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Erebuni @ London Guards Hotel, Lancaster Gate, London

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An Armenian chef presiding over a menu with Russian, Ukrainian, Georgian and Turkish dishes.

Emanbajady is their interpretation of the Turkish Iman Bilyaldi ("the swooning Iman") - stew aubergines with tomato, peppers and onions, given a little green sharpness of flat leaf parsley. Not a bad rendition, the vegetables cooked just right. Perhaps the flavours could have melded a bit more perhaps by mellowing a bit -- this had a bright and fresh taste.

Deeply flavoured lamb filling and stock in the hinkali aka khinkali, a dumpling with thick, slightly doughy, slightly tender skins, perfect for nibbling a hole at the bottom of the dumpling and slurping the stock as it leaks out.

Good and light armenian honey cake for dessert, nutty and honey sweet.

A big menu that needs more investigation.

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  1. Dear Limster and others,

    do you know any other Armenian restaurants in London? Erebuni seems to be closed for refurbishment. Just reading a book of Aubergine recipes and Armenian recipes sound so absolutely delicious, I don't think I can possibly wait.

    Rosie

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    1. re: Littlemoskito

      A Google search brought up Aratat in Hammersmith. You could check that out.

      1. re: zuriga1

        It never ceases to amaze how many national cuisines are represented in London.

        1. re: brokentelephone

          I still have American friends who don't believe me when I say the food here is probably superior to what's found in NYC. As you say, the variety in London is astounding.

          1. re: brokentelephone

            yes, its impressive. if only the hungarian place - old europeans - had lasted.

            close to you - and superb - is georgia, a georgian restaurant on gloucester road opposite letranger.

            1. re: howler

              Howler - do you mean the "Gay Hussar"?

              Still open, I think, but up for sale. I've been meaning to go there for 30+ years but have never made it and now probably never will.

              1. re: Harters

                no, the old europeans was a hungarian restaurant in finchley.

                1. re: howler

                  Sorry, mate - I'd read your post as though you meant "old europeans" were involved with the Hussar (which they were).

                  J

                  1. re: Harters

                    i pardon you - am i not merciful? (grin)

                    always meant to go to erebuni and the gay hussar - in fact, there was a nostalgic article re: the hussar just recently, and how some groups are trying to save it.

                    try and get to georgia (gloucester rd) one of these days - i fear for its life.

              2. re: howler

                OH its good? Been meaning to try for ages. Have you had the chance to read their daily specials menu? It's borderline insane (i.e., between 2-6 on Wednesdays, organic wines are 19% off if you order beef dumplings, or thereabouts).

                Will green lanes still exist when we decide to visit?

                1. re: brokentelephone

                  haha, yes good point about the whackiness. the food was excellent the few times i went, but that was shortly after they opened.

                  certainly worth a punt.

                  and green lanes - the weather is gearing up for it, so yes, lets go soon.

                  1. re: howler

                    Alas, you called it. Georgian Restaurant is set to become a BBQ joint.

                     
            2. re: zuriga1

              There is a restaurant called "chianti" at Aratat's address with a poster that says "newly opened"... I had a very enjoyable dinner at potli's next door, but the quest for Armenian food continues!