A quirky café in a Persian corner shop which is as colourful and original as its owner, Sally Butcher. The menu is vegetarian, and much of it is vegan or gluten-free. We like the shop more than the food, as there aren’t many places in London where you can find good quality dukkah or preserved lemons for these prices.
This is an eclectic little space that reminds the Turkish restaurants in Dalston without the kebap. It’s not smart or pretentious, and the meze platter is a good option for sampling a variety of dishes from the region. Persepolis doesn’t have a license, so it’s BYO. But if you’re after alcohol-free drinks, there are a number of fresh juices and smoothies on the menu. While you are there, be sure to stock up on amazing ingredients at great prices and even if you don’t stay for a meal, at least nip into the café for a Turkish coffee with a hot paklava.
We can see how Persepolis quickly became a local destination with its vibrant, quirky atmosphere and shelves full of amazing ingredients. It is a pleasant enough lunch option if you are in the area or willing to travel to do your monthly spice shopping.