Celebrated since the 11th century, Nowruz is the Persian New Year which marks the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Nowruz which means “New Day” is a celebration of new beginnings by wishing prosperity and welcoming the future while shedding away the past. Persians use this time to cleanse their homes and of course, it involves lots of food.
(Kebabs Platter - Image Credit: Shabestan Singapore)
The Persian cuisine is famous for its delicious Persian Stews also known as "Fesenjan" and grilled meats. Shabestan grills all their hand made kebabs over fire following authentic Persian cooking techniques.
The 18 dishes include Feta Cheese and Pomegranate, Shirazi Salad, Hummus, Muhammara, Borani Esfanaj, Lamb Kubideh, Chicken Masti, Tekeh Masti, Prawn, and Fish Kebabs served with Sabzi Polo, and a Side Salad.
(Fesenjan - Image Credit: Shabestan Singapore)
Popular Nowruz dishes served at Shabestan include Ash Reshth, Dolma, Sabzi Polo, and Koresh-e-Fesenjan Ba Ordak. Koresh-e-Fesenjan Ba Ordak is a Persian Duck Stew slowly cooked with walnuts and pomegranate that is rare to find amongst restaurants in Singapore. We loved how tender the duck was as it literally fell off the bones. The gravy from the stew paired beautifully with the duck which gave a burst of flavours all at once.
(Ghalieh Mahi - Image Credit: Shabestan Singapore)
Executive Chef Hany has created a special dish for Nowruz 2021 at Shabestan which is called “Ghalieh Mahi” which is made with coriander, fenugreek, onions, tomatoes, turmeric, garlic, and tamarind. Again, another exotic dish that is simply divine that had us going back for more scoops.
There will also be a “Leg of Lamb” Carving Station for guests to indulge in.
Persian desserts and tea after every meal have a place of their own. Like in any culture, every special occasion such as a "New Year Celebration" has special desserts. For Nowruz 2021, Shabestan has the Sholezard which is a Persian Saffron Rice Pudding typically served during Nowruz.
There will also be the all-time favourite Baklava that is paired with the Persian Mint Tea which really helps to digest all the dishes you would have indulged in this gastronomical celebration.
You can make your reservations for Nowruz at Shabestan online via https://www.shabestan.sg/experience. There are 2 seatings available on 21st March 2021, Sunday, 5.30pm or 8.15pm.