Shahrzad Persian Restaurant

Shahrzad is a Persian restaurant buried deep within Budapest's District 8, near Corvin-negyed where many Iranian students live. The short menu comprises traditional Iranian stew dishes (khoresh) and the classic kebab variations. Shahrzad’s chef, originally from Isfahan, isn’t satisfied with the quality of beef in Budapest—he doesn’t think it’s tender enough—so he uses lamb in most meat dishes instead. Of the stews, try the ghormeh sabzi herb stew (€7) and the split pea-based gheymeh (€7). But the kebabs shine brightest: both the standard koobideh (€7), made from ground lamb, and the mixed chicken and lamb (negini; €7) are tender and tasty.

It’s worth perusing Shahrzad’s daily menu if you’re feeling adventurous—it includes exotic items like beef tongue stew (khorak zaban; €8), sheep’s head stew (kalepache; €23), and fish kebab (mahi; €10). Note that Shahrzad doesn't serve alcohol, but there’s a hookah lounge in the basement if you’re in the mood for smoking flavored tobacco.