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52 Gray’s Inn Road
‘Fast-casual’ Persian food to eat in or take out is the USP at all-day Dindin Kitchen – a sprightly ethnic eatery on busy Gray’s Inn Road. Pop in for baked eggs or pick up a creamy bircher muesli pot for breakfast; feast on tender, marinated chicken skewers with colourful, fragrant rice and salad for lunch; or grab one of the warm flatbread wraps to take back to work (perhaps falafel with pomegranate and yoghurt). You can also get various rice dishes, pastries, sides and savoury soufflés – try the springy, puffed-up version with chicken, lemon and saffron. The light, white interior, open fridges and takeaway-style containers point to a quick pay-and-go fix, but you can also settle in for a proper sit-down dinner and the venue is soon to have a booze licence. Dindin does free local deliveries too.
52 Gray’s Inn Road
Chancery Lane Tube Station 220m
Farringdon Tube Station 423m
Gray's Inn 155m
National Archives (HMC) 376m
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Food + drink: 4
For anyone in search of something a little new and different – but also very good, fresh, healthy and innovative – then a visit to dindin is a must. On our way to the restaurant, my comrade and I discussed how much the London dining scene had changed in the last ten years, becoming much more varied and definitely better as a result. While this is obviously true at the high-end, where diners can sample food from around the globe, the more casual all-day dining scene has also improved markedly. The English sandwich may be the perennial staple, but sushi, salads and the like have complemented the two humble slices of bread plus filling. Now, dindin offers a very valid alternative. Its first of potentially several outlets is located on Gray’s Inn Road and the initial impression is of a light, airy and spacious venue, filled with bold colours and clean lines. There is a wide range of both hot and cold dishes either for taking away or consuming at their functional yet comfortable tables. On the occasion we visited, the place seemed busy, primarily populated with nearby workers, many of whom already seemed to have adopted dindin as a regular local haunt. My comrade and I opted for two different dips to begin – aubergine and beetroot – accompanied by flat bread. If there was a common theme, it was undoubtedly one of freshness of flavour, all the dishes being prepared on-site, in the large downstairs kitchen. We followed these with grills, lamb for me, chicken for my comrade. They took up where the dips left off, and the prevailing sensation was one of eating good-quality, home-cooked food. The flavoursome nature of the rice, enhanced with saffron and fresh dill, was particularly notable, especially when combined with the tender and lean meat. For diners with larger appetites, soups and stews are also available, as well as a range of breakfast options for early-birds. All this is priced fairly, aimed at level comparable, say, to Itsu. I shall return, and certainly expect dindin to prove a welcome addition to the London scene.
Food + drink: 3
Whilst we waited for our wraps to be prepared, we sipped on our Belvoir Fruit Farms Organic Lemonade and Lime & Lemongrass Presse – which were both refreshing and just what we needed after a busy day at work.
The chicken skewer wrap contained moist chicken pieces with complementing flavours from the saffron and lime and contrast from the yoghurt. However, the size of the wrap was quite small; but with the other sides was more satisfying as a complete meal. Sides were of a tabbouleh salad which had fresh, vibrant flavours and brought the wrap to life; and went well with the Barbari bread. Also, the Beef & Tomato rice pot had pleasantly spiced beef and sweetness from the tomato, and quite a few pieces of meat in the pot so good value. However, it could have done with a bit more of a chilli kick to provide that overall balance for the meal.
Finally, we completed our meal with some Rinkoff Crodoughs of Apple Crumble and Salted Caramel. A great end to the meal.
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