Recipes are written in a language all their own, leading amateur cooks to confuse a pinch for a dash or forget that the chef’s word for “water” is “salt.” Trust a native speaker with today’s Groupon to Zeitoon Restaurant in North Vancouver. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Persian fare and drinks for a table of two or more.
- For $22, you get $45 worth of Persian fare and drinks for a table of four or more.
Helmed by native Iranians, the chefs at Zeitoon Restaurant churn out a menu of Middle Eastern staples including kebabs and rice dishes made from local and halal ingredients such as hormone-free chicken, AAA-certified Angus beef, and wild British Columbian salmon. A classic Persian dish and favourite meal of sword fighters, the koobideh comprises two skewers of ground beef seasoned with onion and spices ($8.95)—diners may swap out one skewer for a chicken kebab ($12.95) or tenderloin kebab ($13.95). The Baghali Polo pairs marinated, slow-roasted lamb shank with a mix of basmati rice, dill, and lima beans ($9.95), or groups may snack upon torshi, a medley of pickled cauliflower, cabbage, celery, and eggplant spiced by garlic and herbs ($2.95). To enjoy postprandial bliss inside or on the patio, diners may indulge with a hunk of baklava ($2.95) while admiring the interior’s booths upholstered in arabesque patterns, vibrant green walls, and flying carpets.