Lunch Expedition: Persian Dreams

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Date(s) - 16/07/2023
12:00 - 15:00


Salām be hamegi!

Persian food has a lot in common with Indian food, but owing to its position on the legendary Silk Road, it shares significant traits with Chinese, Russian, Eastern European and Arabic food as well.

Traditional Persian cuisine combines the savory of fresh herbs and spices like saffron, merges it with the sweetness of pomegranate, barberry and cinnamon, and tops it all off with a flourish of nuts, dried fruits and beans. There are no chilli peppers, so there is no spiciness to the food. The idea is not to present one distinct flavor, but to serve up layers that keep the tastebuds guessing as to what is coming next.

Are your tastebuds intrigued?  Nusheh jân!

When:  Sunday, July 16th 2023, from 12:00 to 15:00 hours

Where:  Bustan, Seckenheimer Straße 4-6, 68165 Mannheim

What:   Our menu consists of 5 appetizers, 4 types of kebabs, 3 specialty rice dishes and 3 traditional stews.

Our 15-dish Menu

We start our meal with an appetizer platter consisting 5 different types of vegetarian starters – “Kaschke Bademjan” (aubergine dip with Persian yogurt), “Mirza Ghasemi” (soft-roasted aubergine in a tomato sauce), “Falafel” (deep-fried patties of ground chickpeas and beans), “Dolmeh” (grape leaves wrap) and “Masto Khiar” (creamy yogurt with mint and cucumber).

Kebabs are taken very seriously in Iran, and with Bustan’s mixed “Grillteller”, you will get to sample 4 different preparations of grilled chicken, beef and lamb.

The making of Persian rice is a complex process, and one can taste the fragrance in each and every fluffy grain.  There is a rice dish which is rarely served in restaurants due to the amount of prep work involved – the much-coveted “Tahdig” (crunchy fried rice).  “Tahdig” is the soul food of Persian cooking, and Bustan’s chef has kindly agreed to prepare it for us.

We can also look forward to 2 different types of traditional rice dishes – Bustan’s popular “Zereshk Polo” (barberry rice with chicken), and off-the-menu “Shirin Polo” (rice with pistachios, almond slivers and candied orange peel).

A Persian dining experience will not be complete without stews.  Our menu includes the iconic “Khoresht Fessendjan” (pomegranate walnut stew with chicken) and “Ghormeh Sabzi” (tender lamb stewed in a green herb sauce).  We will also get to try “Mahitsche” – specially-braised lamb shanks.


This generous 15-item sampler menu costs 49,00 Euro per person for appetizers and mains only*.

Just in case you still have tummy space for some dessert, there are a few types to choose from.  Bustan’s signature items are saffron ice-cream “Bastani Akhbar Mashti”, and frozen glass noodles “Falude Shiraz” with rose water.

* You may pay for your dessert and beverages directly at the restaurant.

From “Kebabs” to “Khoresht”, come join us on a culinary journey through Iran inspired by “One Thousand and One Nights”.  Buzz me by Tuesday July 4th 2023 to book your seats!

Faeimm Tang

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