Gilak - Archway, London
An interesting north Iranian restaurant in north London. Adjacent to Upper Holloway and Archway stations.
Food is very much rooted in the traditions of the Gilan province where the owners are from although there are other dishes on the menu.
Smoked fish with beans and nuts: lovely fish, beans and nuts were a bit curious and didn't really marry up but we tried them all together.
Boorani-e-Aubergine: Aubergine, garlic and yoghurt this was a lovely dip and the flatbreads that came with it were excellent as well.
Lamb skewers were decent but didn't stand out particularly compared to other middle eastern versions.
Khoresht Anarbij: Lamb meatballs with sour pomegranate sauce, onions and herbs. It's hard to express quite how fantastic this jet black dish was. The lamb meatballs melted in the mouth and the sauce was wonderfully rich and sour, one of the best middle eastern dishes I've eaten. Worth the trip in the wind and rain for this alone, mopped up with flatbread.
Highly recommended for interesting value food.