Feast on Persian kebabs, stews and rice at Windsor's Alborz Restaurant

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

CBC Windsor




I love Persian food.

It was first introduced to me by my friend and CBC reporter Anis Heydari. When he was here in Windsor, we were always on the hunt for the food he grew up with.

Sadly, we never found anything on this side of the border — and the couple of places in Metro Detroit were a bit of a drive. So my education in Persian food ended up being through eating whatever he would cook.

It was a good way to learn.

What is Persian food?

While it's hard to generalize any national cuisine, Persian cuisine is focused on nuts, saffron, mint, pomegranate, eggplant and earthy herbs, with wonderfully fluffy rice and hearty stews. Sour and fruity flavours play a big role, too — two elements that are right up my alley.

And you can't talk about the cuisine without mentioning kebabs. Some say that Persians actually invented them in the first place.

Alas, Anis now lives in Calgary, and my skills at Persian cooking are limited, to say the least. So when I noticed a place advertising Persian food pop up in the former Snack Bar-B-Q space on Chatham Street East, I got really excited. [Read More]