Veg out – Pistachio
The other day I drove up Carlton Road, near the bottom of the hill close to Sneinton Market and I spotted a new restaurant called Pistachio, serving modern Persian cuisine. After checking them out on the Internet, my friend and I paid them a visit later that week. We arrived early (5.30) and were seated in an almost empty restaurant; fingers crossed it fills up.
As we perused the menu, we noticed a sign saying ‘cash only’. Oh no, we started counting our money and pooling resources. Phew we’d have enough to share a starter and a mains each!
My review is also online at Nottinghamshire live https://www.nottinghampost.com/whats-on/food-drink/veggie-review-nottinghams-new-persian-1956310
Our server, Orash who was also the owner said there was a free cash machine a few hundred metres away. But be warned, cards (at the moment) are not accepted
On to the food; the menu highlighted vegetarian options, but I didn’t know if they were also vegan. The owner was able to swiftly set our minds at rest and pointed out the suitable dishes; at least a couple of starters and 3 of the mains courses were either vegan or could be made vegan by taking out yoghurt for instance. We settled on aubergine and walnut dip to share as a starter, and then tangy & herby vegetarian stew and roasted aubergine and split pea vegetarian stew for mains
In the meantime we were served tap water. Our hot starter arrived and it was delicious and so flavoursome, and ample enough for two as it came with warm Persian bread. It also has some nice textures thanks to the parsnip crisps and the crunchy toasted walnuts. What a great start.
Our main courses were equally as generous. The tangy stew was packed with red kidney beans (loads of low fat protein) and lots of herbs and spices that didn’t overpower the dish. It also held a hidden ingredient: a pickled lemon, which was a tasty surprise. The accompanying rice made it nice and filling, although wholegrain rice would have been a healthier option.
The Aubergine stew had a really comforting texture and again the split peas added a decent amount of low fat protein. The handful of dry and crispy chips sitting on top was another pleasant surprise. Both dishes were really tasty and packed with flavour they also looked very appetising. The total bill was just shy of £25, well worth the money
This is a really lovely restaurant, the décor is bright and modern, the open kitchen allows you to see what’s going on and the staff are the right side of attentive. And on a positive note by the time we left well over half the tables were full of happy chatting customers
As we were leaving the owner said they were considering putting on vegan only nights. So they could offer greater choice without the risk of cross contamination on the open grill. We will definitely look out for that