Fast-casual Persian cuisine is going to be the next big trend and leading that charge is Dindin Kitchen - or that's my opinion anyway! Founded by Iranian, Vida Tayebi, a former investment banker, the first of what I hope to be many Dindin Kitchens is located near Chancery Lane tube station. There is a lot of competition around with all the usual chains like Eat and Pret within spitting distance - but this Middle Eastern slant is a new and totally exciting concept.
Food: My friend and I tried a selection of dishes from each section of the all day menu. Everything we tried was freshly prepared onsite and particular favourites were the savoury chicken soufflés and the stuffed meatballs. The spices were perfectly balanced and no flavour overpowered another. We were told that at the moment Vida spends every day in the kitchen taste testing everything that goes out to make sure the flavours are 100% right. (Vida, I'd be happy to be a taste-tester if you ever get bored of it!)
Ambience: It's bright and the colours are welcoming but I would say it is best suited for lunch.
Service: As a fast-casual restaurant, you're not going to get waiting service. You're served at the counter when you've made your choices and need to pay. However, Johanna, who looked after us when we were there, was extremely passionate and excited to be part of this new venture.
Price: We were invited to try Dindin Kitchen, so on this occasion didn't pay for our meal. But the prices are extremely reasonable and the most expensive item was £6.95, which is what you could expect to pay for a lunch in London.
And finally....A brilliant concept that is reasonably priced and absolutely delicious. I cannot wait for more to open. If you're in the area, make sure you stop by.
|Stuffed meatballs with split peas and barberries|
|Minced lamb skewer with sumac|
|Beef falafel wrap with saffron mayo|
|Chicken skewers marinated in yoghurt, lime and saffron; served with rice of the day|
|Chicken and lemon saffron soufflé|
|Selection of cold mezze|
|Endive, pomegranate and walnut salad|
Until we eat again!
52 - 54 Gray's Inn Road, WC1X 8LT