Chicago >Food & Dining > Masouleh
6653 N Clark St, Chicago, IL | Directions 6062642.003181 -87.672253
Neighborhoods: Rogers Park, Far North Side
Great Iranian food, good prices – Though this was my first experience with Persian or Iranian food, I was quite impressed. I have had Afghani food on a number of occasions and was expecting basically the same thing; I was pleasently suprised to find a great deal more variety, and though many of the dishes were remeniscent of what I had had, the flavour profiles were very different. For those of us not familiar with the cuisine, the service is exceptionally helpful. All of the food was very well prepared and the prices were, importantly, very reasonable, better than at many other Far North ethnic eateries. The only disappointment was with the Persian ice cream. Based on previous experience with Afghani rosewater ice cream, and the quality of the meal to that point, I had high expectations. Unfortunately, it appeared that instead of making the ice cream themselves from scratch, they take rather inferior 'vanilla' and then mix in rosewater and other additions. The result is not so much to improve the original vanilla, but to lend the grainy texture of frozen rosewater crystals. Overall, though, I would highly recommend Masouleh as a great introduction to a cuisine that remains far too foreign in this country.
Lovingly prepared Persian attracts locals and foodies in Rogers Park. – In Short
Mexican restaurants and liquor stores dominate this strip of Clark. A tidy storefront, capped by a subtle maroon awning, Masouleh is a simple one-room operation with a dozen tables and a partly exposed kitchen. Wide-plank wood floors, exposed brick and a granite-topped service bar keep décor to muted earth tones. Northern Iran is the inspiration for menu items like "olivieh", a mild chicken and vegetable pate, and "khoureshte gheimeh bademjan", a hearty stew of charred eggplant and tender beef. Finish with sticky, moist Iranian cardamom cakes and strong coffee.
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