Shoore Koli restaurant, located in Golsar Street, Rasht is a northern villa turned into a traditional restaurant. Shoore Koli means “gypsy’s passion” in Farsi and is also the name of a dish made of a fish called Koli (bleak fish). Its courtyard is designed with pink walls, blue doors and a pond full of fish and surrounded by flower pots. The dining area is decorated with small antique chinese plates, an old radio and a Setar (a traditional Iranian musical instrument) which is a symbol of Iranian gypsies because they usually play Setar and sing while they stroll and collect money.
The menu in Shoore Koli contains a wide variety of Persian kebabs alongside traditional homemade Northern Iranian food. Their exotic Ashpal Mahi is basically the poor man’s caviar. The delicious dish contains fried white-fish roe, garnished with chopped parsley, bitter oranges and pickled garlic. Their Sini Mazeh is a munching tray containing Persian sour yogurt, Baghali (mung beans), Zeytun Parvardeh (marinated olives), walnuts and raw onions. They also serve a Shami sampler dish, consisting of three varieties of Shami from neighboring Rasht cities, which strongly resemble mixed-patties. The dishes primarily contain lamb and potatoes, served alongside their own special tomato sauce. One type is from Rudbar (a city famous for its olives), another is from Masuleh (a unique interconnected mountain city) and one is from Lasht-e Nesha (a city surrounded with rice fields). Each city is located near Rasht but adds their own unique touch to the Shami dish. Luckily, they can all be found in one giant plate.