Ezi Dzi … New Persian Restaurant In Jumeirah Lake Towers …

This last weekend Perry and I decided to try somewhere new for dinner on Friday night … I chose this Persian restaurant called Ezi Dzi in nearby Jumeirah Lake Towers (JLT) … it was relatively new and I had heard about it opening up recently … so I’d book marked it as something to try out soon …

IMG_8624IMG_8625Everyone tends to associate Persian food with Kebabs and some with the aromatic stews and saffron rice … however; Ezi Dzi specialises in a particular Persian dish known as Dizi or Abgoosht (literally translates as Meat Water) … its one of my favourite foods and it doesn’t last long in our house when my Mum makes it … its basically a stew of lamb, chickpeas, potatoes, among other spices and veg, cooked for a long time in the oven or on the stove until the meat is really tender …

IMG_8626 IMG_8627(we were even given bibs to wear … clearly they just thought we were going to be messy eaters) 

IMG_8628Then the juices are seperated from the solids in the pot and that is usually served seperately as soup eaten with bread while the rest of the stew is all mashed together … this takes alot of elbow grease but the end result is a lovely meat mash … (I know it doesn’t actually sound that appetising when I write it down but in reality its delicious) … in Iran the dish is traditionally served in little clay pots called Dizi and some places mash the food for you (either before they serve it or at the table) or you can have it un-mashed and do it yourself how you like it … the mashed meat mixture is then served with Persian flat bread, the liquid part and lots of fresh herbs and salad …

IMG_8631 IMG_8632I chose to go for it un-mashed and mashed it myself at the table … it was fun and really tasty too … Perry went for the Chicken and rice dish …

IMG_8634 IMG_8635We also got a dish of Fish Cutlets/Kotlet to try as well … My family always make the traditional Meat Cutlets/Kotlets and the last two times I’ve left my Grandparents in Shiraz I was sent off with a large tupperware tub full of them … but I had never tried the fish variety before … it turned out to be very delicious too … basically a Persian fish cake …

IMG_8630We ordered Sekanjabin for drinks … which is a traditional Persian drink made up of a diluted  Mint Flavoured Vinegar Syrup and served with cucumber … Perry hadn’t tried it before but he loved it … his first comment was that it was ‘Very Refreshing’ which is what I wanted him to say as it really is just that … its a very popular drink in Iran during the hot summer months as it quenches your thirst much better than water alone … almost like an iso-tonic drink …

IMG_8629To finish off the meal Perry tried some proper Iranian Ice Cream for the first time … he loved it … full of Saffron, Rose Water and Pistachios …

IMG_8636The fresh bread that we were served was also amazing … so much so that we ordered some to take home with us … Perry insisted that he could quite easily sit there snacking on the stuff instead of popcorn during a movie … which is high praise indeed as he’s not really a bread person and absolutely loves his popcorn …

IMG_8637All in all I’d have to say we had a great time, the meal was wonderful and other than some issues with the service (which I’ll put down to the restaurant being new) we loved it … certainly somewhere to return too … and only a 15 min walk from our apartment so right on our doorsteps too …

Anyway if you are ever in the area and are looking to try some Persian cuisine that’s abit different to Kebab’s you should really try this place out … we loved it …

That is it for now …

Till next time …

MIna X

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