One of Brisbane’s few Iranian cuisine possibilities has its incarnation as a smart little eatery tucked away in a street behind Coorparoo’s main shopping centre. And it is worth the drive from wherever else because the food is splendid and fresh, from a menu that incorporates some Arabic dishes such as fattoush alongside the Iranian and standard Middle Eastern.
With mains including fasanjan (chicken cooked in pomegranate sauce, ground walnuts and rice) averaging $18.50 and up to $22 for the Persian Platter (a brilliant combo for first timers involving marinated eggplant, lamb with split peas and dried lime and saffron rice amongst other delicacies), and Persian sweets in rose water syrup for afters at $7, it’s also top value.
And as a bonus on weekends, a belly dancer interrupts the non-stop background Iranian video clips at 8pm. If there is a drawback it is the acoustics – in an effort to avoid being stereotypical Middle Eastern they’ve avoided the whole hanging rug scenario and gone for concrete floor and rendered walls which, unfortunately, can mean noisy dining.