On the evening of our first workshop in Iran, having got back to the hotel at 6.15 due to the dreaded traffic, we were picked up and taken to an amazing restaurant in the mountains in Darband. It took another 90 mins of that traffic to get there but was an amazing experience. It is a well protected area of many restaurants built on terraces stretching up as far as I could see along with flower shops, street traders and an assortment of animals and birds – I saw a goat, hens and ducks.
Five of us sat down to dinner at Koohpaye restaurant and we were introduced to a range of typical Persian food. For starters we had olives with walnuts and pomegranate sauce, and aubergines, smoked garlic and sesame oil. One was called Mirza Ghasemi with Lavash bread. Both were nice but despite not liking olives as a rule, I loved that dish best. We then shared Bakhtiari kebab and Bulgarian Kebab. A few vegetables accompanied the dish; the carrots were particularly delicious and I realised why. They were cooked in rose water! Then to end the meal we had rose tea with some really interesting sugary swizzle sticks called Nabat. A leisurely saunter back down the hill sampling some street food such as fruit leather and we got back to the hotel after midnight! A long day.