EDIT: Tehran is now closed
WHAT IS IT?
A suburban restaurant serving Iranian/Persian and Middle Eastern cuisine.
WHAT’S IT LIKE?
A row of colourful cushions on the front benches welcome homesick patrons or diners curious to try Persian cuisine. The menu is a double-sided A4 laminate with 18 dishes, each accompanied by a colour photograph.
WHAT SHOULD I ORDER
Zereshk polo ($10) is a popular Persian dish of barberry rice with chicken. A mountain of basmati rice is studded with sweet crimson barberries, toasted slivered almonds and a layer of saffron rice in golden yellow. Dig beneath the basmati rice - each grain fluffy and separate - and you’ll find a large chicken leg, cooked slowly so the meat practically falls off the bone.
Ghormeh sabzi ($10) - often heralded as the national dish of Iran - is a dark and tangy stew of beef cubes cooked with kidney beans, herbs and dried limes. More subtle in flavour is the baghali polo ($10), a tender lamb shin buried beneath basmati rice cooked with dill and broad beans.
Meat lovers will want the Tehran Special ($19), a triple skewer meal of marinated lamb back strap, lamb mince and chicken fillets, all grilled to a smoky char and served on a huge plate of saffron rice.
Tehran Special $19
One skewer each of marinated lamb back strap, minced kebab and chicken kebab served with saffron rice
Sides are cheap so order one of each. Kashk e badenjan ($5) is an eggplant dip made with onion, garlic, walnut and saffron, drizzled with yoghurt. The paprika-hued igra ($5) is the smoked eggplant version, a little spicier in flavour and garnished with a handful of black olives.
Igra smoked eggplant dip $5
Barbican non-alcoholic malt drink
The drinks fridge holds canned fruit drinks and bottles of Barbican, a non-alcoholic beer that isn’t as bad as you’d think. Or go for the homemade ayran, a foamy yoghurt drink made from yoghurt, salt and water.
Mint, onion and olives
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This article appears in the February 2011 issue of Time Out Sydney in the Food & Drink section.
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