We came here by `accident`. It was a little bit concerning because it was absolutely empty. It was only tempered by the fact that it was Sunday.
Inside was quite nice, looked new and well appointed, though it wasn`t what I expected from a Persian restaurant. The waiter did everything `right`, but seemed a bit too withdran and nonchalant. Hmm... I think used care salesman comes to mind for some reason.
Didn`t really have high hopes. Grabbed a koobideh and fesenjān. Each main came with a soup (which wasn`t mentioned on the menu), wasn`t mind-blowing but seemed okay. Clear evidence that the base was house made chicken stock.
Then the koobideh. My! It was actually tender, juicy and flavourful. Then the fesenjān. Oooh! That was really good too. In fact, it didn`t taste like any fesenjān we`ve ever had before. It was one of those things that you discover `Oh! So this is what it should taste like!`. We could taste each of the individual ingredients that was used.
I`ve seen up-and-down reviews for this place, so maybe we lucked out and we were on the up. The food was certainly up to par and better than I remember from Kashcool.
Yeah, I would give it a thumbs up.
Mrs. C and I were doing dinner with some out of town relatives and a few of their Iranian friends, and we decided on some Persian dinner action. There were good reviews for this place on the DH site, so we decided to give it a try. The restaurant itself was nicely appointed and clean, but the w/c was designed for elves or something (picture a phone booth with a toilet in it), and was way too tiny to be comfortable.
They had a very extensive menu of Iranian faves, and the menu was helpfully bilingual. For starters there was fresh pita bread and a selection of savouries. For mains, we had a variety of dishes including koobideh (BBQ beef skewers), chicken in a special sauce, roast lamb, and a nice stew whose name I can't pronounce or spell, but which had beef, lentils and eggplant. Each dish came with basmati rice and salad, although one in our group went with a jumbo salad in place of the rice. All were okay, but nothing worth writing to Tehran about. We also had doogh, which is a sour yogurt drink. Alcohol drinks were off limits for us because of our Muslim dinner companions, but the doogh was a good counterpoint to the heavy food.
Unfortunately, service was awful: First, our group was forced to wait on the sidewalk while tables were prepared in the empty restaurant. We were finally seated and then were left alone for 20 minutes without even a glass of water. Our server did reappear after that and took our orders, but she would disappear for long periods of time while we waited for her return. As for value, it was quite expensive, but luckily it wasn't my turn to buy :)…
In summary, the food was okay, but the rest of the experience convinced me to look elsewhere for my next meal.
Persian culture and cuisine is represented appropriately by the rose. Beautiful, elusive, and short-lived. We've found good Persian food over the years, and none seems to last more than 18 ~ 24 months. Here's hoping...
Shalizar was recommended to us by Persian friends, and it did not disappoint. The meat was juicy and succulent. The appies were REALLY good - DO try the olives in walnut paste - homemade right in the restaurant. Wow!
One in our party of four wanted fish 'n chips (go figure!) instead of koobideh, chenjeh or ghormeh sabzi - his taste of the sea came nicely done, hot, and fresh. Hm!
We will go back. It's worth the trip.
food was not bad, although they do not have eveything in their menu
ambiance was ok but could have been better and more consistent
service is kind of OK
but the amazing thing is:
they do not have a Point Of Sales system. when I asked for the check, I got a piece of paper with items and prices we ordered on it and the total and tax! like seriously?
I dunno I just think for a restaurant that size they should defs have a POS. its not a take out shawerma place!
Past little while, I been hearing in the Persian community that this restaurant called Shalizar is this and that. So when my auntie came from Iran for a visit, we decided to give them a try. Mind you we were a little hesitant at first because my parents were never impressed with anything Iranian in this city. To our surprise, ShalIzar is this cute little restaurant located in a great area. Quite honestly, we put down our guards a little bit right off the bat. I think it's the only Persian restaurant I have seen in my many years living in Canada that has a fine dining setting (setup tables, table cloth, matching color cloth napkins, etc...). We were very impressed. I ordered the Chicken with an extra skewer of Koobideh (ground beef), same with mom and auntie and my dad went for sour kebab. A little while later we were served a bowl of soup, which we were told is on the house(mind you we thought it's only to make us feel special and came to find out that they serve barley soup to all their guest as a starter for free). One thing that they could possibly improve was their wine list, not the greatest selection. We got served shortly after and got a great presentation. Their plates are very tastefully colourful and nicely presented. The chicken was so juicy and tender, and the koobideh was the best I've had in years. This was a mutual undrestanding with mom and autie as well. Dad loved his food too. Another improvement I can point out is their desert selection. Not alot of variety besides tea, coffee, cheese cake, ice cream and Persian sweets. We decided to do desert at home. Shalizar, keep up the great work. We will definately be back. : )
Opened its’ doors early this year and already it has gained popularity among the Persian community thru the word of mouth. Offers fine dining in a contemporary setting with Persian décor accents. It is a small to medium size restaurant that can be arranged to accommodate large groups perfect for the large Persian family dinners.
They offer a full service bar to cater to your cocktail desires. Unfortunately they only serve three reds and three whites with a limited beer selection. Their main entrée menu is selective as they only serve meal entrees like kebabs, lamb shank and the odd lasagna dish (for those who want Italian instead) in addition to their soups, salads, dolmeh (ground meat wrapped with grape leaves) and famous dips, yogurt and eggplant served with hot pita bread for dipping. From talking to the owner, the quality of the meats is what makes this restaurant stand out from the rest.
Started the evening with a glass of Pinot Noir red wine. For the main a lamb shank served with a side of meat juice/sauce that you could drizzle with if you choose to do so. It was very moist and tasty. It came with a small side salad and a large pilaf of basmati rice mixed with lima beans, butter, and dill weed. It was a combination of flavors that made this dish unique.
I wanted to try this popular Persian drink called Doogh, carbonated yogurt drink. The owner told me that this is an acquired taste and not all Persians like it. She brought out a small sample to try and I totally agree with her, that it is an acquired taste.
On Wednesdays and Sundays there is a violinist that provides the nightly entertainment. This is a nice night out for you and a potential date as this setting can be romantic with candles lit and music playing in the background while enjoying the taste of the Middle East without breaking the bank.
Shalizar is by far the best Persian restaurant I have been to living in Canada. The koobideh reminded me of when I was in Iran. The chicken was amazing also. Just a great place to eat, and frankly be a little proud that a great Persian restaurant does exist in Vancouver. Great food, great waiters and very clean. Even their washrooms were sparkling . Shalizar, great work and we will recommend this place to everyone we know.
We have walked by this place many many times but never bothered to walk in and see the menu. To say the truth we never even paid enough attention to even know there is a restaurant here. Shalizar is this awesome little restaurant located in West Vancouver. Their food is beyond delicious (at least what i ate) and their service is very friendly as well. We were attracted by the poster they have put up on their window and if it wasn't for that, we would have never walked in there. They served us this amazing bowl of complimentary soup before our meal that was kinda filling just by itself. I tried the waiters recommendation (Shish kebab) and my friend and his girl tried the platter for two. OMFG, this Shish kebab was so amazing, i almost kissed the waiter for recommending it. The platter had this ground beef kebab that was out of this world as well. Our sincere compliments to their chef. I had no idea Persian food was so deliciousssssssss!!!! I had it once with this girl that i was dating from another Persian restaurant in North Van (I won't name names) and it was just horrible. I am a big fan and i will be back again for sure.
A little while ago my friend told me to check out this Persian restaurant in west van and also mentioned that I won't regret it. Boy was he rite! I took my ex out to lunch with the kids and the food couldn't have been better. I had the Chengeh which is basically chunks of Filet Mignon steak on a skewer mareinated in what my youngest daughter reffered to as HEAVEN. The kids had the shish kebab, which was lamb ribs. AMAZING but a little on the expensive side. All and all it was a great experince with my daughters and I appreciate everything they did to make our lunch as pleasant as it was. I promised to write about it and here I am promoting it. If you haven't been, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR!!???
I will definitely be back for more Persian food. Best I've had in Vancouver.
I highly recommend the ground beef kebabs, very yummy. Don't go with a Persian person if you can't speak Farsi though. They don't speak English at all in that case, which I find kind of rude. Overall: good food, service and value. Highly recommended.
Shalizar is a top class persian restaurant. So beautifully designed and decorated, it shines between all of its class.
The two of us visited Shalizar on a friday night. Quite busy to our surprise, we were served one of the greatest Dishes in town.
I had what they call the Chicken sultani, WOW... They give you two sk. of one nicely goldish charbroiled chicken and a ground beef kebab. You babsically get to try both their chicken and meat at the same time. My husband tried their very own sour chicken stew. We never had anything like it before. After that comes the persian tea and pastries, oh my, i wish had left a little more room for desert. BUT I WILL BE BACK.
Great service, Great food, WHY not come back.
Good luck to you Shalizar and all the best.
We have been wanting to try this restaurant for awhile now since the other persian place we go to has really deteriorated the service and we went on a friday night thinking it would be busy. There were 3 other people in the restaurant. The sign says to wait to be seated but the waitress yelled from the back of the restaurant to find a seat. She then rushed past us and dropped off the menus and attended to the other 3 customers. 5 minutes later she brought us water and asked if we were ready to order. Some of the things we wanted on the menu wer enot available. The food we got was good. The overall experience was okay and we probably won't go again because of the poor service. Still in search of good persian food and service....
The previous reviews on this restaurant are too extreme, this is not a bad restaurant nor the best ever, the food is solid persian food, the service is good too, I have only been once but I would go more if I could.
We visited this restaurant with one of our Iranian friends. They did not have four items we wanted to order in their menu. Finally with little choice we ordered our food. Our waiter was our cook at the same time, he was running back and fourth to cook and serve our table and one more table in restaurant. Food was very disappointing to us as well as our Iranian friend. When we got our bill, we found out that we were over charged with few items. We are not recommending this place neither for their food nor their service.