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“A Hidden Gem!”
Review of Kandoo - CLOSED

Kandoo
Price range: $0 - $21
Cuisines: Middle Eastern, Persian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Delivery, Reservations
Description: A charming family-run Persian restaurant, Kandoo presents a tempting array of Middle Eastern cuisine and mezze dishes. There is a secluded garden for al fresco dining. Dishes include marinated grilled meats with home made naturally leavened flatbreads and Persian fluffy rice in many guises. Doogh, a Persian yoghurt drink is a must try and the rose water scented desserts tempt many. Kandoo restaurant has a welcoming, authentic interior with deep terracotta walls, Moorish tiling and Persian artefacts. Between Edgware Road and Maida Vale, Kandoo operates a bring your own (BYO) wine policy with absolutely no corkage charge. Just moments away from Little Venice. Nearest tubes: Warwick Avenue, Edgware Road
Reviewed August 11, 2011

We visited this restaurant whilst in London for the weekend as we wanted to try something a little different, and what a good choice it turned out to be.

The restaurant itself is small (although it does have a charming little garden which would have been lovely had it not been for the rain!) and the surroundings are not particularly plush, but do not be put off, it has a certain rustic charm and the quality of the food far surpasses the basic surroundings.

All of the food we enjoyed was flavoursome, and the kind that you want to just keep on eating long after your stomach tells you it is full! The highlight was the fresh bread being made at the front of the restaurant, which is brought straight from the fire to your table - delicious! The restauarant is also BYO, so no paying over-inflated prices for wine.

We will definitely be returning, and would recommend this to anyone who likes to venture away from central areas to try something new.

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2  Thank c4clair
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Reviewed July 11, 2011

Kandoo has just refurbished his restaurant and the second room is ideal for large groups and depending on the size of your group comes with privacy at no extra cost. The menu is ideal for groups as the meze and the superb grlled meat selection and bread means you can "quantify" costs easily. (Bread and grilled meats are cooked to order) There is no corkage charge so you can take your preferred alcohol which makes this restaurant very affordable. For smokers in the group - the garden with a new sun deck is at the back and for variety & novelty I believe he still offers the shisha.
Friendly owner and congenial staff with Edgware Road or Warwick Avenue tubes approx a 7 minute walk. No 16, 98, 414 6 & 332 drop you outside his door

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1  Thank anisal
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Reviewed July 10, 2011

We have visited this restaurant on a regular basis, and the food is always excellent. The grilled meat is very affordable and, more importantly, cooked to order. Freshly cooked bread, again cooked to order in the oven at the front of the restaurant, complements the starters very well.

BYO policy with no corkage charge is an added bonus, and a rarity in London. Recently expanded, with a very nice garden, this should be good for big groups.

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1  Thank Maida_Vale_resident
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Reviewed May 16, 2011

Booking a table for 9 isn't easy in a capital city. Kandoo managed to make us feel comfortable and catered for in an instance.
The BYO policy is a god send for larger groups with varying cash reserves and with no corkage either, our meal was a hit all round on the drinks front! But don't worry - the food was just as appealing.
We started with mixed mezah dishes complimented by freshly made flat breads by the guy at the bread oven conveniently situated just feet away from us in the front window. Watching his expertise was a conversation starter too!
Mains chosen were a variety of chicken, lamb and fish. The kebabed meats were delicious and plentiful and the rice was the softest and most flavoursome Persia has to offer.
Our waitress was appropriately attentive and the ambience was local and friendly with generations of families all enjoying eachother's company.
A steal of a meal!!

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1  Thank ZoeB77
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Reviewed December 19, 2010

food is very good, it was my first time that I watched someone baking a clay oven bread in front of me. It couldn't be as fresh, and I was told that they use home made yeast rather than artificial ones, combine this with the tasty starters, for example 'Kashko bademjan' an aubergine dish and 'Panir sabzi' that is fresh herbs including fresh Tarragon. We had a mixed grill for main course between three of us with three plate of fantastic rice, this includs, lamb chops, breast of chicken, minced lamb, and a kind of steak looking kebab which was all really tasty. We took our own drink, plus there is no corkage charge. I'll definitely go back with some friends .

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1  Thank Bijan005
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