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Published February 21st 2021
A taste of Persia in Pennant Hills
The flavours of Persian street food and artisan ice-cream are available for your indulgence at Bastani. Tucked away at Thompsons Corner, Pennant Hills, the Bastani menu tempts with a range of meals including traditional stews and soups (meat or vegetable-based), Persian style rice, meatballs and falafel. And amongst the locals, Bastani is popular for its range of home-made ice-cream.
On our visit, the owners, Abo and Fariba, were friendly and welcoming. Fariba was happy to talk us through the menu and help us choose from the range of options. We enjoyed Mirza Ghasemi, a north Iranian recipe of barbequed eggplants mashed and cooked with tomatoes, garlic, and topped with egg and Kuku, a Persian herb frittata infused with parsley, fill, chives, walnuts, and eggs. Fariba let us know that a Persian meal wouldn't be complete without Persian style rice, and this was the perfect accompaniment to our flavoursome dishes.
Our satisfying dinner was followed up with a sample of each of Bastani's homemade ice-creams. Abo mastered the art of making ice-cream during his time in Italy where he was a gelatiere. Since being in Australia he has introduced Persian flavours into his art to create unique and delicious ice-cream which is available only at Bastani. Amongst the more traditional ice-cream flavours was the delicious pistachio, berry, and coffee ice-cream. Packed with flavour these were truly a taste sensation. We enjoyed our ice-cream with a serving of Faloodeh – a traditional Iranian dessert of thin noodles soaked and frozen in a syrup of sugar, rose water, and lime.
Dining at Bastani was relaxed, fun, and affordable. The meals felt home-cooked and left us satisfied but wanting more of those delicious unique flavours.