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. 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 our house marinated 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 Festive salads All served with flat bread Hot Meze Dishes Fatayer and Sambosic – soft pastries filled with spinach and cheese Yam kookoo – Persian-style frittata with barberries Deep-fried breaded halloumi with sour cherry relish An assortment of falafel Kufteh or dolmeh Basically stuffed stuff. Soya meatballs, OR a platter of stuffed aubergine and vineleaves Seasonal hotpots Chestnut tagine OR Quince, cranberry and lentil hotpot Both served with saffron rice and salad Shirazi Pudding Seasonal Fruits and Pastries or Cheese Meze Mint tea or coffee NB: We will happily consider other catering enquiries and private parties. NNB: the fab Persepolis tableau above was created for us by the deeply and importantly talented Belinda Evans.