When it comes to Persian cuisine, there is only one option in Islamabad.
Opened in the 1980s by a former Iranian Diplomat, Omar Khayam is in the heart of Islamabad in Blue area across from the Beverly Center. The kebabs are some of the best I have had anywhere in the world. I would suggest starting off with the appetizers as they are quite a delight, especially the eggplant one. For the main dish, we usually go with the Chelo Kebab or Juje Kebab. The Juje Kebab dish pictured above is one piece of beef and one side of chicken (the most expensive on the menu). Zereshk is a nice topping added to the rice which should be chosen for sure. A side of Iranian Yoghurt goes well with the main dish, and some may enjoy sprinkling some Sumac spice over the top of the dish. To end it all, we usually choose to finish it off with a cup of Iranian tea.
On the down side, some may not like the vintage decor or the basement location. My only gripe is if you decide to get your food to go or can't finish what you order when you dine in, you will be charged extra for the take away dishes (I have personally never noticed this anywhere else before) and the tea is quite overpriced for such a little cup which I feel could actually be complimentary as would be in many places.
Persian kebab lovers have few options when it comes to Islamabad. Another start up tried selling out of a parking lot in F-10 markaz but that venture has not seemed to succeed. Until then , foodies will have to make do!