Indescribably tasty and adored by Iranians, chelo kebab is the national dish of Iran and an essential gastronomic experience for all meat-eating tourists. Consisting of steamed, buttery basmati rice (chelo), some form of skewered kebab (normally minced lamb, lamb fillet, or saffroned chicken), and two large, grilled tomatoes, the ingredients are simple but compelling. Here we explore some of the best venues for chelo kebab in Tehran.
Located at the southern end of Tehran’s longest street, Valiasr, just a few hundred metres north of the railway station, is Sofrekhane Azari. This traditional restaurant enjoys an excellent reputation with the residents of south Tehran for its authentic dishes that have a home-cooked feel, as well as its frequent live music. The abgoosht (meat and chickpea stew) is a crowd-favourite, but the chelo kebabs are no less revered for their moreish, juicy goodness.
Address: 30 Valiasr, just north of Rah Ahan square, Tehran, Iran, +98 21 5539 0710