We’ve long had a soft spot for Sally Butcher, the lovely lady who runs Persepolis, an Iranian and Middle Eastern deli in Peckham. First of all, it takes a lot of bottle to open such a specialist shop in an area not known for its abundance of affluent Middle Eastern customers. Secondly, although Ms Butcher is as cockney as the proverbial sparrow, her grasp of Middle Eastern cookery and flavours is as good as many a Tehran matriarch’s. She’s been dabbling with serving lunchtime snacks in the shop for some time, but has recently upped the ante (and the prices slightly), restyling it as ‘Snackistan at Persepolis Café’ (we wonder how long that full title will last). The café’s a one-off; the prices are low. And the falooda – a Persian knickerbocker glory – is worth crossing south London to try.
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By Guy Dimond