A more interesting and less encountered tango of meat and rice is found in Iran’s Koobideh. Skewered ground meat that looks like mutton seekh but flatter, is served on a bed of rice. If one pays attention, one is bound to pick up secrets that are rather tart. The dish hides bits of zereshk or barberries that shock the tastebuds with their sharpness. It is accompanied by a thick yoghurt dip, its creaminess cut by the cucumber and mint it is mixed with. The decidedly subtle palette of flavours that produce this comfort food does not waver for the desserts either — Phirni (it comes with a dusting of pistachios and rose petals) and Baklava on the menu are not rare but must be tried at Chopaankebab, especially by those who prefer a mildly sweet end to a satisfying meal. Those on the lookout for inexpensive pleasures and a meal slightly unusual, take note.