Conde Nast Traveler not long ago launched its record of the world’s ideal dining establishments, and Belmont’s Cafe Vanak produced the reduce.
The family members-owned Persian restaurant opened in 2020 — not an uncomplicated calendar year to start off a new business enterprise. Its entrepreneurs, Zohreh Beheshti and Babak Shams Asef, also run the Persian grocery keep, Tremendous Vanak, up coming door.
Cafe Vanak was the only New England cafe to make the Conde Nast list. Food stuff critic Mina Stone, the creator of “Cooking for Artists,” wrote that she ordered “chicken kabab (Joojeh), grilled tomatoes, saffron rice, and a Shirazi salad — all delightful, juicy, and fantastic.”
Conde Nast’s full listing incorporates 144 places to eat, 79 of them in North The us, ranging from “roadside stalls to Michelin-starred.” It also contains an interactive map and an rationalization about “why these activities have manufactured these types of an impression on folks who know a a single-of-a-type restaurant when they see it.”
The dining establishments were being picked by a crew of food items clearly show hosts, celebrity cooks together with Padma Lakshmi and Rodney Scott, and cookbook authors Julia Turshen and Jet Tila.
For far more details on what to buy at Cafe Vanak (and a bit of the restaurant’s background), verify out the Globe’s 2021 characteristic on the new neighborhood favored.