2144 Center St./Oxford St., downtown.
|entrance to Daryoush Persian restaurant in Berkeley, California
Persian food tends to be pricey, probably because many of the ingredients are costly and the preparation is time consuming. My all-time favorite Persian restaurant is in NYC, but when I can’t be there I sometimes order closer to home. Student-oriented Daryoush spot offers many favorite dishes and seems to be fairly priced. My dinner started with an appetizer of Kashk-e-bademjan (a roasted eggplant dip) and Salad-e-Shirazi (cucumbers, tomatoes, onions). For the main course I like a stew, and always choose the delicious Fensenjoon when available--here I ordered it with chicken (but beef meatballs are another variation) and additionally ordered a tasty skewer kebab of Koobideh (ground beef). Baklavah was a good dessert choice. Several more stews are available, including Ghormeh Sabzi--a lamb shank prepared with green onion, parsley, spinach, and herbs. Wraps make a good lunch, and the one stuffed with koobideh, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickles is popular. Tah-dig (crispy rice) topped with a stew is also a good choice.
|lunch menu at Daryoush Persian restaurant in Berkeley, California
Daryoush is named for its owner, who sometimes also acts a waiter and busboy. All meats are halal and come from Harris Ranch. The inside is casual and decorated with artwork depicting ancient Persian monuments. Seating is also available outside.
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