Darvish; Traditional Persian Tea-House and Restaurant
Type of food: Iranian
Average meal cost: £10
Paying: Cash only
Takeaway: For orders over £20
Darvish is a family run restaurant and café. Morteza, the manager, came to the UK from Iran 8 years ago and opened Darvish 4 years ago.
The staff and atmosphere of the restaurant are very welcoming and we particularly liked the open kitchen, which gives the restaurant a homely feel and means that you can see your food being prepared.
Having never eaten Iranian food before, we weren't sure what to expect but overall the food was very enjoyable. Between the 3 of us we ordered 2 starters which were both delicious and came with freshly baked naan bread. Being 1 vegetarian and 2 meat eaters, we sampled a variety of the menu. There were 5 vegetarian options. The one we tried, vegetarian khoresht, was a mix of vegetables in a Persian sauce.
The meat dishes; Kebab Chenjeh (lamb) and the Joohjeh kebab fillet (chicken) were beautifully cooked with the chicken and lamb being wonderfully tender.
For desert they offer speciality home-made saffron ice cream (free if you order a starter and main course). We found this surprisingly good!
We made the mistake of ordering tea with the meal rather than at the end, as it comes with a selection of biscuits and dates. However we all enjoyed the Darvish Special tea and would recommend going just for that!
At an average of only £10 for a 3 course meal, it is very affordable. Admittedly it is a little out of the way for most students but it is easy to catch a bus in that direction from town and we think it is well worth a visit.
Address: 283 Roundhay Road, Leeds, LS8 4HS
Telephone: 0113 2495500