Apadana Persian [Kensington High Street, London]
Have been hankering for Persian and despite being at Westfield (which was a ridiculous idea on a Friday night) stupidly decided to forgo Alounak (on account of the dingy decor) for Apadana (which we chose because of the 1 positive yelp review).
Hummus - balanced chickpea, tahina and garlic flavour, but far too thick for my taste; Mohsen's far superior (though managed to finish serving between 2)
Naazkhatoon- aubergine, walnut, yogurt and herbs dip; far too much yogurt, overpowered other flavours which wouldn't have been great even without the yogurt.
Naan bread was excellent, much like all other Persian places in London, though no sesame seeds (which is a bonus to me).
Baghali Polo -- lamb shank was tender and flavourful and came with a side of very clear and delicious lamb stock/jus. Dill rice was disappointing. The rice was cooked with broad beans which were floury and soft, and the rice itself was prepared poorly
Chicken kebab w/rice was ok, quite flavourful although the chicken was slightly dry and rice was again, subpar. Persian rice is usually my favorite, whether they use basmati or one of the specialist Iranian varieties (which I don't think you can even buy in the UK). This was exceptionally long grained and was too soft and mushy/sticky; persian rice should be fluffy, but the grains should be separate and not clump together.
Service was friendly but crazy slow, and it had a nice vibe with all the kids running around; clearly a family run joint.