The owner of Zakuro, Mr. Ali, left Iran in 1994 and came to Japan in the hope of opening his own place. He says he wanted to create the kind of restaurant where you could strike up a conversation with people around you and everyone would be able to enjoy themselves together, not just as individual groups.
As you might guess from his aspirations, Zakuro is all about atmosphere. Persian rugs cover the walls, and guests sit on the floor beneath lamps strung from the ceiling. Hookahs are on offer, with the suggestion that you share with your neighbors, and a belly dancer cavorts every night from 8 p.m. entertainment while you eat. The menu features items not just from Mr. Ali’s native Iran, but also from Turkey and the even more exotic Uzbekistan. When asked what he recommends for new visitors, Mr. Ali enthusiastically suggests a set course, so that you can try a little of everything. At lunch time, there is only ¥1000, you can have unlimited meal.
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At dinnertime, the ¥2,000 course offers ¥7,000 worth of food from all three countries, including the popular kebabs. Everything is Halal and the courses can be adjusted to accommodate vegetarians. Of course, if you need a little help screwing up your courage to talk to the next table, you can order a glass of raki, a bottle of Almaza Beer, or even a glass of pomegranate wine.
Mr. Ali is super funny person, he always tries to make happy for the customers. You will enjoy the funny conversation with him as well as very tasty ethnic food. Please check it out!