Persian Flavours is a local favourite which serves tasty middle eastern cuisine with Indian influences. It's a restaurant with character and I wonder if the patrons at the nearby hotel realise this tasty gem is across the road.
Visiting for the first time I was greeted by three friendly staff. The lady in the headscarf seemed to take control of customer service while the two guys were more involved in the kitchen.
Obviously popular for takeaway, Persian Flavours is also a reasonable place to dine in. The message is they are looking to please with smart tables, white chairs, artwork and floral arrangements, long mirror a cool hanging rug and a TV on the wall. This is not like some of the chic establishments I normally frequent in the city, but it is full of character.
Near the counter you can score some middle eastern delights such as dried fruit and nuts and some Turkish delight.
The menu features charcoal grill and tandoori options such as kebabs, charcoal chicken, lamb tikka, and chicken masti - which come with salads and either naan or safron rice.
We ordered the Lamb Tikka with premium lamb marinated with ginger, garlic, saffron and cooked on the charcoal grill. This was tasty and worth the experimentation, but not a huge serving by any means.
The Chicken Masti with pieces of boneless chicken marinated in yoghurt, ginger, garlic, spices and cooked on the charcoal grill was also tasty.
We were happy with our choices although we might go with some of their other acclaimed dishes next time, particularly from the tandoori oven. The Naan bread was excellent and a great accompaniment.
There are also a bevvy of curries including lamb curries, butter chicken, vindaloo and korma. This is where the menu looked more Indian in its influences.
Persian Flavours also offers excellent vegetarian choices such as spicy mushrooms with some kick, mixed veggies and potato palak.
The chicken soup for $4 looked a bargain - a cheap cheap eat.
Several desserts here for $5 is also good value.
Persian Flavours is worth another visit and offers tasty flavoursome food and is one of the few Persian restaurants in Melbourne.