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Something new is coming to Willoughby… Set to open on February 29, Tida Persian Food will be dishing up traditional Persian cuisine on Penshurst Street, with a surprise twist.

Owners Parya Zaghand of Saffron and More and Milad Amiri of Narin Persian Restaurant share decades of experience in the food industry. However, Parya says that this new venture provides them “the perfect ‘home’ to host chefs and expose them to their authentic food, hospitality and culture.”

She continues, “The idea behind Tida was to create a space where Persian food is shared with love and the warm hospitality that you receive when you visit a Persian home.”

Willoughby was the ideal location for their new restaurant, with both owners having lived locally for many years. Parya says, “(The suburb) has a strong sense of community with residents forming close-knit neighbourhoods exactly like in Iran where neighbours are so close they feel like family and stick together through thick and thin.”

As you step into Tida Persian Food, you’ll be embraced by a homey and humble atmosphere, reminiscent of a grandmother’s kitchen in Iran. The set-up is unlike your traditional restaurant and in addition to take-away and delivery, Tida has a 12-seater communal table offering weekly ‘Supper Club’ dining experiences. 

Parya explains, “We wanted to offer a more communal dining experience where food is shared like on a true traditional Persian table (sofreh); where sophisticated but humble foods and one-of-a-kind hospitality culture opens your hearts to tell the real story and illuminate the traditional and culinary history of our cuisine.”

So, what’s the twist… 

Tida’s twist on Persian food revolves around tahdig, the coveted crispy golden crust formed at the bottom of the pot when cooking rice. 

“The crust is prized for its crunchy texture and rich flavour which is enhanced by saffron, yogurt or thinly sliced potatoes (my mum sometimes uses lettuce too!),” Parya says. “Tahdig is something that kids and (adults) fight over at a Persian table so we think we are healing a collective trauma by making it accessible in a couple of creative formats in every dish that we have on the main menu. The twist is a surprise, come and dine with us to find out!”

Aside from their tahdig bowls and tahdig balls garnished with colourful and aromatic slivered pistachios, almonds, barberries and rose petals, other must-try menu items include Milad’s kooboideh kebabs and their rich stews served with fluffy saffron pilaf. Dessert lovers are in for a treat too with Tida’s signature saffron panna cotta, pistachio tiramisu and vegan Persian love cake.

Mark your calendars for the grand opening of Tida Persian Food on Thursday, 29th February, from 6 pm to 9 pm. They invite the community to join in the celebration with a spread of Persian delights, fragrant drinks and live Persian music.

Address: 304 Penshurst St, North Willoughby, NSW, 2068

Opening Hours: Mon 12pm-6.30pm, Tue-Sun 12pm-9pm

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