Week 18 : Shayan (Iran)

Back to Schöneberg again as we took a late lunch at Iranian restaurant Shayan after cycling over from Friedrichshain. I had high hopes for this place after reading so many rave reviews and trying unsuccessfully to book the previous evening. At 3pm a Saturday afternoon it was pleasantly busy but not full. The interior was inviting with candles on the tables and ancient Persian friezes on the walls but not in a tacky way.

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From the extensive menu we chose a mixed starter plate and some deep fried cheese parcels to start followed by lamb shank with fragrant rice and green beans and chicken in a walnut and pomegranate sauce which sounded unusual but was something I had read as being highly recommended in the reviews. My starter plate was great, I got the most delicious aubergine pate which I could have eaten a whole plate of, some deep fried spinach and raisin balls, a crispy parcel, stuffed vine leaf and some Iranian bread – all yummy.

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Richard won the main courses though. My chicken dish was quite bizarre it tasted quite unlike anything I’d eaten before and was an unsettling dark brown colour. I didn’t dislike it, but didn’t like it either. The lamb shank however was succulent and came with tasty rice and a tangy sauce. Washed down with a half a litre of rioja and a bottle of sparkling water the whole bill came to 50 euros with tip. We will definitely come back but next time I’ll trust my instincts rather than reviews and get a whole plate of that delicious aubergine pâté!

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(date of visit 21 Feb 2015)