Cuisine_Focus_Persian_AlborzWritten by RICHARD PIPER

Alborz, on Stockport Road in Manchester, is what could be termed as brilliantly simple. The chefs do not shy away from simplicity and therefore the flavours within their cooking tend to speak for themselves. On entering the restaurant you will notice the slightly 70s-style glass tables, but the décor and tiled floor give the space a more modern feel. Bright and airy, it encourages diners to relax in anticipation of the meal to come. Traditional Persian stew abgusht (literally ‘water meat’) tops the list . Fatty mutton is cooked on the bone with chickpeas, white beans and potatoes, and the dish is served in stages (similar to some Italian dishes); with the soup being eaten first with bread, followed by the meat and vegetables. Also on offer are a range of beautifully grilled kebabs, from koobideh and bargh (tender lamb pieces), to lamb tikka and chicken shish. Ash reshteh is another dish on offer at Alborz – a thick Persian soup made with lentils, chickpeas, white beans, pinto beans, fresh herbs, noodles and thick whey (kashk). This hearty bowlful will sate the healthiest of appetites.

820 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3AW | 0161 224 4111 | | FB: ahaghanian

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