Refined and low fat Iranian cuisine is just part of what’s on offer from Orkideh, in the northwest London suburb of Temple Fortune. Located along Finchley Road and within earshot of the doctors at the Temple Fortune Medical Centre, residents from the bucolic areas of Hampstead Garden Suburb and Golders Green know where they need to book when they want to sit down to a low-calorie kebab and a whole lot more – after all, you can indulge in a whole lot more when you know it’s good for you. Live music, shisha, and incredible deals round out an inimitable, healthful Persian experience.
The fine Persian cuisine created by Orkideh’s health-conscious chefs in the kitchens of their Finchley Road restaurant covers all the bases that connoisseurs of this particular Middle Eastern cuisine know and love, with dishes that will intrigue even the most ardent fans of Iranian food. Better known delicacies such as koofteh berenji, minced beef meatballs stuffed with rice, split peas, plum and fresh herbs, meet more unusual but highly traditional dishes such as the vegetarian ash e reshteh, a noodle soup with a medley of beans and vegetables, flavoured with soured yoghurt and mint. Moving onto the main event, the Persian chargrill selection – all served with saffron rice and grilled tomatoes – is peerless in this corner of London. But there’s more than just fine Persian cuisine going on at this Temple Fortune restaurant.
Orkideh lays on the entertainment at its Finchley Road premises come the weekend, with a DJ playing out on Friday, and live music on Saturdays. Orkideh is also an everyday destination for those who like to relax with a Middle Eastern shisha, with all kinds of traditional flavours, fruit included, available when you want to kick back along the Temple Fortune stretch of Finchley Road. Orkideh are also one of the more generous hubs for Persian hospitality in northwest London, with incredible deals on offer – spend over £100 and not only do you score a free shisha, but also a steaming pot of tea, for free.