Hatam is a mid-price ranged, mall-based Persian/Iranian food franchise. This, My City Centre Al Barsha outlet in Al Barsha South, is the smallest branch I have been to. Although it has a table on either side as you enter, it’s obviously designed for take away and home delivery. There are tables outside, but these are becoming more and more useless as we move towards summer.
Small it may be, but the outlet has the full weight of the Hatam franchise behind it and as such offers a respectable selection of kababs, khoreshts (stews) and some regional favourites too. Their menu also contains many options for vegetarians, pescetarians, and pesco-vegetarians.
I only ordered a Khoresht Bamiyeh (okra or ladies fingers stew) this time, which wasn’t at all bad. I like Hatam’s Kashk-e Bademjan and their raita-like Mast-o Khiyar. The Kashk-e Bademjan, with a side of rice, should work very well for vegetarians. Another one of my favourite dishes at Hatam is their Bagheli Polow Mahicheh, which is dill-infused green rice with fava beans and slow cooked lamb shank – it’s to die for. What makes their Bagheli Polow stand out from the others is that you can also have it with fish, in this case, fried Pomfret. Try it for sure. With the next Persian/Iranian all the way down in Barsha-1, Hatam is a decent option when you crave delicious Iranian food.