Thursday, June 13, 2013

Gilaneh, Persian cuisine in Toronto

There are a handful of Persian restos in Toronto. Two I would go back to are Gilaneh and Banu. Gilaneh, located at the Westin Prince Hotel, has a delightful atmosphere and is visually and physically very comfortable. The wait staff were very patient with all of our questions and highly attentive. Gilaneh itself is a city in Iran that is rather well known for it's food.

Barbari, a deliciously addictive Iranian flat bread, great on it's own and used for topping with spoonfuls of some of the dishes below. 

Borani spinach: boiled spinach and yogurt with garlic and herbs.

Borani Bademjan, mashed BBQ'd egglant with garlic. 

Bademjan kebab, pan fried eggplant filled with walnuts, pomegranate paste and spices. 

Kashke Bademjan, mashed fried eggplant topped with fried garlic, fried onion, mint and whey. 

Borani bademjan, mashed bbq'd eggplant with yogurt and garlic.

Zeitoon parvardeh, mashed olives with walnuts, pomegranate paste, "mountain herbs", and spices. 

Tah deeg, rice caramelized from the bottom of the pot.

Torshi Tareh, a mixture of 7 different kinds of herbs, vegetables and garlic.

 A platter of mixed grilled vegetables.

Marinated, bonelss chicken leg kabob. 

Shirazi salad with cucumber, tomatoes and red onion. 

Zolbia and Bamiyeh, a sweet made from  yogurt and starch made dough which is deep fried before being dipped in syrup.

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