The seven of us headed “east” in both senses of the word for dinner this month. East to the eastern suburbs, and to Eastern cuisine. The Persian Kitchen is a hidden gem on the corner of Avalon and Stanmore Road. Larger than it looks from the street, this lovely wee gem held for us a night of fabulous flavours.
The staff were welcoming and overall the service was good – a little patchy at times, we had to chase up water – but the wait staff were knowledgeable about the food, explaining some dishes and able to make recommendations for our demanding palates.
A couple ordered entrees; falafel and pita with dips, which were tasty. When it came to the mains, four of us ordered the lamb shish, and then there were orders of bacon kuku, beef bursa and eggplant moussaka. My lamb shish was fabulous, with tasty flavours. I chose a single serve of lamb which was more than enough.
All plates were scraped clean indicating very satisfied diners.
We perused the dessert menu, and an ice-cream sundae and persian delight (fruity version of baklava) were ordered, the rest of us had tea – with a couple of people having turkish delight on the side which was reported as beautiful. I had an apple tea, which was a nice way to finish off my meal. i had purchased a large juice rather than drink (it was BYO) and all up my entire meal cost $26 which I thought was very reasonable.
The Persian Kitchen is the perfect place to go for a relaxed, delicious and affordable meal. At no point did we feel rushed and we were one of the last to leave the restaurant. While it was right across town for me, it was worth the drive. The earthquake has meant many of our dining options are suburban, and the eastern suburbs have a hidden gem tucked away with this one.