This past Saturday, I went with a friend to eat lunch at Banu. Neither of us had Iranian cuisine before and I felt that their Summerlicious menu priced at $15 would be a good deal. After my experience with Rodeo Brazilian Steakhouse, I was slightly apprehensive about what I would find at Banu. There’s a patio at Banu however it’s tiny. At Banu, the appetizer, main course and dessert each have 3 selections and you can choose one of each.
My friend and I decided to split two appetizers because we both wanted to try the same two dishes. We had Mirza Ghasemi ($13 on their regular dinner menu) and Salad e Hendevaneh. Mirza Ghasemi is smoked eggplant, roasted tomato, garlic, and egg with negella seed barbari bread. Salad e Hendevaneh is watermelon, sheep’s milk cheese, mint, basil, and olive oil. The Salad e Hendevaneh is interesting. The watermelon isn’t as ripe as I would like it and the sheep’s milk cheese is quite salty however overall combination is quite good. My friend and I both prefer the Mirza Ghasemi. It’s very delicious!
For the main course, my friend and I both ordered the same thing, Kabob e Koobideh ($19 on their regular dinner menu). Kabob e Koobideh is grilled organic Angus sirloin kabob, roasted tomato, fresh herbs, lavash flat bread with yoghurt. You would take a piece of the flat bread, cut a piece of the kabob and roasted tomato and put it on the flat bread and put abit of herbs, yoghurt and spices on it, wrap it up and eat it almost like a roll or mini-wrap. It’s delectable!
For dessert, my friend ordered Bastani ($7 on their regular dessert menu) while I ordered Paloud-e ($7 on their regular dessert menu). Bastani is saffron, rose water and pistachio ice cream. The ice cream itself had pistachio nuts in it rather than it being pistachio flavoured. Paloud-e is rose water and rice noodle sorbet with a slice of lime. Both the Bastani and Paloud-e were very interesting. I barely tasted the saffron and rose water when I tried abit of my friend’s ice cream. The Paloud-e is good except that at times the sorbet was frozen so I would have to chip away at it with my spoon. I was slightly apprehensive about rose water since I had Bandung in Sinagpore and Malaysia and I didn’t like it. Bandung is rose water. However I enjoyed the Paloud-e. The rice noodle was an integral part of the rose water sorbet and it was interesting since I never had anything like it before. Squeezing the lime all over the sorbet added a nice dimention to it.
Overall, I really enjoyed my experience at Banu. The food is delicious, for the most part, and it was definitely interesting. The service was good. They give you a fairly high quality napkin to use. The decor was nice. I liked that the table was tiled, it’s unique. The bill was $15+tax. I liked that I was able to choose the amount of tip I could give. One thing you should note is that their credit card machine automatically gives tip at 20% and you can’t change the percentage and you can’t even adjust the amount. My friend and I both paid in cash so it wasn’t a problem. I would recommend this restaurant if you want to try Iranian cuisine.