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Persepolis Restaurant

published on 2014-10-06 by Sara
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We have a serious lack of quality Persian, Arabic and Afghan restaurants in Berlin. Anytime you ask for recommendations, you either get sent to Safran on Oranienstraße or to a fast food joint. The situation is dire, because specifically Persian food should be granted to everyone by human rights.

So when my lovely friends Tandiss and Fousieh – both with Persian roots – promised to take me out to a good restaurant, I took the chance! Indeed, Persepolis in Schöneberg didn’t disappoint. The meat was tender and the stew rich in many exotic tastes. The safran rice is incredible.

The best thing about a visit to Persepolis, though, is how refreshing it is to eat out where no fuss is made about hip concepts, interior design or special events. It was crowded with Iranian visitors, which is always a good sign in terms of food. What makes the place extremely pleasant is the down-to-earth no-prep attitude.While I do appreciate healthy, organic, modern food and the restaurants that buy their produce regionally and don’t burden our environment or cholesterol level, I also like just sitting down in an informal place among biiiiiig clans, where everyone is sharing from one plate, arguing with the waiter about stupid things and also with the rest of the family over who’s going to pay the bill. Everything is a little careless in those family-owned, chaotic restaurants. I like that. It has nothing to do with authenticity or “real stuff”, it’s just that it reminds me of my trips to the Middle East and how people just really couldn’t care less about Haute Cuisine (also, the prices are adequate to the experience – so really it’s a win-win). There’s probably a difference between high-class Persian food and Persepolis, but I’d always chose a place like this over the fancy counterpart.

There are a couple of veggie options on the menu, but if you decide to check out Persepolis, you should try either the grilled meat or the stews. And the yogurt, definitely. Bring some patience and expect to overdose on the best rice you’ve ever had. Thanks to Tandiss & Fousieh for stuffing my belly. I love you, my Axis of Evil crew!

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