Have you ever tried Persian food? (Also known as Iranian) It’s quite unique! It has influences of Turkish, Greek and other middle-eastern cuisines but is definitely something all its own.
I’d never tried it before, but when we walked past this cute little restaurant in the heart of Burlington’s cute, cobblestoned Village Square, we just had to stop in. I’m game for any new style of cuisine. As long as there’s something for me to eat there, I’ll try it.
Of course there’s always hummus. I could’ve eaten only this basil-infused hummus and been completely satisfied. It was SUPER creamy. Very well-balanced flavour and the texture was perfect for endlessly dipping our fresh bread that we ordered with it.
This is the barbari bread that came fresh and warm to our table. Perfect crusty outside with a soft fluffy inside. Heavenly.
The Addas Polo was the only vegan entree on the menu, but hey, one is definitely better than none. So I got this dish which was made with “light & sweet dates, raisins, and fried onions, harmonized with earthly lentils, walnuts, and basmati rice.” Sounded good to me. I love lentils. I had asked if the Dahl Addas (potato and lentil stew) was also vegan but apparently it had dairy in it. Overall I would say it was pretty good, but the combination was a bit too overpoweringly sweet for me. I understand that sweet and savoury with a healthy dose of herbs and nuts seems to be a signature of Persian food, but personally since I lean so far towards the salty/savoury-loving side, it was a bit weird for me.
The dish was supposed to be served with a side of some kind of creamy sauce, so maybe that would have tipped the scales taste-wise, but I asked the waitress to take it away since it wasn’t vegan. Perhaps if the pieces of date were chopped a bit more finely and a there were a bit less raisins I would have liked it more. And of course a girl can never get enough lentils, so I thought it could have used a bit more of those.
Everyone else definitely liked their meals, though. The meat kebobs were a definite hit with the rest of the group.
Check out Rayhoon for some kick-ass hummus next time you’re in downtown Burlington and let me know your thoughts.