Persepolis - Snackistan

  • Vegetarian Vegetarian
    ( 10 reviews )

28-30 Peckham High St, South East London, England, SE15 5DT

A small cafe (with several tables) within a Persian store offers vegan mezze plates, vegan knickerbocker glory, vegan banana split. Store sells local and organic vegetables, fruits and herbs. Opening time is actually 10:35am. Note: may have instances of animal cruelty around holidays. Open Mon-Sun 10:30am-9:00pm.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, International, Mediterranean, Persian

10 Reviews

First Review by FleurmioneGranger

Food that made me smile - Edit

Have been past this place so many times without realising it's even open. So glad to have been there now!
It is cosy (a bit cramped) but that adds to the atmosphere. The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. Our party of 4 had the taster menu and were treated with a succession of dishes that came out pretty quickly. All were tasty and washed down with a lovely pomegranate drink. One of our party has a wheat intolerance and this was factored in to the dishes with ease.

Pros: Tasty food, Friendly service, Atmosphere

Cons: Cramped

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Highlight of my stay in London - Edit

Eating at Persepolis might be in my top 3 highlights of my 4-day stay in London. The restaurant is behind a Persian shop, which may left some a bit confused, but behind the shop there is some magic. The atmosphere is quite cosy - the place is not too spacious, so there is a big chance that it will be fully crowded if you go there in the afternoon. Apparently we were very lucky to have gotten a table. I had the opportunity to tried a mezze platter and another dish, I unfortunately forgot the name of - apparently a rendition of spicy veganised scrambled eggs, made with tofu and bread. The mezze platter was fantastic, every single element was very enjoyable, and the tofu dish also lived up to the expectations set but the mezze platter. I am not quite used to London prices, but it seemed rather pricy compared to other places I had the opportunity to eat, and the mezze platter for "two mortals" I could totally finish off alone ;-) We were two people having both the mezze platter and the tofu dish and left the restaurant not quite hungry but expecting more for the price. But other than that it is definitely worth a visit.

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Delicious - Edit

It's absolutely great - delicious nice vibe of it's very own my go do Saturday lunch with a friend x

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Welcome to Snackistan! - Edit

Every dish, while authentic at heart, is fantastically adopted or fancifully adapted in form. The hummus, for example, was brilliantly purple from the addition of beets, while the innocuous-looking red dip turned out to be – not the regular red pepper – but a clever blend of plantain and peanuts.

Then, as the eyes move down the list of dishes, we embark on a cruise on the Mediterranean. First, Captain Butcher takes us over to the coast of the Aegean sea with triple variations on grilled halloumi cheese to choose from – or to chew on. As hard as it was to pick among the enticing offerings of sesame and honey, barberries and pumpkin seeds, it was the last that won the day. “Pan-fried halloumi with oregano, pine nuts and raisins, please” – “That is my favorite,” replied Captain Red Head with a twinkle in the eyes. And, as it turned out, it was to become the favorite of this tour de force of Snakistan. The halloumi was fried to a golden glory, where the salts and the milk proteins in the cheese had been transformed, in the crucible of frying pan, into a supernaturally savory crust. Crispy on the outside, but oozing and gooey inside, the chewy Cypriot cheese was salty and sweet. The dish, however, went much further than a juvenile grilled cheese, as the dusty dried oregano and delicate pine nuts refined the plate to a mature sophistication.

The fairy godmother of vegetarians then transforms the Greek-Cypriot afelia – a traditional dish made of red wine, pork and coriander seeds – into a sticky fried dish of potato, cauliflower, olives and vegan cheese, not with a magical wand, but in the magical ward behind the walls, where the customers may catch interesting glimpse of the magic in situ on the way down to the equally magical loo. Nevertheless, the magic seemed to have failed on this meat-centric recipe, which regrettably turned out to be the worst concoction at Snakistan. Instead of “sticky,” the sautéed vegetables were just greasy; instead of being spicy with the coriander seeds, the flavor was just a bland curry. Furthermore, the red wine was most notably missing, although whose acidity would have been most welcomed. Perhaps to supplement the P-H balance, sliced tomatoes with a few sorry rings of onions (advertised as an “herby tomato and onion salad” but served minus the herbs) sat at the bottom of the oily vegetables. In effect, the cauliflower and potato afelia was nothing but an imitation of Indian aloo gobi sabzi – and a poor one at that.

Pros: Great atmosphere, All vegetarian/vegan, Inventive flavors

Cons: Inconsistence quality, A bit too greasy

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Sells live gold fish and tiny bowls for Iranian new year! :( - Edit

I used to go to this cafe because I found the atmosphere nice. It is not too clean and the whole place has a tattered vibe to it, but I really liked the grocery, the vegan ice cream and the unique atmosphere. Their coffee was bad, and some of the food is made with far too much oil for my taste, but their cardamon tea is delicious.

I was super-shocked to see that during the time of Iranian new year, one of the owners brought out gold fishes in plastic bags filled with water from the back of the store and sold it to customers. They also sold tiny, like 0,2 liters volume bowls with paper signs indicating that it was meant for the live gold fish.

During the Iranian new year celebrations , it is a custom to have various things on the table, including live gold fish. There are many animal rights activists who are trying to educate the public and offer alternatives. These fishes are usually disposed of a few days later, and most of them die because of the lack of care and the conditions or because they are released into the wild.

Pros: Nice vegan icecream, Kind waitress , Homey atmosphere

Cons: Sells live fish!, Not the cleanest place...+Chairs falling apart...

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Fantastic vegetarian cafe - Edit

This is despite what the description says vegetarian. Most meals can be made vegan and gluten free. Tasty and good value. Bring you own booze too! Also great cheesy 90's music. Wigfield etc. x

Pros: Vegan and gluten free options

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Best food in Peckham - Edit

We've been quite a few times and we used the shop for years before the cafe opened. This is easily the best place for food in Peckham. It is Persian style food, but 100% vegetarian. Hope it stays that way. Excellent place.

The menu changes quite often and its worth asking what they recommend.

It's open till about 8ish, I think, so keep that in mind.

Pros: Food, obviously, Friendly people, cool vibes

Cons: Not open later in the evening

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A real treat - Edit

The first thing you notice is the colourful outside of the shop which really shines out in grotty Peckham High Street. Inside you're hit by a lovely spice smell in the shop area of Persepolis. The owner Sally really looks after you and is fully clued up about the vegan options of which there are plenty. I got the mezze so I could try several different things and we shared a few mains including some with tofu. It's all really reasonably priced. Be sure to leave room for the vegan knickerbocker glory.

Pros: Great atmosphere, Exciting range of food, Friendly staff

Cons: Very spicy plaintain tofu dish!!, Few tables - book ahead

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You'd be crazy to miss their sundaes - Edit

This Persian corner shop is slowly expanding its table space. At the time of writing, the cafe is 100% vegetarian with many items easily made suitable for vegans. The vegan version of the eggy bread is sublime. Three of the sundaes can be made vegan and all are delicious, especially the baklava variation. The folks who run the place ar lovely, fantastic people with a great sense of humour that makes Persepolis feel very welcoming. I would give five stars if the option was available.

Pros: Some of the best vegan food in S London, Great people, Inexpensive

Cons: I don't live next door, I don't live next door, I don't live next door

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Delicious vegan food at non-veg restaurant - Edit

This is both a store and a cafe with just two tables. The store has Persian goods at very good prices (1kg of tahini - £2.60!) Also, fresh local fruit and veg. I have dined here many times and nearly always get the mezze plate which changes each day. Although the place isn't even vegetarian, there ate always plenty of vegan options to fill your plate brimming full with delicious items. The food is extremely cheap especially considering the great quality. The shop owner, Sally, is also an author. The place is filled with her quirky humour - look out for her funny signs around the shop. She offers vegan ice cream which she makes into vegan knickerbocker glory, banana split and I had a Turkish delight glory the other say. The food is delightfully inventive.

Pros: Delicous Food, Cheap, Quirky

Cons: Only Two Tables, Non-veg Food Served

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