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