By Syma Sayyah, Tehran
Once in a while one comes across an
experience that although not great certainly is interesting. I have been trying to find out regional
Last week a couple of my cousins and
myself went to try it out. It is
called Khoshbin and they only serve Shomali (northern) food. The place is now run by the two sons of
the late Mr Khoshbin and I am sure it has seen better times. The menu is quite varied and prices are
not as high as some places in north
The restaurant seems well known to many and, believe you me, it is a very busy place - the table next to us changed customers three times in the one hour and the second time we went there a few days ago, we had to wait a long time to be seated. I noticed that their take away business is also flourishing. What impressed me most were the very cool head waiter and the charming chef.
I am sure you can see that the ambiance is not too much to write about except that it has not changed much for many years. As for the quality and taste, well that is another story. I am lucky to have several in-laws and friends who come from the North so I have been spoiled with great home-made Rashti and Shomali cooking; therefore it takes a lot to satisfy my trained taste. Let's just say for value for money it was good.
I found their Kebab Toursh (sour kebab) good and their Zeytoun Parvardeh (marinated olives in pomegranate juice with crushed walnut and herbs) absolutely exquisite.
Their Baaghali Ghatough (a stew made from special broad beans and dill), and Mirza Ghassmi (a mixture of egg plant, tomatoes, onion and eggs) was acceptable.
What made it such a great treat for
me were the people who came there to eat.
Mostly men, they had such interesting faces and body language that I had
a hard time not staring. When I go to such places, real-life spots, then I can
see some of the answers to my many questions about
I recommend the experience for sure and hope that the sons (who did not want to be photographed) become more proud of what they do to keep the memory of their father alive. I have a few photos for you to share my experiences there and give you a taste of the place.
... Payvand News - 7/17/07 ... --