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Austin’s Getting a New Persian Restaurant

Chef Amir Hajimaleki is previewing out kabobs with a pop-up dinner

Koobideh, which are ground meat kabobs
Koobideh, which are ground meat kabobs
Nadia Chaudhury is the editor of Eater Austin covering food and pop culture, as well as a photographer, writer, and frequent panel moderator and podcast guest.

Austin chef Amir Hajimaleki is going to open his own Persian restaurant, Roya, at some point in Austin, with a focus on Iranian fare. While details are very scarce at this point, the chef of District Kitchen + Cocktails and Oasthouse Kitchen + Bar is going to preview some of the dishes with a pop-up dinner this month.

That family-style dinner will focus on kabobs, including koobideh (consisting of ground meat), as well as grilled vegetables sourced from the farm, dessert, cardamom tea, and wines from William Chris Vineyards.

It takes place at farm restaurant Eden East and Eden East Farms (formerly Springdale Farms) at 755 Springdale Road on Thursday, October 25 from 6 to 9 p.m. Tickets are $100, benefitting the Austin Food & Wine Alliance.

Hajimaleki opened his first Austin restaurant, District Kitchen, in 2013 out in Circle C, followed by Oasthouse in 2015. He and the restaurants’ pastry chef Dennis Van won an episode of Netflix baking competition show Sugar Rush earlier this summer.

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