Khatoon (Persian) – Harrow
Yes, there’s a lot of them about nowadays, particularly in and around Harrow; and yes, we recently published a less than flattering review of Persian Palace, but as Iranian restaurants go, this one is certainly endeavouring to make its mark.
Khatoon is essentially what Persian Palace used to be back in the day.
This Harrow-based restaurant has had a few facelifts during its decade long effort. After successfully running as a catering company for the first eight years, it transformed itself into a ‘Restaurant & Dessert Lounge” two years ago.
And its latest renovation only last month has seen it introduce more capacity indoors.
The drinks menu was somewhat limited with the most adventurous options being the freshly squeezed orange and carrot juices. They are what they are!
So you might have had a version of this at other Persian restaurants, but you still haven’t had this particular one, have you? Tremendous hot starter! Not just was it value for money, but unique in taste too. The roasted garlic had sort of a nutty flavour to it, with the mint delivering a subtle aftertaste. But what effectively brought this entire dish together was the whey yoghurt.
We ordered a naan along with this which could comfortably satisfy two hungry Lions.
Even the picture cannot hide the very first thing we noticed with this dish – how utterly juicy the meat looked!
This was swiftly confirmed with the eating – succulent, soft and tasty – all of which went superbly with the sweet, soft peppers.
Sadly, the thing that let this dish down a tad was the texture of the rice – slightly on the hard side.
One Lion would have liked the meat a little more charred with the charcoal grilled taste coming through. This, of course, is more down to personal taste than anything else.
Although it mild in taste, the sheer quality of the HMC-approved meat shone through.
As a side note, all their meat is rubbed in oil to keep it moist, which could account for the lack of said chargrilled taste.
It’s also worth noting that Khatoon was, in a previous incarnation, a dessert parlour going by the exotic name Ice Fire. Having said that though, we were left disappointed by their desserts.
The puddings are pre-prepared, thus, not fresh, and therein lies the problem. At the same time though, not much was used by way of imagination to even try and elevate the simple into something more attention grabbing.
And the sticky toffee pud was a good example of this. We would liked to have seen, for instance, the banana slice grilled and caramelised, rather than simply being plonked on the plate as some useless garnish.
The same is true of this Cookie ice cream. If you’re not willing to go the extra mile, then perhaps you might consider just an extra yard or two by having melted chocolate and not some cheap chocolate syrup poured over the top!
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Now, although the menu here is the usual one you'll find at such Persian eateries, what makes Khatoon's stand out from the crowded market is the little extra care and attention they evidently give. And it's this effort that translates over to their dishes, particularly their savoury ones.
Ultimately then, Khatoon is about the meat more then anything else. As such, we would recommend this small, but seemingly overlooked restaurant for its quality of meat.
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160 Station Rd,
Harrow HA1 2RH
Opening Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00-23:00 | Sat-Sun 10:00-23:30
T: +44 (0)20 3605 0732