Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A trip to Persia


Fifteen minutes from the center of Halifax on the Bedford Highway there lies beautiful Peresopolis. I was taken there for another birthday lunch! A lovely wee Iranian market and cafe.

Inside there is a wealth of foodstuffs and interesting items to be had. I had fun looking around. Gorgeously displayed.

Shisha/ ḡalyān/ hookahs( they have many names) and supplies, dried figs, fruits, seeds, packets of biscuits, tinned goods, tea sets, something for everyone.

Camran and Vida Khandan are the owners and rebuilt the place themselves using no contracters. Really a labour of love. They will be offering Persian cooking lessons soon too.

Stepping beyond the shop, there is an open rustic cafe. Pillows and backgammon games invite one to while away the afternoon, sipping tea and having some fun. You can see the snowy scene outside. In summer it will be lovely with sides open.

The menu is small and features delicious kebabs done by traditional charcoal cooking and panini sandwiches but there are also a few warm dishes to be had. This is the Aash soup, with parsley, dill, coriander, chickpeas, black eyed beans, lentils, onions and rice noodles. Wow. Stick to your ribs for sure! It was tasty and very filling. Look at those crispy fried onions on top!

We also ordered the stews, which come with a simple crunchy salad.

The star was the fesenjan, a dark fragrant stew cooked for ten hours!Usually for special occasions. In it are ground walnuts, pomegrante paste onions and chicken. We also ordered the gheymeh, with chicken, split peas, tomato paste and dried limes. All served over Persian rice.

So good! Yes, we had dessert too. Not quite as good as the mains but nice to finish off with something sweet.

Cardamom tea. Really yummy. You can also bring your own wine here and there is NO corking fee.We had a lovely relaxing time. Spent a few hours here.

And as a special treat, my friends ordered a shisha. I've never tried it.These are normally only available at night but there was no one about on this snowy afternoon so as a favour the owner let us try it. There is no nicotine in the mixture that burned, it was flavoured with fruits and a most delicate perfumed wafting permeated our table. I think there are 24 flavours to choose from.

13 comments:

Neil and Susan said...

Wow, what a beautiful place to spend this snowy day! I will have to google the address as this cafe/store has escaped me. I will have to stop by and warm up! Happy birthday. Susan :)

bitsandpiecesaboutbusiness said...

What a wonderful spot. How have I missed it. I must head out there soon.

Debra She Who Seeks said...

What a charming shop and restaurant! I have seen shishas being used in a restaurant here in Edmonton -- because they don't use tobacco, per se, they are not prohibited by our local smoking ban in bars and restaurants. Interesting!

Irina said...

With your great post and photos I have the strongest feeling that I was there by myself.

Renee said...

I did not know this place existed. You do a lovely job of profiling places here in the city. I was drooling reading your review on Liquid Gold. I will have to check this place out.

Veronica said...

That looks so cozy in there, and delicious too!

carol gourley said...

What beautiful pictures, I feel like i'm there.

JillB said...

Oh how wonderful! I have GOT to come and visit Halifax sometime soon!

Melanie said...

You always find the neatest spots in our lovely city. I can't wait to try this place out!

Teena in Toronto said...

What gorgeous pictures!

pnut said...

So I very much enjoyed this posting and your birthday lunch looked marvelous! So happy birthday to you! From Jeanne PS Am very much enjoying your photography group!!! New challenges for this week

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

This looks like an amazing place to eat and shop in. I love trying different cuisines.

Sue McGettigan said...

I have Persian friends and their cooking is SO delicious! Lessons sound like fun.