Market selling Persian and Mediterranean items as well as eatery offering persian meals.
My friends and I were just killin' time and walked into this market one evening. They have some pretty neat grocery items - finally I now know where to get some pomegranate molasses!
The back half of the market is just simply a market selling regular groceries, Persian sweets and even videos! The front half is a little kitchen and eating area. Since it was too late in the evening for eating, we unfortunately did not order any meals. I returned a few weeks ago and ordered the minced beef kabab and a side of their yogurt sauce.
Eventhough I had to wait quite a while, I did not mind. The food is made-to-order so I know it wasn't sitting out forever. The yogurt dip was a little runny and the owner lady insisted on making a new batch for me. The service is really good. Looks like all the food is made with care and slow-cooked - especially the stews. Another lady was making a fresh batch of a lentil stew and the whole time I was there, she was stirring the pot. This was for at least 15-20 minutes of constant stirring.
My meal came costed me only $6 plus tax and there was enough food packed in, it lasted me 3 meals!
Okay, so it's more of a market than a restaurant. I'm not sure what the deal is here, but up front, they have the "kitchen" and a few tables. They serve up some of the "usual" Persian fare, koobideh's, stews, etc.
No complaints about the proprietor's, looks like and old couple running the joint. They were very friendly and if we didn't know what something might taste like, they even let us sample it. The selection is not bad. Not super extensive, but alright all things considered.
Of course, we could see them cooking stuff up (except the stews of course) on the spot as we ordered it, so everything came fresh out of the "kitchen". And with only the 2 of them doing everything, they still delivered quickly enough, especially given that we essentially swamped them with something like 10+ people at once. (And then other customers rolled in too). I did notice that even though we took over almost everything, the other customers were Persian.
The food itself? Well, not bad. I've definitely had better, but no complaints given the price. I felt satisfied and felt the ingredients were good.
Okay, come on. It's not GREAT stuff, but what do you expect from what is essentially a street vendor that you can grab something quick on the go? It meets my expectations.
Recommended? Hmmm.... depends on how much of a craving you have. If you could wait 15minutes, you could probably get better by driving across 2nd Narrows to North Van. It is definitely not a destination, but certainly will satisfy a craving if you're in the area.
No, the food isn't that good! If one gets heartburn, then you have to move on...!
I was shopping in their store, and parked in their parking stall, and my car was nearly towed away!
I've noticed that some of the canned goods are old, dusty and god knows how long and where they've come from.
If you want real Persian food, head over to Lonsdale in North Vancouver... if Persians eat there, then it's good food.
It's an open kitchen at the front of a deli market offering a modest selection of kebabs and stews. But, the food is really outstanding--not fancy, just good home-style cooking, nutritious and filling, with ample portions. And, the staff are friendly and informal. A very comfortable place for a good meal.
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