One of the best ways to connect with other cultures is of course, via food, which for Brisbane locals is more than easy to do. One of the most exciting cuisines on offer here is Persian, and the restaurants in Brisbane serve up some of the best fare you could find anywhere. From kebabs and falafel to baklava and bamieh, there's lots on offer here. And at Quandoo, we've done all the hard work researching and trying out Brisbane's Persian restaurants for you, so all you need to do is get excited about the delicious food you'll be sampling.
Grilling has been a major part of Persian cuisine for centuries, and the humble kebab is one of the cuisine's top exports. For an original kebab dish at one of Brisbane's Persian restaurants, head down to Ferdows Garden on Moggill Road. Main courses here include koobideh, a minced lamb kebab with peppers, tomato and fragrant saffron rice, and chenjeh, with diced lamb instead of minced. And if you prefer white meat, why not go for joojeh of chicken thigh pieces marinated in onions and lemons?
While meat may be a major part of Iran's culinary culture, the heavy use of spices and legumes like chickpeas and beans means there's lots on offer for vegetarians at Brisbane's Persian restaurants. Those who would like something light can enjoy a traditional fasl salad made with fresh seasonal vegetables, while at Ferdows Garden the vegetarian plate offers a range of classic delicacies like falafel alongside dolmades (vine leaves stuffed with rice) and kashk bademjan (an eggplant yogurt dip).
Dessert is an integral part of Persian cuisine. From sweet dishes like halwa made from wheat flour and butter, flavoured with rose water and sholezard (a delicious saffron rice-based dish) there are plenty of options at Brisbane's Persian restaurants. At Ferdows Garden you can find dishes like bamieh, small donuts with a saffron infused dip, as well as bastani, a traditional rosewater and saffron ice cream with frozen pieces of cream and crushed pistachios.