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#3,274 of 17,349 Restaurants in London


Middle Eastern, Persian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Halal
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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Notting Hill
0.7 km from Notting Hill
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All reviews bread kebab skewers both occasions small restaurant prices are reasonable persian starters
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Reviewed 13 November 2021 via mobile

We visited Alounak as a trio on Wednesday evening, hoping for an authentic and tasty Persian experience. We were greeted by a very friendly and knowledgeable team and our starters of hummous and bread cooked before our eyes were delicious. However, our mains left much...to be desired. The ‘vegetarian curry’ (only vegetarian main on the menu) lacked in seasoning and taste. The skewers we ordered were really quite tasty, but served only with a mound of plain rice and crudely chopped salad (pickles, jalapeños, lettuce, tomatoes) which made for quite a dry experience. All in all, not the type of place to go if looking for a memorable evening, but if you’re just looking for a quick meal then it won’t do any harm.More

Date of visit: November 2021
Reviewed 12 July 2021

Sadly, this beautifully decorated restaurant, which used to have queues of customers outside, has now lost its flavour. Not only is the rice the most dry and tasteless out of all Persian rice dishes I've had; not only is their chicken shish completely dry and...lacking in good marinade; but their customer service is appalling too! The waitresses too young to know what to do, deceiving and making us wait for over 45 minutes to get our food. And to top it all, when I politely complained to the management in an email, they didn't even have the courage and dignity to respond! All they have to do is replace the chef and get the manager to be in the restaurant to address customer issues. It's not a hard job.More

Date of visit: June 2021
Reviewed 4 May 2021

We have been here twice before the pandemic. We usually get mixed grill meat with rice and bread and starters. The atmosphere is ok unless they take you to the restaurant next door when they get full. We had the same older female waitress on...both occasions and the service was good. The dishes we ordered were tasty and I love the fresh bread. The only thing which may prevent me from returning is that it is expensive for a meal for 2.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 18 October 2020

Didn;t really like this place, but there was nothing wrong with it per se - just wasn't expecting a kebab and rice. Not really my thing.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 5 September 2020 via mobile

So went here on the eat out help out scheme in August (50% off) if I had to pay full price it would have less stars not because of the food but the service. Good points ▪️food was nice, it was succulent pieces of meat...and salad etc was fresh ▪️ prices are reasonable for this area of London THATS ALL FOLKS Bad points ▪️menu was ripped and hard to read ▪️made us sit right next to oven and extractor fan was off so almost died of smoke inhalation ▪️took over 30 mins to get food although only 2 other people in restaurant ▪️staff lacked English so much it was difficult to just tell them what we wanted or ask directions to the toilet ▪️after finding where the toilet was be prepared to walk up a thousand stairs ▪️small restaurant To summarise I would go again because the food was good but expect long delays and bad bad customer service. Plus this is not a place for disabled people who use wheelchairs.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 14 August 2020

Please be vigilant I have been coming to this restaurant for a few years the food is good unfortunately in my last experience lunch time Sunday while eating I was approached by 2 girls who entered the restaurant begging for money the waitress came over...and demanded the girls to leave the restaurant after they left I noticed my phone was missing I reported it to the waitress and the owner who was present at that time and mentioned to him if he can use the CCTV system in the restaurant and he told me that the system was not functioning in short nor the staff nor the owner were helpful at all so please please please be vigilant while eating thereMore

Date of visit: July 2020
Reviewed 4 July 2020

I came to this restaurant with friends and I enjoyed the restaurant environment. The food was good but nothing special. I think it is expensive for what you get. I was still feeling hungry after I finished my meal. But what was really annoying was...that the waitress kept watching us and was rude. They wanted us to leave. I would still recommend the restaurant but please do not expect a big portion of food.More

Date of visit: October 2019
Reviewed 3 June 2020

NEVER EVER AGAIN. Does not taste like Iranian food at all and ridiculously expensive. Went with the Mrs on her birthday we both had the worst evening coz of food taste and the service we were given. Owner and staff luck of any customer service...skills as if we are getting the food for free. Dirty looks from the Iranian owner. Ordered the food and within literary two minutes the food was put on our table . What a joke ???? How long does it take to grill food ??? They definitely microwaved it . AVOID THEMMore

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 1 February 2020 via mobile

We often come here and they offer an average service and amazing food!!! Sticking to the standard Middle Eastern cuisine but with a delicious finish! However the dessert is rather simple; to cakes and tea and not of amazing quality. I can recommend it to...anyone who is reading this review!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 26 December 2019

Waitresses kept watching us as though they wanted us to leave even though we were drinking tea and there were several tables empty. If there were no empty tables it would have been a different story. Food came in decent sized portions and was tasty,...however hummus could be slightly improved.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Think you've posted the review in the wrong section . If not, can you rephrase the question please ?
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This is usually red tea to which fresh mint is added.
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Alounak is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 3.5