PECKHAM | SE15
It is isn't immediately obvious that Peckham's vegetarian Persian deli, Persepolis, is somewhere to settle down. But if you look beyond the packed shelves and the paklava counter, you'll spot in-the-know Peckhamites getting their fill of cardamom tea and all manner of tasty treats from "Mr. Shopkeeper".
Where to start? Probably with the large £6.50 meze platter that includes falafel, mast-o-khiar (cucumber and yoghurt), couscous and pomegranate, parsnip and sweet potato purée, pickles, a basket of warm bread, and a GIANT IRANIAN CHEETO. Why not?
It's a good dish to share (note - it's only £4.50 to take away), along with another bargain plate or two. Perhaps the £4 menemen (Turkish scrambled eggs) or £6.50 kabak güveç (spicy courgette and carrot hotpot with rice yoghurt and salad).
Or you could just move straight onto dessert, and get coffee or tea with paklava or pastries, for two people, for £5. Or one of their bonkers Persepolitan sundaes for £3.50.
Seriously - London. Cheap. Eats. Big love for Persepolis.
Note: it gets pretty busy at the weekends, so expect a little wait and some table sharing.
Words and photography | Matt Hickman