Bognor Regis Herald — Persian delights and a cheekie chappie or two at new eating venue

160 London Road PO21 1BD

Remember the Rosie Lee in London Road, opposite Hotham Park Car & Lorry Parks, morning haunt of many drivers and workers for a brekkie? Or its successor christian cafe?

Well now it’s gone a bit exotic — even Chichester hasn’t got a place that serves Persian cuisine. Yet that is exactly what’s on offer at Nayeb. Don’t expect Arabian Nights decor, it’s really cafe like, relaxed clean and young, with take-out as well (free delivery over £10 locally) but do expect a different taste.

You’ll take to proprietor Naz, aged 23 and his colleague. Naz came to this country when he was 14, and is now just 23. Indeed when we went in he was completing a deal to buy a motorbike he really wanted …

Liz and I had gone for a walk to the Park, I had told her about the place, she was intrigued to see it and when we were on our way home we broke our resolve to try it next time and popped for to sample some food.

The menu includes starters — we didn’t bother this time — but I liked the look of Salad Oliviyeh (Boiled egg, potato, peas, chicken, pickled cucumber in mayo). Both of us opted for a main course Chef Special, Khareshte Bomieh, lamb pieces with okra in a tomato sauce and garlic served with rice £6.90. I had a drink. Doogh which is yoghurt based. There are other specialties and also a range of main dishes mainly chicken and lamb (kebabs etc}, plus a children’s menu inc chicken nuggets for the unadventurous kid. There are also wraps, side orders.

We could not resist a sweet, Persian Ice Cream, you just have to try one, that’s all I’ll say!

Portions good but not overfaced, and the price for 2 was a most reasonable £21. Good for the wallet indeed and most tasty.

We also learned a bit about Iran, its history and the modern Islamic Republic which Naz had left. Yet it’s worth a visit in his view, a people who would really like to be on good terms with Britain and its people of all those in Europe.

Naz was very insistent we knew he speaks every day by phone with his Mum about the cooking, home from home indeed! Also very willing to discuss a family birthday celebration in a few weeks time, we both found him charming and a delight. And funny. It’s good to see young people in the town making their way, showing enterprise in challenging times, Naz deserves every success and we urge readers to give this different and tasty cuisine a try, we’re sure you’ll like it.

Verdict: Different, tasty, very good value, lovely peeps and relaxed setting.

Tel 01243 69 79 00