Looking to try something different to tantalise your taste buds, heighten your senses and indulge in exotic food from the Persian world?
Forget the late night ‘lamb sandwich’ or ‘doner kebab’. Step up your cultural experiences and add to your bragging repertoire of trendy new places. Feast like a Prince or Princess or Persia and enjoy the ultimate dining experience.
The Persian cuisine originated in Iran and shares the style of cooking and ingredients with Mesopotamian and Mediterranean cuisine. Typical Persian dishes are a combination of rice with lamb, meat, chicken, or fish with herbs, onion, nuts and vegetables. To achieve a balanced taste, characteristic Persian flavorings such as saffron, dried limes, cinnamon, and parsley are mixed delicately in some special dishes.
Persian restaurants guarantee you a treat with delicious entrée’s, and scrumptious marinated meats for main course, grilled to perfection over flaming coals. Mains are followed by traditional Middle Eastern mouth watering deserts.
Just when you think the meals are spectacular, you can sit back, relax and enjoy the live entertainment and belly dance performances. So don’t forget to wear your dancing shoes, as you too can join the adorning crowd that beckons the dance floor on into the night.
It is truly a great dining experience.
What can you expect in a Persian restaurant?
Entrée usually consists of an assortment of freshly made dips like; Kado (which has eggplant based dip), Humus, and creamy yogurt and cucumber dips with Persian shallots, all served with freshly baked Lebanese bread. Entrée also includes melt in your mouth char grilled chicken marinated in saffron, lemon juice and olive oil, salads.
Main course typically includes of the finest meats. They call it Kebab or shish kebab. All meat is cooked on long skewers placed on racks over a coal fire. Without moving from your table, be ready to experience different flame licked flavors. There is a luscious range of chelo kebab, served on a bed of basmati saffron rice with grilled chili and tomato. The marinated meats include dish such as barg, koobideh, joojeh, shishleek, soltani, chenjeh. Or why not try khoresht or ghormeh sabzi, divine tasting lemon and herb infused casseroles, served with white basmati or Iranian rice.
Desert is a must and a delicacy. Your taste buds will have a party on rosewater sorbet, garnished with saffron ice cream and crispy desert frozen rice noodles.
Modern Persian and Middle Eastern music gyrates through the speakers as a belly dancer takes to the floor. They perform tradition dances such as the sword dance as well as the infamous belly dance. Gentlemen and ladies beware; the Persian goodness plucks diners from their tables inviting them to join her, to try out some belly dancing moves. The dance floor is then open to all. Modern chart music is interwoven with modern Persian dance songs, as families, couples and children kick up their heels on the dance floor.
With so many great places to tempt you, we have put together an assortment of Persian and Middle Eastern restaurants.
The Persian Room is a little gem, located in Pyrmont and serves traditional, authentic Persian food enriched in forms of cooking that traces back to over 5000 years in history.
The Persian Basement is nestled in Lane Cove. It offers an ultra chic, yet relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. Wind down in their wine bar or try out your dance moves on their custom built dance floor. This is the ultimate dining venue, which will keep you coming back. Equip with the elegance of chandeliers and a stage for the performers.
The authentic Orhid Persian Restaurant is located in Willoughby. Its Persian nostalgic atmosphere will make you feel right at home. The walls feature hand crafted art displays of historic landscapes and Iran’s previous Kings. At the end of the night, they promise that everyone will end up dancing. The belly dancer will mesmerize you with exotic dance numbers and her exquisite costumes.
Rosebud Restaurant and Bar is just a stone throw from the city, located in Balmain. Rosebud Restaurant and Bar is famous for its all day breakfasts and evening Middle Eastern inspired dishes. The menu includes traditional dishes from Greece, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Syria & Turkey with a modern Australian twist.
Or if you are simply looking to try Persian food and not looking for dance, why not take a short drive to Auburn, The Darband Persian Restaurant boasts raving food.
Alternatively, if you are looking for a take-away venue or Persian catering for your next party, head to North Parramatta, Persia Cafe & Kebab House.
By Jessica Amir