My Persian food adventure continues, but takes a different direction, at Cazba in North Vancouver. Last time was small and fancy. This time around, it’s casual and plentiful. Cazba came highly recommended by two Persian co-workers. They said this is where Persians go to eat. I thought I had already experienced that at Darchin. Not even close. It was two o’clock on a weekend, and this large restaurant was packed. I later found out that Persians tend to lunch later, hence the at two o’clock bustle. But judging by the constant inflow of people, I’m sure it would’ve been just as packed at noon. And 95% of the diners were Persian. I was excited.
I ordered the Chelo Kabab Soltani (pictured above): 1 skewer of Barg (beef steak) and 1 skewer of Koobideh (ground beef), served with basmati rice and grilled tomato. I washed it down with “Dough” – a yogurt-based drink. My friend had the Chelo Kabab Bakhtiari (chicken kebab and beef steak kebab). All of their meat is certified halal, which is great, and they only use AAA Alberta beef.
Even though they were at capacity, service was very efficient. The food was tasty, and the portions were very generous. The best skewer was definitely the ground beef, followed by the chicken. The steak skewer was just okay (a little tough). It’s a great place to fill your belly without emptying your wallet. But it wasn’t quite the Persian experience I was seeking. I guess I was after something like Darchin, but more home style cooking. Perhaps I should’ve tried something other than kebabs, but I heard that’s what Cazba is known for. Plus, the other dishes I would’ve tried – the Fesenjoon stew and the lamb shank were what I had already sampled at Darchin.
My search for outstanding Persian food continues – do you have any recommendations?