Middle Eastern, Modern European·

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Average Price
££££ - £50 - £79
Middle Eastern, Modern European
Cosy, Dark and moody, Lively, Romantic, Unique
Food Occasions
Dinner, Lunch
Special Features
Counter dining, Gluten-free options, Vegan options, Vegetarian options, Wheelchair access
Birthdays, Celebrations, Dates, Group dining [8+], Romantic, Special occasions
Food Hygiene Rating

About Nutshell

Nestled in the heart of Covent Garden, Nutshell is a modern Iranian restaurant offering a range of dishes, with plenty of options for vegetarians and vegans. These dishes are crafted from only the freshest British produce, flavoured with authentically Iranian spices, herbs, fruits and nuts. There is a proper range of regional dishes here, celebrating both the ‘floral north and spicy south’ of the country.

As with many Middle Eastern restaurants, there is an excellent set menu here, brimming with punchy sharing plates. Kick off with breads and dips, smokey aubergine with caramelised feta, hummus, salt-baked beetroot, and mushroom croquettes with barberry and burnt onion yoghurt. Between this platter of starters and the mains, you might see a seared scallop with hazelnut and kashk.

Mains at Nutshell celebrate vegetables just as much as they do meat. Vegans can enjoy an aubergine and celeriac kofte with heritage tomato and clementine, while seafood lovers can opt for the yoghurt marinated halibut with quince and pear puree and saffron confit fennel. More carnivorous diners can choose from a Gressingham duck breast with burnt aubergine puree, red plum sauce and heritage carrot, or a robata grilled lamb rump with rhubarb puree, crispy shallots and salsa verde.

Iranian desserts are a delight, celebrating fruits, nuts and dairy in equal parts. At Nutshell, this comes in the form of a feta cheesecake with marinated baby figs and hazelnut, a toasted flour tart with dates and pistachio or a dark chocolate ganache with puffed rice and charred orange. Going a la carte offers even more delicious dishes to choose from.

At Nutshell, there is a short list of creative cocktails, combining Iranian flavours like saffron and turmeric with spirits like gin, tequila and whisky. There is also a diverse list of wines from all over the world, including entries from Lebanon, Morocco and Armenia.


Are there vegan options at Nutshell?

Yes, there are plenty of vegan options at Nutshell.

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Is there a set menu at Nutshell?

Yes, there is a great-value set menu.

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Where is Nutshell?

Nutshell is in the heart of Covent Garden on St Martin's Lane.

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30 St Martin’s Lane, Covent Garden, London, WC2N 4ER

020 3409 7926


Opening Times

Mon Closed
Tue Closed
Wed Closed
Thu Closed
Fri 12:00-14:30
Sat 12:00-14:30
Sun Closed
Mon Closed
Tue 17:00-21:30
Wed 17:00-21:30
Thu 17:00-21:30
Fri 17:00-21:30
Sat 17:00-21:30
Sun Closed


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1 Review 


06 December 2020  
Food & Drink 3
Service 1
Atmosphere 1
Value 0.5
Could do alot better

The menu looked very inviting for us - fans of Persian food.

We ordered the tasting menu - which is not particularly cheap.

Unfortunately the fish was undercooked and had to be sent back. The waitresses then made a fuss about warming up the rice that went with it.

The poussin was undercooked in one area and we left that.

What took us by surprise was the reluctance to put things right from the waiting staff .

Who would mess about with potentially undercooked food in a restaurant setting given the potential  for adverse outcomes?

Not much of a Persian feel for the restaurant and certainly they need to up their game. 

Only two tables occupied and they were next to each other!

If they take this feedback constructively, then they might have a winning formula.

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