Dindin Kitchen is a new Persian restaurant in Holborn. The restaurant looks bright and airy, but has fairly limited seating; be prepared if you go at the height of the lunchtime rush to take away.
On arrival, we got a friendly greeting from Vida (owner) and she talked us through some of their dishes and gave us a selection of their dishes, drinks (£1.20 – £2) and bakery products (£2-£4 each) to try and experience their new innovative take on Persian dishes. They do a selection of warm wraps (priced around £6.50), rice pots (£2-£3), soups (about £4) and salads (£2-£3).
Whilst we waited for our wraps to be prepared, we sipped on our Belvoir Fruit Farms Organic Lemonade and Lime & Lemongrass Presse – which were both refreshing and just what we needed after a busy day at work.
I had the minced lamb wrap with sumac and would have liked it to be hotter, both in terms of temperature and spicing. I haven’t had Persian food before so I’m not sure if the spice palette is subtler than Indian (which is what I’m used too) or if it has been toned down for Western tastes but I would like to have the option to make it spicier. The wraps are also a bit on the small side, so you will probably need to get a side dish.
However this isn’t a hardship as I really enjoyed the side dishes, saffron rice comes studded with barberries and I loved the fruity sweet sourness against the rice. I also loved the addition of raisins to the cucumber yoghurt dip, I spooned some into my wrap and again the sweetness worked well with the lamb.
Jason found his chicken skewer wrap contained moist chicken pieces with complementing flavours from the saffron and lime and contrast from the yoghurt. However, he did also agree that the size of the wrap was quite small; but with the other sides was more satisfied as a complete meal. He got a tabbouleh salad which had fresh, vibrant flavours and brought the wrap to life; and went well with the Barbari bread (£0.95). Also, the Beef & Tomato rice pot had pleasantly spiced beef and sweetness from the tomato, and quite a few pieces of meat in the pot so good value. However, it could have done with a bit more of a chilli kick to provide that overall balance for the meal.
Finally, we completed our meal with some Rinkoff Crodoughs (£3.95 each) of Apple Crumble and Salted Caramel. A great end to the meal.
Vida, thanks also for the refreshing lemonade and watermelon juices, and the little packs of gorgeous B Tempted White Chocolate Cashew and Lemon Friands and Flourless Brownies – especially loved these warm, as they had a more intense cashew nut & citrusy lemon, and chocolate & almond aromas and taste. Great with a cup of chai or filter coffee.
Thank you to the lovely Vida (owner) and her team for a warm welcome, very pleasant and attentive service, and for great food. We were looked after so well, we will be back again soon. We have our sights on the chocolate crodough, brownies and double chocolate muffins for next time!
So don’t miss out and head straight over to Dindin Kitchen for some wonderful Persian cuisine and hospitality.
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