Phone: +91 9999797342
Address: Block I, I-83, 1st Floor, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi, India
Time: 11 AM – 11 PM
Meals for two: Rs. 1,000
Facilities: Home Delivery, Indoor Seating
Nooshe Joon, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi: Decor
Colorful tiles that line the walls and floor; seating that you only find in Afghan eateries where eating on the floor is the norm except that there are raised platforms for the purpose; Afghan popular music and servers from that country are what you’ll get here. The vast majority of customers are from our neighboring countries, for whom Nooshe Joon (and the other eateries in the same corner of Lajpat Nagar) is home, and the vibe has been carefully created for them. The owners of Nooshe Joon are a Sikh family who have been in Iran for generations and who used to run the same eatery in Epicuria. This outlet is far larger and comfortably encompasses other cuisines. On the cards is an ice-cream machine dispensing sheeryakh, an Afghan version of kulfi so that the restaurant becomes a hang-out place for those who have lived in the region have an ‘adda’ to call their own.
Nooshe Joon, Lajpat Nagar 2, New Delhi: Food
The one pre-qualification you need is that you have to be an avid meat-eater: this is not the best place for a vegetarian. And though there is chicken, the greatest majority of kebabs are mutton: goat and sheep. The lamb koobideh kebab (₹ 320) is a work of art and their bestseller by a wide margin. Made of minced lamb and served on a bed of rice, it is juicy and flavorful with the aroma of charcoal. It is the street snack of Iran and Nooshe Joon does a great job. The rice with its trademark saffron stained splotches, is also the way it would appear in Iran. Other kebabs worth trying include the jujeh (₹ 260) or chicken tikkas on a skewer. For enthusiastic meat-eaters, the kebabs made with sheep meat have a more pronounced meaty appeal than goat meat like kazaan kebab (₹ 350) and mutton chops (₹ 400). The ‘main course’ section includes Iranian, Afghan and Uzbeki rice preparations like Kabuli pulao which is delicately flavored with cardamom and has strands of carrot as well as raisins where the rice is cooked in mutton stock. Banjan borani (₹ 120) is a gourmet take on aubergines with yoghurt.
Plus & Minus:
Iran has a variety of khoresht, roughly analogous to curry, but not a single one on this menu sadly.