Mohsen, W14 8PS

Iranian restaurant in Kensington. They're not licensed, but you can bring your own booze.

The front part is a little like an upmarket cafe, with burgundy banquettes lining each wall, pale wood tables, and cream walls decorated with 3D sort-of collage art. There's another dining area down a few steps at the back.

Kake visited on a Wednesday lunchtime in April 2009. I was on the late side for lunch, but there were half a dozen other customers still there, including a couple of older ladies who'd long finished their meal but were still hanging out and chatting. Music (Iranian?) was playing, but not too loudly.

I wasn't going to have a starter, since I don't usually eat much at lunch, but was talked into trying one; I went for the sabzi (£3) photo, which turned out to be a dish of fresh green herbs (tarragon, mint, and coriander) served with radishes, a spreadable white cheese, and two rounds of sesame bread, freshly rolled out and baked in the oven at the front of the restaurant. I only ate half of this, since I was worried about not having room for my main, but they were happy for me to take the rest home with me. I'd order this again as long as I was with someone who'd share it with me!

My main was the Wednesday daily special, khoresh bademjan (£8 including rice) photo; two large chunks of tender lamb along with half a small aubergine in a rich tomato sauce. The lamb was really tender and flavourful, and the rice was well-executed and a generous portion.

I also tried a glass of doogh, a fermented yoghurt-based drink that they make themselves; they explained to me how they make it from scratch, and that it's good for the digestion. It was quite tangy, slightly salted, and only gently carbonated. I felt it was something of an acquired taste, and didn't get too far down the glass, and they insisted on taking it off the bill.

I'd love to come back and try some of the other daily specials. According to the Chowhound link below, they now have fesenjan (a tangy pomegranate-based stew) on the regular menu. Reviews also mention that the grilled meats are very moist and tasty. (I probably wouldn't bring vegetarians here.)

Accessibility: Two steps up to get in, more steps to get into the back seating area, and the toilets are down a flight of stairs.

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Last visited by Kake, 30 April 2009.
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