The Mordovia Arena, in the city Saransk receive, as soon as the match Portugal – Iran, which will decide which of the two teams will go ahead in the Football World cup taking place in Russia. In addition to the importance of the confrontation, there is also the curiosity to be a Portuguese, Carlos Queiroz, coach of iran.
But, before, during or after the game, there is the evidence to make the table of a restaurant iranian in… Lisbon! Is called Cafeh Tehran, is located in the Plaza of the Flowers and opened the doors in August of 2017. A small terrace gives you the welcome to this space, whose interior accommodates two floors. Apart from the name on the awning, nothing indicates that this is a restaurant of iranian cuisine. Stand out, obviously, the photographs of the country that saw the birth of Pooneh Niakian, the front woman of this project.
With strong influences from syrian and lebanese, the cuisine of Iran is almost mediterranean, which highlights the use of mint and spices, in addition to other ingredients less regular among us, such as milk powder, fermented. Open every day from noon to midnight (except on Tuesday), a fine dining experience in the Cafeh Tehran (Praça das Flores, 40, Lisbon. Tel. 210 736 530), you always need the advice of the man of the house, who, by living in Portugal since I was a child she is fluent in the language of Camões. Now, with this precious help will be easier the choice of the dishes. But, regardless of everything else, including the outcome of the game between the two sides, the dessert is guaranteed, and by the name you realize the reason the option: Cake Love Persian (€3,90), a tart of almonds, dried fruits and spices with whipped cardamom. To begin this proof, feature to the table, with dried fruits roasted with spicy spices, and Focaccia east with the folder of the eggplant, and zaatar, a mixture of spices with olive oil (€3,80).
One of the classics of iranian cuisine is the soup Asheh Reshteh (€4,10), rich in cereals and spices served with onion and mint and caramelized. Other options to consider in this adventure in the house of the opponent are Kookoo Sabzi (€5,30), that is, the deep-fried aromatic herbs with yogurt, cucumber and fennel; Joojeh Kebab (€8,50), another classic diner in iran, here in the version “recipe family”, consisting of chicken breast marinated, served on foccacia and accompanied by salad Shirazi; Koofteh (€10,90) name, strange to cook with beef and lamb, with yogurt, cucumber and mint. Less strange to the Portuguese is the dish Hummus beet (€5.80 per).
To drink, the Cafeh Tehran has, in addition to various teas, two typical drinks: Doogh, made from yogurt fermented with mint, dry (€2,20) and Sekanjhebeen, have a refreshing drink of mint and cucumber (€2,10).
Good table and good game!
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