Friends were staying downtown so I gave them a few options and they picked Gillaneh Grill House. It’s a Persian restaurant.
We dropped in on an early Saturday afternoon (4:30pm) for an early dinner. That’s what happens when you dine with a newborn. The inside is huge with lots of seating and even some covered outdoor patio seats. Interesting that they have a ringer (which you bizarrely can hear through the whole restaurant) to get one of the waitresses attention.
The menu looks large but half are pictures of their dishes. There’s soup & salads, warm and cold appetizers, entrees, stews and dessert. Sadly, they were out of their saffron ice cream. Click here to see the full menu (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10).
Dip was tasty and topped with pine nuts but such a small portion.
Vegetables were nicely roasted and came with a tasty sauce.
Every entree comes with a pile of fluffy plain rice.
Oh well. At least the marinated boneless chicken kebab was excellent.
Baghala ghatogh ($12.99)
This was noted as their speciality on the menu. Dill-scented lima beans, garlic and eggs. There wasn’t much ingredients or taste to this one, other than it was drenched in butter. Wouldn’t get this again.
On the small side compared to other shanks I’ve had at Persian spots but the lamb retained a good bite.
Didn’t think GGH was worth the price point. If you want good Persian, go to North Van.
Gillaneh Grill House
1072 Denman Street