Gosh, I have been meaning to start reviewing restaurants since the start of the year…where has the time gone? I guess we all get busy living life and raising kids and keeping house and posting about food and recipes, though, right? Or is that just me? Really? Just me? Putting everything else on the back burner? LOL Well, whatever, I am getting started on that project now. Better late than never.
Tehran is one of our favorite places to dine in Las Palmas. The food is excellent, and the service is impeccable. Their website is here: http://www.restaurantetehran.com/index.html
I’ve been meaning to write this review for quite some time, now…Tehran. Owned and operated by sister and brother team Ety and Oran Ghafary, this restaurant is a gem.
Let me begin with the food…the FOOD! Everything we have ever ordered at Tehran has been excellent. I’m not just saying that, either. Every single plate has been a veritable dining delight. We often begin with an array of appetizers, falafel, Iranian sausage, pirashqui (meat and vegetable pies), shirazi (cucumber, tomato and mint salad) or tabbouleh (parsley, tomato and mint salad), hummus and papad (crispy and spicy lentil flour discs) and stuffed grape leaves, but we’ve also had the joy of trying the babaganush, kufte and yogurt mint “soup.”
The falafel is delightfully crispy on the outside and tender inside.
The sausages are tender and mouthwatering, made of lamb with various herbs and bathed in a delicious herb sauce.
Pirashqui is amazing…tender, flakey, homemade pastry (Tehran has their own pastry chef), filled with herbed spinach, or ground meat with vegetables, folded into adorable little parcels and baked to perfection. The Shirazi is usually my go-to salad, with diced cucumber, tomato, onion and mint in a lemon and olive oil vinaigrette, though the tabbouleh is a close second.
The hummus at Tehran is unbelievably smooth and creamy, and incredibly flavorful, the perfect balance of chick peas and sesame, garlic and lemon.
The stuffed grape leaves are one of my favorites…tender ground meat with rice and herbs, delicately wrapped in a grape leaf, and bathed in a delicious tamarind sauce.
And those are just the appetizers, folks. Let’s get to the main course!
We usually order the “Cholo Kebab Sultani,” which I think means “Sultan’s Kebab.” It is aptly named. This amazing plate, comes with one ground lamb kebab, seasoned with herbs and lemon, and another tenderloin kebab, lightly seasoned and grilled to perfection. In the center of the plate is a hearty portion of basmati rice, cooked to fluffy perfection. Now comes the best part—the rice is then combined with a roasted tomato and an egg yolk by your server, mixed right at your table, and then topped with a generous sprinkle of sumac.
There are several types of kebab on the menu.
I’ve tried a couple of the chicken ones as well, and was thoroughly impressed with both the chicken with saffron and lemon,
and the tandoori chicken kebab. Kebabs are not the only main course offered, however. Their rice dishes are incredible…my favorite is called “Adas Polo,” which is a type of pilaf combining basmati, lamb, dates, and other ingredients to be a veritable feast for the senses. Vegetarian selections are also offered, but being a meat kind of girl, I haven’t yet tried them.
Now the dessert! Their house specialties and absolute perfect finish to any meal, are their baklava:
and their Iranian ice-cream, which is made with saffron, pistachios and rose water.
Oooooh! And don’t let me forget the after dessert, dessert! Tehran makes their own currant liqueur, which is simply delicious, and simply dangerous. It’s so good going down, that you may not realize the alcohol content! lol
Now most of us go to restaurants because of the food. I do too, but I am very particular about service. While dining out, I expect the server to be attentive without being overly invasive…I can honestly say that I have NEVER been disappointed with the service at Tehran…quite the contrary…the hosts and servers are respectful, attentive, friendly and go out of their way to anticipate your every need and/or whim. I feel like the folks at Tehran are practically family…they make us feel right at home…we even have our own special table. (we sit at this same table every time we go…this pic? Was taken over 2 years ago, when Sammy was still a tiny little tyke. (not even a year old) He’s 3 1/2 now. lol)
So if you are ever in Las Palmas and are looking for a fantastic dining experience for a very reasonable price, look no further than Tehran.