An aged glass mirrored ceiling, mosaic tiles in moorish blue and gold dusted plaster cladding the walls. Sitting at a marble topped table in this decadent setting, dwarfed by full size canvases of Ottoman kings one could be forgiven for thinking they had been transported back to ancient Persia.
Welcome to Jan. A celebration of flamboyant foods from the lost Caspian kingdoms and we are not in Iran, Turkey or Kazakhstan, but Battersea’s trendy Northcote Road.
Brain child of Faizan Iqbal, Jan opened its doors just earlier this month with a Transcaucasian determination to bring customers the finest culinary delights from the Middle East.
This is far from just another falafel shop, Jan’s team of talented chefs take you on a sumptuous journey through the Ottoman Empire with a twist around every corner!
Start with Baba ganoush & pickled walnut rolls, or for a real treat, their spiced tataki beef, seared to perfection over charcoal and served with super light onion rings.
Jan’s divine and creative cocktails are a must and are the perfect accompaniment to these exquisite dishes. Our favourite was the Dark and Bastani, their take on a dark and stormy, using spiced rum and A house secret carrot caramel.
Mains include lamb chops and slow roasted shoulder with a pomegranate and balsamic glaze or as a sharer for two, try the spiced chicken crown all cooked in their own charcoal tandoor. The boneless sea bream was exquisite and the Harissa preserved lemon only emphasised its delicate flavour.
Finish with the pistachio topped lemon cake and rosemary poached pears. The vanilla salt cuts through the sweetness in a way you would never expect. Jan’s Arabica Martini really hits the spot and accompanies it perfectly.
The detail in this menu is second to none and with the lavish interiors and wonderfully knowledgeable serving staff, this is a true celebration of flavours from a lost world and a London dining experience that should not be missed. LBM
Tel: 0207 525 9446
Prices around £5 for starters, £16 for mains, £10 cocktails
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