Ariana Restaurant- Mile End E3 4SE

My first visit to this restaurant was by chance. I went there with my friend who lives in the area. When she said Mile End, my expectations were not that high to be honest. No offence to anyone living in that area but apart from Tayyab’s, I don’t really visit this area.

So it was a pleasant surprise when right in the middle of this park right off the high street, I found this restaurant in a hut. If you ignore the surroundings and forget you’re in Mile End, you would think you’re in the middle of some tropical island-especially when it’s raining.

This restaurant was established in 2002 and is still going strong. Every time I’ve been here, it is never too packed which is great because I don’t really like waiting. This restaurant specialises in Afghan and Persian cuisine and it is TO DIE FOR!! Any one who enjoys a bout of sheesha after lunch or dinner, can also sit outside in their sheesha corner overlooking the greenery. I am in love with this place and is a true gem of the East End. They have really polite staff and commendable service. They serve delicious food of great quality and quantity. Their sheesha is of high quality and not heavy on the throat at all. My friend and I spent around £45 including all the food, drinks and sheesha. I would say it was quite reasonable considering the amount of food we ate plus the sheesha and green tea. I look forward to spending more summer afternoons and evenings here!

Dishes that you MUST order:

Kashke Bademjan (aubergine pureed starter served with bread)

Qabuli Maheecha (A steamed lamb shank served in a bed of rice with raisins and carrots)

I will let the photos do the talking for this place.

For more information, please visit their website by clicking here.

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