You may know the Persian Kebab Restaurant from Global Village where it had quite a fanatical following. This new restaurant near the venerable Capitol Hotel on Mina Road is its first foray into the ‘real world’ and boy, what a splendid job it’s done with the concept and interior. Basically, they’ve taken the kebab experience to the next level with unique tables which have built in grills, Barbecue Nation style. Indian owner (and all-round cool dude) Haji toured Iran with his head chef Ahmad (from Hamedan in west-central Iran) in search of the real taste of Iranian kebabs. They returned with a treasure chest of recipes and ideas from which they then formulated their menu…and some of the interior of the restaurant.
Start with their smoky Mirza Ghassmi, a dish from the north of Iran made with soft roasted aubergine in an earty-tangy tomato and garlic sauce, with eggs cooked into it at the last minute. These boys do it especially well. It’s also perfect for vegetarians. Pescatarians too will feel right at home here as their menu includes a seafood section. The mixed grill is a must. I would avoid the Barg and Chicken Koobieh but the rest of their kebabs are exceptionally good…and priced beyond belief. You can surf and turf it by including both meat/poultry and seafood kebabs. I strongly recommend their shrimps from the seafood section. Venture beyond their kebabs and you will be rewarded with delicious Persian stews, called Khoresh. If you are Iranian (especially if you’re from the South), note that they serve a very authentic Ghalieh Mahi (call ahead to order). Service is friendly and infinitely accommodating.
There are a number of established Iranian restaurants within a five-minute drive of Persian Kebab, most notably Special Kabab (opposite Capitol Hotel) and Yashar Palace (beside Spinney’s on Beach Road). Yes, the maasti at Special Kabab is more authentic and the weekend breakfast at Yashar, with Kaleh Patche, Haleem and Aash, is undeniably unique but if one wants an authentic Iranian kabab experience then Persian Kebab is a very worthy option.
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