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Château Amoo Jamal - Persian Cuisine - Downtown

This introduction is, once again, thanks to Jason of shutupandeat.ca.

"I was going through my list of restaurants to visit and try when my girl mentioned to me that I’ve never written about Iranian food. The most I’ve come in contact with this cuisine is whatever dishes she’s made, so I can’t say I’m well versed in the world of middle-eastern, Persian specialties. There are only but a handful of restaurants around the city and I’ve been told only a couple are any good, we decided to visit restaurant Château Amoo Jamal – “Uncle Jamal”.

"We started with the ash reshte – a thick noodle soup made with lentils and chick peas which ate almost like a stew. I’ve had something similar to this at another Persian restaurant before but not as hearty as this. I can only assume that each family run restaurant has their own recipe, like anything else… except the recipe to crazy, my mother keeps that one a secret. The dish was topped with kashk (whey), fried onions and fried mint oil, a classic preparation and typical garnish of Persian cuisine – rounds out and compliments the flavours of the dish."

"We then had the halim bademjan – An eggplant and beef neck stew braised with lentils, rice and mixed with kashk. This dish was more about flavour than it was about the muted texture. Really deep and robust in flavour, the eggplant came out almost floral in each bite – served with bread and mint. Topped with a drizzle of yogurt, fried mint oil and crushed walnuts and fried onions, the dish itself is hearty without the feeling of being heavy – I would attribute this to the eggplant providing the dish the airy fluffiness and body."

"We also split the tahchin morgh va bademjan. If you know me, then you’d know I’m a big fan of cake. I’m also a big fan of rice. I also tend to love “rice cake” (a la korean tteokbokki), but never have I ever seen a rice made into the shape of a cake with a savoury filling. Uncle Jamal is known for this dish and it’s said that no one else in the city makes it. Rice cooked in turmeric and saffron is left sitting in a pan to crisp up and is turned over on itself to create an awesome crispy crust that buttresses a filling of sautéed chicken and eggplant."

Read more: http://www.shutupandeat.ca/2013/10/16/uncle-jamals-persian-cuisine-chateau-amoo-jamal/#ixzz2rFNl3AMt

Jason does great work and his blog has given this Meetup numerous great suggestions. Give him a read.

Just a reminder about the no-show rule, now amended. Any cancellation on the day of the event will be treated as a no-show. Three no-shows and you'll be booted from the group; both the group and our restaurant hosts deserve respect. New rule: a no-show by a first time attendee will result in immediate expulsion. 

Vegetarian friendly: "somewhat" according to cultmtl.com

Licensed: yes



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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great prices and food size only criticism was that the chicken kebab was very dry, but the waitrees brought a nice sauce

    January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Wayne! This was a great find. The food was hearty and tasty and portions were very generous .Definitely worth a second trip. Great food for the price! Nice meeting new Meetuo members

    January 31, 2014

  • Monique

    I had a great time yesterday. It was nice to reconnect with people I had not seen in a long time, see others I have seen recently and meet new interesting people. I love Persian food and this was a nice, friendly, intimate atmosphere. I was glad it was on a Thursday so I was able to make it. Thanks Wayne.

    January 31, 2014

  • Howard

    Not sure why, but I did not have high expectations for this place. Boy, was I wrong! Food was really, really good! One of the more memorable, hearty and delicious soups ever. Also couldn't believe how low the bill was at the end, and all that with great service, too. Thanks Wayne. Another great find.

    January 31, 2014

    • Wayne

      I was surprised too at the size of the bill and the tastiness of the food. I was also concerned that you'd have trouble finding something to eat there.

      January 31, 2014

    • Howard

      You can have a 20 page menu, but at the end of the day, one only needs to find one or two good items to order. I could even go back there and have a completely different meal. Who could ask for anything more? Besides George & Ira.

      January 31, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Food was good, service quick. Nice to meet new people and to catch up with those I have not seen in a while :)

    January 31, 2014

  • Richard

    great food, good service at great prices...thanks for finding this gem and thanks for organizing Wayne

    January 30, 2014

  • Ann

    Let me know if still possible to join. Many thanks.

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • CARMELLE R.

      I will be checking out tomorrow

      January 29, 2014

    • Wayne

      Good idea. There may be some drop-outs and, for the most part, those on the waiting list will have made other plans.

      January 29, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    sadly, I need to rearrange my thursday evening and will be missing out .. see you all next time !

    January 28, 2014

  • Victoria

    Would have loved to go - bummer! - but I have an uncancellable commitment that evening :(

    January 23, 2014

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