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    Hezardastan: It was all delicious!

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Apr 14, 2005

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    Bon appetit!

    You go downstairs, below the street and enter a warm and inviting space and you know you are in for a treat. There are western style tables and chairs but the place to sit is in one of the traditional booths, with cushions and carpets to sit on and a cloth in the middle for the food to come. And what delicious food it is. Make sure you bring your appetite.

    Favorite Dish: Kufteh Tabrizi - delicious meatballs made from rice and lamb with a filling of prunes and almonds, cooked in and served with a fragrant broth
    Fesenjan - an aromatic stew of chicken and walnuts flavoured with pomegranate and cardomom
    Great salads and as always in Iran, perfect rice, yummy (torshi) pickles and the best bread.

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    Fardis Restaurant: European dining

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    This is a quiet, elegant restaurant, a favourite with Tehranis (who call it the "Swiss" restaurant) when they want to splash out. The menu of classic European dishes, good steaks and seafood makes a change from kebabs and rice. Service is efficient and discreet.
    If you are looking for somewhere to take your Iranian friends, this is an option worth considering

    Favorite Dish: Whilst there are some expensive dishes on the menu -mostly seafood, a good steak and salad here will cost about $4-5.
    Very good fruit juices and desserts are a feature.

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    Restaurant Tandoor: Great curries

    by TheWanderingCamel Written Apr 27, 2005

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    Tehran in winter

    If your taste for Iranian food is beginning to pall and you're looking for something spicy, the Tandoor Restaurant at the Hotel Safir could be just what you are looking for. Good Indian cooking, fresh and full of wonderful flavours, is the order of the day here. There's a nice little patio for summer evenings.

    Favorite Dish: Four delicious courses of meat and vegetable curries (the chicken jalfrezi is excellent), rice, dahl, chutnies and a big jug of freshly-squeezed lemon juice for 3 cost just $27.

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    Ali Ghapoo Restaurant: Live music, hubbly-bubbly and fun!

    by iwys Updated Jan 12, 2009

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    When I was there in March, 2001, this was the happening place to eat in Tehran: the only restaurant with live bands playing every night.

    Performances by tradtional folk musicians from various regions of the country.

    Crowded with couples, families and tourists, this place rocks at night.

    Favorite Dish: Good chelo and fesenjan.

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    Shandiz Mashad: Just shashlik

    by TheWanderingCamel Updated Mar 17, 2006

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    Yum!

    Just a simple place, no menu, shashlik is all they serve at this restaurant - lamb, beef or chicken. You'll be served a salad, rice, lots of wonderful, freshly made bread, yoghurt and a drink along with your meal. Bring you appetite - the shashlik is huge.

    Favorite Dish: Five lamb chops on a sword - now that's what I call a shashlik!

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    A small restaurant: Side street dining

    by grets Written Jun 11, 2007

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    When we came out of Golestan Palace, we were looking for something to eat, but there was nowhere obvious. I was so sure that somewhere as tourist-orientated as Golestan Palace is, that it would be surrounded by souvenir shops and eateries. But, no.

    The problem of course, is that most restaurants and shops have signs only in Farsi script, so you really need to check each store close up to see what they sell.

    We bought a couple of freshly squeezed fruit juices from a street vendor, and as we were drinking those, I looked down a side street, and noticed a doorway with a plant outside. Putting two and two together, I assumed this to be a restaurant and sent David to investigate. It was indeed a small eatery and we went inside.

    The menus were all in Farsi script and no-one spoke any English. With the help of my phrase book, sign language and a lot of laughter, including the waitress bringing out plates of various ingredients to show us what she meant, we finally placed an order. I hoped I’d ordered one chicken and one lamb, and was very pleased when that was exactly what arrived!

    Favorite Dish: The chicken came served with a sour sauce and a side dish of rice with barberries and the crispy crust I like so much. David’s lamb shank was delicious too and we had a yogurt each, the obligatory bread plus two local colas. The whole bill came to 70,000 IRR (just over $7). The food was tasty, the meat was lean, the portions were large, the place was clean, the waitress was friendly and we had a lot of fun trying to communicate. What more could you want from a meal, especially at those prices!

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    Chelo Kebab: A great little place

    by grets Written Jun 11, 2007

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    Before we’d managed to find our bearings on the first day, we were looking for something to eat at lunchtime, when we came across this chelo kebab place. Unfortunately, I cannot tell you the name of the place, as it was only written in Farsi script (which I don’t understand), and the young chap who ran it did not speak a single word of English.

    Favorite Dish: We pointed to the food we wanted (a chicken kebab and a chelo (minced lamb) kebab. They were cooked in front of us and served on bread with chillies (very hot!), onion and lemon. We enjoyed them very much. The establishment also offered a take-away service. It cost us IR 30,000 (approx $3) for two kebabs and two soft drinks. I was amused to watch the young chap threading some unidentifiable meat on to skewers in-between serving customers – I don’t think I have ever seen anyone wash their hands as much as he did! Before and after every customer as well as sometimes in-between too just for good measure.

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    Resturant Address

    by omidamini Updated Aug 10, 2010

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    I. Agh Banu, Vali Asr Ave, Opposite Mellat Park
    2. Ajdaha-e Tala'ei (Chinese), Vali Asr Ave, Opposite Esteghlal Hotel
    (former Hilton)
    3. Ali Qapu, Gandhi Street
    4. Ardalan, Vali Asr Ave, Ma ah Alley 64
    5. Arvand Kenar, Vali-Asr Ave, Opposite Sa'ei Park
    6. Arvand Rud, South Sohravardi Street
    7. Ashpaz Bashi, Mir Damad Ave, Naft Street
    8 Ashyaneh, Passdaran Ave, Zarrabkhaneh
    9. Bita, Vali Asr Ave, Pessian Crossroads
    10 Borj, Vali Asr Av
    11. Chinese, Abdoh Alley, Vali Asr Ave
    12. Ehsan, Mir Damad Ave
    13 Fanus (kababi), No 85, Mulla Sadra Ave, South Shiraz Street
    14. Felfel-e Sabz, Vanak Square, Vanak Shopping Center
    15 Ferdows, Vali Asr Residential Complex, Bagh-e Ferdows
    16.Gol Shahr, Africa Highway, Nahid Blvd
    17. Golshan, Passdaran Ave
    18 Hani,Vali Asr Ave, corner of Motahari Street
    19 Hatef, Motahari Ave, Amir Atabak Street
    20. Kandu, Vali Asr- TaleghIntersection
    21. Kasra (chelo kabab and chicken kabab), Niavaran Street, Kashanak
    Junction
    22 KhDadash, Fatemi Ave, Kaj Street
    23 Khaneh Kabab, Passdaran Ave, Now BonyadSquare
    24. Khansalar, Argentine Square
    25. Khoshnud, No 1420, Vali Asr Ave-Shahid Chamran Highway Intersection,
    Opposite Qodss Department Store
    26. Kolbeh, lafar Street, comer of N aft Street
    27. Kuchini, Keshavarz Blvd, South Felestin Street
    28. Kuhsar-c Darband, Darband, Sar-e Band Squarc
    29. Lak Lak, No 1739, Dr Shari'ati Ave, north of Pol-e Rumi
    30. Lotus (pizza and hamburger), Shahrak-c Qodss, Golestan Shopping Center

    Favorite Dish: 31. Lux-e Irani, Tajrish Squarc
    32 Lux-e Tala'ei, Vali Asr Ave, Homayun Station
    33. Mellat, Vali Asr Ave, Opposite Mellat Park
    34. Mikhak-e Tala'ei, Vali Asr Ave, Rahban Alley
    35. Mir Damad, Mir Damad Ave, Opposite Asia Supcrmarket
    36. Morvarid, Vali Asr- Taleghani Intersection
    37. Nakhl, No 128, North Felestin Street
    38. Nayeb (the first and oldest chelo kababi in Iran), with the following
    three branches: Aban Branch, No 9, Karim Khan-e land Ave, South
    Aban Strcet 8899143,894643 2. Sa'adat Abad Branch, Sa'dat Abad Ave, Kaj
    Square, Abrisham Shopping Center 2078463, 2063652. 3. Vali Asr Branch,
    Vali Asr Ave, south ofSa'ei Park 8715029, 8713474.
    39. Negah, No 95, Mir Damad Ave
    40 Niavaran, No 180, Shahid Dr Bahunar Street (Niavaran)
    . Papa, Darband Street
    42. Papa, Vali Asr Ave, Fereshteh Street
    43. Part, Tajrish Square, Eram Street
    44. Pizza Chubiz (pizza), Dr
    Shari'ati Ave,
    Pol-e Rumi, Rezaeih Station
    45. Qassr-e , Mir Damad Ave
    46. Raftari, No 826, Vahdat-eEslami Squarc
    47. Ray hun, Africa Highway
    48.Royal Vanak, Van!lk Street, end of Shiraz Strect
    49. Sa'ei, Vali-Asr Ave, Oppositc Sa'ci Park
    50. Shabha-ye Shiraz, Dr Shari'ati Avc, Elahieh Alley
    51. Shab Sara, North Sohravardi Street, Palizi Square
    52. Shater Abbas, Vali Asr-Shahid Chamran Intersection
    53. Surena, Vali Asr Ave, Tajrish
    54. Tapu, North Felcstin Street
    55. Ti$ara, No 26, Motahari Ave
    56. Yass, Niavaran, Aqdassieh
    57. Za'faranieh, Vali Asr Ave, Za'faranieh

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    Khayyam Traditional Restaurant: Best Restaurant in Town

    by JohnniOmani Written May 10, 2006

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    This place is located about a few hundred metres south of the Khayyam metro station and this incredibly decorated restaurant is an oasis surrounded by the chaos of Tehran. This is a 300 yr old mosque and it was restored within the past few years. The food is not cheap but worth every rial and you can try any Persian dish ranging from dizi to eggplant. It was my favorite restaurant in Iran.

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    Atlas Hotel Restaurant: Comfortable and safe

    by grets Written Jun 11, 2007

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    The Atlas Hotel Restaurant was quite pleasant, although nothing more than that. The first night we were there, they’d run out of rice – unheard of in Iran! The menu was quite extensive, but many of the items were ‘finished’. We ate here a few times, and had Barley soup (picture 1) for starter the first night. The soup was thick, but a little bland and tasted faintly of lemon. For main course I had the Bakhtiari Kebab (picture 2) which was a mixed lamb and chicken kebab, and David had the Kareshi kebab (picture 3) which was lamb fillet. Both dishes were IR 60,000 each and the meat was very, very tender and tasty. They were both served with thick wedges of potato, pickles, chutneys, carrots and lemon.

    Favorite Dish: On our second visit, we both had the Soltani kebab (picture 4) which came with one skewer with lamb fillets and one skewer with minced lamb. Again it was very enjoyable. This time it was served with rice which is cooked in such a way that it gets a crusty bottom (picture 5). Yummy!

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    Armenian Club: Best Vibe Ever

    by JohnniOmani Written May 26, 2006

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    The Armenian Club has to be one of the best restaurants in Iran and in the Middle East. After backpacking Tehran in the summer (40 deg) I decided that I wanted to treat myself so I tried out this restaurant near the embassies. It is a Christian establishment so women can eat without a hijab. The restaurant doesnt advertise its existence but look for the yellow light and tiny buzzer. Muslims cant enter making this a paradise for travellers. There were no backpackers there when I was there but the local Armenian staff (in particular the manager that looks like Albert Einstein) are the sweetest people in the world. They even invited me downstairs into the basement for a traditional Armenian wedding!! My favorite restaurant in the Middle East. Fantastic.

    Favorite Dish: BBq sturgeon or anything chicken!

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    Shabestan-e-No Restaurant: Not made to feel too welcome

    by grets Written Jun 11, 2007

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    The Shabestan-e-No Restaurant was a nice enough place, but we found the staff very rude and arrogant. One particular chappie was dressed in a traditional outfit (picture 4), and would make a big show of serving the tea, ‘throwing’ it down on the table. There was a cover charge for the music, which we refused to pay, and that bothered the staff. We arrived well before the singer and when we left he had only just started, hence our reluctance to pay the extra. We were told not to take photos of the performers, but by that time it was too late! Many of the guests threw money at the singer too.

    Favorite Dish: There was a very nice salad buffet which you paid extra for, but it was well worth it (see picture 3). For main course we had Saffron Loghmen Chelokebab after our first two choices were ‘finished’. It was very nice. One of the highlights of the evening, however, was the dessert – something called zoolbie (not sure of the spelling), a very sweet and sticky thing made from flour, rosewater and honey. Yummy! It was served with some delicious dates (picture 5).

    The meal came to IRR 70,000 each, including the starter buffet, water, doogh (the Iranian yogurt drink), main course, dessert and chai (tea).

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    NASIM SHOMAL (NORTH WIND): A GREAT FAMILY RESTAURANT

    by DAO Updated Jun 30, 2009

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    Nasim means ‘wind’ and Shomal means ‘North’ and the place means good food. This is a family run restaurant and I was treated with the utmost hospitality. My food was cooked from fresh ingredients and they kept coming back to my table to see if I needed anything. The food was fantastic. Then I got the bill and could not believe how little they had charged me. You can also smoke Sheesha here. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone on a budget who still wants to enjoy good food.

    You can smoke sheesha here if you want. It is on the far side of the restaurant and will not bother non-smokers (like me).

    Enjoy!

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    Pizza Sandwich Nikate: Fast food

    by grets Written Jun 11, 2007

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    Just a few doors along from the Atlas hotel on Taleqani Street, this place served – you guessed it – pizza and sandwiches. We both had hot dogs, which were massive (see picture 2) and very tasty. They were full of relish and a year’s supply of mayonnaise. They even delivered our hot dogs to the hotel.

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    Resturant

    by omidamini Written Jul 17, 2005

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    There are hundreds of restaurants in Tehran, few of which are actually
    bad, and at weekends it's often a good idea to make reservation. There are
    many very good, even luxurious restaurants in the far north of Tehran,
    right up to the foothills of the Alborz, but they are very expensive and
    very difficult to get to from the center without private transport.
    Tehran also has some excellent cake shops and confectioneries. Mally of
    the best are owned by Armenians, and the greatest concentration is in
    Ostad Nejatollahi Street This is also the place to buy pistachios or
    luxury foods. Almost any food not forbidden by Islam can be found in
    Tehran and other major provincial capitals. Many foreign food restaurants
    or restaurants catering to foreigners advertise in Tehran Times. look out
    for any new ones. Before going to any restaurant, have a look at the
    following list of some famous Iranian foods:
    Chela Kabab-e Kubidel,
    Stakes of minced meat and onions broiled on coal fire, assorted with
    broiled tomatoes, served with rice. sumac, onion, and bread.
    Chela Kabab-e Barg
    Stakes of tenderized fillet meat broiled on coal fire, served together
    with rice, sumac, pickles, onions. and bread.
    A chicken cooked with ground nuts
    in sour pomegranate juice, eaten with rice.
    Jujeh Kabab
    A delicious meal of broiled chicken assorted with various pickles.
    Baqali Polo
    A tasty meal of rice, beans and dill leaves cooked with lamb.
    Tah Chin
    A tasty dish of rice and lamb cooked with yogurt and flavored with
    saffron

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