Restaurant that is three worlds in one

Toranj Restaurant in Lavington. It serves Persian, Turkish and Italian dishes. PHOTO I JOHN FOX

What you need to know:

  • In its place is the Toranj Restaurant, providing Persian, Turkish and Italian dishes. You might think that is a rather odd mixture. But, as well as a Persian/Iranian chef, there is a Turkish chef who lived and worked in Italy for 30 years.
  • It was a good choice. The chicken was tender and, yes, very succulent. It was served well, too – a colourful and pleasing arrangement of vegetables. I suppose the chips didn’t really fit in – but they tasted good.
  • We were joined by one of the directors, Asgarali Kassam. He told us about the idea behind the restaurant, and about the Toranj name – a medallion symbol in traditional Persian carpets.  He’s an interesting man, a keen philatelist, coin collector and cricket administrator. He’s a very good talker, too

It was a good restaurant as good restaurants go – and as good restaurants go, it went. Yes, most do, don’t they?

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