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What’s on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core’s new Persian restaurant

By Genelle Levy| Photography by Genelle Levy
What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant

Name: Tabriz Persian Cookhouse Contact: 995 Bay St., 416-922-2017, tabriz.ca, @tabrizatbay
Neighbourhood: University Owner: Pegah Ziaei

The food

Traditional Persian offerings (saffron chicken, braised lamb shank) and dishes unique to the Iranian city of Tabriz (herbed meatballs, walnut stew and koofteh tabrizi, a meatloaf infused with verjuice, and sprinkled with plumbs and barberries). Ziaei will soon be traveling to Tabriz along with her father to source ingredients, with the intention of offering more vegetarian options in the fall.

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Zeytoon parvardeh: olives marinated in a pomegranate-and-walnut paste. $9.

 

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Bademjoon kabab: sautéed baby eggplant stuffed with pomegranate and walnut paste. $12.

 

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Anar bij: slow-cooked pomegranate molasses and ground walnut stew with herbed meatballs, served with basmati rice. $21.

 

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Baghali polo: braised lamb shank served with basmati rice and broad beans. $22.

 

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Faloodeh: vermicelli noodles and frozen rose water topped with a scoop of saffron ice cream. $9.

 

The drinks

Wine (house red, house white), beer (Steam Whistle, Heineken) and a signature cocktail that combines vodka, pomegranate juice and rose water. There’s also traditional Persian cardamom tea sweetened with cinnamon and crystallized sugar.

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Traditional Persian cardamom tea sweetened with cinnamon and crystallized sugar ($3.50), and walnut- and almond-flavoured ghorabiye cookies ($4).

 

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Pomeroni: vodka, sprite, pomegranate juice and rose water. $8.

 

The space

Ziaei’s father is responsible for the stonework in the 48-seat space. He also planted the lemon tree and herbs that decorate the restaurant’s street-side patio.

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
The dining room.

 

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What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
The front patio seats 20.

 

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Fresh herb used to flavour entrées are grown on the restaurant’s patio.

 

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant
Ziaei’s father planted this lemon tree.

 

What's on the menu at Tabriz, the downtown core's new Persian restaurant

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