North Restaurant, located on Yonge and Steeles, was one of those places that I had heard a lot about, from lots of people, but I had never given a chance, due to the good old excuse of “I do not have the time right now”. Eventually, I decided that I owed it to myself to try this restaurant at least once. So, last Wednesday, I decided to invite a couple of friends and my sister for a late lunch/early dinner.
When we got close to the restaurant’s patio, I could not understand the popularity of this little Persian restaurant, as it was similar to any other bar or restaurant in town. Then, I walked in. North’s interior was designed to resemble the northern part of Iran, with small Kah-gely (mud plastered) balconies and an abundance of flowerpots with flowers indigenous to the north of Iran. It was nostalgic to see such an authentic representation of the small villages in Iran.
The staffs at “North” carried the Northern hospitality, and it created a sense of belonging, especially for our non-Persian guests. The staffs were friendly, professional and available only when they were needed.
The menu was dominantly made up of Persian foods. If someone wants to try Persian kebab, this is the place to go. All my friends ordered chicken kebab marinated in saffron, and they all agreed that they could not have enough. I ordered the grilled salmon, and it was grilled to perfection, juicy and tender. By the way, make sure you order Zeytoon Parvardeh, which is a combination of Olives, Walnut, Pomegranate paste and cilantro. If you love sour appetizers, you will love this.
When I left, I understood what was so appealing about “North”, which made it so famous among my friends and family. I really enjoyed my time in North Restaurant and I hope you do too.
by Shirin Khayambashi