Berenjak Borough

Middle Eastern, Persian·
Bronze Award

SquareMeal Review of Berenjak Borough

Bronze Award

Meat, rice, bread, dips... The hallmarks of Persian cuisine are a shining battalion of sleep-inducing items that might not turn heads, but more often than not put smiles on faces. Berenjak's greatest success, then, is elevating this humble offering to such a degree that it forces people to sit up and take notice. Inspired by the kebab houses that line the streets of Tehran, this is the second highly-popular branch of this Persian restaurant in London. 

Berenjak Borough is split across two floors, with guests able to ascend a spiral staircase to a chandelier-crowned Iranian-style dining room. The ground floor is a more relaxed affair centred around its open kitchen, as chefs craft clay-baked flatbreads and char hefty meat skewers in front of guests. It's packed to the rafters when we arrive, and we momentarily take stock of the opulent interiors as we’re shuffled to two elbow-grazing stools.  

It’s busy, hot, loud, practically fizzing with energy – everything a kebab house should be. The meal begins with a basket of flatbreads that’s far too big for two regular-sized humans to manage, but still, we give it a good go. They’re a superior vehicle for two very good dips: a cooling cucumber, yoghurt and mint situation, and coal-cooked aubergines reduced to a sweet, velvety puree, then topped with crispy onions, walnuts and tahini. This first course is the highlight of the meal, and we could happily have kept tearing and dipping until full satiety. An ounce of room was left for two bulbous kebabs - one chicken, one lamb - served with fluffy rice and a chopped salad, which again was hefty in portion size and a grand example of how good meat and rice can be, although slightly over-seasoned if we’re being picky. A jewelled negroni made with pomegranate gin was tasty, if slightly watered down.  

The available set menu comes at £38 per person, which is a little steep, although you leave incredibly well fed. Besides, no one goes to Berenjak to nibble. You go to feast. 

Good to know

Average Price
££££ - £30 - £49
Middle Eastern, Persian
Cool, Cosy, Fun, Glamorous, Lively, Luxury
Food Occasions
All day dining, Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Vegetarian options
Perfect for
Celebrations, Dates, Special occasions


Kian Samyani's second Berenjak takes the place of former fan favourite Flor, turning the bougie bakery into a magnificent Persian townhouse in the middle of Borough Market. As you walk in, a long open kitchen counter is very reminiscent of Berenjak Soho. Vintage Persian rugs, opulent furnishings and patterned tiles decorate the space, whilst an enormous chandelier draws the eye into the room, which is as much a palace as a restaurant. Upstairs is more of the same, with low-slung upholstered banquettes piled with plush cushions and Iranian artwork and calligraphy lining the walls. 

The main restaurant is downstairs, whilst upstairs caters more to large groups and private events. You may even stumble upon exhibitions for British-Iranian artists and designers, one-off ticketed dinners or Sunday cinema screenings. 

All of your favourite dishes from Berenjak Soho are present and correct - the lamb koodibeh and poussin jujah tond kababs, the gorgeous, smoky black chickpea hummus, rich, buttery saffron rice. But this is not just a copy and paste - Berenjak Borough Market is going much bigger second time around. As well as the roaring charcoal grills, the kitchen features a grand rotisserie centrepiece, which builds heavily into the menu here with dishes like the rotisserie saffron chicken zereshk pollow. The menu also features a full menu of classic Iranian desserts, as well as a host of new mazeh starter dishes, inspired by the family gatherings and picnics of Kian's childhood. 

The second Berenjak is a more relaxed affair than the Soho outpost, but dining in isn’t your only option - grab-and-go specials are available from Tuesday to Thursday for the lunch crowd. These offerings change regularly and seasonally as Kian works with local traders, chefs and producers to source ingredients, and host regular menu collaborations.


Does it accept walk-ins?

It does accept a few walk-ins on a first come, first served basis. If no seats are free, you will be put in a virtual queue.

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Berenjak Borough


1 Bedale Street, Borough Market, London Bridge, London, SE1 9AL

Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-15:00
Sat 12:00-16:00
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 17:30-22:30
Wed 17:30-22:30
Thu 17:30-22:30
Fri 17:30-22:30
Sat 18:00-22:30
Sun Closed


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2 Reviews 


05 March 2023  
Food & Drink 3
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 3.5
Value 0.5
Way too expensove for what it is...

Nice small restaurant that looks lovey ...staff were nice, food tasted great...BUT for the money thay are charging its not worth it. I had the set menu at £40 but there was a £10 surcharge for the lamb so for £50 i got some nice bread, a small bowl of hummus and 4 chunks of lamb hmmmm. But the real issue i have is with the wine. I was recommended by the waitress a Voskevaz Areni at £60 which was an ok wine; I then checked the cost online from my wine suppler on my phone and i could by it for £4.79 which equates to a 1152% mark up which is rather taking the micky.



23 November 2022  
Food & Drink 2.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 2.5
Value 2.5

I visited Berenjak last week with some friends after seeing some great reviews. 

The starters were amazing, the bread, hummus, aubergine dip and other dips were some of the best I've had and I loved them all. 

However I was incredibly disappointed with the mains. Although the lamb and chicken kebabs tasted great, it was no better than a north London tervan that I grew up eating. The prices were insane, £32+ for a lamb Shish kebab not including sides. I appreciate meat is expensive but it just was not worth the price when I know I can get it for half the price and double the portion in a lot of other places.
Unfortunately I won't be coming back.   

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