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A newcomer has been added to the list of dining out options in Brisbane's North West. The Persian Restaurant opened its doors for business just seven weeks ago and it seems that word is well and truly out that this is an eating establishment worth visiting. Originally situated in Brisbane's eastern suburbs, at Coorparoo, the restaurant's move is definitely a win for the suburb of Bardon.
The night we dined here it was doing a roaring trade and the restaurant had a real buzz to it. The decor is interesting with beautiful light fittings and brightly coloured cushions scattered along the window seats. Little Persian touches here and there add to the authentic feel, as does the takht (traditional dining bed), placed to the side of the dining area. In a quieter corner at the front of the restaurant you'll find a cosy, candlelit lounge that's the perfect spot to sip on a Persian tea or coffee.
This area is much quieter than the dining room, which we found was too noisy at peak dining time but much more enjoyable as the evening quietened down.
Now for the food! My best piece of advice here is make sure you leave room for dessert, because there are some seriously delicious options awaiting you!
As for entree and mains, they were how I imagined authentic home-made Persian cuisine would taste. A popular entree choice for our group was the chilli garlic prawns. These were really flavoursome and the only complaint we had was that there just wasn't enough!
Four different mains were ordered, each one very much enjoyed and getting the tick of approval. The star of the night for me, however, was the dessert. Saffron ice cream with thickened cream bits, rose water and pistachios, topped with Pashmak (Persian fairy floss) won the night for me, whilst a friend ordered Baghlava (Persian baklava) which was golden, crispy and beautifully honey-sweet. We had to wait some time before being able to place our dessert order but the wait was definitely worth it.
If you have room for a hot beverage at the end of your meal, traditional Persian tea is brewed in a beautiful silver tea pot and poured into Fenjaan, the traditional tea drinking glass. A large range of other teas is available. Arabic coffee is on the beverages menu, along with the standard range of coffees and hot chocolate.
We thoroughly enjoyed our dining experience at the Persian Restaurant. The only negative for me was the noise factor, so if you're after a quiet meal, I'd suggest you book outside of the peak dining times. I'd advise booking to ensure a table. This is a BYO restaurant so take a bottle or two of your favourite cold beverage. Check out their website to see the full menu and prices. Parking is either on the rim street (depending on time of day or night), underneath Avanti or there is a small car park on the corner of Simpsons Road and Jubilee Terrace that is just a short walk away.