The Legendary Cuisine of Persian

Experiencing the cuisine of Persia is a delight to the palate as well as a journey through history that takes one back more than 3,000 years into one of the world's oldest and most influential cultures. The origins of most traditional Persian dishes are so old that their recipes had to be inscribed on clay tablets. The enduring appeal of these dishes is legendary, prompting Cyrus the Great to conclude that the ancient Persians could conquer other tribes as much with their cooking as with their prowess. Change

This was at least partially confirmed some 200 years later when Alexander the Great conquered the Persian empire but was personally won over to Persian cooking.

 


His Macedonian soldiers, on their return home, carried with them into the Mediterranean area the exotic foods of the Persians, enabling the Greeks and later the Romans to enliven their foods with saffron, lemons, pomegranates, and pistachios. After Alexander, Persia crossed paths with other major world cultures - the Oriental in the 13th century with the invasion of the Moghuls, and the European in the 12th and 13th centuries with the arrival of the Crusaders. In the process, Persia not only absorbed food customs from other cultures, but introduced her own into other countries. So as you enjoy Persian food for the first time, be prepared for it to have a surprising familiarity to you. Enjoy the legend! Nush-e jan!

 

 


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12126 Westheimer #116

Houston Texas 77077

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Ph: 281-493-4000

FAX: 281-531-1232

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APPETIZERS

KASHK –E BADEMJAN (eggplant dip) .............................$5.95
A puree of toasted eggplant with sautéed onions, garlic, mint, and Kashk (Persian cream).

HUMMUS (chick-pea and sesame seed puree) .............$5.95
A puree of garbanzo beans, garlic, sesame butter, olive oil and lemon juice.

TABOULE (parsley and bulgur salad) ...........................$5.95
A zesty combination of cracked wheat, parsley, tomatoes, and scallions mixed with olive oil,
lemon juice, and fresh mint.

MAST-O KHIYAR (yogurt and cucumber) .......................$5.50
A delicious dip of chopped cucumbers mixed with
homemade yogurt and mint.

MAST-O MOOSER (yogurt and shallots) .......................$5.95
A tasty dip of chopped shallots and mint mixed with our homemade yogurt.

BORANI ESFENAJ (spinach dip) ....................................$5.95
Sautéed spinach, onions, garlic, and mint mixed with our delicious homemade yogurt.

DOLMEH (stuffed grape leaves) ..................................$6.95
Tender grape leaves stuffed with rice, onions, leeks,
parsley, and mint.

OLIVIEH SALAD ...........................................................$5.95
Persian style chicken and potato salad mixed with mayonnaise and lemon juice.

THE GRAND SAMPLER (for 2 people) ...........................$13.95
Select any four of the above appetizers.

TADIGH .......................................................................$9.95
Crispy rice topped with your choice of a Veggie Ghormeh
Saki or Gheymeh.

SABZI KHORDAN (for 2 People) ...................................$9.95
A platter of fresh herbs served with tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, radishes, feta cheese,
walnuts, and fresh hot taftoon bread.

SHIRAZI SALAD ...........................................................$5.50
Diced cucumbers, tomatoes, onions and cilantro mixed with vinegar and olive oil dressing.

CASPIAN SALAD ..........................................................$8.95
Romaine lettuce, onions, cucumbers, olives, feta cheese,
and tomatoes tossed in our house dressing.



HOUSE STEWS
All stews are served with fresh herbs, feta cheese, and hot taftoon bread.

GHORMEH SABZI (fresh herb stew) ............................$11.95
Fresh green herbs sautéed and stewed with kidney beans, dried limes, and tender chunks beef served with white basmati rice.

KHORESH-E BADEMJAN (eggplant stew) .....................$12.95
Stew of whole eggplant, sautéed with chunks of beef or chicken, and onions in a saffron tomato sauce served with white basmati rice.

GHEYMEH ...................................................................$10.95
Stew of beef, yellow split peas in a tomato sauce, topped with shoestring potatoes and fried onions served with
white basmati rice.

FESENJAN (Pomegranate sauce with walnut stew) ...$12.95
A sweet and sour puree of walnuts and pomegranate sauce served over baked tender chicken breast and white basmati rice.

ESFENAJ-O ALU (spinach and prune stew) ...............$11.95
Steamed spinach and prunes stewed in a zesty orange sauce with your choice of beef or chicken, served with
white basmati rice.

LOOBYA ......................................................................$11.95
Green beans and tomato sauce delicately flavored with cinnamon, garlic, onions, and saffron, mixed with tender pieces of sautéed filet mignon served with white basmati rice.

KARAFS V KANGAR FARANGI (Celery & Artichoke Stew)..$12.95
Celery and artichokes sautéed with onions, parsley, and mint, delicately flavored with lemon juice and spices, mixed with your choice of beef or chicken, served with white basmati rice.

KHORESH B’DOON GHOUSHT (Vegetarian Stew) ........$1 OFF
Your choice of the above stew (except Loobya) without meat, served with white basmati rice.


SPLITTING OR SHARING ENTREES ADD $2.50 / SESAME BREAD ADD $1.50. EXTRA CHARGE FOR REFILL ON SABZI, BREAD OR CHEESE

 

ENTREES
All entrees are served with fresh herbs, feta cheese, and hot taftoon bread.

KOOBIDEH (ground meat)
Two juicy strips of seasoned ground meat rolled around a skewer and charbroiled served with white basmati rice and grilled tomatoes.
BEEF $10. 95 / CHICKEN $10.95 / COMBO $10.95

CHENJEH (chunks)
Succulent chunks of filet, chicken breast, or lamb marinated, skewered and charbroiled, served with white basmati rice and grilled tomatoes.
BEEF $16.95 / CHICKEN $13.95 / LAMB $16.95

BARG (thin slices)
Sliced filet or chicken breast marinated, skewered and flame broiled, served with white basmati rice and grilled tomatoes.
BEEF $16.95 / CHICKEN $13.95 / COMBO $16.95

SOLTANI (for the king)
A combination of Barg and Koobideh served with white basmati rice and grilled tomatoes.
BEEF $18.95 / CHICKEN $16.95 / COMBO $19.95

JOOJEH KABOB (Cornish hen) .............................$13.95
Cornish hen marinated in olive oil, saffron and lemon
juice, served with white basmati rice and grilled
tomatoes.

TU POR (Stuffed Kabob) ......................................$19.95
Your choice of beef or chicken thinly sliced and wrapped around cheese, jalapenos, and basil, skewered and charbroiled to perfection, served with basmati rice and grilled tomatoes.

MAHICHEH (Lamb Shank)......................................$15.95
Spring baby lamb shank, Sabzi Polow, and lamb broth
form a wonderful dish.



SEAFOOD KABOB

Your choice of filet of salmon or shrimp, marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, saffron, and various seasonings, skewered and charbroiled, served with Sabzi Polow and grilled vegetables.
SALMON $17.95 / SHRIMP $19.95 / COMBO $19.95

SAUTEED TILAPIA ..................................................$15.95
A filet of tilapia sautéed, served over house sauce, with Sabzi Polow and grilled vegetables.


RICE TOPPINGS

These sumptuous rice toppings may be served with your choice of an entree for an extra charge of $3.00 (grilled tomatoes not included).

ALBALU POLOW  (Cherry Rice) ................................$6.95
white basmati rice topped with flavorful sweet and sour cherries, almonds, and pistachios.

ADDAS POLOW (Lentil Rice) .....................................$6.95
A mixture of lentils, sautéed onions, raisins, dates, mixed with white basmati rice.

SHIRIN POLOW (Sweet Saffron Rice) .......................$7.95
A stunning dish of saffron rice sweetened with a mixture
of grated carrots, orange peel, almonds, and pistachios.

JAVAHER POLOW (Jeweled Rice) ..............................$7.95
An exotic mixture of cranberries, almonds, pistachios, carrots, orange peel,and sour barberries mixed with whitebasmati rice gives a spectacular look and taste.
Truly the rubies and emeralds of Persian rice.


DRINKS

SOFT DRINKS ...........................................................$2.00
Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, and Dr. Pepper (NO REFILL)

ICED TEA, COFFEE, OR PERSIAN HOT TEA ................$2.50

JUICES & LEMONADE (NO REFILL) ............................$2.50

DOOGH (NO REFILL) .................................................$3.00

PITCHER OF DOOGH (NO REFILL) .............................$7.95

PERRIER WATER ( NO REFILL) ..................................$2.25


“PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE” FOR PARTIES OF 6 OR MORE AN 18% GRATUITY WILL BE ADDED. CAFÉ CASPIAN WOULD LOVE TO CATER YOUR NEXT SPECIAL EVENT PLEASE ASK YOU SERVER FOR DETAILS ABOUT OUR CATERING AND BANQUET SERVICES

 
     


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