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North Vancouver is home to a lot of Persian places. This one is a bit off the normal cluster near Lonsdale, and instead down off Marine Drive. It also is more of a fast food style (order at the counter subway style) type place instead of a sitdown restaurant. Persian fast food, if you like. I ordered the large koobideh on sangak for a very reasonable $6.99. It is also available in a smaller version (one skewer and one tomato instead of two of each) for an extremely reasonable $4.99. After ordering they fired up the skewers and tomatoes on the grill and prepared them fresh. Nice. When they were done cooking they removed them from the skewers using a nice piece of very fresh sangak (I think I saw them baking sangak in the back industrial sized kitchen as well!), add some fresh basil leaves, and a chunk of raw onion to make a very nice overall plate. The koobideh was well seasoned and cooked perfectly so it was very juicy, the tomatoes had a nice char with the tender soft insides, and the ton of fresh basil added a nice flavour dimension. Wrapping a piece of the koobideh in a ripped off piece of sangak with some basil and a little bit of onion was such at treat! Why couldn't all fast food be like this? I'll definitely be back.
I was acknowledged before I had even finished reading over the overhead menu by the all Japanese staff behind the counter, and my order was taken promptly. I ordered the seafood chowder, and immediately after ordering the woman who took my order went over to the chowder station to assemble it for me. You may ask, "Chowder station? Assemble?" That's right. She took pieces of halibut, a generous pile of clams, and several prawn and placed them all into a quick water boil and then put them into a serving bowl. They were then covered in the broth. This resulted in perfectly cooked seafood - unlike many chowders where the seafood gets overcooked as the chowder is on a low heat. The shrimp had a nice crunch, the halibut was perfectly cooked, and the clams were juicy. It was seafood cooked just right. To top it off the broth had a pleasant seafood stock base, and had a hint of saffron to round out the flavours. A very VERY nice seafood chowder with perfectly cooked seafood.
You know that sandwiches you get in the delis and train stations all around Europe? The simple kind with ham, cheese, and a bit of mustard on a nice roll/bread? The simple straightforward type, that is priced reasonably? That is what I got here. For $3.75 I got a nice bun with crunchy crust and soft centre, filled with a tall pile of garlic sausage, a slice of good quality cheese, and topped with some mustard. A great snack/lunch!