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“Great Persian food and lovely interior!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hafez Restaurant

Hafez Restaurant
5 Hereford Road, London W2 4AB, England (Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate )
+44 (0)207 229 9398
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Ranked #1,181 of 17,944 Restaurants in London
Price range: $19 - $32
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Persian
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Dining options: Reservations, Delivery, Late Night
Neighborhood: Bayswater / Notting Hill / Lancaster Gate 
London, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Great Persian food and lovely interior!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This restaurant has one of the most interesting interiors I have ever seen and It is also in a lovely area near Westbourne Grove. It is small and feels like it is a family run business but that does not affect the quality of service. To the contrary, I would say, the service was fast, the staff polite and formal.The food was delicious and of high quality. We ordered the chicken with the chestnut sauce which was divine. The prices are very reasonable. We ordered starters and main, coffee (which comes with complimentary baklava) and a bottle of wine and it came down to only 50 pounds. I will definitely go back!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Farshid54, Owner at Hafez Restaurant, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Elle A,

We are indeed a small family business and It's great to get such positive feedback and to know that we have succeeded in all areas and especially that you appreciated the effort we put into our décor. Khoresht-e Fesenjan the chicken dish you are referring to, is our signature dish and I'm pleased you enjoyed it so much. We hope to see you again soon.
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
“Good food”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We enjoyed a very nice meal here.Unfortunately it seems to lack in any persian decor.Not the best priced of Iranian restaurants.It was rather like just going in to eat and leave.I suspose they at least didn't have plastic table cloths on their tables .Some Iranian music would have given it a bit of atmosphere.It just seems a shame that more effort isn't put into decor and the restaurants amosphere as the good was good

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Farshid54, Owner at Hafez Restaurant, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear sap14

As a senior contributor and obvious foodie I'm very pleased you enjoyed your meal at Hafez. There are indeed Persian restaurants that may offer a cheaper menu but if you read our reviews the common thread is that we offer good value for money based on the high quality of our food which is why we have celebrated our 30 year anniversary this year and why people keep coming back. Regarding your comments on our décor, I appreciate that taste is very individual.Over the 30 years that Hafez has been established we have seen many changes in our own interior but we have never had such positive feedback than since our current decor by designer Ali Siahvoshi,a fellow Iranian. Ali has managed to incorporate a unique and eclectic mix of contemporary and traditional objects and art with subtle Persian references throughout. Hopefully our food will tempt you to return for a second look ....and I promise no plastic tablecloths.
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15 restaurant reviews
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Delicious Middle Eastern Treat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Hazef is a small, charming space with a very interesting décor. We ordered several dips for appetizers: hummus, baba ganoush and mast-o khiar, a yogurt dip similar to tzadziki, which all were delicious. They came with amazing, freshly prepared lavash, an outstanding homemade Persian bread for dipping. We also had the salad o shirazi, which was chopped a little finer than expected, but very tasty anyway. The chicken kabobs were well prepared and very good. The service was friendly and attentive, and the overall experience was very enjoyable.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Farshid54, Owner at Hafez Restaurant, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear GoodToGoinNJ,

Thank you for your very positive review, I'm pleased that you enjoyed your experience at Hafez and rated the food,service and décor so highly. Our salad-e Shirazi is finely diced as this has been the most popular with our customers. You will find that many Persian restaurants in London will have their own take on a classic dish. We hope to see you again on your next visit to London.
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London, United Kingdom
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60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Always very good”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013

Back again, and always will, the food is freshly cooked and always hot and tasty. The staff are always very polite and helpful. Will always recommend this restaurant. Great food good value for money.

The decor seems to be regularly updated an improved upon, there is always something new to see, apparently designed and made by an Iranian artist.

The only down side is the front door opens directly into the small eating area and in the cold weather nasty draughts of cold air blasts at you - perhaps a small porch could be incorporated to avoid this for the customers comfort?

  • Visited September 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Farshid54, Owner at Hafez Restaurant, responded to this review, October 16, 2013
Dear Saranne54

I'm very happy you returned to Hafez and gave us another 5 star review. We work hard to maintain the quality of our food and service and keep people coming back. Ali Siahvoshi is the Iranian designer responsible for our décor. He is an incredible creative talent who is constantly coming up with unique ideas. I agree with your comment regarding the need for a porch but unfortunately planning restrictions stop us from building outwards. We have not yet found a way of remodelling our interior to maximise space and incorporate a porch but any ideas will be gratefully received!
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“Very enjoyable Persian Dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2013

We came here in the beginning of Sept. and had a lovely dinner. We sat outside and enjoyed the very well made Persian food. Having had a extremely authentic Persian restaurant where I live I had a high expectation for this meal. It was delicious. Although pretty straight forward, Lavish bread is so important to me in the Persian cuisine and Hafez's was great. Would definitely come back again.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Farshid54, Owner at Hafez Restaurant, responded to this review, October 4, 2013
Dear Guitaraholic

I can see you had high expectations as you are familiar with and appreciate Persian food and therefore your review is very much appreciated. I'm pleased you found your meal delicious and we hope to welcome you back to Hafez on your next visit to London.
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