Review on Berenjak
Backed by the Sethi family, former Brigadiers and Michelin-starred Gymkhana chef Kian Samyani opened Berenjak in October 2018. Just three minutes walk from Leicester Square tube in the heart of Soho, the restaurant occupies a corner setting on Romilly Street. Featuring a pared-back interior with distressed walls, counter seating overlooking the kitchen and booth seating for four diners set against marble table tops. To the rear of the restaurant there's further seating with a living wall of plants and flooring laid with Persian rugs.
The interior and food is designed to represent the classic hole in the wall of the kabab houses that line the streets of Tehan. Kian looks to his heritage, drawing inspiration from the Iranian home cooking he grew up on, reinterpreting signature dishes cooked over the charcoal mangal using seasonal British produce. You can expect offerings along the lines of Juheh kabab, boneless chicken breast marinated in saffron, lemon yoghurt and tomato or maybe mangal grilled calves liver, onion salad and lavash bread. There's just one dessert to finish on a sweet note and that's Darlish baklava ice cream sandwich.
Berenjak has a concise wine list, craft beers and traditional sharbats served with sparkling water and swizzled with sabzi and fresh herbs, and the option of pairing it with a spirit.
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 3.00pm Mon-Fri (12.00 - 11.00pm Sat)
Dinner: 5.30 - 10.30pm Mon-Fri