Traditional Iranian Meals

Traditional Iranian foods include a wide range due to the diversity of vegetation and the existence of different types of meats in the Iranian plateau. Many varieties of stews and grilled foods are common in different ethnic groups of Iran. Each one has its unique color due to the type of spices used in the cooking process. Here are some of these popular foods.

Chelow kebab

chelow Kabab

Most of our foods contain chicken or beef. Iranian kababs are the most well-known traditional dishes all over the world. Kabab koobideh is one of Iranians and tourists’ favorites. This kabab is served with pepper, grilled tomato, vegetables, fresh Doogh, and saffron rice. Though sometimes it is served with hot Sangak (triangular Iranian whole wheat leavened flatbread) as well.

Jujeh kebab

Juje Kabab

One of the most delicious Iranian kababs is Jujeh kabab which is served with Doogh, grilled tomato, and saffron rice.

Ghormeh sabzi

Ghorme Sabzi

Ghormeh sabzi is one of the most popular Persian stews that is the first priority of many Iranians when it comes to choosing the top ten favorite Persian foods. The ingredients of Ghormeh sabzi are fresh vegetables, dried lemon, peas, and lamb. The secret behind its lovely taste is its way of cooking. The longer it cooks on a low flame, the tastier it gets. This stew is also attractive for many foreigners.

Khoresh-e Fesenjān

Fesenjan

“Yay! Fesenjān” is the most repeated dialogue between Iranians when they smell the food. But be sure that it will be your usual talk after you try it for the first time. The ingredients of Fesenjān are ground walnuts, pomegranate paste, and chicken or meatballs. This stew also has to be cooked on a low flame for hours to give you the desired taste. The methods of cooking this food are different in accordance with geographical regions. In some places, sour pomegranate paste is used and in the other parts, people prefer to add sugar in it and make it sweet.

Khoresh-e Gheimeh

Another exciting Iranian stew is Gheimeh that is made with sliced potatoes or eggplant. The first method of cooking results in “Gheimehye Sibzamini” and the second in “Gheimehye Bademjan”. Also, the other ingredients of this stew are split peas, dried lemon and small pieces of meat.

Khoresh-e Bademjan

Koresh Bademjan

Eggplant (in Persian: Bademjan) is the most used ingredient of Iranian traditional foods. One of the most favorite Persian meals is Khoresh-e Bademjan is made of sliced meat that is fried with spices and later fried eggplants added to that. This stew is served with rice or sometimes bread.

Zereshk Polo

Zereshk Polo

One of the most famous Iranian foods in the world is Zereshk polo with chicken. This is made of Barberry, rice, and chicken and it has a nice and charming presentation.

Albaloo polo

Albaloo Polo is one of the difficult foods in terms of cooking and not everyone can cook it well. Since Albaloo Polo has a colorful look, they serve it at parties and ceremonies. They cook it with red meat (chicken boletus) and chicken meat.

Baghali Polo

Baghali polo with meat is one of the luxurious and most favorite Persian foods.

Loobia polo

Loobia Polo

Loobia polo is another popular Iranian cuisines that are served in a special way. Loobia polo is usually served with Scorched rice or potatoes, Shirazi Salad, vegetable and yogurt, which is a very tasty mixture. To make Loobia polo, combine green chopped beans with meat, onions, tomato sauce, and various spices. And put it on heat to get ready.

Dolmeh

Dolme

Dolmeh is the most famous cuisines of east and west Azerbaijan that nowadays is made in all over Iran. Dolmeh has different types that are known as Grape leaves Dolmeh, Tomato Dolmeh, Eggplant Dolmeh, and Bell pepper Dolmeh. However, the first type has more fans and many of the Iranians cook it in the spring with tasty fresh grape leaves.

Koofteh Tabrizi

Koofte Tabrizi

As the name shows, the origin of this cuisine is Tabriz city. However, it has many different types but the tastiest one is Koofteh Tabrizi. Koofteh Tabrizi is made of meat, split peas and vegetables. Inside of each Koofteh (which is round shape like a ball) is filled with boiled eggs, plum, walnut, fried onion, and barberries.

Dizi

Dizi

Dolme is the most famous cuisines of east and west Azerbaijan that nowadays is made in all over Iran. Dolmeh has different types that are known as Grape leaves Dolmeh, Tomato Dolmeh, Eggplant Dolmeh, and Bell pepper Dolmeh. However, the first type has more fans and many of the Iranians cook it in the spring with tasty fresh grape leaves.

Ash Reshte

Ash

Dolme is the most famous cuisines of east and west Azerbaijan that nowadays is made in all over Iran. Dolmeh has different types that are known as Grape leaves Dolmeh, Tomato Dolmeh, Eggplant Dolmeh, and Bell pepper Dolmeh. However, the first type has more fans and many of the Iranians cook it in the spring with tasty fresh grape leaves.

Tah-chin

Tah Chin

Tah-chin is tasty food with a tempting presentation. Because of its appearance, foreign tourists call it “Iranian cake”. Tah-chin is made in plain or with chicken, beef or eggplant. The most well-known type of Tah-chin is the one made with chicken.

Best Restaurants in Tehran

Given the diversity of Tehran restaurants and their differences in price, service and cooking styles, finding the best option is a bit difficult, but we try to introduce the best and most successful restaurants in this city.

Since about 100 years ago, many restaurants have been established and developed in different parts of Tehran. This includes iranian and european restaurants, each with their own customers. With the burgeon of these restaurants, their diversity has been increasing too.

Tehran restaurants can be divided into several categories

Iranian restaurants are serving Persian cuisine, whether they have traditional decoration or not

Restaurants serving international dishes

International dishes

Fast food restaurants and food courts

fast Food

Restaurants that are a combination of these three

all restaurants

Moslem Restaurants

This restaurant is known as one of the best restaurants in Tehran for all Iranians who have passed by Tehran Bazaar. Moslem Restaurant is located in the Grand Bazaar in Panzdah-e-Khordad St. You can get there using the subway and getting off at Panzdah-e-Khordad station then just walk about 5 to 10 minutes to there. the long queue in front of Moslem at lunchtime is the proof of popularity and the quality of the food which is served in there. According to the orders given by the customers, it can be seen that the most popular dish of Moslem is Tah-chin. The dishes in Moslem are that full that two people can easily get stuffed with one of them. Because of the huge crowd coming to have their lunch there, the service of the restaurant has some problems but the quality of the food is worth to ignoring them.

Tehran Been

Tehran Been restaurant is an international restaurant located in the penthouse of Erfan Tower in Sa’adatabad , which has a beautiful and unique atmosphere. It is a great place to host your guests because the interior design of TehranBeen restaurant and cafe attracts the attention of each customer. Each section of this restaurant with special and beautiful
pieces of furniture, unique and charming Chandeliers with gorgeous interior design, reflects the value and respect that is given to dear guests so that everyone could choose a table based on their own taste. But the beauty of this restaurant does not end here. The good news for those who pay attention to the landscape of a restaurant or café is that the north, south, west, and east of Tehran are visible from the inside of this restaurant and it can definitely be said that you will enjoy this landscape. The specialty of TehranBeen Restaurant is to hold luxury celebrations, parties, and conferences. For reservations, you can visit the restaurant’s online website.

The Wooden Road Food Court

You can see one of the most iconic interior designs in this restaurant. A food court in a semi-open space with lovely decoration but a busy environment that can be noticed from a note under each table mentioning “the maximum time for using a table is one hour”. But beautiful nature, fresh air of the locality, diversity of the food, and proximity to Ab-o-Atash Park won’t allow you to ignore this restaurant.

The website of this food court mentioned that “In 2013, Rahechoobi Company has designed and established the wooden road restaurants in Tehran. As a result of this effort, the brands and food industry leaders gathered in one place to provide a memorable moment for you and your respectable family”.

Address: Tehran, Haghani Hwy, Near Vanak square, Didar Jonoobi st, The Wooden Road Food Court

Naderi Café

Book readers and those who are interested in the history of contemporary Iranian literature and art have certainly heard the name of this cafe. This restaurant which is located in the heart of the capital was a place for holding the gatherings of famous poets, authors, and intellectuals such as Sadegh Hedayat, Jalal Al-e-Ahmad, Ahmad Fardid, and Simin Daneshvar.
This cafe, stablished in the year 1928 by an Armenian named Khachik Madicans, was a heavenly gateway to new foods such as Beef Stroganoff and Bieffek. Also, Café Glace, Chateaubriand, different types of ice creams, French Coffee and Turkish coffee served there.
In the night time,mostly the dancing ceremony was held in the backyard of the cafe, and the smoke of fags filled the space; the cafe and hotel Naderi was named as one of the oldest cafes in Tehran. The Naderi Café is located in the eastern side of the Hafez Bridge in Naderi Street (Jomhouri Street) and has a hotel on it.

The cafe and hotel Naderi are one of the oldest cafes in Tehran. The Naderi Café is located in the eastern side of the Hafez Bridge in Naderi Street (Jomhouri Street) and has a hotel on it.

Daloon Deraaz Restaurant

It has been proved that Music has a significant impact on digestibility of food and Daloon Deraz restaurant provides live music with a full catering collection for dinner which includes main food, salads, dessert, tea, sweets, and fruits.
It is written on the website of this restaurant that “This restaurant with its pleasant atmosphere and beautiful architecture has become a place for young people and families of Iranians. The Daloon Deraz restaurant is a combination of the traditional architecture illustrated from the baths of Kashan, and is a work of the master of traditional architecture, professor Shirbaf (Isfahan) and was renovated from 1996 to 1997.

Senso Italian Restaurant

Talking about the restaurants without mentioning an Italian restaurant is impossible. If you pass by East Ferdows Boulevard in the night time, you probably see a long queue of Senso customers. These queues are there throughout the week and they show the loyalty of staff to the constant customers of Senso who are accustomed to the high-quality foods and appropriate service of it.
The expertise of an Italian chef and stylish design of Senso made it as one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Tehran.
Pizza and pasta as the main foods Senso are the most popular dishes among its customers.

Perperook fast food

It is one of the most popular fast food restaurants in Tehran and has numerous branches throughout the capital. You can enjoy the diversity and quality of fast foods which are served in this restaurant. Quick and appropriate service of Perperook fast food restaurant will not keep you waiting for your food.

Iran is a Cheap Destination for Traveling

Traditional Iranian foods include a wide range due to the diversity of vegetation and the existence of different types of meats in the Iranian plateau. Many varieties of stews and grilled foods are common in different ethnic groups of Iran. Each one has its unique color due to the type of spices used in the cooking process. Here are some of these popular foods.

However the currency exchange value in Iran experiences a lot of fluctuations but the price of goods and services is somehow stable. The price tag of a bottle of water (1.5 liters) for example is around 2500 Tomans in Iran so you can purchase it with only $0.2. In the following column you can find the approximate cost of your expenses in Iran which clearly shows the cheapness of goods and services.

ProductPrice in DollarsProductPrice in Dollars
Bread0.3A bottle of water (1.5 liters) 0.2
Cold Food 0.9 Chips and Snacks0.4
Iranian cheese (300 grams) 0.3 Carbonated Drink (330 mL) 0.3
A packet of cigarette2.3 Milk (1 liter) 0.8
A set of clothes (approximately) 23 Toiletries (approximately) 0.9

Product Price in Dollars Product Price in Dollars
A cold drink at cafe 1.2 - 2 Breakfast at cafe 0.8 - 2.8
Snacks at cafe 1.2-3.8 A hot drink at cafe 1.2-2
A traditional meal in a luxury restaurant 2.7-9.2 A traditional meal in an average restaurant 1.2-2
Fast food in a luxury restaurant 3-4.6 A vegetarian meal 1.7-4
Fast food in an average restaurant 1.2-2.3

Product Price in Dollars ProductPrice in Dollars
Cost of voice call (per 10 minutes) 0.07 cost of the internet (per gigabyte) 0.5
Purchase of sim card 2.3

Product Price in Dollars Product Price in Dollars
Urban taxi (Each kilometer) 11.7Traveling by VIP bus (Tehran-Shiraz) 3.1
Metro 0.4 Traveling by airplane (Tehran-Shiraz) 34.6
Cheap hotel (each night for a double bedroom) 0.1Visiting a museum 1.3-5
Resort rooms (Isfahan) 40-50 Urban bus 0.06
Traveling by train (Tehran- Shiraz) 9.2luxury hotel (each night for a double bedroom) 170-230