Editor’s note: Culinary Backstreets’ Migrant Kitchen: Taste of Iran event took place in Istanbul on Monday, and to mark the occasion, we’re featuring this review of one of Istanbul’s few Iranian restaurants.
Considering the fact that Iran is a next-door neighbor to Turkey and that so many Iranians call Istanbul home, we’ve always found it more than a bit baffling that there are hardly any Iranian restaurants in the city. Imagine New York with all but a handful of Mexican restaurants? The one Iranian restaurant in town that we did know about – a tourist-oriented place with an in-house musician who played “Hava Nagila” on his zither – mercifully closed down years ago.
Several months back, though, we caught sight of a sign by the side of the road in Persian script. Intrigued, we looked closer and realized that it belonged to a restaurant called Asuman, run by a nearby travel agency with the same name that specializes in trips to Iran.
The rest of this review can be found on Culinary Backstreets .