Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Persia Restaurant @ Jalan Ampang, KL

Always wanted to try Iranian food so here's our first visit to Persia Restaurant. Didn't look very tempting when we reached cause it looked more like a cafe with mediocre food but this just goes to show that one should never judge a book by its cover =P
Shop Front
Restaurant Interior
Iranian Style Wallpaper
Iranian Tea for 2 (RM 6)
Tastes like Teh-O Panas =D Okla, not that bad but it's just average. I prefer the Apple Tea from Ahmet's =)
Kashk'e Badinjan (RM 8)
This is some mashed eggplant dip mixed with fermented whey (similar to sour cream) and a splash of olive oil. Came with some sort of super flat pita bread as a starter. It would probably have tasted a lot better with some salt...
Homus (RM 7)
Another starter consisting of mashed chickpea spread blended with tahini (sesame paste), olive oil, lemon juice, salt and garlic. The lovely decorative patterns on top of the spread are sprinkled cumin and some Middle Eastern herb named Za'atar. Tasted slightly better than the eggplant dip but don't think I'll order it ever again =.= Some of my friends love it though so I'm the picky one...as usual.
Saffron Rice
Fluffy basmati rice, it goes extremely well with the kebabs below. We were supposed to mix butter into the rice as is traditional practice but somehow we didn't. I expect it would only be more fragrant when paired with the kebabs.
Special Kebab Set (RM 50)
T-B: Beef, Chicken, Lamb
The kebabs were grilled nice and juicy - the best was the lamb as it was very aromatic. The chicken was good too as it retained sufficient moisture and hence was succulent. The beef was average in comparison to the others.
Forgot to take a picture of the bowl of curry sauce but it was a very good accompaniment to the rice and kebabs. It's unlike Indian curry and Malay curry, and the sauce is rather thin in texture as opposed to thick, grainy types but it was really good.
This is a good place to start experimenting with Iranian cuisine but according to my Iranian colleagues, there's another restaurant they prefer, also in the heart of KL. Coming up next! =D
PawPoints: 4 Paws
Pawket: Tomato

Persia Restaurant
The Ampang Walk
G-11 Ground Floor
218 Jalan Ampang
Tel: 2164 4454
Daily: 11am - 11pm

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