Alounak

Alounak London restaurant

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Queues outside this local Persian are a reminder that it has established itself as one of the best places in town to eat minced ‘chelo’ kebabs with rice. Local Iranians and others in the know generally open the show with a mixed mezze of strained yoghurt, freshly baked bread, walnuts and mirza ghassemi (smoked aubergine, garlic and tomato). For main course, it’s also worth taking a leaf out of the locals’ book and sticking to the grilled kebabs – not only chelo, but also chicken with saffron and lemon. Essential sides include more warm bread, and basmati rice – pimped up with raw egg yolk, butter and herbs if required. BYO keeps bills in check, and Alounak also provides takeaways and local deliveries. A ‘great place’ for a taste of true Persian cooking.

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Alounak

10 Russell Gardens ,London W14 8EZ

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Jul 2010

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Being Iranian, I am fully aware that we are a picky people and we definitely all have our own favourite venues for eating Chelo Kebab (Kebab and rice).. Alounak is probably my favourite, not because the food is the very best, but more so because they are a good all-rounder really. I order a lot of take away from them mostly, as for any Iranian, sitting in an Persian restaurant can be really awkward as you usually end up knowing someone and get locked into needless polite conversation with one, or...

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  • Food & Drink: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Atmosphere: 7
  • Value: 8

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Alounak

10 Russell Gardens ,London W14 8EZ

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Mar 2010

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

How did this place ever get a recommendation?! Our party sampled a wide variety from the menu, and it was all unfailingly dire (except the bread). Given the location and prices we weren't expecting Michelin-star cooking or service, but nor did we expect it to be as bad as it was. Firstly the starters or meze – you can find better quality on any supermarket shelf, fresh or tinned – even the basics or economy version would be an improvement on some of the dishes we were served. Main courses – scraggy...

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

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  • Address: 10 Russell Gardens, London W14 8EZ
  • Telephone: 020 7603 1130
  • Opening Times: Mon-Sun 12N-12M

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