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4/5

Shiraz

46 Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6


Shiraz is a great new restaurant on Stratford Avenue serving Iranian cuisine upon the old upper floors of Gandhara. At the moment they're only open for dinner, which is served buffet style and costs around Rs. 1500 per head for copious portions of meat, rice and mezze



Shiraz is sadly closed.

Stratford Avenue is an interesting street. It used to be predominantly occupied by a sprawling Gandhara, the fashionable antiques boutique that sells beautiful pieces of furniture at not so beautiful prices. Gandhara's still there, but they've telescoped in, relinquishing some of their space to smaller boutiques and a couple of restaurants (Cafe Che, Barista and now Shiraz). It's a lovely street - dimpled miris gal stones, tall wooden pillars, charmingly creaky staircases - albeit rather awkwardly located on the cusp of Havelock Town and Pamankada.

Shiraz is one of Stratford's newest residents. A softly lit, elegant little oasis held aloft above the bustle of Havelock Road the restaurant settles seamlessly into its Gandhara vestiges - the wooden floors are strewn with thick Persian carpets, antique tile art lines the walls and there's a collection of beautiful black and white photographs taken by the owner. It's got an authentic kind of feel - largely due to that fact that the owners themselves cook and serve the food - and they're actually Persian.

My knowledge of Iranian cuisine is limited at best, but this is excellent food, served with care and attention. It feels legit. You can't order a la carte but a series of dips, pitta and soup is rolled out before the main course, which on the night we went consisted of kebabs. A gentleman - who I presume is both owner and chef - asks you what kind of meats you'd like (beef, minced lamb, and chicken - you can have all) before disappearing into the kitchen and re emerging with a large tray bearing snooker-cue length skewers circled with thick chunks of salty, roasted meat. It all tastes good and there's a wide selection of bottomless sides to dip into - saffron rice, dill rice, pasta, lamb and aubergine curry, etc. The spices and flavours are a bit different from from what the standard Sri Lankan palate is used to - everythings a lit bit tangier, and herby as opposed to fiery hot. But it's good - and different.

The total damage per person comes to a bit over Rs. 1500 - which is very reasonable considering the sheer amount of meat you get not to mention as the mezze starters and buffet sides. This is a lovely place, but it's new so I suspect they're in need of more patrons. Visit!
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Shiraz is a great new restaurant on Stratford Avenue serving Iranian cuisine upon the old upper floors of Gandhara. At the moment they're only open for dinner, which is served buffet style and costs around Rs. 1500 per head for copious portions of meat, rice and mezze

සිංහල ශිරාස් කියන්නේ ස්ට්‍රැෆර්ඩ් මාවතේ තියෙන කදිම අළුත් අවන්හලක්. මෙහි ඉරාන කෑම පිළිගන්වනවා. මේක තියෙන්නේ ගන්ධාර එකේ පරණ උඩ තට්ටුවේ. දැනට මේ අවන්හල රෑ කෑම සඳහා පමණක් විවෘතයි. එක්කෙනෙකුට රුපියල් 1500ක් වගේ මිලකට මෙයාලා බුෆේ වර්ගයේ විශාල පංගුවක කෑමවෙළක් දෙනවා මස්, බත් සහ mezze කියන මැදපෙරදිග ආහාර රුචිය වඩවන කෑම වර්ගයත් එක්ක.

සිංහල ශිරාස් යනු ස්ට්‍රැට්ෆඩ් ඇවනියු වීදියේ පිහිටි ඉරාන ආහාර පිරිනමන අලුත් විශිෂ්ට අවන්හලක්. එය පිහිටා තිබෙන්නේ ගන්ධාර ගොඩනැගිල්ලේ පැරණි උඩුමහලේයි. මේ වනවිට එය විවෘත වන්නේ රාත්‍රී ආහාර සඳහා පමණයි. බුෆේ විලාසිතාවට පිරිනමනු ලබන එහි භෝජන එක් අයෙකුට රු. 1500ක් මිළ වෙනවා. ඒ සමග මස්, බත් හා මෙසේ නමින් හැඳින්වෙන මධ්‍යධරණී කලාපයේ කුඩා දීසි වර්ග විශාල ප්‍රමාණයක් පිරිනැමෙනවා.

Address

46 Stratford Avenue, Colombo 6

Directions

Follow Havelock Road to Highlevel Road and turn right on Stratford Ave. It's right next to Gandhara.

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This place has closed down

Cuisine

Iranian

Price Range

More than Rs.1500

Ratings Breakdown

Overall Rating
4
Quality Rating
4
Service Rating
4
Ambience Rating
4

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MarieY

The best Persian restaurant I have been to! Amazing Food, Great buffet, fresh and lovely aromatic kebabs, Amazing atmosphere, Great Deco, Good prices, will definitely be back!

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5/5

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MarieY

The best Persian restaurant I have been to! Amazing Food, Great buffet, fresh and lovely aromatic kebabs, Amazing atmosphere, Great Deco, Good prices, will definitely be back!

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