Keeping the fires burning for authentic Persian cuisine in Adelaide’s Parkside, the focal point of Lezziz’s warm and welcoming Persian restaurant down Glen Osmond Road is without a doubt the charcoal grill. It’s here where Lezziz’ expert chefs, schooled in the specifically Iranian arts of Middle Eastern cookery, prepare their famous shish kebabs. Open all week besides Tuesdays, there’s a world of mouthwatering food to explore here, from fresh and colourful salads and starters to lushly spiced and smoky main courses.
Persian cuisine is one of the world’s oldest documented cuisines, with its contemporary permutations by no means bounded by modern-day Iran. Thanks to Lezziz, locals to Adelaide’s Parkside have a restaurant in the neighbourhood where they can take aim at a menu that showcases the breadth and depth of Persian food, dishes that are typically colourful and healthful, exotically spiced and evocatively flavoured. Truly authentic, with a lively atmosphere thrown in the mix, Lezziz’ Glen Osmond Road location attracts foodies from all over the city.
Middle Eastern and Arabic cuisine covers such a broad territory that the term often verges on the useless. Drawing a bead on the kind of Middle Eastern food that has subsisted in what we now call Iran for thousands of years, Lezziz is a specialist Persian restaurant in Melbourne’s Parkside with peerless scope in the kitchen. Check out starters like the koo koo sabzi, a baked mix of parsley, spinach, cilantro, scallions, egg, walnut and barberries served with pickles and tomatoes. The typical flourish of combining earthy, fresh and fruity flavours in one dish that for us marks out Persian, and you’ll encounter bold and lively blends like this throughout your meal at Lezziz.
This is our first visit to Lezizz. We found the food tasty and attractively presented. The guys were initially a bit phased by the unavailability of a liquor licence but we sampled the fruit juices and the herb flavored yogurt drink instead. We look forward to sampling further dishes on the menu.