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A Huge Disappointment - Darband, Persian, York Mills

Ambaherd | Jul 10, 201910:28 PM     1

Darband Restaurant
879 York Mills Rd, North York
Open 24 hours
Phone: (416) 445-1777
Not cheap
A huge disappointment

Below is the email that I sent to Darband discussing the food. I did not get a reply.

START
I was with you twice last week. This is what we had:
-pita. I expected barbari bread or something like this. Why not? Of all the good barbari that is in Toronto, what you served was what I call Lebanese style pita, and mediocre ones at that. You can get in Toronto wholewheat pita that is much better.
-torshi- A tiny portion of boiled vegetables seemingly in nothing more than vinegar. It should not have been given away free. AT $3.99 it is exorbitant! I felt exploited.
-soup. Very good. The best thing that we had.
- appetizer yoghurt. I ordered a yoghurt klar and then also a yoghurt mooseer because my companion wanted the latter. These were described as yoghurt with something added. Then I also ordered the spinach because it was described as spinach with yoghurt. I was wrong, it was more yoghurt and something added. This was one yoghurt too many.
The first two yoghurts were nothing special, but tasty- the ingredients were good. The spinach one I didn't like at all.
-appetizer eggplant, with pomegranate. Tasty, but nothing special. Are you using a different and a cheaper eggplant? The eggplant was cooked in a lazy way. I still have dreams of eggplant "baladi".
-lamb neck. My companion ordered this and I didn't try it. I love lamb neck, but this one had too little meat and looked far overcooked.
As for the sauce, my Iranian companion rejected it.
(ed., She has good taste. She rejected me too, I was saucy and didn't get nearly as far as to neck.)
-rice. I had some of the dill rice. This rice when cooked slow is fabulous. Yours was cooked fast, and far overcooked. It survived because the ingredients are good but it was a shadow of what it could be.

The next time, a few days later alone.
-Fessenjan chicken. I am no authority on the sauce, but I like the ingredients. Hard to make bad. This fessenjan chicken was a quick-made sauce with three hard dry lumps of chicken thrown in at the end. The chicken spoiled the OK sauce. The chicken lumps were leftovers from something. Maybe from a mistake on the grill?
-The rice was tasty and good.
The Fessenjan had been blasted in the microwave. This is bad for the taste and further dried out the chicken. Or was the chicken thrown in after?
There was too much sauce for the rice and after a while it spoiled the rice.
I wanted some good barbari for the sauce.
The dish was served far too hot.
-halim- (ed., a porridge) It was microwaved so hot that it was impossible to eat. After 15 minutes, I put it in a container, paid, and took it home. The bottom half of the bowl was too hot to touch; I had to use a spoon to transfer to the take- out container. Two hours to two and a half hours later, it had cooled down to the temperature that the French would serve soup.
This microwave blasting has to be bad for taste, and the dish is mild flavoured.

My conclusion.
A lazy kitchen that doesn't care about its customers or its great heritage. For me, a huge disappointment. You (ed. meaning the restaurant) can do much better and easier. You charge enough.
I know, you are successful, you have been going for 23 years. This may be a comment on the other Persian restaurants in Toronto. I have been to Persian restaurants in other cities!

Darband Restaurant
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