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Recently moved to Auckland (from LA) and we're craving good Persian Food. Can any of you fellow Aucklanders recommend a Persian restaurant anywhere around here?

Quite a few places advertise "kababs" and the sort, but they're the common Turkish-style Doner Kabab. Shaved donar in a pita is a nifty lunch treat, but nothing compares to an authentic Persian-style Chelow Kabob dinner feast...!!

...a few Koobidehs with saffroned Basmati rice, some cruncy Tahdig, maybe Gheimeh Bademjan on the side, etc.. Mmmm. (or maybe Zereshk Polo....) ok, now I'm hungry

Any suggestions are welcome...

JAFA cheers to all,
BSmith

P.S. Any suggestions for a really good tasty burger? (BurgerFuel is OK, but lacks a certain something to warrant a PulpFiction-esqe exclamation.)

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  1. Burgers... try any Bruger Wisconsin... Persian food... ummm... sorry, can't help you there!

    1. "yaft mi-nashavad, josteh-im ma"!!
      kidding aside, there aren't many (as you have noticed). There is a "kebab place", called Papa Tasty Kebabs in the Int'l Food Court in Ponsonby (second floor in a white building with good signage - hard to miss). there you can find koobideh and a version of barg.
      As to tahdig, khoresh, etc. ... let us know if you find any !!

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      1. re: kamranz

        I have been hunting for 6 months since I moved back from London and left behind the most fabulously delicious Persian restaurant ever!!
        I don't think there is a great enough Iranian community in NZ yet for authentic restaurants to have been opened. Perhaps those living here could be convinced if they knew there was a demand!

      2. I haven't actually eaten there, but there is a place on Dominion Rd (on the left going away from the City, in the block after Videon on the same side). It seems to be catering for Persians.

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        1. re: rhema64

          The shop in Dominion Road is a small food store specialising in Iranian, Turkish, Syrinan and other foodstuffs. A good source for pomegranate syrup, fruit cordials, some breads, feta, sweets and other unrecognisable tins and jars!
          I was in there on Saturday but forgot to ask if they know of any Persian cafes or restaurants in Auckland...or if they would be interested in opening one!

        2. Hi, I don't know much about Persian food, however you could try the Turkish Cafe in Newmarket - they do dishes from other countries around Turkey, and one of their daytime chefs is Persian. He cooks beautiful rice!

          1. there's another place you may want to try. Although I'm told they will be closing in June. It's called Crystal Cafe, on Jellicoe Rd in Panmure. Just turn into Jellicoe from the Panmure roundabout and they're about 50 meters on your right.
            You can get koobideh, soltani, etc. there.

            Found any more that YOU can share ???
            Cheers,
            Kamran

            1. It pains my heart reading this message. I and my family are living in Toronto, Canada, where there is a big Iranian community.
              There are many Iranian restaurants that offer very good quality Persian foods.
              We are going to move to auckland in November and will be staying there for a few years.
              I know that I am gonna miss all the wonderful Persian food here.

              By the way, is there any place where I can get some info about life in Auckalnd? Things like prices for house to buy, or rent; good schools for kids, etc.
              Many thanks and god bless.

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              1. re: Avatars11

                Hiya
                having lived in London for 6 years I also miss great Iranian food! am going to check our the Crystal Cafe you mention Kamran - thanks for that tip.

                Avatars11 - most people list their houses to rent or buy on a site called: www.trademe.co.nz or www.realestate.co.nz so these are good for that
                in terms of jobs - www.seek.co.nz is about the best place
                other info you could try these websites (not sure how good they are but migtht be helpful
                )http://www.emigratenz.org/
                http://www.insuburbia.co.nz/

                a good place to connect with for you would be the local iranian community here - there is a shop on Dominion Road ( mentioned above in one of the postings)
                http://www.zenbu.co.nz/entry/1125226-...

                or also listed here: http://www.finda.co.nz/business/listi...

                they would probably be worth contacting

                good luck!

              2. Hi, there is a website coming up soon for all persian businesses in australia and new zealand which will be listing restaurants as well.

                www.persianbusinesses.com.au

                coming soon