Olive Restaurant offers an unusual variety of Persian cuisine,having carved its own niche in North London since it was opened a year ago. Their formula of serving high quality Persian-Iranian food has been so successful that they are now planning to extend their present premises to accommodate more diners.
Our food was brought to us by a very good-natured smiling Iranian waitress- very rare in some establishments that I have eaten in.
The Iranian side is a lesser known and much lighter style of Jewish Cooking both in terms of texture and quantity-the flavours are have a distintive but very palatable sour flavours. For this region of the Middle-East herbs play a very important part in the cooking of vegetable and meat dishes. For example in the starter that I had Ghormeh Sabzi (lamb cooked in Spring Onions and herb sauce) was light in texture and taste. The Salad Oliveh is a more substantial starter had a pleasing taste made with finely diced chicken,gherkins,eggs and mayonnaise.
Aubergines which are said to originate in Persia were absolutely irresistable in a Classic dish called Mirza Ghasemi-a smooth garlic infused dish which is perfect for eating with hot Pitta bread.
But for those who prefer a more sweet taste try the Ghresht Eh Fezenjoon-that's Chicken in a subtly blended sauce of pureed Walnuts and Pomegranates. To complete the whole meal we finished off with the rose scented Pistachio Bakalava- a treat not to be missed.
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