Most visitors to Mashhad find Iranian cuisine full of flavour but a little less spicy than many other types of Middle Eastern food. Popular dishes here include shishlik (barbecue ribs) and chelo gosht (mutton with rice) and you will find you can eat well for an affordable price.
A visit to one of the city's traditional teahouse restaurants is highly recommended when you travel to Mashhad. Here you will find sumptuous décor, beautiful antiques and live music, most nights. For a real treat, try an Iranian breakfast, which is served at many local eateries. Walnuts, raisins and local cheese served with bread and tea provide a great start to your day in Mashhad.
Don't miss out on the chance to try majoun, a blended dessert made with pistachios, walnuts, bananas, honey, cream and ice cream – an indulgent experience.