Thursday, 14 July 2011

Kennington Road receiving a make-over: Persian Restaurant, Papa Johns and new bike shop

So, it has been a while since I did any proper lurking.  In my absence, I note that the old Amici has turned into a rather trendy looking "Doost", a Persian Grill and Vodka(!) Bar...  And since you all asked so nicely, I've uploaded the entire menu so that you too can share the Persian goodness...



I'm afraid it doesn't quite compete, but Pizza lovers will be pleased to hear that as well as the already existing Pizza Hut Take away, Pizza Express Restaurant, Lambeth Pizza Restaurant and Dominos Takeaway, we can now add... a Papa Johns takeaway to Kennington Road, next to South London Pacific Tiki Lounge, complete with its own row of cheesy and irritating scooters.  We won't complain though, as it's great to finally have something in the gap.  It has been sitting empty for well over a year...


A few doors further up, on the other side of South Pacific, the most exciting piece of news is the opening of a new bike shop, Balfes Bikes, not another motorbike shop (of which we seem to have in abundance locally), but a real bonafide cycling shop.  Granted, I didn't see it open, and there are no signs or anything up yet, but Kennington People On Bikes has a shiny article and photo of the owners over at his blog.  I'm delighted about its arrival, being an enthusiastic amateur cyclist (the lurker owns no lycra), and I think it's in a great location, given the number of people who now cycle along both Kennington Road and Kennington Park Road.  You can find them at 338 Kennington Road.  Hurrah!

Finally, the ancient Estate Agent, Burns and Shield, that never appeared to do any business appears to have re-opened or re-imagined itself as Capital Kennington, and has received a bright blue faschia upgrade.  Can't get excited about estate agents, but who cares when we have our very own new bike shop?!


It's really good to see an influx of new businesses.  I'm still hoping the burned out sandwich shop opposite Pizza Express becomes something interesting, and if anybody is looking for a large retail outfit, the huge old St Aubyn's holistic centre unit on is Cleaver Street still empty.  Might suit another restaurant... Who knows?

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Went to Doost the other night. Was v good.

Anonymous said...

Wish we could have a little waitrose! Or another good restaurant rather than loads of average ones. Something to bring people in from further afield. Some shops selling something other than food would be nice too!

Anonymous said...

Don't bother with Papa Johns - we ordered form there and it was AWFUL. Felt totally ripped off for £20.00 just for a takeaway. It was seriously sub standard and I'm normally easily pleased! Clearly, bad quality ingredients, staff who don't speak english even to a minimal level, late delivery, cold pizza. All in all - make a quick journey out to pizza express instead or order from Oregano in Brixton!

Anonymous said...

Doost is fab, the food is wonderful, the Vodka choices great, and the decor is really cool. Superb service too :)

Anonymous said...

We noticed the papa johns recent on our way home and ordered 2 amazing pizzas! Don't even get me started on how delicious their garlic sauce is. And we've ordered delivery since then too. Now a firm household favourite! Will have to try Doost next.

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