Villages on the outskirts of Mashhad draw tourists who seek a calm place to get some rest and tasty meals. There are beautiful gardens in these villages near the banks of rivers and streams on the slopes of Binalood Mountain. The garden restaurants are the ideal option for those who want to spend some time with family and friend while enjoying delicious food.
Torqabeh and Shandiz County is among the highlights. With a population of over 30,000 people, the county is some 30 kilometers east of Mashhad. Shandiz is well-known for its restaurants, and a famous type of Persian lamb chops called Shishlik. Zoshk, Noqondar, and Kang are among other traditional dishes of the region which interest more and more foodies.
The garden restaurants offer a variety of dishes including all kinds of kebab such as Shishlik to stews like Dizi, Ghorme Sabzi, Fesenjan, Gheymeh.
For meat lovers, Shishlik is the first choice in all the restaurants of the region. It is a dish of skewered chunks of lamb meat grilled on fire, or more traditionally, cooked using charcoal barbecue. Iranian eat Shishlik with rice with saffron topping, and grilled tomato.
Dizi is another traditional food you can find at the restaurants. Its main ingredients are lamb, chickpeas, white beans, potatoes, tomatoes, and turmeric. They are all combined and cooked together. You can eat the broth with small pieces of bread soaked in it, and eat the solids after smashing them.