One of the oldest Persian restaurants in Manchester and named after a mountain range in Northern Iran, Alborz is a real find. Locals rave about its diverse and exciting menu packed with Middle Eastern jewels like pomegranate, pistachios and saffron. While there’s a substantial selection of vegetarian dishes, it’s the meaty stews and grills that are the biggest draw.
Deezee is a traditional Persian slow-cooked stew with baby potatoes, lamb, tomatoes, pulses, onions and mild spices in a rich tomato sauce, Fesenjoon is tender chicken in a pomegranate sauce with ground walnuts and if you can’t make your mind up there’s a special grill for two. Typical side dishes include yoghurt and shallot dip, saffron rice and tattoon bread (like a huge, thin and crispy naan). To finish there’s saffron ice cream, rosewater doughnuts or faloodeh – a traditional Persian dessert made with noodles, rosewater and lime juice. To drink, you could try doogh, a yoghurt drink with mint and salt or BYOB.