Apr 12, 2012


In Vancouver, we are so lucky to have so many choices when it comes to food.  One that I hadn't experienced until recently is Persian.  We visited Cazba Restaurant, located just off Lonsdale Ave. in North Vancouver - a recommendation from my friend, Bahaar.  We arrived and I could not believe how busy it was. 

To start, we ordered Kashk-e Bademjan and Mast-o Khiar.  The Kashk-e Bademjan is a deep fried eggplant dish that is served with what I would compare to crème fraîche, served with pita.  Unfortunately, I was late to arrive, so I didn't get a picture.  With that being said, it wasn't the most attractive dish either, so maybe the no photograph is for the best.  Please, take my word and try this.  I could have eaten just this for dinner! It was totally new flavours for me, and just to die for.  And get this - $4.95 for a massive plate, with pita.  The Mast-o Khiar is just like a tzatziki, and also served with pita.  They also have Mast-o Moosir, which is made with shallots instead of cucumber.  This dish was also a steal at only $2.95.

For our mains, my group of 4 shared 2 dishes. Our first plate was Chelo Kabab Bakhtiari which is one skewer of Joojeh, one skewer of Barg, served with basmati rice and a grilled tomato.  Joojeh is a chicken kebab that is marinated in oil, saffron, red pepper, onion and salt and pepper.  Barg is similar to joojeh but ours was beef.  Barg is also marinated in the oil/saffron mix.  

Our second main was the Chelo Kabab Soltani.  This plate comes with basmati rice, a grilled tomato, 1 skewer of Barg and 1 skewer of Koobideh.  The Koobideh was my favorite.  I would compare it to a delicious grilled meatloaf.  Koobideh is an Iranian minced meat kebab, ours was beef, mixed with parsley and onions.  The flavour and juiciness of this dish was amazing.  I cannot wait to go have it again.  

I think the most amazing thing about my whole dining experience was just what good value it was.  Because of the size of the dishes, we all left full and everything we ate was tasty.  I am sure that it did help that we had someone with us that knew what to order, but every dish that I saw coming out of the kitchen looked equally as tasty.  And our bill, including doogh (an Iranian yogurt drink), a couple of pops and tax was under $43.  

Tip: Right across the street is Rex Bakery.  I suggest going and getting a piece of Vanilla or Mocha Rollet.  I had a piece, and ended up buying a whole cake as it was so good. 

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