Our menu includes a wide selection of vegetarian options. All vegetarian dishes are prepared separately. Take away is available on request.
Persian starters are made for sharing and consist of a selection of delicious cold and warm dips with a platter of fresh mixed herbs, radishes, spring onions and feta-style cheese; delicious eaten with lavash bread straight from the oven. A selection of starters are the best introduction to Persian food; Nush-e jan! (bon appetit!)
Khoresht (sauce) dishes are slow-cooked so that the flavours of the vegetables, fruit, fresh herbs, nuts (and meat) meld together and intensify subtly into a flavoursome and aromatic sauce. Traditionally khoresht were developed as sauces to accompany rice and both our vegetarian and meat based sauces are served with a choice of fluffy, steamed saffron rice, potato fries, bread or mixed salad.
Our kababs are cooked the traditional way over hot charcoal, suspended on flat, steel skewers that conduct the heat evenly. The radiant heat ensures the result is succulent, tender, aromatic meat.
Choose from the Hafez speciality of succulent, tender lamb chops, lamb fillet, ground lamb, delicate poussin or chicken breast marinated with saffron, olive oil and lemon.
We serve warm, freshly baked Persian Lavash bread, a thin flatbread which is made on the premises daily. Traditionally, this type of bread is torn or cut into quarters and used as cutlery to scoop up the dips served as starters and also to wrap around cheese and herbs or kababs.
Rice is the focal point of Persian cuisine. Hafez restaurant utilizes the traditional Persian method of cooking rice that is unique in Middle Eastern cuisine.
We use only aromatic basmati rice which is freshly prepared for each sitting. It is first soaked, then strained and cooked in two stages. This technique involves specialised steaming which results in separate grains of rice that are fragrant, light and fluffy.
Speciality rice may be cooked with saffron or blends of herbs, fruit and nuts. Zeresht , a sweet and sour 'relish' made with saffron, wild barberries, pistachios and almonds is a delicious compliment to our steamed rice.
Choose from our carefully selected wine list, our range of speciality Persian teas and traditional cold drinks.
It is thought that the non-alcoholic 'sharbat' or 'sherbet' drinks originated centuries ago in Persia. The nearest English equivalent is a fruit cordial. The sherbet drinks are made from infusions of fruit, flower essences and herbs. These combinations are aromatic and deliciously refreshing.