Zeitoon is a Persian restaurant located in North Vancouver on Lonsdale Ave across the street from Loblaws City Market. They also have another location in Downtown Vancouver. When I got the invitation to dine here with M, I got quite excited since it’s been over 10 years since I’ve had Persian food.
Where the restaurant is located, it is in the heart of the Persian community. There are several Persian restaurants close by. To differentiate themselves, they made sure they have high quality ingredients used in their dishes and provide a nice atmosphere inside the restaurant.
They have an English menu and a Persian menu.
A pictorial menu is at the table too. It helped to get a sense of what the food looks like.
As we waited for our food to arrive, there is complimentary pita bread, butter and onion.
Tahdig Crispy Rice is topped with either gheimeh or ghormeh sabzi stew. We had it with the ghormeh sabzi stew, which is like a Persian herb stew. Gheimeh on the other hand has meat, tomatoes, split peas, onions.
The crispy rice comes from the bottom of the pot of cooked rice. I loved the crispy texture of the rice paired with the savoury herb stew. I had some leftovers the next day and it still stayed pretty crispy.
Vaziri Kabob Entree has roasted seasonal veggies, basmati rice, boneless chickens skewer and koobideh ground beef skewer. The skewers are very moist and tender. It comes without the metal stick and its easy to cut off individual pieces. We really liked this dish.
Soltani Kabob Entree has steak grade AAA top sirloin skewer and the koobideh ground beef with the rice and seasonal vegetables. This dish was also quite good! M loved all the tender beef.
Lamb Shank is slowly cooked in house sauce, served with Baghali Polo, which is a combination of basmati rice, dill weed, and lima beans. There was definitely a lot of rice pled on top over the lamb. I enjoyed the sauce that came on the side of the dish. It would have been nicer if the lamb shank had more meat on it.
Overall, the meal was pretty good and we were impressed by the kabobs.
We Rate Zeitoon:
1615 Lonsdale Ave.,