Boomi (Persian Kitchen) is a newly-opened, modern Persian restaurant. Located on the 4th floor of the (also newly opened) Melal Boutique Mall in Elahieh (on the corner of Bosnia and Herzegovina), the restaurant is tastefully decorated in an almost Parisian style with influence, elements and cues from Iran’s literary bible, the Shahnameh (Book of Kings).
Boomi’s menu is nothing less than a breath of fresh air in an F&B environment suffocating in kebab, kabab, and kabob; it offers a modern interpretation of Persian cuisine, a fusion of East and West. The food is exquisite.
Standouts for me were the Mirza Ghassemi, smoked aubergine with tomato and garlic topped with a fried egg (of course, sunny side up) which is served as a starter.
But my favourite of the several starters we had was the Bandari Prawns, sautéed prawns with a tangy, spicy tomato salsa – OMG!
Boomi serves the BEST steak in Tehran (pepper crusted filet mignon). And whilst steak is not typically Persian, Boomi has adopted it, adding a gorgeous crusted Istanbuli rice cake on the side, as well as sweet caramelised onions, which I could swear, had a hint of saffron. Most importantly, however, it arrived cooked perfectly medium rare as ordered.
My wife strongly recommends the roasted chicken in saffron and orange sauce. Come on, just the sound of that is delicious.
No self-respecting Persian restaurant’s menu is complete unless it includes at least one kabab. Boomi’s has several. We ordered their exotic Kabâb-e Torsh (which literally means “sour kebab”), beef tenderloin marinated in a rich paste of crushed walnuts, tangy pomegranate puree, and was rewarded with one of the best I have ever had.
The service at Boomi is excellent. I was hugely impressed by restaurant manager, Hamid (if he isn’t the manager, he should be), who patiently took us through the menu, explaining, recommending, and then enduring the endless rants of a food blogger. He and his professional team were a revelation. Well done.
So, whether you live in Tehran or are just visiting, I strongly recommend you put Boomi on your list of must-visit restaurants. Believe me, it’s well worth a detour.
BTW, there’s plenty of parking is available in the mall. Parking entrance is from Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Waste NOT. Want NOT.