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Tehran's Left Handed Cook Café

By Syma Sayyah, Tehran

I find the new cafés which are springing in many parts of Tehran quite interesting, mainly because they entice one to go out more often and meet friends somewhere which is pleasant and clean, and at the same time conveniently located and allow visiting different friends who live in all parts of this huge city which is expanding ever more so. The latest of my discoveries is this small place in the middle of Jadeh Ghadeim Shemran-the Old Shemiran Road which is now called Shariati.

This new café is very small and severs mainly good coffee and cappuccino, as well as small home-made sandwiches. It is near Cinema Frahang, in a side koucheh- alley- called Khaghani-formerly called Zargandeh. The café enjoys the patronage of many Iranian movie makers and movie people whose framed pictures are also hung on the wall. This café which was opened in March 2003, is owned and run by men; and believe it or not it is called "va tou va mann.. va ashpaz chapdast" -And you and me ..and the left-handed cook. I should remind you that they give 12% discount to left-handed people!

The café is owned by two guys, Esfandyar and Rouzbeh. It is run by Rouzbeh and Parham who was at the counter when I went there. I must admit, being short, I found the high stools a little difficult to get on in order to sit behind the counter and have a look at their very inspiring menu!

The sort of things that you may find at this café are:

Harry Potter drink which is a milkshake, Spinach Sandwich, and Mom 's Shaumi, which is a kind of minced meat mixture. Parham told me that they get really busy right before and after screening of major films at cinema Farhang, and there is hardly any room there at that time.

They have a site coming up soon called [chapdast meaning left-handed in Persian] and their telephone number is 261-6830.

The full address is at: 38 Khaghani street (Zargandeh) - Gholhak - Shariati Ave.

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