covent Garden and after failing to get into the new American burger joints he recommended to try Simurgh. The first Iranian restaurant in London, cozy, friendly, warm. The décor quite characteristic for a moment remind me the British Museum. Menu based on fresh ingredients and Persian cuisine. As entertainment Friday and Saturday you can enjoy belly dancing from 8:30pm to 9:00pm The decorWe started the night with the Sini to share. A Persian mezze with different starters including Mirza Ghasemi (aubergines in tomato and garlic), Masto Kheyar (yoghurt based dip with mint and garlic), Chicken Oliveh (a mix of potato with shredded chicken, and mayo), Ghel Ghely (spicy meatballs with saffron and tomato sauce), and sweet & sour olives. The mezze was really nice, all nicely executed, my favourite the meatballs, and the aubergine. The mezzeSiniFor main I shared with Marisol the Persian Grill. A typical mixed grill with Joojeh (chicken marinated with saffron and lemon), Koobideh (minced lamb with tomato sauce, onions, and garlic), Chenjeh (diced lamb with the same tomato sauce), and Tiger prawns. Lovely dish, plenty food for two, really nice flavours, my favourite definitely the Chenjeh. Persian grillIf you’re into Persian cuisine with lots of spices, dishes based on tomato sauce with touch of saffron, nice mezze with deep and dense dipping sauces, and hearty gilled meats, Simurgh is your place. Ok service, good food, and decent pricing.SimurghT: 020 7240 7811Persian CuisineApprox Damage: £20ppArea: Covent GardenBorough: City of WestminsterView Larger Map  |  Get Directions  |  View Bird's Eye
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