The concept of feasting was pretty much invented in the Middle East by the courts of Shah Abbas and those opulent Ottoman dudes. If you combine this fact with the idea of meze – the relaxed sharing of multiple dishes, and also our speciality – celebrating your vegetarian Christmas with us is a bit of a no-brainer.
The price for our festive menu is £30 a head, and includes Christmas fripperies, cheesy Christmas music, a complimentary glass of Persepolitan Pimped Prosecco on arrival and Mr. Shopkeeper’s best Santa impression. A £10 a head deposit will secure your reservation. We are already taking bookings, and we only have ten tables, so book sooner rather than later.
Vegans are very welcome, but please advise us in advance so that we can cater for you magnificently rather than adequately.
A typical menu will look something like the one below – but please note that Mrs. Shopkeeper is nothing if not spontaneous, and the menu sometimes changes hourly, let alone daily.
Cold Meze Starters
Fresh herbs, spiced cheese, pickles and olives
Makhdoush – oil-preserved baby aubergines filled with walnuts
Persepolis Ajvar – red peppers puréed with spices – and borani-ye-esfanaj, a dish of cooked spinach with yoghurt
All served with flat bread
Hot Meze Dishes
Potato and chick pea kibbeh with garlic dipping sauce
Kookoo Sabzi – Persian herb frittata with walnuts and barberries
Halloumi pan fried with barberries and nibbed nuts
An assortment of falafel
Dolmeh: an offering of suitably accessorised stuffed stuff
Which will be something like chestnut tagine served with Marrakesh spiced couscous and Shirazi salsa
Fig, cranberry and lentil hotpot served with saffron rice
Seasonal Fruits and Pastries
or Festive Cheesecake
Cheese meze platter
Mint tea or coffee
NB: We will happily consider other catering enquiries and private parties.