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Friday, February 04, 2011

Tehran, Granville



Tehran, Granville

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.


Zereshk Polo $10
Saffron rice with dried wild berries and chicken

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
Diced beef with kidney beans and dried lime stewed in mixed herbs served with saffron rice

WHAT ELSE?
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.


Baghali Polo $10
Rice, broad beans, dill and lamb shin


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.


Kashk e Badenjan fried eggplant dip $5


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


Shirazi salad $3
Tomato, cucumber, onion, lime juice, chopped parsley and olive oil




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Tehran (CLOSED)
44 Railway Parade, Granville, Sydney
Tel: +61 (02) 9897 5935

Opening hours:
Open 7 days 11am-10pm

This article appears in the February 2011 issue of Time Out Sydney in the Food & Drink section.

Time Out Sydney reviews:
ATL Marantha, Kensington (Indonesian fried chicken with edible bones)
Balkan Oven, Rockdale (Macedonian burek)
Durban Dish, Baulkham Hills (South African bunny chow)
Hijazi's Falafel, Arncliffe (Lebanese breakfast)
Island Dreams Cafe, Lakemba (Christmas Islands cuisine)
La Paula, Fairfield (Chilean empanadas, lomitos and sweets)
Sea Sweet, Parramatta (Lebanese sweet kashta cheese burger)
Sizzling Fillo, Lidcombe (Filipino pork hock crackling)
Tuong Lai, Cabramatta (Vietnamese sugar cane prawns)

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 2/04/2011 02:00:00 am


29 Comments:

  • At 2/04/2011 7:37 am, Blogger joey@FoodiePop said…

    Love the polo peeking through the great looking saffron rice, and that Tehran Special looks so succulent! Mmmm.

     
  • At 2/04/2011 8:56 am, OpenID lateraleating said…

    Love the looks of the Zereshk Polo and the Tehran Special. I've never tried Persian food, maybe it's a good idea to give it a go.

     
  • At 2/04/2011 8:57 am, Anonymous chocolatesuze said…

    i saw the word barberry and now ive got the tune of beach boys ba ba ba, ba barbara ann..

     
  • At 2/04/2011 9:08 am, Blogger Peter G @ Souvlaki For The Soul said…

    A wonderful post Helen...never tried the cuisine from Tehran before...great intro. The dips, rice and chicken all look and sound delicious!

     
  • At 2/04/2011 9:14 am, Blogger Tambourine said…

    Oooohh those eggplant dips look so yummy. I've got a soft spot for eggplant. And at Granville too! Looks like it's worth a try!

     
  • At 2/04/2011 9:18 am, Anonymous john@heneedsfood said…

    The peek-a-boo chicken looks divine!

     
  • At 2/04/2011 9:35 am, Anonymous Tina@foodboozeshoes said…

    ... thanks Suze...

    Great pics, as ever, Helen :)

     
  • At 2/04/2011 10:27 am, Blogger MelbaToast said…

    I've seen this place a few times when I've been in Granville on an El Jannah's run. I'm keen to give it a try and your review makes it sound like it's worth visiting. Thanks.

     
  • At 2/04/2011 11:07 am, Anonymous thang@noodlies said…

    How wonderful, I can eat everything you featured!

     
  • At 2/04/2011 11:33 am, Blogger Ellie (Almost Bourdain) said…

    Interesting place. Always intrigued me with your small new eatery finds.

     
  • At 2/04/2011 12:15 pm, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Helen,
    I have heard from a Persian colleague that Tehran is very good but Darband is cheaper and better in Auburn. Is it possible for you to vist and review?

    http://www.smh.com.au/news/restaurant-reviews/darband-persian-restaurant/2007/10/26/1192941318228.html

     
  • At 2/04/2011 12:16 pm, Anonymous Hannah said…

    Those dips look magnificent! And they're a teensy bit more up my alley, as I tend not to be as thrilled as you when discovering shins in my food ;)

     
  • At 2/04/2011 1:53 pm, Anonymous Jenny @ Musings and Morsels said…

    I still dream about Persian food, my first taste of it while I was in the US strangely enough. I'm not sure if they have it Tehran (never been) but there's absolutely delicious eggplant stew topped with yogurt and fried onion bits called Koresh Bademjan. It's the most dreamy thing. Have it if you see it.

     
  • At 2/04/2011 7:40 pm, Blogger Jen said…

    The fried eggplant dip isn't very visually appealing but anything with eggplant wins me over.

     
  • At 2/04/2011 10:10 pm, Anonymous Iron Chef Shellie said…

    The colours are amazing, that rice looks sooooo good!

     
  • At 2/05/2011 8:55 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    It is great, I went straight there for lunch and loved it. They are friendly as well so I have booked a lunch there for my 50th.

     
  • At 2/05/2011 11:57 am, Blogger Vivienne said…

    that eggplant dip and the saffron rice with berries/chicken is making me drool. i didn't know persian food was like this - i asked a persian colleague and all she told me was that their cuisine is very meaty...apparently there's another nice one in lane cove somewhere?

     
  • At 2/05/2011 12:46 pm, Anonymous sara @ Belly Rumbles said…

    The colour of the rice is just so vibrant. The way describe the cushions and then the pictures of the food, sounds like a very happy colourful place.

     
  • At 2/05/2011 7:32 pm, Blogger Cate said…

    Wow that all looks so amazing - will have to give it a try when net in the area. Thank you!!!

     
  • At 2/05/2011 8:03 pm, Anonymous Cupcakes Anyone? said…

    Love Lamb backstraps and here's a new way to do them.. So may images its a colourful review too!

     
  • At 2/05/2011 10:43 pm, Anonymous Makan1976 said…

    Thanks for the info. Never had the chance to try persian food. Be great to check it out.. .The rice looks like nasi briyani...indian style.

     
  • At 2/06/2011 2:09 am, Blogger Angie Lives to Eat (and Cook)! said…

    Just love the colours of the Zereshk, so vibrant! I remember seeing it being made on an episode of Food Safari. I guess there's more to Granville than Charcaol Chicken hey =D

     
  • At 2/06/2011 4:08 am, Blogger Gourmet Chick said…

    Love the colours of the barberries and the saffron - it looks amazing!

     
  • At 2/06/2011 10:41 am, Blogger The Food Mentalist said…

    You had me sold at EGGPLANT!

     
  • At 2/06/2011 11:02 pm, Anonymous Skye said…

    Ooooooh i just love the sound of the Zereshk Polo. Sweet zingy berries with the saffron rice and chicken... what a wonderful combination of flavours. Great article! I will venture there next time I'm in Sydney. Cheers!

     
  • At 2/07/2011 6:05 pm, Blogger Maria said…

    Really interesting selection of dishes! I'd love to check this place out :-)

     
  • At 2/08/2011 12:54 am, Blogger Gianna@TheEmptyFridge said…

    yum-o to the fried eggplant and smoked eggplant dip to rival the plain old baba ghanouj.

    I shall pry myself away from the tempting arms of el jannah and give this a try - the Tehran special is a dish for this meat lover!

     
  • At 4/02/2011 12:40 am, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed reading your blog posts. Any way I will be subscribing to your feed and I hope you post again soon. Thanks for this post...

     
  • At 4/04/2011 7:29 pm, Blogger koorosh said…

    Amazing Persian cuisine and fantastic hosts. I love that place because of it's quality and great prices. eventhough it's not a fancy restaurant but it's great.

     

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