Conde Nast Traveler a short while ago introduced its list of the world’s greatest restaurants, and Belmont’s Cafe Vanak built the cut.
The household-owned Persian restaurant opened in 2020 — not an easy yr to start a new business enterprise. Its homeowners, Zohreh Beheshti and Babak Shams Asef, also operate the Persian grocery retailer, Super Vanak, following doorway.
Cafe Vanak was the only New England cafe to make the Conde Nast listing. Food critic Mina Stone, the writer of “Cooking for Artists,” wrote that she requested “chicken kabab (Joojeh), grilled tomatoes, saffron rice, and a Shirazi salad — all delicious, juicy, and ideal.”
Conde Nast’s total listing incorporates 144 restaurants, 79 of them in North The us, ranging from “roadside stalls to Michelin-starred.” It also contains an interactive map and an explanation about “why these ordeals have built these types of an impact on men and women who know a 1-of-a-type cafe when they see it.”
The dining places had been preferred by a group of foods display hosts, movie star cooks such as Padma Lakshmi and Rodney Scott, and cookbook authors Julia Turshen and Jet Tila.
For much more data on what to get at Cafe Vanak (and a bit of the restaurant’s background), check out the Globe’s 2021 attribute on the new community preferred.