BY: DAI HUYNH
The Houston Chronicle
September 05, 1999, Sunday
Food carries a deep meaning for Persians because it's reflective of
so many things in life, says Yadi Mosadegh, owner of Garson restaurant.
Take love and marriage. For thousands of years, Fessenjan, or grilled chicken
breast with pomegranate sauce, has graced wedding-banquet tables throughout
his homeland of Iran.
Offered daily at Mosadegh's 9-year-old Persian restaurant at 2926 Hillcroft,
the popular, classic dish symbolizes not only the love between bride and
groom but also the sweet things to come. "When you taste the sauce,
it makes you smile, like love, like life," he says. Be advised: The
delicately fragrant, sweet-tart pomegranate sauce takes two to three hours
to make. "Like most things in life that are worth having, it takes
time to develop all those wonderful flavors," Mosadegh says.
Other traditional Persian dishes at Garson include Gheimeh (tomato stew),
Koubideh (ground-meat kebab), Zereshkpolo (grilled chicken breast with
ballberry rice), Barg (tenderloin kabob), Torshi (chopped aged vegetables),
Olovieh (creamy chicken salad) and Tahdig (crispy rice).
Garson is open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and 11 a.m.-midnight
Fridays-Saturdays. Prices: lunch, $ 6.95-$ 17.95; appetizers, $ 2-$ 6.95;
entrees, $ 7.95-$ 27.95; desserts, $ 2.50-$ 4.95. Phone: 713-781-0400.
Recipes accompanying this article may be viewed on Houston Chronicle microfilm
or in the Houston Chronicle database. Garson's Fessenjan.